Anthony Archibald - Guitar - Guitar: That Cause Can Never Be Lost nor Stayed (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request from "Ephraim Zamora" a couple of days ago for this hymn. Written by Kristian Ostergaard a Danish-American Lutheran Pastor and translated into English by J.C. Aaberg, I had never heard it before, so I checked it out on YouTube. All versions of the hymn there appear to be from Thailand from which I gather that this must be a popular hymn in that country. I found the sheet music and although it did not have chords with it, I have prepared my own which I am using in this recording.
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Guitar: That Cause Can Never Be Lost nor Stayed (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request from "Ephraim Zamora" a couple of days ago for this hymn. Written by Kristian Ostergaard a Danish-American Lutheran Pastor and translated into English by J.C. Aaberg, I had never heard it before, so I checked it out on YouTube. All versions of the hymn there appear to be from Thailand from which I gather that this must be a popular hymn in that country. I found the sheet music and although it did not have chords with it, I have prepared my own which I am using in this recording.
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Guitar: Across the Great Divide (Including lyrics and chords) Listening to an instrumental on Soundcloud yesterday played by a very talented autoharp player, Neil Walters, I realized that I had in fact meant to perform this Kate Wolf song myself. I had written out the lyrics and chords for it a couple of weeks ago, but had not recorded it and had let it slip from my memory, so yesterday afternoon, I remedied that omission with this being the result.
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Guitar: Faithful Johnny (Including lyrics and chords) Today's song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is "Faithful Johnny". The footnote with the song reads: Source: Singing Together, Spring 1961, BBC Publications Notes: Described somewhat vaguely as 'Old Scottish Song'. From 'The Daily Express Community Song Book'. The singing directions are given as 'Sad, but not too slow.' As with all the songs from this series, I have created my own arrangement and chord progression. To fit in quick changes to the G chord, I simply lift my fingers off as I am only plucking open strings.
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Guitar: Faithful Emma (Including lyrics and chords) Today's song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is somewhat confusing. The title is, "Faithful Emma", but nowhere in the song does Emma's name appear, and the first three verses seen to have no connection with the final verse as was noted in the footnotes in the pamphlet: Source: Lucy Broadwood and J A Fuller Maitland. 1893, English County Songs, Leadenhall Press, London Notes: From Sussex. Lucy Broadwood wrote: This fragment is either the beginning and end of one ballad, or the first three verses of one tacked on to the ending of another. The name of the song is that given to it by the choir man who sang it to Mr Sumner, the connection between Emma's faith and Mary's fickleness is not apparent. The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Visions of Sugar Plums (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday I received a request for this song from a new follower, "RaZe Gorky" who is a fan of Glen Campbell. "Visions of Sugar Plums" was written by Glen Campbell and Jerry Fuller and performed by Campbell on his LP "True Grit" which clearly was released after the film starring John Wayne was released. Campbell also starred in that film. I liked the song immediately, so within an hour of receiving the request, recorded this video.
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Guitar: Who Loves the Sun (Including lyrics and chords) My upload today is a request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, who once again has given me a challenge that has taken me out of my comfort zone so to speak. The song, "Who Loves the Sun" written by Lou Reed of "The Velvet Underground", provides me with good practice at using barre chords, which despite playing guitar for over fifty years is a skill I have only recently worked on, and even though it is not a "folk song", I quite liked it, so here is my attempt at it.
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Autoharp: Eriskay Love Lilt (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the BBC programme "Singing Together", (Spring 1973), is one I have uploaded in the past but on that occasion used a guitar for accompaniment. I decided to try it on the autoharp for this upload. I would normally play and sing this one in the key of C or D, but neither key sounded as good on my Oscar Schmidt chromatic autoharp, so even though it is not the best key for my voice, I am playing it in the key of G. The footnote in the BBC pamphlet reads: The pamphlet acknowledges "the trustees of the estate of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser and Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd, arr. Marjory Kennedy-Fraser from Songs of the Hebrides."
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Guitar: The Enniskillen Dragoon (Including lyrics and chords) "The Enniskillen Dragoon" is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I have uploaded a version of this song previously based on the singing of "The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem", with a strumming accompaniment, but for this version, I have chosen to play it finger-style.
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Guitar: Dives and Lazarus (Including lyrics and chords) My song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" today is "Dives and Lazarus". Wikipedia has the following: Dives and Lazarus is Child ballad 56 and a Christmas carol. Francis James Child collected two variants in The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. It is based on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (also called "Dives and Lazarus" and found in Luke 16:19-16:31), but the story contains some miraculous elements, and has its emphasis slightly changed from the more traditionally Jewish to a more popularly Western Christian view of the afterlife. As in other popular renderings of the parable, Dives (Latin for rich or splendid) was considered as a proper name, and the name even was changed to Diverus in variant B. I have used the tune from the score in the pamphlet and have made up my own chord progression for my accompaniment.
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Guitar: Dicky of Taunton Dene (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC "Singing Together" programme for today's upload. This is a new song to me, coming from Somerset, a place I have never visited. As usual with these songs from "Singing Together", I have worked out my own accompaniment for it.
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Guitar: The Weight (Including lyrics and chords) "The Weight" is a song by the American group, "The Band". Attributed to band member Robbie Robertson who was brought up in Canada. Wikipedia has the following explanation regarding some of the characters mentioned in the song: The colorful characters in "The Weight" were based on real people members of The Band knew, as Levon Helm explained in his autobiography, "This Wheel's on Fire". In particular, "young Anna Lee" mentioned in the third verse is Helm's longtime friend Anna Lee Amsden, and, according to her, "Carmen" was from Helm's hometown, Turkey Scratch, Arkansas. "Crazy Chester" was an eccentric resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, who carried a cap gun. Ronnie Hawkins would tell him to "keep the peace" at his Rockwood Club when Chester arrived.
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12-string Guitar: Summer Holiday (Including lyrics and chords) Even though in the present lock-down conditions, we are not going to be allowed to take a holiday, I thought I would upload this Cliff Richard classic and hopefully lift people's spirits in these strange times. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Summer Holiday" is a song recorded by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, written by rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch and drummer Brian Bennett. It is taken from the film of the same name, and was released as the second single from the film in February 1963. It went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for a total of three weeks, as had the first single from the film, "The Next Time". After "Summer Holiday" had spent two weeks at number one, The Shadows' instrumental "Foot Tapper" - also from the same film - took over the top spot for one week, before "Summer Holiday" returned to the top spot for one further week. The track is one of Richard's best known titles and it remains a staple of his live shows. It was one of six hits Richard performed at his spontaneous gig at the 1996 Wimbledon Championships when rain stopped the tennis.
