Carrickfergus (2)

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X:1 T:Carrickfergus [2] R:Air M:3/4 L:1/8 Q:90 K:F f2 f3 e|d2 G4|GA B3 c|A3 G F2-|F2 FG A2|B2 D4| EF G3 A|F6:|cc f2 e2|f6|fg a2 f2|g3 e c2| c2 f2 g2|a6|gf b2 a2|g6|f2 f2 e2|d2 G4| GA B3 c|A3 G F2-|F2 FG A2|B2 D4|EF G3 A|F6||



CARRICKFERGUS [2]. Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A harp air. As with many airs, the timing is indeterminate and is at the pleasure of the singer. Thus both duple and triple-time transcriptions exist of the same melody. The Castle of Carrickfergus is on the coast of northern Ireland not far from Belfast. It was a stonghold of the English at least from the time of Scotland's James IV, for he ransacked the place with his flagship The Great Michael, the great ships only battle.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland), 1995; No. 26, p. 28.

Recorded sources: - Island ILPS 9501, "The Chieftains Live" (1977). RCA 5798-2-RC, "James Galway and the Chieftains" (1986). Shanachie Records 79024, "Chieftains 4" (1972/1983).



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