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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, but it's not generally played in Ireladn. 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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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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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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Crossroad Blues - from Tom Hanway: Bucket of Bees - produced by Tony Trischka

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

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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)

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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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Fisher's Hornpipe - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 726kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 4:03:55 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This hornpipe, here using Sligo-style Irish ornamentation, is common throughout the British Isles, ex-Celtic lands and in the the Celtic diaspora, e.g., in OT, bluegrass and Canadian fiddle music. It features the inimitable Gabriel Donohue on piano and the irrepressible Robbie Walsh 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 - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Flowers of Edinburgh, The - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 815kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 10:31:26 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Here's the familiar hornpipe using Scottish fiddling ornamentation. (I also put in Sligo-style "long rolls" from the Irish fiddle in the A-part.) On bodhran is Dubliner Robbie Walsh, now the 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Champion, and on guitar is Gabriel Donohue from Athenry. 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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Freight Train Boogie - from The Grillbillies Album - produced by Bob Harris

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Size: 7,240kb, uploaded 2/15/2011 5:38:35 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a boogie tune I put down in guitarist Bob Harris's recording studio. (Bob toured with Vassar Clements for years.) We played through it a few times, then just went for it. We might have used a fade out at the end, which was the plan, but we went with the trainwreck ending for a laugh! It shows that this was a live "take", not a big production. I use some horn-section backing ideas that I got from R&B, otherwise it's basically boogie-blues music. That's me singing with Maura McCabe on harmony.

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Garryowen - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

The stately and popular march used by the 7th Cavalry Regiment going back to General Custer is also a traditional Limerick jig. At a traditional session, it could lead into another tune, which is why it seems to be hanging in the air at the end. On bodhrán is Dubliner Robbie Walsh, now the 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Champion, and on guitar is Gabriel Donohue from Athenry. 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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Horizon Hornpipe - from Tom Hanway & Blue Horizon (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 3,003kb, uploaded 9/2/2015 8:35:27 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

One of the first tunes I wrote using Irish ornamental techniques in the form of triplets. It's heavy on ornamentation and has a lilting feel. Joining me on clawhammer banjo is Mark Schatz. Personnel: Todd Collins, mandolin; Carolyn Dutton, fiddle; Tom Hanway, Stelling Whitestar banjo; Mark Schatz, bass and second banjo. Recorded May 20, 1992

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Hughie Rory MacKinnon - Cape Breton Tune (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 578kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 4:06:38 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This traditional Scottish strathspey, similar to a slow hornpipe but using the "Scots snap" (reverse dotted pairs), survives in the Celtic diaspora of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The "Scots snap" - a sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note - is a kind of rhythmic accent that reflects the rhythm of Scots-Gaelic as spoken. Gabriel Donohue adds some tasteful piano accompaniment in the Cape Breton tradition. 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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Humors of Ballyloughlin, The - Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 1,822kb, uploaded 10/31/2015 9:26:48 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

An unaccompanied (naked) rendition of the three-part Irish jig in D Mixolydian/D Major. I use a lot of fretting-hand techniques to play single and double-grace notes (single-cuts and double-cuts) before main melody notes, embellishment ideas I got from listening to "cranning" technique on the uilleann pipes.

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Kesh Jig/Banish Misfortune - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 1,920kb, uploaded 3/5/2016 9:12:05 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Two Irish Jigs played as a medley on the 5-string banjo. On guitar is maestro Gabriel Donohue from Athenry, and on bodhrán is Robbie Walsh from Dublin. In this rendition notice the fretting- and picking-hand ornamentation that I got from listening to uilleann pipers and tin whistle players. The banjo is way out front in the mix. This recording matches the tablature, indicating picking-hand choices, and is intended for students at all levels. 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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Liverpool Hornpipe/Cronin's/The Rights of Man (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 1,515kb, uploaded 3/28/2008 9:15:54 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