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Guitar:Cuckoo The (Including lyrics and chords) This is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I have uploaded the American version of this song in the past, but this is the first time I have come across the original English version. Interestingly, I particularly noted that there are verses in it common to other songs as well, e.g. On Top of Old Smokey The following are from the footnotes with the song in the pamphlet: Source: Baring-Gould, 1895, A Garland of Country Song, London, (reprinted Llanerch 1998) Notes: Baring-Gould wrote: This charming little song is known throughout England. It is to be found, the verses strangely inverted, in an old Garland, "The Sailor's Return", Glasgow, 1802 (B.M. 11621, b 13). Halliwell, in his "Nursery Rhymes," quotes the first verse only. This same verse has got worked into "The Seasons," in "Songs from the West," No 19. Dr Barrett in his "English Folk Songs" includes "The Cuckoo" No 47. But the words as he collected them are confused. The "sycamore tree" is converted into "a sailor so free," and the order with the sanzas is 4,1,2, and a verse that is quite unknown to us. The Glasgow Garland also opens with a verse which we do not think belongs to the song:- A-walking and a-talking, and a-walking was I, To meet my sweet Billy, he'll come by and bye. To meet him in the meadows is all my delight, A-walking and a-talking from morning till night. The significance of the little song seems to be this. The inconstant lover is likened first to a cuckoo that is a rover, and lastly to a sycamore that so early drops its leaves. I have worked out my own chord progression for this, the chords shown being suitable for strumming. However, as I am playing finger-style, the run from F through G7 to C at the end of lines 1, 2 and 4 may give the impression that I stay in C.
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Guitar: Cottage Thatch'd with Straw (Including lyrics and chords) The Cottage Thatch'd with Straw is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I have made up my own chord progression for accompaniment to this song. When I change from Am to G, I slide up to the note f#, but as I was not playing an actual chord I have indicated this in the annotations simply with the hash tag #. It is not a song that I have heard, but according to the footnote, it is well known in Devon. The following comes as a footnote to the song: Source: Songs of the West by S. Baring-Gould. Notes: The words and the melody were taken down from John Watts, quarry man, Alder, Thrushleton, Devon. This is one of the best known and, next to 'Widdecombe Fair,' most favourite songs of the Devon peasantry. Mr Kidson has noted the song from a Worcestershire man. We have been unable to trace either words or melody, though neither can be earlier than the beginning of the nineteenth century. The song has all the character of a published composition, and no spontaneous composition of a peasant.
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Autoharp: And You Smiled (Including lyrics and chords) ITV have resurrected an old crime series, Van der Valk, which was set in Amsterdam and stars Marc Warren as the eponymous detective. The original series starred Barry Foster and ran from 1972 to 1992. The theme tune for the original series was "Eye Level", composed by Jack Trombey (a pseudonym of Dutch composer Jan Stoeckart) and performed by the Simon Park Orchestra. It reached number one in the UK singles charts in 1973. Also that year, Matt Monro charted with a vocal version titled "And You Smiled". The theme music for the new series uses some of the phrases from "Eye Level" and this brought back to me Matt Munro's song which I have had a go at here using my autoharp for accompaniment.
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Guitar: Merchant's Daughter (The) (Including lyrics and chords) Also known as "The Constant Farmer's Son", this is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". The following is the footnote from the pamphlet: Source: Broadwood, L, 1908, English Traditional Songs and Carols, London, Boosey Notes: Sung by Mr. H Burstow, 1893 Lucy Broadwood wrote: The words are on ballad-sheets by Such and other printers. They should be compared with those of `Bruton Town " (Folk Songs from Somerset, Series i.).Both ballads have for their plot a story strangely like that in Boccaccio's Decameron, which, though versified in delightful and homely fashion by Hans Sachs, is chiefly familiar to English readers through Keats' poem °` Isabella and the Pot of Basil." "Bruton Town" has many more points of likeness to Boccaccio's story than has the foregoing ballad ; but it is possible that both the Somerset and Sussex versions are based on the old tale, seeing that Boccaccio's " Story of Patient Grisilda" survives in doggerel form on a broadside of the 17th century (see Roxburghe Coll.), and that the classics provided much material for the early ballad-makers.
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Guitar: Gulf of Mexico (The) (Including lyrics and chords) One of my subscribers, Johnny Oldham, suggested that I might have a look at this Steve Earle song after watching my last upload of one of his songs, namely "Dixieland". This song relates to the worst environmental disaster ever in American history as described by Wikipedia as follows: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, oil leak, or oil disaster; the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; and the Macondo blowout) was an industrial disaster that began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect, considered to be the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry and estimated to be 8 percent to 31 percent larger in volume than the previous largest, the Ixtoc I oil spill, also in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. federal government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal; 780,000 m3). After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated that the well site was still leaking. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is regarded as one of the largest environmental disasters in American history.
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Guitar: Why Don't Women Like Me (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber Athul08, "Why Don't Women Like Me" is a George Formby song which of course he would have performed playing one of his ukulele banjos. As that is an instrument I have never attempted to play, I am accompanying myself on the guitar and have simplified the chord progression to suit. As with most of his songs, this is a bit of a tongue-twister in places and a little risqué at times.
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Guitar: Come Write Me Down (Including lyrics and chords) Today, I am returning to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for my upload. "Come Write Me Down" is a traditional song dating back to at least the seventeenth century. Some of the footnotes with the song are as follows: The early 19th century saw the appearance of a broadside song based on the older one, though much shortened; it was usually called Second Thoughts are Best. That would put the song (with the familiar text) in tradition for around two centuries (it is still sung by the Copper Family of Rottingdean, of course), though it may perhaps have been lurking around unremarked-upon in an intermediate form during the 18th century. The tune prescribed on the 17th century broadside was Love's Tide (a popular tune in various forms; Simpson, The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music, 1966, pp. 749-752, quotes three examples. It was used for a good few songs of the latter 17th century, including Laurence Price's Famous Flower of Serving-Men) and If You Love Me was successful enough for its title to have become attached to the melody at times. I am sure that this tune must have influenced the composer of the Manx song "Ramsey Town", (lyrics by E Crabb), as the first two lines are virtually the same for both.
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Guitar: Crazy (Including lyrics and chords) I was adding songs by Willie Nelson to a playlist on my channel the other day when I noticed that although I have played and sung his song "Crazy" on many occasions, the only version of it I had uploaded to YouTube was one accompanied on the autoharp, so today I am uploading this guitar accompanied version.
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Autoharp: Fish and Whistle (Including lyrics and chords) Just over a week ago, American country singer and song writer John Prine died of complications caused by COVID-19. This song, "Fish and Whistle" is one of his that I particularly love, and although I have uploaded a guitar accompanied version a few years ago, I have recorded this autoharp accompanied version as my tribute to him.
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Guitar: Cruel, Cruel World (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber, Muikku, "Cruel, Cruel World" is a song written by Daniel Lanois and sung by Willie Nelson for the video game "Red Dead Redemption 2". I have done two or three other songs from this franchise before, so was happt to give this one a go too, even if like the others it was new to me.
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Autoharp: Where Are You Going with The Rain (Including lyrics and chords) I know very little about this song other than that it was written by John Stewart of The Kingston Trio and I first heard it on one of their LPs, "Something Else". I may have misremembered the title as I think it should have been: "Where Are You Going Little Boy?" It is another song that fits Jan's challenge on the UK Autoharp site on Facebook for songs to do with the weather. I have never attempted this one on the autoharp before, so I gave it a go yesterday.
