Lesson 61. Farewell to Erin

The most challenging tune in Book 4, this is totally unrelated to “Farewell to Ireland”. It’s not at all unknonwn to encounter such confusingly similar titles in Irish music! Normally played in A Dorian, but Tony has arranged it for gutar in E Dorian. You can capo up to the 5th fret, but on the podcast there’s no capo. Tony …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 61. Farewell to Erin

Lesson 60. Fairies’ Hornpipe

This well known tune comes in the standard 32-bar format, with two parts, each played twice. It is an ideal tune to play if a hornpipe is requested by a step dancer. Unusually for such a melodic tune the whole tune is played within one octave excepting the three F# notes that occur near the end of both sections. In …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 60. Fairies’ Hornpipe

Lesson 59. Dunmore Lassies

As the highest note in this tune is the F on the first string you will not have to concern yourself with left hand positioning. In fact by keeping your left hand at a right angle to the fretboard you should not have any lateral movement in your left hand at all. Make sure to play the tune at a …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 59. Dunmore Lassies

Lesson 58. The Drunken Gauger

This tune is a Set Dance. It is played in jig time and has all the characteristics of a jig, but is played much slower. A most unusual feature of this tune is the order in which the parts of the tune are played. There are only two parts to the tune but they are played: AA BA BA. This …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 58. The Drunken Gauger

Lesson 57. Devaney’s Goat

Devaney’s Goat is one of the many compositions of Eddie Moloney, a flute player from the Ballinakill Céilí Band. The tune is often played in C Major and may have even been composed in that key. However the version that Tony plays is in D Major. The tune is fairly compact for the fretting hand. Being in the key of …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 57. Devaney’s Goat