These are three of my favourite hornpipes, with triplets flying everywhere, especially on The Rights of Man. Robbie Walsh plays amazing bodhran - you can hear why he became the 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Champion. Gabriel Donohue improvises on piano in grand Irish style. This is a bouncy medley played at a fairly fast tempo. 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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Mason's Apron, The - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 897kb, uploaded 2/20/2008 7:40:36 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This reel, deliberately kept to three parts, was made famous by Dubliners' tenor banjoist Barney McKenna. On guitar is maestro Gabriel Donohue from Athenry, and on bodhrán is Robbie Walsh from Dublin. Notice the trebles, triplets and fretting-hand ornamentation in this version. The banjo is way out front in the mix. This recording matches the tablature, indicating picking-hand choices, and is intended for students at all levels. 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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Morgaine's Hornpipe - from Tom Hanway: Bucket of Bees (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 5,386kb, uploaded 10/31/2015 4:46:57 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

My first composition on banjo, a hornpipe from the Celtic Diaspora, came to me 30 years ago. I recorded it five years later for my first CD, Bucket of Bees (released in 1991). Personnel: Patricia Bradaigh, bodhrán; Todd Collins, mandolin; me, Stelling Whitestar banjo; Kenny Kosek, piano/fiddle; Walt Michael, hammered dulcimer; William Garrett, engineer. This track blends the sound of New England and Ireland, and finds the ubiquitous Kenny Kosek drifting, in his words, "somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean."

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New Five Cents (Ruffled Drawers) - Double D Tuning

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Size: 713kb, uploaded 6/9/2015 10:45:33 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other

Here is a straightforward setting using Double D tuning (Double C-Capo II) for 'New Five Cents', the Old Time reel that goes under interchangeable titles. The titles create confusion since there are two main branches in Old Time and further regional, local and bluegrass variants. The A Part is pretty close in most versions with one noticeable variation – either dipping down (as I do here) to an A-note or rising up to F# in the second and sixth measures. This variation is found in both Old Time and Bluegrass versions and a G chord is sometimes played in these spots. It’s in the B Part (fifth and sixth measures) where the melodic contour branches in one of two directions – either dipping down from the fifth (A) to the tonic (D)/D chord, or, as Paul Warren played it (New Five Cents), using a G-note double-stop with a B-note)/G chord, then up to an A-note/A chord (as I do here) and moving upwards happily in major second intervals. Many, but not all, Old Time versions (‘New Five Cents’, ‘Ruffled Drawers’ or ‘Buffalo Nickel’) tend to keep dipping down to the low D-note/D chord and use fewer chords than Bluegrass versions which are based on Paul Warren’s version.

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Nyth Y Gog - Welsh 'Cuckoo's Nest' - Hornpipe (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 962kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 3:45:36 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Traditional Welsh hornpipe related to the Scottish Jack a' Tar (Jacky Tar), a distant Celtic cousin to the Irish hornpipe, The Cuckoo's Nest. This type of Welsh hornpipe has more drive than bounce (swing). Other Welsh hornpipes swing more. This tune features Gabriel Donohue on guitar and Robbie Walsh 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 - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Nyth Y Gwcw - Welsh 'Cuckoo's Nest' - Hornpipe (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 590kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 10:35:26 AM
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Here is another version of the Welsh Cuckoo's Nest that resembles is closer to the Irish 'Cuckoo's Nest' than it is to the Scottish/English 'Jacky Tar'. On bodhran is Dubliner Robbie Walsh, now the 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Champion, and on guitar is Gabriel Donohue from Athenry. 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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Pen-rhaw - Welsh Hornpipe - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 821kb, uploaded 2/20/2008 8:41:20 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

This straight-driving Welsh hornpipe, very march-like, features the inimitable Gabriel Donohue on acoustic guitar and the irrepressible Robbie Walsh 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 - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Planxty George Brabazon - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Turlough O'Carolan

 

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Size: 908kb, uploaded 2/19/2008 8:01:16 AM
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This is an auld Carolan tune that makes a lovely banjo tune, played harp-legato style, with notes blending into each other. The cláirseach (pronounced CLAR-shock) or clàrsach (Scottish) or Gaelic harp was tuned diatonically and had metal wire for strings, usually made of brass, silver, gold or a silver-gold alloy! Backing on nylon-string guitar is Gabriel Donohue, from Athenry, Co. Galway, who is a savvy tune accompanist who performed in the original Riverdance and has played with The Chieftains, Joanie Madden, Eileen Ivers as well as the Boston Pops Orchestra. The latter organization likes to transcribe (score) his guitar accompaniments, though he always makes them up as he goes. We recorded this in his studio in Connecticut in 98 degree heat. Notice the darker muted tone of the banjo, which was achieved with a metal violin mute and a heavy walnut bridge - an 11/16th Sampson, standard spaced, which I use on my SwallowTail for certain recording projects. Thanks to Mel Bay and Stelling for believing in me and supporting Celtic fingerstyle banjo. 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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Ruffled Drawers (New Five Cents)

