From the recording Lynnhaven Bay
Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was one of the last of the great harper-composers of Ireland.
Even though being blinded by smallpox at the age of 18, he traveled the country and frequently enjoyed the hospitality of patrons for whom he then named many of his compositions. Fanny was a member of the Poer family in Ireland, a one of the patrons family who helped to sponsor O'Carolan. "Trip to Kilburn" and "Newcastle" both come from a collection of music called The English Dancing Master, a popular source in the late 1600s and early 1700s for dance music as well as instructions for the dance steps. The music was collected by John Playford in London and carried on by his family for several decades.