Lesson 74. Boys of the Town

There is at least one other jig known as “Boys Of The Town”, starting on a high G (3rd fret, 1st string). But this “Boys of the Town” starts on a middle G (open 3rd string). The two tunes are quite different and in no way related.

Gerry GaffneyLesson 74. Boys of the Town

Lesson 73. An t’Athair Jack Walsh

“Athair” is the Irish word for “father”, and the Anglicized title “Fr. Jack Walsh” is often used as the title for this tune, as is “Tatter Jack Walsh”. The tune is played in the D mixolydian mode and thus contains the same notes as a G Major scale. A cursory glance at the chords used in the sheet music should …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 73. An t’Athair Jack Walsh

Lesson 72. Yellow Tinker

The “Yellow Tinker” is a tune in the G mixolydian mode. In other words the scale used is a C Scale but played in the key of G. The tune is associated with the playing of Galway accordionist Joe Burke , and perhaps because of Burke, it is very popular and widely played. The first and third parts of the …

Gerry GaffneyLesson 72. Yellow Tinker