Goodbye Mrs. Durkin

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Lead Sheets | No Comments

Another song about Irish emigrating to the United States, but a bit more on the livelier side than Danny Boy. Originally called Mursheen Durkin, but this is based in the Irish Rovers’ version of the song called Goodbye Mrs. Durkin. The melody is taken from a popular 19th century reel, “Cailíní deasa Mhuigheo”, which means “Pretty Girls of Mayo”.

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Goodbye Mrs Durkin

Galway Girl

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Lead Sheets | No Comments

Written by the wonderful Steve Earle, who’s known to dabble in Irish Folk music once in a while. While not being Irish himself, this song became a huge hit over in Eire a few years ago.

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Galway Girl

Dirty Old Town

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Lead Sheets | No Comments

One might be surprised by the title of this song, considereing how many Tidy Town Awards are handed out in Ireland.  But the songwriter Ewal MacColl was referring to Salford, in the northwest of England. But the town did receive quite a many Irish in the 19th century during the Great Hunger and Luke Kelly brought this song back to the Dubliners and gave it quite a bit of recognition. So it does have a place in the Irish Folk music catalog.

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Dirty Old Town

Danny Boy

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Lead Sheets | No Comments

The English songwriter Frederic Weatherly wrote the lyrics to Danny Boy and set them to music using the tradition Irish song Londonderry Air in 1913. It’s a song about the Irish folk who left their country to join the Irish diaspora, mostly in the United States.

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Danny Boy

Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels)

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The unofficial anthem of Dublin City. If you’re ever in the Irish Capital, make sure to visit her statue!

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Molly Malone

Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat

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This is a traditional religous song written in the Irish language.

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Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)

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This song was written in 1913 by James Royce Shannon which I mostly remember from listening to old Bing Crosby records.

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Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral

Old Irish Blessing – Denes Agay

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This is a version of an Old Irish Blessing composed by Denes Agay. It’s originally for a SATB choir, but this is just the melody with harmony.

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Old Irish Blessing

If – Rudyard Kipling / Isle of Innisfree

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Lead Sheets | No Comments

This here’s a song originally entitled “Isle of Innisfree” (Dick Farrelly) but using the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling for the lyrics.

I use this song with the 6th graders at my school who are graduating up to secondary school. They sing this to their parents at the end of the graduation ceremony and is always well received.

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If

New Site

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

It has come to my attention that I still have a website. Completely forgot.

Instead of cleaning off the cobwebs, I’ve just burned down the old site and will be slowly but surely be setting up the new one.

As far as what I’ll be using it for, it turns out that as a music teacher, I’ve generated hundreds of pages of sheet music that I have been using in my classes. So, why not share that resource with the world… for free.

Here’s to hoping I make some music teacher’s day.