Music of Turlough O'Carolan (Arranged for Fingerstyle Guitar) by Duck Baker. For Guitar (Fingerpicking). Boxed, Solos. Grossman Guitar Workshop. Celtic/Irish. Multiple Levels. DVD. Duration 84 minutes. Published by Grossman's Guitar Workshop (MB.GW926DVD).
The compositions of Turlough O'Carolan, born 1670, have a special place in the story of Irish music, as does the figure of Carolan himself, a blind itinerant harper living at a time of significant change in Irish history. Carolan seems to embody the image of the old bards in whom resided the last vestiges of the ancient music, and the lost art of extempore poetry. His music is often seen as a link between traditional Irish melodies and baroque music, but more importantly it includes some of the most striking melodies ever composed. Originally written for the harp, these compositions lend themselves perfectly to the fingerstyle guitarist. In this DVD lesson, Duck Baker teaches a wide variety of Carolan pieces, from the folk-like air Blind Mary to the stately Hewlett. The mysterious Planxty Kelly and the deeply melodic The Fairy Queen are presented, as well as Carolan's Concerto, a complex folk-baroque arrangement of the bard's most celebrated composition. A detailed tab/music instructional booklet is included as a PDF on the DVD.