Carolan Festival Worcester, VT

Our festival is a gathering of people who play, listen, sing, or dance to
the music of Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), Irish harper and composer.


  • Dance to Carolan Tunes June 14, 2013
    by Shannon Lee Wolf on June 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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    Video provided by Marjorie Power. Dance to "Maggie Brown's Favorite Jig", Caller David Millstone. Dance to Carolan Tunes (English Country & Contra dances) to open the 7th Annual Carolan Festival. Location: Capital City (Montpelier) Grange Hall. Music by Festival Musicians.

  • by Shannon Lee Wolf on January 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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    History of Irish harps and harpers; dance and vocal associations.

  • by Shannon Lee Wolf on January 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM
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    Interesting bio. of Carolan, and traditional Irish and Baroque influences on his compositions. (Disagree with her definition of "Planxty"; only a very few were called Planxties by Carolan- not all tunes in honor of patrons.) Planxty probably was a term of his invention, per O'Sullivan.

  • Carolan Festival VT - Irish Step Dance t...
    by Shannon Lee Wolf on August 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    Elizabeth step dances to Turlough Carolan's Morgan Magan - performed at the 2007 Worcester, Vermont Carolan Festival. Bill Lynn, videographer

  • 2007 Carolan Festival, Worcester, Vermont - Loftus Jones by John Mallery (founder of our festival) on the keyboard and Emery Hutchins (former Angel Band member) on the bodhran.  Footage by Bill Lynn, our festival's fantastic filmmaker.

  • Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill by Carolan -...
    by Shannon Lee Wolf on April 3, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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  • Carolan's Dream - played on Celtic harp
    by Shannon Lee Wolf on April 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    Mark Harmer