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Guitar: Tonight the Streets Are Ours (Including lyrics and chords) This is another request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth. The song, "Tonight the Streets Are Ours" was written and performed by Richard Hawley about whom Wikipedia has the following: Richard Willis Hawley (born 17 January 1967) is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. After his first band Treebound Story (formed while he was still at school) broke up, Hawley found success as a member of Britpop band Longpigs in the 1990s. After that group broke up in 2000, he later joined the band Pulp, led by his friend Jarvis Cocker, for a short time. Hawley's track "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" was chosen as the title track for the Oscar nominated 2010 Banksy film Exit Through the Gift Shop . I have chosen to play this one with a finger-style accompaniment for my own interpretation.
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Guitar: Windy Harbour (Including lyrics and chords) A few days ago, I heard this song for the first time ever sung by a lady autoharpist, Julia Mara, on the UK Autoharp Group page of Facebook. I liked the song so much, I decided I needed to learn it for myself, but would use the guitar for accompaniment rather than the autoharp as she had already done it with that instrument. Windy Harbour was written by Pete Abbott, guitarist with The John Wright Band, and it is on a live performance of his that I have based my own interpretation, though he used a strumming accompaniment as opposed to my finger-style one. The chord progression I am using is one I found supplied by Ian Hendrie on a thread on Mudcat.org.
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Autoharp: Strange Rain (Including lyrics and chords) Tom Paxton wrote "Strange Rain" as a protest song long before people became more aware of the dangers of atmospheric pollution. I have taken the liberty of adding two new verses to his song in keeping with the present strange times. As it happens, it also fits Jan's April challenge for songs about the weather.
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Guitar: Midlist Author (Including lyrics and chords) This song comes as a request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth. Written and performed by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. The song is called "Midlist Author". I had problems with it because as far as I could find, there is only the one version of it on YouTube, a live concert with Colin Meloy himself playing and singing the song. However, the lyrics he was singing did not match up to those I had found on the internet, and it did not help when he forgot the lyrics part way through the first verse. However, eventually I spotted that one kind person had added the lyrics he was singing in the comments below the video, so I was finally able to work out how to put the song together. It gave me the chance to practise using barre chords too, playing A, Am and F#m up the neck for the verses.
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Autoharp: What Have They Done to The Rain ) (Including lyrics and chords) I felt that I was cheating a bit when I uploaded a song for "Jan's Challenge" of songs about the weather on the UK Autoharp site the other day, having already uploaded that one a year ago, so I decided to have a go at a new one, Malvina Reynolds' song, "What Have They Done to The Rain". I only tried it out a couple of times before recording it, so it is by no means perfect. I first heard this song when a friend at college played and sang it one summer's evening in 1965 or so. Strangely, just as he finished the song, a gentle rain began to fall outside of our room.
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Guitar: Collier's Rant (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme "Singing Together" today for my upload. There was quite a bit of information about the song in the footnotes in the pamphlet including a very useful glossary of dialect words used in it: Source: Palmer, R,A Ballad History of England,BT Batsford Ltd, 1979 Notes: The text was first published in the Northumbrain Garland of 1793. The text and tune together were published in The Bishoprick Garland editor J Ritson, in 1834. Roy Palmer provides these translations of the dialect: Marrow: workmate Deel: Devil Putten the tram: pushing the coal truck Lowe: light Gam: game Law: low Had up: hold up Hoggars: stockings with the feet cut off, used as gaiters Sark: shirt The song is adopted as the book title by Robert Colls: The Collier's Rant: Song and Culture in the Industrial Village (Croom Helm/Rowman & Littlefield, 1977). "The Collier's Rant" (the same version with some minor differences) is also in Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs ([1862, revised edition, 1891]; Facsimile edition, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Frank Graham, 1972, pp. 25-26; without music), with this note [the date of Ritson's book is different]: Sir Cuthbert Sharpe writes:--"This is a true pit song, which singers can do justice to. Those who have had the advantage of hearing it sung by the late Mr. W.S--, sen., of Pictree, will not readily forget the marvellous effect he produced on his hearers by his powerful voice and genuine humour." The song appeared in Cuthbert Sharpe's Bishoprick Garland (1834), not to be confused with Joseph Ritson's Bishopric Garland (1784). Ritson printed the song, without tune, in his Northumberland Garland (1793, song XIII).
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Guitar: Dock of the Bay (Including lyrics and chords) They say "You're never too old to learn!". I started learning to play guitar over fifty years ago, and for over forty-five of those years, never really ventured up the neck, sticking to simple open chords because I didn't learn how to play barre chords. Now in my seventies, I am trying to use barre chords more often, even though I have never been able to play a full barre but have settled for a grip barre instead. The Otis Redding song, "Dock of the Bay", co-written by guitarist Steve Cropper, gives me the opportunity to practice using barre chords for G and A in the verses and chorus, though I do go back to an open G chord in the bridge.
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Guitar: The Animals Went in Two by Two (Including lyrics and chords) This song was suggested by subscriber Jack Carter who is looking after a young cousin at the present time. I had not done it before, so set to as soon as I got the request even though I prefer to record in daylight rather than under electric light. The tune for the song of course is that of the American Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".
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2020 January walks in the Isle of Man I had intended to stop making these videos of the monthly walks I have been on with the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group, but in light of the events that have overtaken the world in recent weeks and the Government’s recommendation that we self-isolate, I feel it only right to take you on a virtual walk by making this video. Of course, all the photos were taken in the month of January, well before we knew about the Covid-19 virus. They are but a few highlights from each of the walks undertaken during the month. The music accompanying the video is a compilation of tracks from songs I uploaded during the same period. If you would like to see more of the photos from all my walks, go to https://photos.google.com/albums If you would like to listen to more of my songs, they can be found on my YouTube channel, "threelegsoman". The musical tracks accompanying the video are: 1. January, April and Me – Guitar 2. Granny’s Old Armchair – 12-string Guitar 3. That Cause Can Never Be Lost nor Stayed – Guitar 4. The Closest Thing to Crazy – Guitar 5. Deadman’s Gun – Guitar 6. Puff the Magic Dragon (With happy ending) – Guitar 7. Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills – 5-string Banjo 8. Vincent – Guitar 9. That’s the Way It Is – 12-string Guitar 10. You Can’t Go Back Again – 12-string Guitar 11. Farewell Shanty - Guitar
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Autoharp: The Circle Game (Including lyrics and chords) I have done a guitar accompanied version of this Joni Mitchell song which I uploaded in 2013. I was looking at my file of the song yesterday and decided that it might work with the autoharp, and as one of my Facebook friends in America, Martin Buck, sent me a message saying how much he and friends have been missing my autoharp uploads, I have done this version especially for him. It is in the key of Bb which is a key I don't often play in on the autoharp, so it is a good exercise for me too.
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Guitar and Harmonica: Summertime (Including lyrics and chords) Whilst I have uploaded videos of this song before, I have never attempted to put both the singing and guitar together with the harmonica, so today I am experimenting doing so. Also, with the guitar accompaniment, I have tried using barre chords for the run down from Am through G and F to Em, as for over 40 years, I never attempted to play barre chords and am now making myself do so more often. The harmonica is an A minor diatonic from Lee Oskar. The song of course comes from the Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess".
