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.
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Mandolin Playing at the White Horse in Black Mountain. Spring 2010
I’ve gotten back to the Mandolin Tablature Book project recently. 12 more tabs with standard notation and chords have been added to the compilation, which brings it up to 35 or so at present. I may have 10-20 more to go!
Anyway, at the session at Jack of the Wood last week, Doug (Tenor Banjo) played The Scholar, and it sounded like an enjoyable tune. So I started to learn and tab it out. One thing led to another, and as I was surfing youtube to find clips, I found 2 other great tunes that I wasn’t aware of yet, and 2 I like playing but never got around to tabbing. Here they are:
Last Night’s Fun
Sergeant Early’s Dream
Have a Drink With Me
Have a Drink with Me and Sergeant Early’s Dream I immediately fell in love with when I heard them yesterday. Maybe you will too. Enjoy!
Jim Ward’s and Last Night’s Fun are regularly played at the Jack of the Wood Session.
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The Miller’s Maggot
Here are two new tunes with chords. One I learned from a fiddler at our Hendersonville, NC session. The other from a tenor banjo player from the Asheville, NC session. Click on the links for .PDFs.
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I’m currently working on creating and collecting a number of Irish Celtic Trad Tunes to publish in book format. It will include numerous tunes with tablature, standard notation, and suggested chords for accompaniment. If you have any suggestions for a tune or two you’d like to see in this book, comment on this post. Leave the name of the tune and maybe a link to a youtube recording if you can, so I can hear it.
A portion of the profits of this endeavor will go towards the Swannanoa Gathering Non-profit. Tax-free contributions to to the Doug & Darcy Orr Music Fund and/or for our Youth Scholarship fund are welcome and may be made online on the donation form.
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A few months ago I was asked to play at a benefit for the AB Tech Culinary School in Asheville at the end of April. I arranged a trio, of myself on mandolin, a flautist (Will) and a banjo/bazouki player (Doug). All decked out in our suits and ties, we played two hours of irish music amidst the aroma of some of the best locally inspired recipes in the world.
One of the sets Doug had suggested was Bunker Hill with Trip to Durrow. It worked out nicely, and you can see the tab, standard notation, and chords below:
& Trip to Durrow
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I finally got around to recording Islay Ranter’s Reel, and also have tab to post.
Enjoy the tab or standard notation —> Islay Ranter’s Reel
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One of my favorite Bodhran players sent me a youtube video of The Noon Day Feast, telling me how much she loved it. It is now on my to-do list to learn.
Here’s the mandolin tab and standard notation as well as guitar tab for flat picking.
The Noon Day Feast Mandolin Tab
The Noon Day Feast Guitar Tab
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