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SEAS ARE DEEP, THE. Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Flat Minor (Petrie): D Dorian (Howe): D Minor (Mulhollan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Stanford/Petrie): AABB (Howe, Mulhollan). The tune is attributed to blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), thought Donal O’Sullivan, in his definitive work on the bard could find no incontrovertible evidence of its origin [1].

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Howe (Musician’s Omnibus No. 3), 1865; p. 220. Mulhollan (Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes), Edinburgh, 1804; p. 7. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 569, p. 144.

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  1. Donal O'Sullivan, "The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper", 1958.