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New Song – Celtic Airs And Graces

I was going to post this a few days hence but I’ve just had a flight to Barcelona  canceled. Try again tomorrow. So…

…having uploaded some tunes (see below) which some would call “Celtic” (and which I call jigs, reels, strathspeys… whatever) I was reminded of a song I recently recorded and had been considering for my next CD. Well, here’s a scratch mix which I hope meets with approval. Mp3 and guitar tab / notation downloads also available via the link below.

Read all about it, listen, and come back and let me know what ya’ll think.

Celtic Airs And Graces

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Free Celtic Fingerstyle Tabs for Download

(…and Some MP3s)

Teuchter Tunes… and some others

[Teuchter (pronounced chew-ch-ter with the middle ‘ch’ sounding as the scottish word loch) is a Lowland Scots word used mainly for Northern or Highland Scots]

Well, coming from the folk tradition I was bound, I suppose, as a fingerpicker, to explore the instrumental folk music of the lands hereabouts. What started out a party piece during some gigs in the ’70s developed into a more considered exploration and I eventually arranged a number of Scottish and Irish fiddle tunes for the guitar. There was a spell when I peppered my performances with a few of these tunes, but these days I mostly use them as practice pieces to keep my “chops” in shape.

Becoming aware recently of the rising popularity of what is euphemistically called Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar, I decided there might some interest in what I had done, so I wrote them down in order to make them available here. I offer them in PDF format – along with short MP3 recordings of a couple of them – for exploration by fingerstyle guitar players. Please download via the links provided below.

I have other tabs I will upload soon including the two to accompany a the “mp3 clips only” below.  I may also record some more clips to go with all the rest of the scores I those missing below and the others.

You will find that they are mostly in altered tunings which is a device I have only used for these purposes, preferring standard tuning for my own songs. I also invariably put a capo on the 2nd fret when I play these, for some reason.

I hope you enjoy them.

Tabs / Notation and mp3 clips:

Tab: Sleeping Maggie (9130)
mp3: Sleeping Maggie (7327)

Tab: Highland Donald Kissed Kitty (4278)
mp3: Highland Donald Kissed Kitty (4815)

Tab: High Road To Linton (4010)
mp3: High Road To Linton (4313)

Tabs / Notation only:

Blewitts Jig (2498)
To Daunton Me (1733)

mp3 clips only:

The Source Of Spey (1556)
Hawthorn Hedges (1436)

Postscript and a caveat: What is Celtic guitar playing, anyway?? For my own part – and although I’ve used the term myself on this page – I dislike the term Celtic being associated with guitar playing, or this music generally, because, (a) the Celts did not play guitars, and, (b) the term dilutes awareness and acknowledgement of the specific origins of the music, ie, Scotland, Ireland, etc. The term Scots – or Irish – and Celts is not inter-changeable! But hey – whatyagonna do?

I’ve written further on this here.