Sir Arthur Shaen was written for the sheriff of Roscommon, and has the most wonderful characteristic "limping" melody in that the final beat of most bars is silent. Given Carolan often reflected his patrons in the music he wrote, we can only guess that this might refer either to Sir Arthur's way of walking or possibly his patterns of speech. It's a lovely piece which is seldom played as it's not that well known, but it creates a lovely still mood.

 

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