With Easter coming up & all I thought this would be a good tune for the season. I let ABCMUS add chords to this because the beginning relies heavily on the IV-V-I chord progression to give this tune it punch. If you play an instrument that can play multiple notes you’ll have fun doing that G-A-D chording. Lot’s o’ fun this tune is.
The Holy Land
For years the Bothy Band ended many of their concerts with this tune, strung at the end of a set of six reels. It usually brought down the house.
“The Holy Land” ~ single reel
The B-part doesn’t repeat, but if you need to do that, well, it’s your choice to do so…
|: A |
~B3 d (3AAA Bc | d ~F3 DFA=c | BG (3GGG ABdf | af (3efg fdd :||
(3fff df dfaf | gfed (3Bcd eg | f2 df dfaf | gfeg fdde |
f2 df dfaf | gfed cdec | dfaf g2 ag | (3fgf eg fdd ||
This is also nice played down a few steps:
|: D | ~E3 G D2 EF | GB, (3BBB G,B,DG | ~
| A | (3BBB GB GBdB | cBAG FGAc | ~
see cocus’s comment https://thesession.org/tunes/1522
on Ben Lennon /Clare musicians /BothyBand’s set-ing of the tune
Goes by the name "Dunboyne Straw Plaiters" on Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake’s recent CD "The Ewe With The Crooked Horn".
Who would have thought!
2d part here akin to 1st part of the…Fairy Dance!
The Holy Land
I got this tune from a student of mine and thought he’d made a mistake in the first measure. But when I looked it up on The Session, I discovered it was actually written that way, sometimes with a half note first, and sometimes with a quarter note. Either way, that is not 8 beats in the first measure and I’m just wondering why no one else wondered about that or commented on it!! I know some tunes are quirky that way but I usually like a little discussion about it so I can make some sort of sense by it. Problem is, I have listened to it yet!. I will, right now.
T: Holy Land, The
|: A |~B3 d ~A2 Bc | d ~F3 DFA=c | BG ~G2 ABdf | af (3efg fdd :||
e | f2 df dfaf | gfed (3Bcd eg | f2 df dfaf | gfeg fdde |
f2 df dfaf | gfed cdeg | dfaf g2 ag | (3fgf eg fdd ||
The Holy Land for DADGAD Fingerstyle Guitar
Here is my version for this tune : http://youtu.be/xW3-mVckVJg
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day !
Henry Benagh (fiddle), Marcus Hernon (flute), Noel O’Grady (bouzouki) & Tommy Keane (uilleann pipes). Filmed c1985 in The Good Mixer, Camden Town, London.
I prefer beginning like this
B3G A2Bc | d
as in this superlative rendition (from 44:12)
The Holy Land, X:5
This version is based on the one by the great fiddler Katie Davis Henderson, which I learnt from her youtube channel on its serie New Tune Every Day, but with my own "touch" being a flute player. I recommend to everyone to watch her videos, I’m a big fan of her.
This is her version in which you can hear there is no C nat at all during the whole setting.