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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Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection Now Available! Tab and Notation for 50 Irish Fiddle Tunes

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

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

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

Enjoy!

I will aim to start making youtube video recordings of some of these tunes to play along with as well.

Any Suggestions for an Irish Celtic Mandolin Book with Tablature, Standard Notation and Chords

Hello Everyone:

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.