Kathleen Mavourneen

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, Lead Sheets | No Comments

It’s early morning, a lad is about to set off on a journey that will keep him away from his home and his love Kathleen for years and maybe even forever… and she’s sound asleep, apparently not losing any sleep over his imminent departure. I personally think she’s just fake snoring and waiting for him […]

The Irish Rover

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, Lead Sheets | No Comments

The Irish Rover is the name of a fabled ship, 27 in masts and with enough storage to a few million hogs, dogs, barrels of porter and, of course, eight million balls of old nanny-goats’ tails. Although enormous in size, it was taken down by a bout of the measels, some fog and a rock. […]

Home From the Sea

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, Lead Sheets | No Comments

A dramatic story of what seems to be a doomed ocean rescue. It also makes a fine sing-along – I found myself singing this on and off during the boatride out to Skellig Michael. I’m still here, so it seemed to have worked.

The Gypsy Rover

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, Lead Sheets | No Comments

A tale about a young girl who runs off with her gypsy lover. Her father pursues the two only to find he is “Lord of these lands all over”. Lucky lady.

Goodbye Mrs. Durkin

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, 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 […]

Galway Girl

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, 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.

Dirty Old Town

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, 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 […]

Danny Boy

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Free Sheet Music, 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.

Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels)

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

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

Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat

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

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

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