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
A videographer showed up on Sunday and decided he wanted to record some tunes. He happened to get a recording of Dinny O’brien’s and Islay Ranter’s Reel from the earlier session, and a song from the later session.
Notice the lighting. We did happen to have a number of mandolin family instruments at the first session. Most of which were playing during those tunes.
Today I was inspired to tab out one of my recent favorite tunes. One is called The Choice Wife, or O’Farrel’s Welcome To Limerick. The mandolin tablature also has standard notation. You can access these files as .pdf clicking the links below or through the tunes page.
The Choice Wife Mandolin Tab
This is a tune played often at the Jack of the Wood session, when Sean is on the pipes. It’s got a great groove, and nice melody.
These just crack me up...
The one below is not irish related, more mandolin, but it's still pretty funny.
Last week our local piper at the early session at the Jack of the Wood, encouraged me to back him up on a jig and a slip jig. They are great tunes, so I spent some time researching and creating a chord arrangement to for rhythmic backing.
Here are the chords I found from VCP Sheet Music for “the Choice Wife”. They work nicely.
Next up are some chords I’m playing around with for “Muireann’s Jig”.
Bm- BmEm BmEm BmEm B- BmEm Bm- BmEm
Em- F#m- G- Am Em- F#m- G- Am
Bm- D- D- DEm Bm- D- D- DEm
DBm DA D- DEm DBm DA BmA DEm
I feel it can still use some tweaking, but it works well enough at the moment.
If you’d like to play along, use the videos below.
The Choice Wife is also called O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick
Here’s a great PDF from a fellow MandolinCafe member, Michael Pilgrim. Some of these songs are individually on the tunes and tab page, but
Tune List from Michael Pilgrim’s Irish Tune Booklet
there are a number of them which are not.
Enjoy adding these common irish session tunes to your repertoire. I look forward to seeing you at the Jack of the Wood some time here in Asheville!
25 Irish Fiddle Tunes in Standard Notation and Mandolin Tablature
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See below for a great book full of Mandolin tab, standard notation and chords for the Celtic/Irish mandolin, octave mandolin or tenor banjo player.
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Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection
Here’s the newest tune converted to Tablature and Standard Notation for the Mandolin.
Standard Notation and Tablature for the Celtic Irish Tune, the Floating Crowbar. Arranged for Mandolin.
A clearer version can be downloaded in .pdf format on the tunes page of this blog.
It’s been tabbed out fairly accurately. If I recall there are a number of ghost notes indicated on the sheet music on TheSession.org. But this will get you through. Also, please disregard the way the notes are tied together in the B part. Neither I nor my computer program caught these errors until it had already been converted.
However, all the tab works just fine, so enjoy!
Maybe you’ll come out and play it with us at the Jack of the Wood on Sunday afternoon?
See you then.