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MORGAN MAGAN. AKA - "Planxty Morgan Megan," "Welch Morgan." Irish; Slow Air, Planxty or March (4/4 time). G Major (Barnes, Brody, Johnson, Miller & Perron, Ó Canainn, Sullivan): A Major (Complete Collection.., Keegan, O'Sullivan): D Major (Wright). Standard tuning (fiddle). One Part (S. Johnson, Keegan): AB (Barnes, Brody, Sullivan, Wright): AABB (Complete Collection..., Miller & Perron, Ó Canainn, O'Sullivan). The air was composed by the blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738) in honor of one Morgan Magan of Togherstown, County Westmeath. Magan died in 1738, and is probably the "Captain Magan" referred to in another of O'Carolan's tunes. Donal O'Sullivan (1958) finds he was a younger son of Morgan Magan of Cloney, Westmeath. His sister Susanna married Sir Arthur Shaen, the subject of another O'Carolan air that bears Shaen's name. The melody appears to have been first published by John and William Neal in A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin, 1724, p. 23) as "Morgan Macgann." Another early version of "Morgan Megan", according to the Appendix to the 2001 edition of O'Sullivan's seminal work, appears in Daniel Wright's Aria di Camera (London, c. 1730) as "Welch Morgan." It was collected by Edward Bunting (1773–1843) and appears in his General Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland (London, 1809, p. 71).
The tune is a "revival" favorite and is one of the most enduring of Carolan's compositions, still played in Irish sessions today and frequently recorded. See also the anecdote told about Magan's sister's wedding circumstances in another of Carolan's compositions, "Sir Arthur Shaen."