More than two months later, I still haven’t posted those recordings I thought I’d get around too. Work has been particularly busy. However, I needed a break and I needed to play some more mandolin. I got the idea to record some tunes from the Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection song book.
Here you will find, The Maple Leaf and Banish Misfortune.
I realize I’ve recorded Banish Misfortune before on this YouTube channel, but it was worth redoing.
As always, both of these tunes were recorded with a metronome.
Haven’t yet had a chance to post the previous sets mentioned. Yet, yesterday morning a particular mood came over me and I made a recording of Jacquelyn’s First, a single reel, and Roscommon Reel. I also found the time to tab out Dunford’s Fancy, a tune by the Waterboys.
Here is the mandolin (tab) tablature and sheet music for the above mentioned tunes.
Dunford’s Fancy Mandolin Tab
Jacquelyn’s First Mandolin Tab
Here is the recording of Jacquelyn’s First and the Roscommon Reel.
PS- You’ll notice on the tab for Jacquelyn’s First, it says “capo 1st fret”. I started playing it a half a step higher at first on the octave mandolin.
This weekend, I was left alone. With nothing to do and no one around, I decided to spend the weekend with my octave mandolin. Originally I set out to make a little recording of O’Keefe’s Slide with some non-standard back up chords. However, the recording just kept going…and going…and going.
Here’s something I call O’Keefe’s Strawberry Slide.
I found some old recordings of a practice D. Murray and W. Byers and myself preparing for the AB-Tech Benefit Gig the first year we were asked to play.
I’ll be posting two sets. Out of the Ocean/Morrison’s/Mug of Brown Ale and Garret Barry’s/Hag at the Churn/Rose in the Heather.
Had an excellent time jamming at the Swannanoa Gathering last night. Got to see some old friends, meet some folks who read this blog (That was fun!). Before I knew it, I looked at the clock and it was 12:58 in the morning!
Stu (octave and mandolin player) pulled out Devanney’s Goat, which I learned with him in David Surrette’s class two years ago (and promptly forgot the week after). He’s inspired me to learn it and commit it to memory this time. I’ll have it for next year Stu!
Anyway, looking forward to more playing with new and old friends this week. In the meantime, here is a recording of two tunes that are great paired together. It’s just the octave mandolin and a metronome. Enjoy!
PS- If you read this blog often, send me a note and I’d like to find you on Facebook. I enjoy meeting people who benefit from this little project. Thanks for all your support.
Celtic Week is here! In honor of this noble week I’ve been playing around with some recordings and tab to post.
So far, I’ve got a counter melody for Return from Fingal.
Here it is…
Return from Fingal Melody
This counter melody was composed by Jim Magill. His wife, Beth, and I played a little gig in Hendersonville a month or so back, and she played this lovely counter melody on her flute while I played the tune on mandolin. Before she packed up to attend the Swannanoa Gathering, I was able to get a copy of the music to tab out. Ideally, I aim to create a recording of both these parts for the youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/ashevillemandolin.
Jack of the Wood July 7th, 2013 — Irish Session — Sean, Ryan, Billy, Doug, Lynn, & Shannon
I have also been working on a recording of Na Ceannabhain Bhana/The Black Rogue/The Noon Day Feast .
So far I’ve got an octave mandolin track and a mandolin track. Once, I get it tightened up and a backing track I’ll post it.
All three of these tune can be found in the Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection.
Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection
I’m happy to say, that I’ve recently acquired a Fellenbaum octave mandolin made by Tom Fellenbaum, owner of Acoustic Corner in Black Mountain, NC.
Fellenbaum Octave Mandolin #22. Spruce and Cherry. 21 3/4 scale length.
Four years ago I contacted Tom about building an octave mandolin. We talked about it briefly, but then I didn’t have the funds at the time to pull the trigger. Turns out, that at the same time I was talking to him, another fellow was too. He even wanted the same scale length and wood choices. So Tom went ahead and cut out the top, neck, back and sides for two octave mandolins. He build the mandolin for the other guy, and had the pieces of the second mandolin hanging around his shop.
Fast forward to two months ago. I contacted Tom again. My work is going well, and I had some extra funds. He said, all I have to do is put it (the pieces) together!
I picked it up yesterday and couldn’t be happier. It’s got a rich tone and good volume. The scale length 21 3/4 is perfect for me. It allows me to play chords when I don’t know the tune, and play the melody easy enough when I do. Here is a quick sound clip, playing the Far Away Waltz and the Ten Penny Bit.
Tom is a fantastic, professional and timely builder/artist. The instrument was done a few days before the estimated completion, and the fit and finish are gorgeous.
You can learn more about Tom’s work here. http://www.celticmandolins.com/
After a few years of creation, I’m happy to announce that the Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection is now available for purchase. A 20% portion of all profits from this book will go to the Swannanoa Gathering Scholarship Fund.
Please follow this link to order: https://www.createspace.com/4223769
Standard Notation, Tablature and Chords for the Celtic Mandolin
Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection Front Cover
Tabbed and Arranged by W. R. Kurczak
Fifty haunting and hypnotic Celtic fiddle tunes arranged for mandolin. The tunes are set as you would find them in a local irish trad session. The sheet music is in tablature and standard notation with chords. Includes reels, jigs, slip jigs, and waltzes. Excellent for mandolin, fiddle and tenor banjo players. Also includes a bonus section of 14 Celtic flat-picking guitar arrangements in standard tuning and DADGAD.
Mandolin Tablature Includes:
Attfield’s Lament ~ Banish Misfortune ~ The Banshee ~ The Blarney Pilgrim ~
Bunker Hill ~ The Choice Wife ~ Creeping Docken ~ Cup of Tea ~ Devanney’s Goat Dinny O’Brien’s ~ Dunmoore Lasses ~ Dusty Windowsills ~ The Earl’s Chair ~ Gallagher’s Frolics ~ Give Me Your Hand ~ Hag at the Churn ~ Hardiman the Fiddler Have a Drink With Me ~ Humours of Tulla ~ Inisheer ~ Islay Ranter’s Reel ~ Jim Ward’s ~ Joe Cooley’s ~ Lady on the Island ~ Last Night’s Fun ~ The Maid Behind the Bar ~ The Maple Leaf ~ The Merry Blacksmith ~ The Miller’s Maggot ~ Mist Covered Mountain ~ The Musical Priest ~ Na Ceannabhain Bana ~ The Noon Day Feast ~ Off to California ~ O’Keefe’s ~ Old Bush ~ Otter’s Holt ~ Peter Byrne’s Fancy ~ Poor Old Woman ~ Porthole of Kelp ~ Return from Fingal ~ The Reverend Brother’s Jig ~ Roscommon Reel ~ The Scholar ~ Sergeant Early’s Dream ~ Silver Spear ~ The Solstice ~ The Stonesmith ~ Trip to Durrow ~ The Wise Maid
Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection Back Cover
Bonus Guitar Tablature Includes:
Attfield’s Lament ~ Banish Misfortune ~ The Blarney Pilgrim ~ The Choice Wife ~ Cup of Tea ~ Gallagher’s Frolics ~ Hag at the Churn ~ Islay Ranter’s Reel ~ Joe Cooley’s The Maple Leaf ~ Mist Covered Mountain ~ Na Ceannabhain Bana ~ Otter’s Holt ~ The Scholar
I will aim to start making youtube video recordings of some of these tunes to play along with as well.