banjouke

tunebook 75 tunes.

years ago I learned some Irish tunes on fiddle. I don’t play violin anymore but continue with Irish music on 5 string banjo, ukulele, and even clarinet.

2013 - a tune has emerged from my ukulele and I’m dedicating it to my favorite sister:

X: 1
T: Catherine the Brave
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: A
E|:"A" AGA Bcd| ecA f2 g | agf ecA |"E" BAG F2 E |
"A"AGA Bcd | ecA f2 g |"F#m" abc’ "E"bab |1"F#m" f3 z2E :|2"F#m" f3 z2e |
"A" cAB cAF |"E" EGE "F#m" F-F/2 G/2A/2B/2 |"F#m"cAc "A" ece |"E"fec B-B/2 A/2G/2A/2 |
"F#m" F2E "A" AGF |"E" EFE "F#m" F-F/2 G/2A/2B/2 |"A" cAc "E" ece |"F#m" f3 z2E ||
"A" AGA Bcd| ecA f2 g | agf ecA |"E" BAG F2 E |
"A" AGA Bcd | ecA f2 g |"F#m" abc’ "E" bab |"F#m" f3 z3 ||

I don’t know if "jig" is the best description, I am going more for an inspiring theme, played broadly, than a bouncy jig. This setting has a smooth, even rhythm. I think it’s a nice version for the books. I also play a second setting with a little lilt to some of the notes, if you want some rhythmic variation:

X: 1
T: Catherine the Brave
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: A
E|:"A" AGA Bcd| ecA f2 g | a>gf ecA |"E" B>AG F2 E |
"A"AGA Bcd | ecA f2 g |"F#m" a>bc’ "E"bab |1"F#m" f3 z2E :|2"F#m" f3 z2e |
"A" cAB cAF |"E" EGE "F#m" F-F/2 G/2A/2B/2 |"F#m"cAc "A" ece |"E"fec B-B/2 A/2G/2A/2 |
"F#m" F2E "A" A>GF |"E" EFE "F#m" F-F/2 G/2A/2B/2 |"A" cAc "E" ece |"F#m" f3 z2E ||
"A" AGA Bcd| ecA f2 g | a>gf ecA |"E" B>AG F2 E |
"A" AGA Bcd | ecA f2 g |"F#m" a>bc’ "E" bab |"F#m" f3 z3 ||

In the 7 bar of the head, it’s supposed to be a high c. The converter on www.concertina.net doesn’t recognize the apostrophe when you copy it from the *.html. But if you replace the old apostrophe with a new one before you convert, it will recognize it. Thanks to everyone in discussion who helped me with my ABC’ing.

Thanks also to "gam" who contributed a version in G:

X: 1
T:Catherine the Brave
R:jig
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
D|:"G" GFG ABc| dBG e2 f | gfe dBG |"D" AGF E2 D |
"G" GFG ABc | dBG e2 f |"Em" gab "D" aga |1 "Em" e3 z2D :|2 "Em" e3 z2d |
"G" BGA BGE | "D" DFD "Em" E-E/2 F/2G/2A/2 | "Em" BGB "G" dBd | "D" edB A-A/2 G/2F/2G/2 |
"Em" E2D "G" GFE | "D" DED "Em" E-E/2 F/2G/2A/2 | "G" BGB "D" dBd | "Em" e3 z2D ||
"G" GFG ABc | dBG e2 f | gfe dBG |"D" AGF E2 D |
"G" GFG ABc | dBG e2 f |"Em" gab "D" aga |"Em" e3 z3 ||

By the way, I have taken up chromatic harmonica, and that’s a great sound for Irish music, I’m going to be playing a lot of that!