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Turlough O'Carolan

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Died: 1738  
A blind harp player who lived from 1670-1737, Turlough O'Carolan was among the most famous Irish musicians of the 17th and 18th centuries. O'Carolan wrote hundreds of songs during his lifetime and his compositions continued to be recorded by traditional Irish/Celtic artists over 260 years after his death. O'Carolan wasn't born blind, he lost his sight when he was 18 and he began studying the harp shortly after that. He soon became famous Read more throughout Ireland and found himself writing one instrumental after another. Many of Ireland's prosperous citizens hired O'Carolan to come into their homes and play for them, and he would express his appreciation by naming a song after them. "Lady Atherny," "Eleanor Plunkett/William Plunkett," "John Irwin," and "George Brabazon" are among the songs O'Carolan named after various supporters. Some of the hundreds of other pieces he wrote during his lifetime include "Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife," "The Little Beggarman," "O'Carolan's Concerto," and "The Foggy Dew." When he died in 1738, O'Carolan was 68. O'Carolan, of course, died long before the advent of recording technology, so there are no recordings of his performances. However, many artists recorded his compositions in the 20th century. In 1982 -- 244 years after O'Carolan's death -- American harp player Melissa Morgan paid tribute to him with her Kicking Mule session Erin's Harp. And the highly regarded Irish and Scottish artists who have recorded O'Carolan's compositions include the Chieftains, Patrick Street, Dordan, El McMeen, the Battlefield Band, and Aine Minogue. Read less
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    Everybody's Tune - Music From The British Isles & Flanders, 17th Century / Les Witches
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 823 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Playford,  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Anonymous,  John Adson  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvie Moquet,  Pascale Boquet,  Freddy Eichelberger,  Claire Michon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
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    Lord Gallaway's Delight - An Excellent Collection Of Dances & Gaelic Laments / Les Witches
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 534 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Turlough O'Carolan,  Anonymous,  John Playford  ... 
    Performer:  Siobhán Armstrong
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
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    London's Flautists
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3469 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-B Loeillet,  Carl Friedrich Weideman,  Turlough O'Carolan,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Erin Headley,  Susan Bicknell,  Lucy Carolan,  Nancy Hadden  ... 
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    For Ever Fortune - Scottish Music In The 18th Century / Getchell, Lazarevitch
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 531 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Thompson,  James Gillespie,  Jane Fraser Morison,  Nathaniel Gow  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Getchell
    Conductor:  François Lazarevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
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    Praeludium
    Label: Water Village Records   Catalog: 60990 Release Date: 10/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Takashi Ochi,  Turlough O'Carolan,  Jiro Nakano,  Bernardo De Pace  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Acquavella
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    Ships Ahoy! Songs Of Wind, Water & Tide / Quadriga Consort
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 529 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolaus Newerkla,  Traditional,  Turlough O'Carolan
    Performer:  Quadriga Consort,  Nikolaus Newerkla
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Newerkla
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadriga Consort
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    The Celtic Viol II / Savall, Lawrence-King, McGuire
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9878 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Playford,  John Walsh,  Charlie Hunter (of Oban)  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Frank McGuire
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    Golliwog's Gymnopedia
    Label: Whamdiddle Music   Catalog: 5637593609 Release Date: 01/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Rick Fogel,  George Frideric Handel,  Turlough O'Carolan  ... 
    Performer:  Rick Fogel
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    Cantare / Isabelle Moretti, Felicity Lott
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5186 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Mikhail Glinka,  Albert Zabel,  Paul Bernard  ... 
    Performer:  Isabelle Moretti,  Felicity Lott
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    Scarborough Fair - Songs From The British Isles / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001264202 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  W. S. Gwynn Williams,  Sir Hamilton Harty,  Turlough O'Carolan,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Kate Royal
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Guitar Mosaic: Music For Solo Guitar
    Label: Tom Silver   Catalog: 5637564622 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danilo Caymmi,  Henry Mancini,  Luiz Bonfá,  Alfonso Montes  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Silver
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    The Celtic Viol / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9865 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Niel Gow,  William Marshall,  W.B. Laybourn  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Andrew Lawrence-King
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    Guitarra De Paz - Baroque Guitar Works / Pupping, Foster
    Label: Guitar Sounds   Catalog: 5637438782 Release Date: 12/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Anonymous,  Abel Fleury,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Pupping
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    Airs For Solo Celtic Harp / Allison Hampton
    Label: Oak Leaf   Catalog: 2116 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Turlough O'Carolan
    Performer:  Allison Hampton
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    Label: Koch International   Catalog: 7660 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Turlough O'Carolan,  Anthony Scafide,  Amy Barlowe  ... 
    Performer:  Glen Velez,  Katharine Anderson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aureole Trio
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    The Lass With The Delicate Air
    Label: Plectra   Catalog: 5637233007 Release Date: 02/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Linley (the Elder),  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Chilcot,  John O'Keeffe  ... 
    Performer:  Karen Flint,  Laura Heimes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandywine Baroque
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    Seas Are Deep: Music Turlough O'carolan 1670-1738
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637428912 Release Date: 03/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Turlough O'Carolan
    Performer:  David Pedrick,  Jeremy Hutson
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    My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose - Chansons De Robert Burns
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22336 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Robert Burns,  Turlough O'Carolan,  John Playford
    Performer:  Robin Grenon,  Patrick Graham,  Betsy MacMillan,  Elise Guay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    Christmas With Mandolins
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 49005 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lorenzo Bianchi,  Amedeo Amadei,  Giacomo Sartori,  Giuseppe Milanesi  ... 
    Performer:  Ugo Orlandi,  Alessandro Bono,  Fiorella Corsini,  Guido Rizzardi  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Mandonico
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brescia Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra,  Raphaele Calace Quintet
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    Lie Down, Poor Heart - English Lutesongs & Ballads / Taylor
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90287 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Playford,  John Coprario,  Robert Johnson,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron,  Daniel Taylor
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    Romance Of The Guitar / John Williams
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89141 Release Date: 05/02/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Daniel Aloymias Robles  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  János Rolla,  Christine Pendrill,  Timothy Kain
    Conductor:  János Rolla,  Louis Frémaux,  John Williams,  William Goodchild
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra
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    The Gael / Linn Barnes, Allison Hampton
    Label: Oak Leaf   Catalog: 2104 Release Date: 01/01/2000  
    Composer:  Turlough O'Carolan
    Performer:  Linn Barnes,  Allison Hampton
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    The Faerie Isles - Celtic Harp Music / Carol Thompson
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90013 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Turlough O'Carolan,  John Thomas,  Traditional,  David Murphy  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Thompson
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    Wild Mountain Thyme - Celtic Music For Guitar / Tennant
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3207 Release Date: 03/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Andrew York,  Brian Head,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Scott Tennant,  Matthew Greif,  James Walker
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    The Celtic Album / Lockhart, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68901 Release Date: 02/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Turlough O'Carolan,  Sir Hamilton Harty,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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