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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

Posted by Tom Hanway, written by Kevin Griffin

 

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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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Size: 507kb, uploaded 2/20/2008 5:56:45 AM
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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Gentleman Thief, The - from Best-Loved Jigs and Reels (Celtic fingerstyle)

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Size: 781kb, uploaded 12/22/2017 3:45:41 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

An unusual crooked jig from Yorkshire with parts in 6/8 and 6/8. 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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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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Loch Lomond (The Bonnie Banks o') - from Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes

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Size: 940kb, uploaded 12/22/2017 3:39:58 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

The famous Scottish song. 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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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
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

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

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Size: 908kb, uploaded 2/19/2008 8:01:16 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

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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Sally Gardens - from Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo

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Size: 1,062kb, uploaded 1/1/2018 4:55:23 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Other

The very popular Irish reel. 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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