Free Tab for March - "Planxty Hewlett"

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Free Tab for March - "Planxty Hewlett"

Postby Tull » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:33 pm

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that the tab for March has been posted on my website, Eagle Creek Music. In honor of St Patrick's Day, this month's free tab is an arrangement of the tune "Planxty Hewlett", which is attributed to the Irish harpist/composer Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738). When he was 18 years old, O'Carolan contracted smallpox, and became completely blind. At that time, his father was employed in an ironworks factory owned by the MacDermott Roe family. Mrs. Mary MacDermott became O'Carolan's first patron, and placed him under the apprenticeship of a local harper. Three years later, she provided him with a harp, a horse, and a guide, and O'Carolan began his career as an itinerant harpist, traveling from town to town, and providing music for anyone willing to host him. In return, he would often create a piece in honor of his benefactor (a planxty). His special skill was as a composer, and today over 200 of his melodies have been cataloged and published.

"Planxty Hewlett", also referred to a "Fine Toast to Hewlett" and "To Hewlett's Health", is thought to have been written in honor of Dr. John Hewlett, one of O'Carolan's frequent patrons from his hometown of Ballyfarnon in County Roscommon.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of this song being performed by accordionist Lorna Pollock:

This is a 2-part arrangement, melody and bass, so find a playing partner, enjoy!

Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In music and friendship,

Tull Glazener
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Re: Free Tab for March - "Planxty Hewlett"

Postby Dusty Turtle » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:53 am

I'm always looking for more O'Carolan tunes, Tull. Thanks for all you do.
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