As well as having a solo repertory, from earliest times
the Gaelic harp was used to
accompany songs. Much of the old Gaelic repertory survives and has been
published, but usually in obscure places, and without it's significance
being indicated. These books offer song lyrics and
musical scores that come from or are related to the early Gaelic harp
and song repertory.
Click on a title
to read more about it and, if applicable, for ordering information from
Mennie Shire (eds)
Music of Scotland 1500-1700
London, Stainer and Bell, 1957
Pre- and post-reformation
church song; secular part songs, and instrumental music.
of Irish traditional music, c. 1600-1855: an
annotated catalogue of prints and manuscripts 1583 - 1855
Garland, New York, 1998
A massive collection of tunes from all kinds of different
Irish, English and Scottish.
Scottish Fiddle Music of the 18th Century
John Donald, Edinburgh, 1984
Some of the most interesting Gaelic harp tunes survive in 18th century
Scottish fiddle manuscripts.
Blind Harper - the songs of Roderick Morison and
Scottish Gaelic Texts Society, 1970
Songs in Gaelic with English translation plus airs and instrumental
music, and biographical details.
Shìlis na Ceapaich /
Poems and Songs by Sileas MacDonald c.1660 - c.1729
Scottish Gaelic Texts Society, 1972
Sileas's poems in Gaelic with English
translation, Airs and biographical
Seventeenth century Scottish
Gaelic poetry, with English translation and some tunes.
Tomás Ó Máille
Poems of Carolan
Irish Text Soc., No. 17, 1916
The Irish words to the songs of Carolan,
and other North Connacht and South Ulster poets
Carolan; the life, times, and music of an Irish
2 vols, Routledge and Paul, London, 1958
A life of Carolan, 213 tunes, notes on each tune, and first verses of the lyrics.
The Complete Works of O'Carolan
Ossian Publications, 1984
A reprint of the tunes from 1958 without the commentary or lyrics.