Free lead sheets for those looking for something to play.
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”.
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.
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.
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.