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
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.
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.