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Guitar: South Australia (The Codfish Shanty) I uploaded a variant of this song some time ago under the title: "Cape Cod Girls", which I had found on a site called "The Contemplator". Today's upload comes from the BBC programme "Singing Together" where the footnote reads: Source: Hugill, S, Shanties from the Seven Seas,Mystic Seaport Museum, 1960.
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Guitar: Coming Home to Stay (Including lyrics and chords) Also known as "The Vermont Home Song", "Coming Home to Stay" is a request from Caleb Brown for whom I uploaded the song "They Call the Wind Mariah" a couple of days ago. Written by Terry Frey, as I was unable to find the lyrics and chords from my usual sources, I copied the lyrics from Terry's own video, (the only version of the song I could find on YouTube). The chord progression I am using is of my own devising. Terry dedicates the song in the following words: Out of respect for the military who serve from Vermont and come back home to their families and friends. You are remembered with this song.......
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5-string banjo: Waiting for the Federals and Sugar in the Gourd I usually try to upload something with an Irish connection for St Patrick's Day, but I do not have anything new of that nature at present, so instead I am uploading a set of two American tunes which I am working on at present. I hope to be able to play these with my fiddle playing friend Robin Boyle soon, but am still trying to build up speed. This is my first attempt at putting the two tunes together. I should point out that Sugar in the Gourd is Robin's own arrangement of this piece.
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Guitar: They Call the Wind Mariah (Including lyrics and chords) Suggested by Caleb Brown, "They Call the Wind Mariah" is an American popular song with lyrics written by Alan J. Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe for their 1951 Broadway musical, Paint Your Wagon, which is set in the California Gold Rush. The song was featured in the 1969 Hollywood film Paint Your Wagon, starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg. In the film, the song was performed by Harve Presnell. The New York Times said that Presnell's role in the film "delivered the golden opportunity to sing the unforgettable ballad." I note that "Mariah" is a more recent spelling of the name which was originally "Maria", but as the latter is usually pronounced as "Mar-ee-ya", and in the song the name is pronounced as "Mar-eye-ya", I feel the former spelling is more appropriate.
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Guitar: Lady Take Your Time (Including lyrics and chords) "Lady Take Your Time" is a song written and performed by Allan Taylor. It is a song that my friend Margaid Bird sings and asks me to accompany her, so I thought it about time I did my own version which I present here.
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12-string Guitar: Irish Rover (Including lyrics and chords) In the past, I have sung "The Irish Rover" as I learned it from the singing of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, but today, I am uploading a version which whilst mainly theirs, also includes verses that the Dubliners sang.
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12-string Guitar: Sweet Caroline (Including lyrics and chords) A request from my American pen-friend, Tammy Statler, has me attempting Neil Diamond's song "Sweet Caroline". I have sung along to others performing this song before, but this is my own first attempt at it.
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Guitar: Dixieland (Including lyrics and chords) My friend Alan Hess introduced this song to us on one of our Tuesday night sing-arounds a couple of weeks ago. It was written by Steve Earle, and like his song "Galway Girl", he includes a lively instrumental between each verse. In the case of "Galway Girl", I could play the instrumental breaks on a harmonica, but with this song, I have attempted to play the instrumental break on my guitar, but am not as good as Steve Earle who plays his on a mandolin.
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12-string Guitar: If I Had a Hammer (Including lyrics and chords) For our sing-around on Tuesday night, we had a theme of "protest songs", and this was one of the songs I sang. I had uploaded the song previously, but this time I have altered the chord progression slightly. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" is a song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. It was written in 1949 in support of the progressive movement, and was first recorded by The Weavers, a folk music quartet composed of Seeger, Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, and Fred Hellerman. It was a number 10 hit for Peter, Paul and Mary in 1962 and then went to number three a year later when recorded by Trini Lopez. The Weavers released the song under the title "The Hammer Song" as a 78 single in March 1950 on Hootenanny Records, 101-A, backed with "Banks of Marble".
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Guitar: Cold Blows the Wind (Shropshire) (Including lyrics and chords) Collected by Cecil Sharp, "Cold Blows the Wind (Shropshire)" is one of many variants on the song "The Unquiet Grave". This is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" and in the footnotes, is the following: The tune here was noted by Sharp from Mrs William Ree at Hambridge, Somerset, 4th April 1904, and was first published in the Journal of the Folk Song Society, vol. II issue 6, 1905. The simple chord progression I am using is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Listen to the Ocean (Including lyrics and chords) At our monthly meeting of the Manx Autoharp Group, my friend Beastie sang this song which was a minor hit in 1960 for the duo, Nina and Frederik. I have chosen to accompany myself on the guitar as that is the instrument Frederik played for their performance.
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12-string Guitar: The Old Bog Road (Including lyrics and chords). The Old Bog Road has been requested by my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth. Ken liked the Hank Locklin version of the song, but having listened to various artists, I preferred the ones done by the likes of Finbar Furey, Daniel O'Donnell and earlier, Joshef Locke, so my own interpretation is more like theirs. I made up my own chord progression to accompany the song. The lyrics for the song come from a poem written by Teresa Brayton, (29 June 1868 – 1943) who was an Irish nationalist, writer and poet. andit was set to music by Madeline King O'Farrelly from Rochfortbridge, County Westmeath.
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Guitar: Who's Sorry Now (Including lyrics and chords) Music composed by Ted Snyder, with lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby (published in 1923), "Who's Sorry Now?" is a song closely idenfified with Connie Francis who had a hit with it in 1958 reaching number 4 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA and number 1 in the UK singles chart. It's first release in 1923 was performed by Isham Jones whose version charted at number 3. It featured in the Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca (1946), directed by Archie Mayo and released by United Artists. It was also used in the 1950 film Three Little Words when it was sung by Gloria DeHaven. This is just a bit of self indulgence on my part as I wanted to try it out to see if it might suit my friend Sylvia who sings with our group of musical friends who entertain at various care homes, sheltered accommodation homes and other venues.
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Guitar: Room in the Sky (Including lyrics and chords) The Houghton Weavers are a favourite group of a friend of mine, and he introduced me to one of their songs, "Room in the Sky", when he came to visit last week.It is a rather sad reflection on modern living in cities where the old streets have been demolished in favour of high-rise flats. The sense of "local community" seems to have gone.
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Guitar: Desperados Waitin' For a Train (Including lyrics and chords) "Desperados Waitin' For a Train" is a song written by Guy Clark which I first heard sung by Willie Nelson. I did upload a version about six and a half years ago, but have decided to do it again, this time playing the G chord as a barre chord, (grip barre in my case) at the end of each verse as this makes the sequence G - F# - Em much easier to play.
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Guitar: Shady Grove (Including lyrics and chords) Suggested by subscriber, "Mike", Shady Grove is a traditional American song that I thought I must surely have uploaded before now, but by some oversight, I had not done so. There are many versions of it, this one I have based on the singing and playing of Doc Watson. There are a number of small townships in various states in the USA called Shady Grove, but in this song, Shady Grove is the name of a young lady.
