Lesson 56-and-a-half – Cripple Creek

This bonus lesson is not strictly an Irish tune. In fact, definitely not an Irish tune at all. This is an Appalachian tune often associated with the five-string banjo in both the bluegrass and clawhammer styles. Normally played in G, Tony’s arrangement for guitar is played in C shapes. The normal tempo recording on the podcast has a capo on …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 56-and-a-half – Cripple Creek

Lesson 56. The Blarney Pilgrim

“The Blarney Pilgrim” is a very well known jig. Jack and Charlie Coen recorded this tune on their classic “The Branch Line” recording from 1977. The tune itself is in the key of G Major but, unusually, the most common chord in this tune is in fact the D chord, not the more expected G chord. The melody in this …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 56. The Blarney Pilgrim

Lesson 55. The Baltimore Salute

This tune is a lovely “G” reel and like a good red wine it goes well with almost anything.  Tony learned this tune from the playing of John G. Walsh from near the town of Clifden, in the west of Connemara.   You’ll gather from the notes in the accompanying booklet that Tony is a huge fan of John G’s …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 55. The Baltimore Salute