The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby

Sheet music for harp and voice



“Sleep, O babe, for the red bee hums the silent twilight's fall.
Aoibheall from the grey rock comes, to wrap the world in thrall...”


A beautiful old lullaby with lyrics by Joseph Campbell and a traditional melody collected in Donegal by Herbert Hughes, arranged for lever harp and voice. It is in the key of C; its one B-flat chord is played by flatting the lowest B string on the harp before beginning to play. The sheet music is 4 pages, printed on ivory paper, and includes words (3 verses), melody, chords, and arrangement for the harp. Level: lower to middle intermediate. $3.00.


Click here, then choose “The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby,” to hear a verse of this music in mp3 form, as sung by Colleen Harris on her CD, Celtic Grace. The wordless vocals at the beginning (lovely!) were added to this arrangement by the singer.



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