Folky Fridays

Folky Fridays #18 – Guitar chord options for classic Irish session tunes, with special guest Alexa

I have a special guest in this week’s Folky Fridays free Celtic guitar lesson from Folk Friend! My mum Alexa, from whom my love of Irish music stems, will be joining me to play some classic session tunes. I’ll also be showing you lots of ways to vary standard chord and strumming patterns and covering all the shapes I use for each set.

Here is a list of all the tunes we played (they are under the names my mum knows them by- some of them have several others!):

The Lonesome Jig – D ionian

The Roaring Barmaid – G ionian

The Mushroom Treatment – A mixolydian

Taylor’s Rambles – A mixolydian / A dorian (possibly not the standard version you would hear)

Reaping the Rye – E aeolian

The Butterfly – E aeolian

Light and Airy – A mixolydian

Christy Barry’s (?) – G ionian

The Donegal Lass – A mixolydian

The Old Flail – G ionian

Porthole of the Kelp – E aeolian

Unknown (recorded by Carty & Tully) – A dorian

The Old Bush – D mixolydian (starts on an Am chord)

O’Gallagher’s Frolics – E aeolian

Sean Ryan’s (widely known as The Castle- this is arranged in my Fingerstyle book available on the shop page) – E aeolian

The Spotted Dog – A ionian

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