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Guitar: The Hills of Ellan Vannin (Including lyrics and chords) Last week on Facebook, the group "Culture Vannin" posted a poem, "The Hills of Ellan Vannin", written by Josephine Kermode (1852–1937) who was a Manx poet and playwright better known by the pen name "Cushag". I felt that it should be set to music and composed this tune for it, though somebody else may have composed one already, but if so, I am not aware of it. I hope you like my composition. If you would like the sheet music, I can let you have a PDF copy which I will send if you email me at nuncton@hotmail,com
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Guitar: Come and Get It (Including lyrics and chords) My apologies to subscriber Doug Shanahan for taking so long to getting round to uploading this song which he requested a month ago. A reminder from Doug had me check it out again last night and this is the result even though I usually prefer to record in daylight. Wikipedia has the following about the song: "Come and Get It" is a song composed by English singer-songwriter Paul McCartney for the 1969 film The Magic Christian. The song was performed by Badfinger, produced by McCartney and issued as a single 5 December 1969 in the UK, and 12 January 1970 in the US, on the Beatles' Apple label. It was the band's first release under the Badfinger name (having previously recorded as The Iveys) and was their international breakthrough, hitting the top 10 in both the UK and US singles charts. Paul McCartney recorded a solo demo of the song on 24 July 1969, after arriving early for a Beatles recording session for their Abbey Road album. Singing the double-tracked lead vocal and playing all the instruments, he laid down the vocals and piano on the first take, sang again and played maracas on the first overdub, then added drums, and finally put in the bass guitar track. It took less than an hour to finish.[1] The biggest differences between the McCartney and Badfinger versions are a slower tempo and slightly higher key on the demo, and the use of three-part harmonies on the Badfinger single. In my version, because I could never manage to play a barre chord properly, I play B as xx444x, C as xx555x and the final E as xx999x
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12-string Guitar: Trains and Boats and Planes (Including lyrics and chords) "Trains and Boats and Planes" is a song I chose to perform a couple of weeks ago at our themed sing-around session at The Manor Hotel in Willaston, Douglas. The theme for that session had been "Methods of Transport". The song was composed by Burt Bacharach with lyrics by Hal David, and I remember it being performed by the British band: Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas on this side of "The Pond" who recorded it in 1965. It was a minor hit for the American singer Dionne Warwick in the States, reaching number 22 in the billboard charts in 1966. I have based my own interpretation on the Warwick version. When I wrote out the annotations which are included on screen, I made an error in the final verses which should have been: G Gsus4 G Gsus4 G Hmmmmmmmm……………………………………… Gsus4 C Csus4 C Hmmmmmmmm…………………… Csus4 G Gsus4 G Hmmmmmmmm………………………… Gsus4 Em The trains and the boats and planes G Em Will bring you back, back home to me For those not familiar with Gsus4 and C sus4, I play them as follows: Gsus4 = 320010 Csus4 = xx2011
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Guitar: Ode to Billy Joe (Including lyrics and chords) My friend and neighbour, Corinna, asked me if I could do this song written and performed by Bobby Gentry, so although it is really a song for a lady to sing, I have given it a go. I am using a chord progression as suggested in Ultimate Guitar, though some interpretations use D9 rather than D7.
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Guitar: Red (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber "Muikku" has requested another song by Daniel Lanois written for the video game, "Red Dead Redemption 2". Having previously uploaded "That's the Way it Is" and "Deadman's Gun", two more songs from the "Red Dead Redemption" franchise, I was happy to give this one a go too. Trying to work out where the chord change from C to F was a little tricky, so I put a dash in the lines to remind myself where to change.
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Guitar: Cicely Sweet (Including lyrics and chords) "Cicely Sweet" is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". The footnote with the song reads: Source: Songs of the West by S. Baring-Gould. Notes: Notes abridged from S.Baring-Gould. Words and air sent me by J. S. Hurrell, Esq., Kingsbridge, who had learned them from Mr A. Holoran, a Devonshire schoolmaster. It is also published as 'Sylvia Sweet' in Dale's 'Collection,' circ. 1790. Two verses are given by Halliwell as traditional in his 'Nursery Rhymes,' 4th edition, 1846, p223. Roud: 6908 (Search Roud index at VWML) The song is meant to be sung by two people, a man and a woman, so I have sung the male part in a low register and the female part an octave higher.
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Guitar: The Cheshire Man (Including lyrics and chords) Today's song from the BBC programme, "Singing Together" is "The Cheshire Man" which is also known as "The Cheshire Souling Song". Other than its title, I have no further information regarding it except the single line from the pamphlet: Taken from E. Jones "Popular Cheshire Melodies", 1798. As with most of the songs in Joe Offer's catalogue of songs from the programme, the sheet music with audio enabled me to learn the tune, but the chord progression I have used is of my own devising. I transposed from the original key of Fm to Am as it suits my voice better.
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Autoharp: Ivor the Driver (Including lyrics and chords) Seeking a song to fit a theme of "prepositions", Ian White suggested I should give this one a go. It is usually sung a cappella, but I worked out a simple two chord progression that seems to fit so I could accompany it on the autoharp. It happens to fit Jan's challenge for February on the UK Autoharp site too.
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Guitar: Candlemas Eve (Including lyrics and chords) I don't usually upload a song a day, but I realised I meant to upload this one from the BBC programme "Singing Together" yesterday, today being Candlemass Day, 2nd February. This song dates back to the 16th century and is attributed to R. Herrick (1591 - 1674). In a discussion on the song in Joe Offer's mudcat.org, a contributor wrote: Just as a matter of interest, the song refers to the old habit of removing the Christmas decorations before Candlemas (now it's Epiphany). I think it was Charles II who got fed up with the Christmas celebrations going on for 6 weeks and reduced the season down to 12 days in England. Another contributor wrote: The song refers to the custom of decorating the house and particularly the floor (as there were no carpets) with the products of Nature. Which was something that happened all the year round, not just at Christmas. In my arrangement, I had difficulty keeping the melody in my head, so instead of strumming or picking chords, I played the individual notes which in the annotations for the intro I have shown in lower case letters.
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Guitar: Charlie is m' Darling (Including lyrics and chords) My song from the BBC programme, "Singing Together", this morning is "Charlie is m' Darling". Having uploaded "Farewell to Manchester", aka "Charles Stuart's Farewell", a couple of days ago, this seemed quite an appropriate one to follow, "Charlie" being the same "Charles Edward Stuart".
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Guitar(Not as shown on Fandalism 5-string Banjo!!!): Farewell Manchester (Including lyrics and chords) I am returning to songs from the BBC prog... read moreramme "Singing Together" this morning. "Farewell Manchester" is also known as "Charles Stuart's Farewell" and Felton's Gavot. I found the following information in the Traditional Tune Archive: FELTON'S GAVOT. AKA "Farewell Manchester." English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. See notes for "Farewell Manchester." The title refers to the Rev. William Felton, prebendary of Hereford. The melody formed a part of one of his Concertos, and was afterwards published with variations as Felton's Gavot [Chappell]. It is said to have been played by the troops of Charles Stuart on quitting Manchester in December, 1745 ; also when the unfortunate Manchester youth, Dawson, was executed in 1746. About the same period some words were written to it, entitled " A Song made on the Peace," a copy of which, bearing the prefix of " Farewell, Manchester," and printed with the music, is in the British Museum The description above suggests that the tune is normally played in Eb, but I have chosen to sing it in F although with hindsight, even that is a bit low for my voice.
