Jigs and Reels from our Show on Saturday

This past Saturday, I performed a few jigs and reels with the band Noonday Feast, here in Asheville.

The above video is of the tune Attfield’s Lament, which I posted a few months ago.  This tune picked up another name recently.  Farewell to Prince Rhaegar.

Below you will find a great couple of non traditional but well written tunes called, Waves and Tides and Crow Hill.

Plenty of mandolin/bazouki content here.  These are original compositions by Noonday Feast.

A Jig and A Reel on Youtube

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.

Jaquelyn’s First, Roscommon Reel & Dunford’s Fancy

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

Roscommon Reel

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.

O’Keefe’s Strawberry Slide Irish Fiddle Tune

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.

Enjoy!

Next up:

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.

Last Night at the Swannanoa Gathering

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!

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Return from Fingal Counter Melody

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

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

Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection