The Gravel Walk

Yesterday I spent the afternoon playing music.  My fellow session player and concertinaist (sp?) wanted to record a few tunes for his family.  My favorite was the Gravel Walk.  And here it is:

Charlie is playing concertina, and I am experimenting with the Octave Mandolin.

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Old Bush and the Maple Leaf

Two nights ago, at the White Horse in Black Mountain, NC, we played these two tunes together.  The Old Bush and The Maple Leaf.

(Ye) Old Bush <–tab

The Maple Leaf <–tab

For you guitar flatpickers, here are those same tunes tabbed out in standard tuning and DADGAD.

(Ye) Old Bush Standard Guitar     The Maple Leaf Guitar

(Ye) Old BushDADGAD    The Maple Leaf DADGAD

While I’ve always found the “chopped off head” youtube videos kind of strange, this is the best one I could find at the time for The Maple Leaf.

Tunes from Mandolin II

In the Mandolin II class at Celtic week, with David Surette, we learned a few tunes by ear, a few by tab, and also focused on how to make accompaniment with the mandolin interesting. I had to leave “the gathering” earlier today, to visit the in-laws, and so have had some time in the car to tab a few of the tunes for you. Click on the links below for the mandolin tablature for the irish tunes of (reel) Devanney’s Goat, (reel) Poor Old Woman, and (slip jig) Hardiman the fiddler.

Dorm Room at Celtic Week 2011 - Guitar, Mandolins and Kettlebells, what else do you need?

Mandolin (tab) tablature & standard notation

Devanney’s Goat

Poor Old Woman

Hardiman the Fiddler

Now that I’ve found myself exploring the guitar again, I’ve also created flat picking tablature for the tunes above. Here they are:

Guitar (tab) tablature and Standard Notation for Flat picking

Devanney’s Goat in Standard Tuning

Poor Old Woman in Standard Tuning

Hardiman the Fiddler in Standard Tuning

Devanney’s Goat DADGAD

Poor Old Woman DADGAD

Hardiman the Fiddler DADGAD

We also learned a great tune called The Reverend Brother’s Jig (called the Monk’s Jig on thesession.org) and a number of Breton Tunes. Great class, good teacher, learned a lot.

Swannanoa Gathering 2011

This week I’m at the Swannanoa Gathering near Asheville, NC.  It’s my third year.  Year one, I volunteered, and took some great classes. Year two, I just showed up for the late night jams. Year three, this year, I was gifted a full package of classes, food and lodging. Each year, the experience gets even richer.

Today is Wednesday. The atmosphere here is heaven for musicians. Walking through the halls you hear whistles, guitars, fiddles, etc playing tunes older than anyone here.

At night, moving through the campus, the sound of cicadas, crickets, irish and scottish sessions float in the damp air.  I’d like to get my recorder out, and just walk through the campus one evening, and record the sounds as they move in and out of focus while strolling down the road.

More to come…

The Choice Wife & Muireann’s Jig

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.

Slip Jig Mandolin Tab and notation and chords

Next up are some chords I’m playing around with for “Muireann’s Jig”.

A
Bm- BmEm BmEm BmEm B- BmEm Bm- BmEm

B
Em- F#m- G- Am Em- F#m- G- Am

C
Bm- D- D- DEm Bm- D- D- DEm

D
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

25 Irish Tunes Mandolin Tablature and Standard Notation

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

Click the Link above to view or Download this file.

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.

20% of all profits go towards the Swannanoa Gathering Scholarship Fund.

Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection

Asheville Celtic Mandolin Collection