Merry Winter to All You Mandolin Enthusiasts:
Last night I made my way back to a special Irish Session Deep in the Woods of West Asheville, to learn some new tunes.
They are Sonny Brogan’s, The Crooked Road to Dublin and Taumgraney Castle. I took some time today to tab them out. Here are the .pdfs with sheet music and Mandolin Tablature.
The Crooked Road to Dublin
Since its been a while since I’ve posted anything I thought I should share what I’ve been up to other than playing mandolin or my tenor banjo…
It’s a little like Irish Music, no?
I’ve recently been turned on to a great tune called Farewell to Whalley Range.
See the mandolin tablature and standard notation here: Farewell to Whalley Range
See the video of the tune being played by its composer below…
We played it during the last session in Marshall this past Tuesday.
Note the photo from the session…Notice Tim…guitarist/bazouki player for the band Noonday Feast (see: http://www.noondayfeast.com).
Tuesday night session in Marshall, NC at Goodstuff. With Tim Potts of Noonday Feast playing guitar.
Here is a clip of Dónal Lunny & Michael McGoldrick to play along with.
A new session started up in Marshall, NC. I think its on every Tuesday. You might want to call Good Stuff in Marshall to find out. That is where it’s hosted.
I heard two great tunes my last time out. Here are the tabs.
Farewell to Erin Mandolin Tablature and Standard Notation.
Teampall An Ghleanntain Mandolin Tablature and Standard Notation.
Here is the Bothy Band playing Farewell to Erin
and here is Elly Marshall, David Surette and Owen Marshall starting off a set with Teampall An Ghleanntain.
Many Moon’s ago, I commented on my enjoyment of the tune Muireann’s Jig. I found some time to tab it out, and here it is.
Find me at Celtic Week and lets have a go at it?
Here is a video to play along with in the mean time.
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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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