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…

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Inisheer and the Merry Blacksmith Tablature and Standard Notation for Mandolin

The Eastern Coast of Inisheer

According to Wikipedia, “Inisheer (Irish: Inis Oírr, the island’s official name, Inis Oirthir, meaning “east island”, and traditionally Inis Thiar, meaning “rear island”) is the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Ireland.”

Here is the mandolin tablature, standard notation, and chords to this lovely waltz.

Inisheer

While I was tabbing and chording Inisheer, I had The Merry Blacksmith right in front of me, so I went ahead and tabbed that one too.

Here it is!

Merry Blacksmith

I tried to find a way to upload music to go along with these, but to no avail through wordpress.  Luckily I found these two great videos on youtube from the same folks.  Looks like a father daughter combo!  Great playing.

Inisheer

The Merry Blacksmith

Enjoy!  Their timing seems good, so play along.