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Celtic Winter - 20 5-string banjo tunes in tablature

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Welcome to Celtic Winter!

Here is a collection of 20 traditional Celtic folk tunes that have winter themes. I’ve always wanted to look for other tunes from this time of year besides the standards that we usually hear and play. I searched through dozens of books from O’Neill’s various collections of Irish music to 17th century Scottish manuscripts. 

I arranged these in the campanella style. The 5-string banjo in open G tuning works perfectly for this where we can let several notes ring together to create a sort of accompaniment for the melody by itself. This is often referred to as melodic-style banjo playing. As I play through these, my general rule of thumb is that I’m trying to let as many notes ring out as long as possible. It creates a very harp-like effect that I enjoy quite a bit.

Here are the song titles and the sources. Most of the arrangements use standard G tuning except for two songs in G minor tuning as indicated below.

Part One: Frost & Snow

  • Frost & Snow (O'Neill's Music Of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, 1903)

  • The Frost Is All Over (O'Neill's Dance Music Of Ireland, 1907)

  • When Frost & Snow Does Cover The Ground (The British Musical Miscellany, 1733)

  • When The Snow & The Frost Are All Over (G minor, Old Irish Folk Music & Songs, 1909)

  • The Snow On The Hills (O'Neill's Music Of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, 1903)

  • The Snow Storm (O'Neill's Music Of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, 1903)

  • Who’ll Come Fight In The Snow (Gems Of Ireland: 200 Airs, 1841)

Part Two: Christmas & New Year’s Day

  • Christmas Eve (traditional Irish jig collected by Brendan Breathnach)

  • A Merry Christmas (O'Neill's Music Of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, 1903)

  • Christmas Day In The Morning (Selection Of Scotch, English, Irish, & Foreign Airs, Vol. 3, 1788)

  • New Christmas (The Dance Music Of Scotland by J.T. Surenne, 1851)

  • The Christmas Carousing (A Selection Of Music For The Highland Bagpipe by Donald McPhee, 1876)

  • New Year’s Day In The Morning (The Universal Magazine Of Knowledge & Pleasure, February, 1755)

  • New Year’s Day (Selection Of Scotch, English, Irish, & Foreign Airs, Vol. 3, 1788)

Part Three: Winter

  • Apples In Winter (O'Neill's Music Of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, 1903)

  • Winter Apples (O'Neill's Music Of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, 1903)

  • The Humors Of Winter (O'Neill's Music Of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, 1903)

  • Winter (Selection Of Scotch, English, Irish, & Foreign Airs, Vol. 3, 1788)

  • Drive The Cold Winter Away (G minor, traditional 17th century English country dance)

  • Kiss The Cold Winter Away (Davidson's Gems Of Scottish Melody)

You'll receive one PDF to download once you've completed your purchase. Each arrangement is one full page.

Please consider the other companion books in this series:

Guitar: https://kylegrayyoung.gumroad.com/l/celticwinterguitar

Ukulele: https://kylegrayyoung.gumroad.com/l/celticwinterukulele

Or purchase the discounted bundle of all 3 books for $5 off!

Celtic Winter Bundle: https://kylegrayyoung.gumroad.com/l/celticwinterbundle


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