X:1 T: O'Carolan's Welcome R: waltz Z: John Chambers <jc@ ecf-guest.mit.edu > http://eddie.mit.edu/~jc/music/ B: Ossian p.119 #171 (unnamed) N: The chords are highly variable. N: The G# in bar 24 is often played natural. M: 3/4 L: 1/8 K: Am cB \ | "Am"A2 cd e2 | A2 cd e2 | "Dm"de dc BA | "Em"G/A/B G2 E2 \ | "Am"c3 B A2 | "Dm"d3 c B2 | "Em"ce E2 G2 | "Am"A4 cB || | "Am"A2 cd e2 | A2 cd e2 | "Dm"de dc BA | "Em"G/A/B G2 E2 \ | "C"g3 f e2 | "F"a3 g ed | "Em"ce dc Bc | "Am"A4 || || e2 \ | "Am"e2 ab c'2 | e2 ab c'2 | "G7"c'b ag ab | "C"c'2 e2 e2 \ | "Dm"f2 af ed | "C"e2 ge dc | "E7"d2 e2 ^g2 | "Am"Ha6 || || "F"ag eg a2 | "C"ge de g2 | ed cd ec | "G"d2 B2 G2 \ | "Am"c3 B A2 | "Dm"d3 c B2 | "Em"ce E2 G2 | "Am"A4 |]
CAROLAN'S WELCOME. AKA - "O'Carolan's Welcome." Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Minor (Johnson): A Minor (O'Sullivan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Johnson, O'Sullivan): ABB. Donal O'Sullivan (1958), the primary source for information on Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) and his music, identified this as one of the O'Carolan tunes which has come down to us without a title and was one of his melodies "probably composed for patrons whose names have been lost; they have come down to us either with wrong titles or with no titles at all." The tune was found by P.W. Joyce in the manuscripts of collector William Forde (c.1759–1850) in the Royal Irish Academy, [Dublin, p. 62], although Joyce altered it slightly in his Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909). "Carolan's Welcome" is a modern title for the tune, appended by the Irish group the Chieftains for the occasion of the Pope's visit to Ireland in 1979. The piece was also re-worked by the Pope's composer, Monsignor Frisina, who orchestrated it for the album "A Christmas in Rome" [Bonnie Shaljean, Appendix to the 2001 edition of O'Sullivan's Carolan].