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MADAME COLE. AKA - "Mrs. Cole." Irish, Air (4/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The air was supposedly composed by the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) for the wedding of Jean Cole, in County Fermanagh in the year 1719. Carolan described the bride thus: "Striking Jean is my type of woman: pleasant, agreeable, joyful each day, the flower of happiness." Petrie (1855) calls it "one of Carolan's finest airs." See Mrs. Cole for more.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bunting (A General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland), 1796; No. 16, p. 9. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 716, p. 180.

Recorded sources: RCA 09026-61490-2, The Chieftains - "The Celtic Harp" (1993).




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