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Guitar: Farewell Shanty (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request a week ago from subscriber "Mike Smith" for a song used in the Assassin's Creed Games, "Padstow Farewell". As with most of the songs from AC, it is a shanty, but there is some controversy as to whether it is a traditional song or a modern song written in the style of a shanty. I found the lyrics for it in mudcat.org and put my own chord progression to it for my own interpretation.
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5-string Banjo: Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills (Including lyrics and chords) A request from my American friend Ken Shuttlesworth led me to this song. Ken directed me to a version by "Stringbean", (David Akeman), with the title "We Have Moonshine in the Old Kentucky Hills". According to a thread in "mudcat.org", the song with the West Viginia Hills title was the original and was first recorded by Earl Shirkey & Roy Harvey. I got the lyrics from the same thread and worked out my own accompaniment. I thought it was time I gave the 5-string banjo an outing and this seemed to be an appropriate song for it. (I can't play "clawhammer" and am not very good at picking, but I like the sound of the banjo).
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Guitar: Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) (Including lyrics and chords) Don McLean's song Vincent, (Starry, Starry Night), is one I have uploaded before, but using inferior recording equipment, so I decided to give it another go. Cm6 = xxx545 i.e. D7 chord shape at 4th fret, but only using first three strings.
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Guitar: January, April and Me (Including lyrics and chords) Earlier this month, I uploaded an autoharp accompanied song "You Can't Go Back Again" which was written and performed by Dick Curless. I liked it so much I decided to check out more of his songs and this is one of them: "January, April and Me". The January and April mentioned in the title and in the song are not the months of the year, but the names of two children as the narrative of the song reveal.
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Autoharp: Across the Alley from the Alamo (Including lyrics and chords) The Manx Autoharpers have their first monthly meeting of the new decade this afternoon and for individual performances, we have a theme which this month is "prepositions", so with this in mind, I am going to do "Across the Alley from the Alamo" which contains a few of them such as "across; from ; along; to; etc. Wikipedia has the following about the song: Across the Alley from the Alamo is a song written in 1946 by Joe Greene, which has become a jazz standard. The Mills Brothers' recording of the song scored #2 on the U.S. Billboard chart in 1947, and there were cover versions that same year by Woody Herman and his Orchestra and by Stan Kenton and his Orchestra with vocalist June Christy.
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Guitar: Don't Give Up till It's Over (Including lyrics and chords) Today's upload is a request from subscriber "athull08. Somewhat surprisingly, it is a song from The Dubliners that seems to have eluded me. I thought I had covered all of the songs of theirs, but did not know this one.
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Guitar: Deadman's Gun (Including lyrics and chords) A request from "Famson" led me to this song from Ashtar Command (Indie band consisting of Chris Holmes and Brian Liesegang). It comes from the soundtrack of Red Dead Redemption, a western themed video game. I uploaded the song "That's the Way It Is" a few days ago which came from Red Dead Redemption 2, so I agreed to give this one a try too.
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Guitar: Puff the Magic Dragon {with happy ending} (Including lyrics and chords) At our weekly sing-around last Tuesday we had a theme of children's games; toys and playthings. My friend Peter sang "Puff the Magic Dragon", but his version had extras verses to the original Peter, Paul and Mary song I knew. I looked it up and this is what I found. Many people felt unhappy that the ending of the song was so sad they came up with happier endings, the one I am singing being one of them.
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12-string Guitar: That's the Way It Is (Including lyrics and chords) A request from "Muikku" led me to this song which I had not come across before. Written by Daniel Lanois and Rocco DeLuca, and performed by Lanois it is the soundtrack for a video game, "Red Redemption 2" I have attempted to cover the song in my own style using my 12-string guitar for accompaniment.
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Autoharp: You Can't Go Back Again (Including lyrics and chords) Jan's challenge for January on the UK Autohap Facebook page is "looking forward or looking back". I have chosen this song written by Dick Curless, an American Country singer and song writer as I feel it fits the challenge regarding "looking back".
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2019 December walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly video diary of walks undertaken during the month of December, mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group. As in November has been a month of very mixed weather this year. We have had some lovely fine days, some cloudy overcast days and some downright wet and miserable days, and at least two of the scheduled walks for Thursdays were cancelled. The photographs shown in this video are but highlights from the walks. If you would like to see more of the photos from all my walks, go to https://photos.google.com/albums The musical tracks accompanying the video are: The Mouth of the Tobique – Violin; Flute; Bodhran; Guitars, (6 and 12-string) Marshmallow World – Guitar I Saw the Star Up High – Guitar Mary Mild – Autoharp Way Me Susiana – Guitar Leave Your Sheep – Autoharp (My own composition) Christmas Island – 12-string Guitar When a Child is Born – Guitar See Amid the Winter’s Snow – Autoharp The Trail of the Lonesome Pine – Guitar Caroling, Caroling – Guitar Christmas Day in the Morning – Guitar Christ Was Born on Christmas Day – Guitar Casey Jones – Guitar Bus Stop – 12-string Guitar The Mighty Atlantic – 12-string Guitar Always the Winner – 12-string Guitar
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Guitar: The Closest Thing to Crazy (Including lyrics and chords) My good friend Peter Corkhill performs this Katie Melua song often and I thought I would like to give it a go. I must admit, I do not do it anywhere near as well as he does, but here is my humble attempt. I am playing the G4 chord as follows: xx0013.
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12-string Guitar: Granny's Old Armchair (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for "Granny's Old Armchair" a couple of days ago from Fred Coombs. There is some considerable doubt as to who wrote this song, but the version Fred directed me to is performed by Malcolm Stewart. All agree however that it was a music hall song from the latter part of the nineteenth century. I have used a chord progression of my own devising for the accompaniment, not finding it in Ultimate Guitar or any other sites I usually rely on.
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2020 Calendar HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE I created a calendar published by Vista Print, made up using one photo per month taken on my walks during the year, each photo representing the month it was taken. The photo for December was not taken in 2019, but on Christmas Day 2010, the first time in my lifetime that I can recall there being snow at Christmas. I could only afford a limited number to share with close friends so I thought I would share them to a wider audience by creating this video. The musical accompaniment was recorded at our Friday night music session at The Manor Hotel in Willaston last Friday night. The recording is a French/Canadian tune called "The Mouth of the Tobique". Players are: Robin Boyle - Hardanger Fiddle Sharon Christian - Flute Geoff Robinson - Bodhran Tony Archibald - Guitar
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12-string Guitar: Bus Stop (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by Ken Shuttlesworth, "Bus Stop" is a song performed by the British rock band, "The Hollies". From Wikipedia: "Bus Stop" was written by UK songwriter and future 10cc member Graham Gouldman, who also penned major hits for The Yardbirds ("For Your Love") and Herman's Hermits ("No Milk Today"), as well as the Hollies' first venture into the US top 40 with "Look Through Any Window". With the release of "Bus Stop" as a single in June 1966, the Hollies joined the trend known as raga rock, a subgenre first popularised by the Beatles, the Byrds and the Kinks. I am not skilled enough as an instrumentalist to attempt to play the guitar solo instrumental, so have simply made my own instrumental break.