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Size: 643kb, uploaded 6/12/2015 11:46:17 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Other

Okay, here's the second version of New Five Cents, which I'm calling 'Ruffled Drawers' (New Five Cents) to distinguish it (for convenience) from the bluegrassy version recorded prior to this. I also added bass notes to distinguish this (Ruffled Drawers) from the previous tune (New Five Cents). Here the melody in the B-Part keeps going back to the low D-note (tonic), which exerts a strong gravitational force on the melodic contour. Again, the titles are interchangeable, so don't get hung up on titles. (A lesson that I've learned from Irish music: a tune like 'Toss the Feathers' can mean many different tunes, same as 'Munster Buttermilk', and on and on. Titles don't reveal how a melody actually goes, and there can be variants or branches of a melody, or entirely different melodies using the same title, or the same melody using different titles.)

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Scholar, The - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 657kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 10:41:06 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

Here's a traditional reel that used to be played as a hornpipe, as found in Capt. Francis O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922). On bodhran is Dubliner Robbie Walsh, the 2008 All-Ireland Fleadh Champion, and on guitar is Gabriel Donohue from Athenry. 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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Scotland the Brave - from Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes

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Size: 595kb, uploaded 8/30/2015 7:52:48 PM
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The classic piping tune that we hear on St. Patrick's Day in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. Funny that it's a Scottish tune! From my third book, Easy Irish and Celtic Melodies for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes (2013). 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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Silver Spire, The - from Best-Loved Jigs and Reels (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 1,357kb, uploaded 7/7/2014 8:24:37 AM
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For beginners: Here's the popular reel played up-the-neck at slow speed with MIDI-harmonica backing that match the chords in the tablature. This is for learning and practicing purposes, from Easy Irish and Celtic Session Tunes for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Jigs and Reels (68 tunes). Please find my Mel Bay Celtic collections (220 tunes) here: http://www.melbay.com/Author/Default.aspx?AuthorId=37876

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Stack of Barley, The - Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes (Celtic fingerstyle)

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From my third book, Easy Irish and Celtic Melodies for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes (2013). I get more requests for this from fine ladies, who used to dance to it back in the day! 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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Tarbolton, The/Longford Collector/Sailor's Bonnet (Celtic fingerstyle)

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This famous reel medley is associated with Michael Coleman, the legendary stepdancing fiddler from Sligo and New York City, whose impact is still felt worldwide at sessions. I learned these tunes from Coleman's 1934 recording, incorporating Sligo-style "rolls" and slippery triplets, also being influenced by New York's Sligo-style masters - fiddlers Andy McGann, Paddy Reynolds, Tony DeMarco and Brian Conway. Andy and Paddy are gone, but they left behind a wonderful musical legacy. I consider myself very lucky to have been in their company, especially at Andy's laid-back sessions in Manhattan, where the mighty Joe "Banjo" Burke, who had amazing songs, also played regularly. Joe, Andy and Paddy are three of my early mentors and heroes. Driving the tunes on guitar here is string wizard Gabriel Donohue from Athenry, and keeping immaculate rhythm on bodhran is Robbie Walsh from Dublin, 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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Temperance Reel aka The Teetotaller (Celtic fingerstyle)

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The well-known Irish reel. This 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 - find it here: http://www.melbay.com/Products/95759BCD/complete-book-of-irish--celtic-5string-banjo.aspx

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Traditional Strathspey #7 - Cape Breton (Celtic fingerstyle)

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This is a traditional Scottish strathspey from the Celtic diaspora, Capo Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. It features the "Scots snap" - a sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note - a kind of rhythmic accent that reflects the rhythm of Scots-Gaelic as spoken. Gabriel Donohue adds some tasteful piano accompaniment in the Cape Breton tradition. 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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