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Anthony Payne of Stratton - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 418kb, uploaded 12/23/2008 7:47:31 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This is a hard-driving Cornish reel that could almost pass as an Irish tune. It features Gabriel Donohue on acoustic guitar and Robbie Walsh, the 2008 Fleadh Ceoil All-Ireland Champion on bodhran. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - read more here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Belfast Hornpipe, The (The Sweeps) [Celtic fingerstyle]

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Size: 1,725kb, uploaded 1/3/2018 12:00:46 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

A classic Irish hornpipe, this goes well with 'The Rights of Man' and a lot of others. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - read more here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Blackberry Blossom - Hornpipe (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 1,918kb, uploaded 6/25/2014 7:31:23 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Celtic fingerstyle (short for "Irish-and-Celtic-3-finger-style-5-string banjo") renders this tune quite differently from melodic-style bluegrass picking, slowing down the tempo, swinging the tune more, and, using triplets where one would not find them in Bluegrass or Old-Time versions of the fiddle tune. Celtic fingerstyle variation techniques may be be used to play Old-Time, Bluegrass, Folk or British Isles tunes to give them a Celtic sound. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - read more here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Boolavogue - from Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 798kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 8:04:49 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

From my third book, Easy Irish and Celtic Melodies for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes (2013). This is a real Irish patriot's song if ever there was. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here; more at their website: http://www.melbay.com/Products/21598BCD/easy-irish-and-celtic-melodies-for-5string-banjo-bestloved-airs-and-session-tunes.aspx

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Brian Boru's March - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 751kb, uploaded 10/23/2008 9:24:51 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This ancient march/jig, is recorded in mountain minor tuning and features Gabriel Donohue on nylon-string guitar and Robbie Walsh on bodhran. Notice how Donohue keeps the chords impressionistic and supportive of the melody, which is the core of Irish traditional music, independent of Western harmony. Rhythm is more important. Robbie is now the 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Champion. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Butterfly, The (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 835kb, uploaded 2/17/2016 1:42:47 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Here's the trance-inducing Irish slip jig played as an air, slightly crooked and with a touch of rubato. I got this tune originally from Linda Hickman, who probably got it from The Bothy Band, since the notes conform to their famous version.

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Carolan's Concerto - from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics (Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 4,854kb, uploaded 11/28/2017 4:50:59 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This classic piece by the blind harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) is perfect for Celtic fingerstyle banjo. It's a popular session tune, played with reverence for the last of the Irish harper-composers. The "clairseach" or Irish harp was tuned diatonically and had metal wire for strings, usually made of brass, silver, gold or a silver-gold alloy. With gratitude to Mel Bay, here's a play-along-track from my fourth book/audio download, 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments - find it here: https://www.melbay.com/Products/21599M/20-ocarolan-irish-classics.aspx

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Carolan's Concerto - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

 

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Size: 3,712kb, uploaded 6/29/2014 4:50:42 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This classic piece by the blind harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) is perfect for Celtic Fingerstyle banjo. It's a popular session tune, played with reverence for the last of the Irish harper-composers. Backing on nylon-string guitar is Gabriel Donohue (Athenry) and on bodhran is Robbie Walsh (Dublin - 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Champion). Notice the crisp metallic tone of the banjo, which was achieved by using a steel violin mute on the bridge - but not pushed down as much as on 'Carolan's Draught' - giving the banjo a harp-like quality recalling the clairseach. The "clairseach" or Irish harp was tuned diatonically and had metal wire for strings, usually made of brass, silver, gold or a silver-gold alloy. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Carolan's Draught - from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics (Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

 

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Size: 4,349kb, uploaded 11/19/2015 7:48:07 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This stately air is sometimes played in D Major, and it fits perfectly on the G-tuned 5-string banjo in G Major. Notice the more Baroque treatment here. I use both legato and staccato devices here, and unusual fretting-hand fingerings in the first and second parts, particularly the contrary motion (like counterpoint) in the second full measure. Staccato (single-string) techniques figure heavily towards the end of the second part. This air works beautifully as a seasonal melody along with ‘Carolan’s Concerto’ and so many others composed by the eminent Irish harper.

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Carolan's Draught - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

 

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Size: 1,202kb, uploaded 2/20/2008 8:10:35 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This classic piece by the blind harper Carolan (1670-1738) translates easily to Celtic fingerstyle banjo. It's a popular session tune, played with reverence for the last of the Irish harper-composers. Backing on nylon-string guitar is Gabriel Donohue (Athenry) and on bodhrán is Robbie Walsh (Dublin - 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Champion). Notice the crisp metallic tone of the banjo, which was achieved by using a steel violin mute on the bridge, giving the G-tuned banjo a harp-like quality recalling the clairseach. The "clairseach" or Irish harp was tuned diatonically and had metal wire for strings, usually made of brass, silver, gold or a silver-gold alloy! With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Carolan's Dream (Irish Baroque aka 'Molly MacAlpin', Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738)

