Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Kitty Tyrell / Caitlyn Tyrell

Arranged by Ken Bloom for the dulcimer orchestra at Dulcimerville, this year's session of Lois Hornbostel's annual dulcimer conference, Friday, June ___, at the YMCA Blue Ridge Conference Center in Black Mountain, N.C. He announced as "Caitlyn Tyrell" and outlined briefly that Edward Bunting took it down from the playing of Denis O'Hampsey after the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792.

Andrew Kuntz has it as KITTY TYRRELL [1] (Caitlin Triall) in the Fiddlers' Companion. O'Hampsey (1695-1807), Donnchadh Ó Hámsaigh in Gaelic, was the last of the traditional Irish harpers. Ann Heymann, who has revived the metal-stringed Celtic harp, has a profile of O'Hampsey with a list of his known tunes on the Harp Spectrum website. She says

There's a guitar version of "Caitlyn Tyrell" on YouTube that gives the melody:

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