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by Brother John  August 13, 2007 10:36 pm

Turlough O’Carolan was born in 1670 in County Meath and died March 1738 at the home of his patron Mrs. MacDermott Roe in County Roscommon. He was a blind Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. He was the last great Irish harper-composer and is considered by many to be Ireland’s national composer. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). To put it simply, O’Carolan wrote amazing melodies for the celtic harp that work beautifully when arranged for fingerstyle guitar. One such piece is included here: Sheebeg and Sheemore. Stay tuned …. more is on the way.