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Guitar: Casey Jones (Including lyrics and chords) Today, I am returning to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for a song published in their Summer 1967 pamphlet, "Casey Jones". I uploaded a slightly different version of this ballad about three years ago: https://youtu.be/MzQvb2NPxf4 The footnote for the Singing Together version of the song reads as follows: A slightly confusing acknowlegement is given for this on the pamphlet: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS for the words and music of 'Casey Jones' from Something to Sing published Oxford University Press. The following note appears in the Digital Tradition: Many songs have been sung about Casey Jones and the famous train wreck of 1909. At the time of the tragedy, according to one legend, Casey, throttle puller of the Illinois Central's crack Cannonball, was driving No. 638, making a run for a friend who was ill. The train was wrecked at Vaughn, Mississippi, and Casey died at the throttle. Wallace Saunders, his Negro engine wiper, set down the story of his death and it was sung to the then popular tune of "Jimmy Jones."
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Guitar: When a Child is Born (Including lyrics and chords) Wikipedia has the following article about this song: "When A Child Is Born" is a popular Christmas song. The original melody was "Soleado", a tune from 1974 by Ciro Dammicco (alias Zacar), composer for Italy's Daniel Sentacruz Ensemble, and Dario Baldan Bembo. The tune was based on Damicco's earlier tune "Le rose blu" published in 1972. The English language lyrics were written a few years later by Fred Jay (Friedrich Alex Jacobson IPI number 00015195204, who wrote many hits for Boney M such as Rasputin and Ma Baker). They do not make specific mention of Christmas but the importance they attach to looking forward to the birth of one particular child somewhere, anywhere, suggests a reference to the birth of Jesus Christ, and the citing of "a tiny star" that "lights up way up high" may allude to the Star of Bethlehem. Fred Jay's lyrics have been sung by many artists, most successfully by Johnny Mathis in 1976, whose version was the Christmas number one in the UK. I uploaded a version eleven years ago, but the recording equipment I was using then was a poor quality webcam on which there was interference if the volume of my voice was too great for the microphone. I have recorded it again and this time hopefully have the timing better in the spoken verse. I hope you like it. Merry Christmas everyone.
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Guitar: Caroling, Caroling Christmas Bells Are Ringing (Including lyrics and chords) On switching on my computer this morning, I found a request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, for the carol: "Caroling, Caroling, Christmas Bells Are Ringing". Written in 1954 by Wilha Hutson and Alfred Burt and performed by Nat King Cole, I do not recall ever having heard it on this side of the pond, so it appeared to be a difficult challenge, especially as I was unable to find any chords for it from my usual source, Ultimate Guitar. I checked out Chordify and modified what I found there to the accompaniment I have used for this recording. Once I had the chords, it only took about half an hour to come up with this result. Hope you like it.
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Guitar: We Three Kings (Including lyrics and chords) Subscriber, "Jack Carter" asked did I have "We Three Kings" in my Christmas playlist. I was rather surprised to find that I did not have it, so am now addressing that omission. I only recorded it yesterday morning, and in the afternoon, with the help of some of my good friends who join me to entertain residents and friends at the sheltered accommodation at which I live, gave it its first public performance. Written and composed by John Henry Hopkins Jr. rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1857 under the title of "Three Kings of the Orient", it has become a very popular Christmas Carol throughout the world.
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Guitar: Christmas Day in the Morning (Including lyrics and chords) Another carol from the BBC programme "Singing Together", this one comes from the Autumn 1966 pamphlet. The chords I show in the annotations are a guide for strumming, but I am playing a finger-style accompaniment, so may not look as if I am using them. In a discussion thread accompanying the song which I found on Joe Offer's mudcat cafe site, the following was presented by a Malcolm Douglas: The words were originally printed in Notes and Queries, 3rd series III, (53) 3 January 1863 page 6, contributed by 'A.A'. The text was reproduced in The Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, 5 (1) 1946, 32, without the full backgound information (such as it was). The full Notes and Queries entry can be seen at The Internet Library of Early Journals: 'EXTRAORDINARY CHRISTMAS CAROL. In a town in Mid Kent some children were going from house to house the other day, singing carols; one of them struck me as very odd; I took down the words as well as I could collect them, which ran thus,- "As I sat under a sycamore tree [the 1st three words three times] I looked me out upon the sea, A Christmas day in the morning. "I saw three ships a-sailing there, [three times, as before] The Virgin Mary and Christ they bare, A Christmas day in the morning. "He did whistle and she did sing [three times] And all the bells on earth did ring, A Christmas day in the morning. And now we hope to taste your cheer [three times] And wish you all a happy new year, A Christmas day in the morning." The children said there were a great many more verses, which they did not know. Has this very singular production ever been printed? The tune was that generally known among children as "A cold and frosty morning." A.A.' The tune set to the words here may be related, but is distinctly different from the familiar 'Here we go round the mulberry bush' / 'Nancy Dawson'. Four tunes were printed in JEFDSS (two from Kent, apparently) but none is obviously our melody here. So far I can't tell where that came from.
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Guitar: Christ Was Born on Christmas Day (Including lyrics and chords) This carol comes from the BBC programme "Singing Together" and was published in their 1958 autumn term pamphlet. The only information given with it is that it is: Sixteenth century German melody. From "The Cowley Carol Book" (Mowbray) (The slightly unsightly sores on my fingers were caused by my stupidly scalding myself with steam when opening a microwave meal a week ago. They are healing up nicely now and don't cause any problem playing the guitar.) The third line of each verse is in Latin and simply translates as "Christ is born today".
