G one sharp tunes
As these tables have been designed to be used in reference to the 2001 edition of
Carolan's music, informative alternative titles have been inserted.
The sign ♪ indicates that a lyric can be associated with the tune. D J O' Sullivan is not
always reliable in his ability to match lyrics to tunes.
The sign * indicates that the ascription of the song or tune to Carolan is either doubtful or
The sign + indicates that the surviving lyrics associated with the tune are not, or are
probably not, by Carolan.
A total of 46 tunes are estimated as belonging to Bunting's key of G one sharp. Of these,
nine (about a fifth) have lyrics associated with them. Another nine are of doubtful or
The four most common ranges for G one sharp tunes are ee-G, gg-G, dd-G and bbb-G.
Gaelic harpers may have recognised a system of modes which was based on range and
final. If so, Carolan's Cap (183) and A Landlady na Páirte (196) would have been
categorised as being G mode tunes and Port Gordon in p350 would have been
categorised as being an A mode tune.