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Not Just O'Carolan: Celtic Tunes for Dulcimer Jams

Genuine Irish or Celtic Jams are difficult to join, especially with a dulcimer. The musicians assume everyone knows the songs and what key they are played in, and the playing is generally very fast. But many Celtic tunes work exceptionally well on the dulcimer. Below is working list of Celtic tunes that have become part of the common dulcimer repertoire. Midi files and standard music notation for nearly all these tunes is available online at the Celtic Wandering Piper songlist, and another great source for learning by ear is the "snips and clips" page at When possible I have included links to simple tablature.

All Through the Night tab 1 

Ash Grove   pdf

Auld Lang Syne   tab 1

Blackest Crow   tab 1

Blind Mary   tab 1 (low octave)    tab 2 (high octave)

Bunessan (Morning Has Broken)   tab 1

Down By the Sally Gardens   tab 1

Fanny Power   tab 1

Farewell to Tarwathie   tab 1

Farewell to Whisky   tab 1

Flowers of Edinburgh   tab 1

The Leaving of Liverpool   tab 1


Loch Lomond   tab 1

Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)   link 1

Maggie in the Woods   tab 1

Off to California    tab 1 (low octave)   tab 2 (high octave)

The Parting Glass   tab 1

Red-Haired Boy

Rights of Man**  tab 1

Rosin the Beau   pdf

Rickett's Hornpipe   tab 1

Scotland the Brave  tab 1 (high octave)    tab 2 (low octave)

Saint Anne's Reel   tab 1

Si Beag Si Mohr   tab 1

Skye Boat Song    tab 1

Soldier's Joy   tab 1

Southwind   tab 1

Star of the County Down   tab 1

The Water is Wide   pdf

Whiskey Before Breakfast   tab 1

The Wind that Shakes the Barley   tab 1

Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon   tab 1

** an asterisk indicates the use of a capo **

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