It seems I'm on a Turlough O'Carolan is Clergy's Lamentation, probably my favorite O'Carolan melody. We played it one year at the symphony and may play it again next year.

It is a lamentation so it would be played slowly, but I have heard it, and love it, at all speeds. I've only attached one audio file at the bottom of the post, it's pretty slow and if I made it slower for practice you would fall asleep between notes!




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Here is a the same version of the song at a speed in which it was probably played.  I used the free "Audacity" application to increase the tempo.

O'Carolan is one of my favorite composers and many of his songs go well with the bowed psaltery.



Thanks so much for posting an O'Carolan tune Donna :)  He was one of the great composers/players of his time and blind at that!  So, thanks so much this song encourages me to learn more!  Are you familiar with his "Farewell to Music" and "Planxty for Eleanor Plunkett"? MARVELOUS!!

Eleanor Plunkett is my second favorite O'Carolan tune and I do know of Farewell to Music but have never played it. Maybe I'll post it next month!

All Alive from last month is an O'Carolan tune as well, not so well known. I have a fabulous O'Carolan piano collection by JJ Sheridan, got it on a special deal, nearly 200 pieces. Here's a link to a YouTube Vid of Eleanor Plunkett by JJ Sheridan.

Cool Donna, I'll check it out!  Happy Sunday,


Thank you!
thanks for the song. i've downdoaded it and will start to learn it. What I really need to know is what software do you use to create the sheet music. My husband doesn't read music, but the music that I have written in that style he can play. I have hopes that he will learn

Hi Darby, I use Finale....I had to get the "pricey" version in order to put the note names in. Clergy is one of my all time favorite songs!  I hope you enjoy it and best of luck to your husband.


Thanks for the quick answer and the info. I have been using BarFly because ABC is so easy to enter your songs into. I have the cheap version of Finale. Looks like I'll be investing in the upgrade.

well, I sucked up the cost and haven't regretted it since!


I am one of those on the other side of old trying to lean music with out music reading skills.

Thanks for asking this question.


Thank you. It is so delightful to have music posted on this site. 


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