 

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Size: 3,730kb, uploaded 1/6/2018 12:53:17 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

For beginners especially, I recorded the 5-string over MIDI backing tracks to help students with (optional) chords and bass lines. This is the tune that Carolan adapted from Thomas and William (Laurence) Connellan's famous air. Carolan was heard to say that "he would rather have been the author of 'Molly MacAlpin' than of any melody he himself had ever composed." [From Edward Bunting, The Ancient Music of Ireland (1840), p. 71.] This classic air is perfect for Celtic fingerstyle banjo in G tuning. The "clairseach" or Irish harp was tuned diatonically and had metal wire for strings, usually made of brass, silver, gold or a silver-gold alloy. With gratitude to Mel Bay, here's a play-along-track from my fourth book/audio download, 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments - find it here: https://www.melbay.com/Products/21599M/20-ocarolan-irish-classics.aspx

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Chrome Attack - from Tom Hanway: Bucket of Bees - produced by Tony Trischka

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Size: 6,840kb, uploaded 3/5/2011 1:26:02 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

That's Kenny Kosek on triple fiddles, also using an octave divider, and from Tony Trischka's Skyline: Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, Danny Weiss on guitar, Larry Cohen on bass, oh, and Kevin Maul from the Provincetown Jug Band on dobro. I wrote this in 1991 and recorded it on my Bucket of Bees, which is now digitized and available through iTunes.

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Colored Aristocracy (Cakewalk)

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Size: 800kb, uploaded 6/14/2015 2:50:30 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Notice the syncopation on the recording and in the companion tablature here on BHO. I played to a piano backing track so that I could put in bass movement and chords in order for the syncopated figures to be heard against the normal downbeats and strong beats. I also play this with a considerable amount of swing (bounce) which gives the tune an even more syncopated feeling. Notice the full (TIM) pinches in the B-Part. This is a cakewalk, similar to ragtime, though it could be sped up and played as a driving breakdown. Playing tip: as tempo increases, the more the bounce (degree of swing) tends to even out. The focus here is to demonstrate syncopation and accenting in Scruggs-style picking. Big thanks to Taj Mahal for this lovely tune.

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Connaughtman's Rambles, The/Out on the Ocean/Morrison's Jig

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Size: 2,293kb, uploaded 1/3/2018 12:12:09 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Three standard Irish jigs played at a decent tempo. It features Gabriel Donohue on acoustic guitar and Robbie Walsh, the 2008 Fleadh Ceoil All-Ireland Champion on bodhran. The banjo is out front. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - read more here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Crossroad Blues - from Tom Hanway: Bucket of Bees - produced by Tony Trischka

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Robert Johnson

 

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Size: 6,494kb, uploaded 2/17/2011 6:28:46 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This was the first song I recorded in a real studio, in NYC, with Tony Trischka producing. I was green as a tree, but I had good people around me, so I eventually got there! David Grier is on guitar, Andrea Zonn on fiddle, Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, Kevin Maul on Dobro (who showed me this originally in A), Don Brooks on Harmonica, and Larry Cohen on bass (also producing). It's hard to record when everyone around you knows what they're doing, and you don't!

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Cuckoo's Nest, The - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 2,663kb, uploaded 7/14/2014 7:00:51 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

The Irish hornpipe in G. I learned this from several sources, including Willie Clancy the renowned uilleann piper from Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Da Full Rigged Ship - from Best-Loved Jigs and Reels

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Size: 1,347kb, uploaded 12/22/2017 2:37:52 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

The well-travelled Shetland and Orkney reel. Please find my four Mel Bay Irish and Celtic collections (220 tunes) here: http://www.melbay.com/Author/Default.aspx?AuthorId=37876

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Eleanor Plunkett - from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics (Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 3,338kb, uploaded 11/9/2015 1:16:54 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Here's the mp3 version (played twice) from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments. I'm muting the banjo with silver tie clips, and the chords used here exactly match those found in the transcription, using standard notation and tablature. Link: http://www.melbay.com/Products/21599M/20-ocarolan-irish-classics.aspx

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Fanny Power - from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics (Celtic fingerstyle)

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

 

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Size: 3,110kb, uploaded 10/21/2015 11:14:25 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Notice the muted tone of the banjo, played with silver tie clips on the bridge. Play this one gently and let the notes ring as long as possible, going for most resonance. Is this a jig or a waltz, neither or both, one may ask? It is said to predate the continental European waltz. This is from 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments. Link: http://www.melbay.com/Products/21599M/20-ocarolan-irish-classics.aspx

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First Night in America, The - Irish Jig (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 1,052kb, uploaded 2/17/2011 3:52:17 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This is a lovely jig that uses "rolls" found in uilleann piping or Sligo-style fiddling. It's playing 5 notes in the space of 3, adding decorations (grace notes) above and below the main notes. With gratitude to Mel Bay for letting me upload this here, another sample from my first book/CD, Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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