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Bedlam Boys

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Bm  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 10/10/2017 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: Tuning is f#DGBD to play in Bm

Brian The Brave

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 1/23/2020
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Carolan's Cup

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Bm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 3/23/2020
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Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 1/23/2020
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Notes: Another one by the famous Carolan, not really a folk piece but not really a classical one, neither. The style is not pure clawhammer, rather something like "clawpick" would be a better name as I use my index finger like a pick to get notes sequences clearer and so I can use my thumb on upbeats more easily. If that explanation's not the clearer, sure it is the shorter.

Carolan's Rambles to Cashel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 1/19/2020
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Notes: A beautiful harp tune by O’Carolan. May be a bit tricky at first sight, especially where the RH fingering is mentionned.

Coleman's March

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 10/26/2018
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Cuckold Come Out The Armrey

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/16/2017
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Fare Thee Well

Genre: Folk  Style: Exercises and Licks  Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 12/5/2020
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Fling

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/16/2017
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Notes: Probably from Altan

Galway Girl

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/17/2021
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Notes: Everybody loves Steve Earle's "Galway Girl", good verses, very good chorus and now a fine banjo solo based on Sharon Shannon's intrumental. The tune itself is not difficult. Most of ornementations I usually add are left, you can add yours. The only difficulty is stepping between 5th and 12th positions and back. Enjoy and if you like it, let me know.

Jackson's Fancy

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 10/11/2017
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Notes: O’Neill #152

Jackson's Medley

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 10/11/2017
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Notes: Jackson’s Morning Brush (D) Jackson’s Bottle of Brandy (G) Jackson’s cravat (G)

La Grande Chaîne

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 12/22/2018
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Notes: From the playing of Northumbrian piper Pauline Cato

Le Tourdion

Genre: Other  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Bm  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 1/23/2020
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Notes: Mædieval dance and drinking song. f#DGBD tuning which I call “Tourdion Tuning”, my favorite and most melodious above all. This is an excerpt from my banjo book "Jiggin’ Banjo, une sélection de Morceaux Ternaires & Syncopés”.

Leo Murray’s Musetta

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 2/26/2020
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Notes: Written in D Major, this quadrille (jig) is played in fact in A mixolydian (no G#) played on aDGBD tuning without a capo. If someone has a nice chord progression to propose, I'll be glad to add it.

Lord McDonald's Reel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/16/2017
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Mac Mahon's Reel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/16/2017
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Notes: From an album by The Boys Of The Lough

McBride's

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/16/2017
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Notes: From Christy Moore's group "Moving Hearts" and later covered by Canadian group "Leahy"

Miss McCloud

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 10/12/2017
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Miss Monroe’s Jig

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 1/23/2020
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Morgan Magan

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 12/7/2018
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Morrison's

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 5/24/2019 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: Another setting of the famous Morrison's Jig. excerpt from from a tunebook yet to come: "JIGGIN’ BANJO”, dealing with non-conventional music from irish jig to ragtime in the clawhammer style

Old Joe Clark

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 12/22/2018
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Notes: A timeless song. Here are two D versions of the song "Old Joe Clark". Often considered a beginner banjo tune, after many years there are still many possibilities for variations. The first version is a simple and more or less faithful adaptation of the melody that can be found in Miles Krassen's "Appalachian Fiddle". In the second the melody is a syncopated personal adaptation accentuating the mixolydian color of the tune.

Out On The Ocean

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 8/10/2019
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Notes: Two tabs in one ! one with a bare banjo arrangement, a second one with triplet ornaments

Sir Arthur Shaen

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 3/8/2018 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: A curious and dark funeral march where the last beat of most bars is silent. Rarely heard in sessions.

St Patrick's Day In The Morning

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 3/22/2015 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: A last one to close St Patrick's Day week as Ireland win Six Nations title. Not much 5th string in this crooked jig with its 14 measures B-part and really fun to play.

The Kesh

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/16/2017
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Notes: From The Bothy Band

The Navvie On The Line

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 8/4/2021
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Notes: Not really a hornpipe, not the structure of a rag, maybe a rustic dance probably of Northumbrian origin. Good for Morris dancing. Good for "dots and triplets" players but may be a bit difficult as it requires lot of hard work from right hand, enjoy… Listen to my playing here.

Untitled Reel #1

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 4/16/2017
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Notes: An untitled reel by Altan with a strong oldtimey flavor with reminiscences of a canadian song. First part in Am, 2nd in AM

Valse de Kaplan

Genre: Other  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 1/19/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: A cajun waltz

Virginia Hornpipe

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 12/22/2018
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Notes: AKA "The Cliff Hornpipe" adapted in the clawhammer style from three fingers playing of Pat Cloud - Banjo Newsletter / jn 1978

Washington Square

Genre: Popular  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis Thiry, updated: 3/14/2020
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