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Autoharp: Leave Your Sheep The walking group of which I am a member, (The Manx Footpaths Conservation Group), hold a Carol Service each year at St Luke's Church in Baldwin in the middle of the Isle of Man. During the service this afternoon, I performed my own carol, "Leave Your Sheep", singing it in both English and Manx. The Manx translation was done for me by a friend, Fiona McArlde, and I learnt it phonetically as I regret that I do not speak Manx. Clive Walsh, one of my fellow walkers, kindly videoed the performance for me, so that I am able to share it here. Chords, lyrics and the phonetic version can be seen below: Leave Your Sheep (Faag-jee ny Kirree) A R Archibald G C G Shepherds come! Hear the song! Hark the herald angels sing: G C D7 G Leave your sheep! We will keep watch o’er them to – night. G C G Have no fear! We are here! Make your way to Bethlehem! G C D7 G Leave your sheep! We will keep watch o’er them to – night. C G D7 G There you’ll find a new-born child; Mary’s son so – o meek and mild C G D7 G In a manger gently laid; come to bring us joy. C G D7 G Wise men too will come to him, costly gifts to the babe they will bring. C G D7 G Join with them and praises sing: Peace be to all men! G C G Shepherds come! Hear the song! Hark the herald angels sing: G C D7 G Leave your sheep! We will keep watch o’er them to – night. G C G Have no fear! We are here! Make your way to Bethlehem! G C D7 G Leave your sheep! We will keep watch o’er them to – night. © 2015-11-28 Manx translation by Fiona McArdle (Phonetic pronunciation) Voch’llyn, tar-jee! Clasht-jee n’ arrane! Eaisht-jee rish n’ ainleyn chaghteraght Vock lin tar-jee! Clash-jee n’arrane! Aysh-jee rish nine lan chiackteragh Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Feg-jee ny kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Ny gow-jee aggle! Ta shin aynshoh. Immee-jee gys Bethlehem Ni gow-jee aal! Ta shin onshore. Immee-jee gus Bethlehem Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Feg-jee ny kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Yiowmayd shiu, oikan ruggit jiu, Mac Voirey, cho meiygh as meen, Yow mud shoe eekan ruggid jew Mac Vorra, _ho meark as meen, ‘Sy vanjoor marish e voir veen, eunys y chur dooin veih Niau. Su vanjoor morish e vor veen, eunice u cur doon vie Niow Hig deiney creeney lesh shilley er’n Vab cur lhieu gooityn da’n vabban meein, Hig daynya creena lesh shillya urn Varb cur lew gootin da’n vabban meein, Gow-jee moylley mâroo as arrane, Shee dy row er deiney as mraane. Gow-jee molla mareoo as arrane Shee du row er denya as mrain Voch’llyn, tar-jee! Clasht-jee n’ arrane! Eaisht-jee rish n’ ainleyn chaghteraght Vock lin tar-jee! Clash-jee n’arrane! Aysh-jee rish nine lan chiackteragh Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Feg-jee ny kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Ny gow-jee aggle! Ta shin aynshoh. Immee-jee gys Bethlehem Ni gow-jee aal! Ta shin onshore. Immee-jee gus Bethlehem Faag-jee ny kirree! Beemayd freayll arrey orroo noght. Feg-jee ny kirree! Bimad frail arra oroo nock Leave your sheep! We will keep watch o’er them to – night.
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12-string Guitar: I Saw the Star Up High (Including lyrics and chords) This is a song introduced to me by my friend Peter Corkhill a few days ago. According to the internet site "GodSongs.net": This Advent / Christmas hymn was written by Scottish-educated, England-based Roman Catholic author and music publisher, Joan McCrimmon. ... The tune was composed in 1971 by the British-Kenyan folk singer Roger Whittaker (b 1936) and originally pared with the text "The Last Farewell.
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12-string Guitar: Christmas Island (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, is a song written in 1946 by Lyle Moraine and first recorded by The Andrews Sisters and since recorded by many artists including Bob Dylan and most recently, Jimmy Buffett.
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Guitar: A Marshmallow World (Including lyrics and chords) A Marshmallow World is a song requested by my American friend Ken Shuttlesworth. According to Wikipedia: "A Marshmallow World" (sometimes called "It's a Marshmallow World") is a popular song that was written in 1949 by Carl Sigman (lyrics) and Peter DeRose (music). The song is about winter and is commonly regarded as a Christmas song, although the lyrics make no mention of the holiday. The song compares a snowfall to marshmallows covering the ground. It also describes the snowfall as whipped cream and the sun as a big red pumpkin head. The singer "waits for it the whole year 'round." The song was first a hit for Bing Crosby (backed by the Lee Gordon Singers and Sonny Burke and his Orchestra). Crosby's version was recorded in 1950.[1] It peaked at number 24 on the pop singles chart in January 1951.[2] Other artists who recorded the song in 1950 included Ray Anthony, Vic Damone, Johnny Desmond, Arthur Godfrey, Vaughn Monroe, Brenda Lee and Dean Martin.
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Autoharp: See Amid the Winter's Snow (Including lyrics and chords) At this time of year, I like to upload seasonal songs. "See Amid the Winter's Snow" is one I particularly like, especially with the autoharp for accompaniment. According to Wikipedia: "See, amid the Winter's Snow", also known as "Hymn for Christmas Day" and "The Hymn for Christmas", is an English Christmas carol. It was written by Edward Caswall (1814–1878), with music composed by Sir John Goss (1800–1880). As "Hymn for Christmas Day", it featured in Christmas Carols New And Old, which was published in 1871 by Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833–1917) and John Stainer (1840–1901). There is a seventh verse to this hymn, but it is mostly omitted: Virgin Mother, Mary blest By the joys that fill thy breast, Pray for us, that we may prove Worthy of the Saviour's love.
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2019 November walks in the Isle of Man This is my monthly video diary of walks undertaken during the month of November, mainly in the company of members of the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group. As in October, November has been a month of very mixed weather this year. We have had some lovely fine days, some cloudy overcast days and some downright wet and miserable days, but none of the scheduled walks for Thursdays or Sundays were cancelled. The photographs shown in this video are but highlights from the walks. If you would like to see more of the photos from all my walks, go to https://photos.google.com/albums (Photographs with a family of mum dad and four children have been included with permission of the parents.) The musical tracks accompanying the video are: Candlelight Fisherman – Guitar The Bonny Bunch of Roses O – Guitar A Brisk Young Widow – Guitar Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out – Autoharp Sway – 12-string Guitar The Carrion Crow – 12-string Guitar Paddy McGinty’s Goat – Guitar The Old Dungarvan Oak – Autoharp La Bamba – Guitar Billy Bones Hornpipe – 12-string Guitar The Beggars’ Chorus – 12-string Guitar Arrane Ben-vlieaun - Autoharp
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Autoharp: Mary Mild (Including lyrics and chords) "Mary Mild" is a song I learned from listening to an LP from The Kingston Trio. It was written by Bob Shane; Tom Drake and Miriam Stafford, but was probably a re-working of an older song, "The Bitter Withy" and is a fictional story of an imagined incident in the life of Jesus Christ as a young boy. I have done this one some ten years ago with guitar accompaniment, but have decided to give it a go on the autoharp today. After many attempts, there are still a couple of "fluffs", but I have settled on this recording for publication. The chords shown in the annotations are suitable for a strumming accompaniment, but if you would like the chords for melody picking, send me your email address and I will share with you a PDF file of the score with lyrics and chords. nuncton@hotmail.com
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Guitar: Way Me Susiana (Including lyrics and chords).
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Guitar: La Bamba (Including lyrics and chords) My upload is a piece of self-indulgence today. A couple of members of the autoharp community have recently posted videos playing La Bamba as an instrumental piece. I gave it a try on my own autoharp, but could not get the same sort of sound these others achieved, so decided to try to see if I could manage it on my guitar. This I think has worked better, though as I am not too skilled as an instrumentalist, I have not attempted to play the instrumental break that Ritchie Valens did in his original recording of the song. As well as being a challenge instrumentally, it has been a challenge linguistically as this is the first time I have attempted to sing a song in Spanish, never having learned the language at all, so please excuse my pronunciation if it is not quite correct. The riff is played as follows where "T" indicates my Thumb and "I" my Index finger, the number indicates which string is being plucked and the number in brackets indicates which fret is being used for that note: T5(3) T4(2) I3(0) T4(3) I3(2) I3(0) T6(3) T5(2) T4(0) T4(3) T4(3)T4(2) T4(0) REPEATED.
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