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?
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.
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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.
One of my favorite Bodhran players sent me a youtube video of The Noon Day Feast, telling me how much she loved it. It is now on my to-do list to learn.
Here’s the mandolin tab and standard notation as well as guitar tab for flat picking.
The Noon Day Feast Mandolin Tab
The Noon Day Feast Guitar Tab
Here’s a great tune I learned from John Doyle. This is the tune of the week!
gallagher’s frolics guitar tab
gallagher’s frolics mandolin tab
See the video below to play along!
A few days ago I attempted to record The Merry Blacksmith with Tam Lin on my octave mandolin for a student. I didn’t feel it turned out very well. Even though I used a click track, somehow the tempos on Audacity got mixed up, and it sounded really shoddy. Letting some frustration pass, I then decided to try one of my favorites (that no one seems to play for some reason) The Solstice, with the Merry Blacksmith. I’m happy with the results.
Here’s the tablature and standard notation for mandolin:
Here is the recording made with a Trinity College Octave Mandolin and an Andrew Mowry Flat Top Mandolin:
I’ve got a few new tabs I need to put up on the tab section, but here is one that can’t wait.
Give Me Your Hand Standard Notation with Chords
It’s a tab of one of my favorite tunes, “Give Me Your Hand”.
Give Me Your Hand Mandolin Tablature Tab
I remembered how much I enjoyed this tune after hearing a piper at the Tuesday Night White Horse Session in Black Mountain, NC.
I used to play it with a fiddler here in Asheville quite a bit in the fall of 2009.
PS- By the way, while searching for an image with the chords to “Give Me Your Hand”, I found this great site:
It has slow and up-to-speed recordings of many irish tunes.