Folk Song Of The Week – Wreck Of The Old 97 on Frailing Banjo

This week’s Folk Song Of The Week is The Wreck Of The Old 97. I love this song and it’s fun to play. I’ve gone further up the neck than the first two frets, but I think you can get it.

Wreck Of The Old 97 MP3

Wreck Of The Old 97 (PDF)

WRECK OF THE OLD 97

They [G]gave him his orders down at [C]Monroe, Virginia,

Saying, [G]“Steve, you’re way behind [D7]time;

This is [G]not 38, but it’s [C]Old 97,

You must [G]set her into [D7]Spencer on [G]time.”

He turned around, saying to his black, greasy fireman,
“Just heave in a little more coal,
And when we reach that White Oak Mountain,
You just watch Old 97 roll.”

It’s a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville,
And Lima’s on a three-mile grade;
It was on that grade that he lost his air brakes,
You can see what a jump he made.

He was going down grade, doing ninety miles an hour,
When his whistle began to scream;
They found him in the wreck, with his hand on the throttle.
He was scalded to death by the steam.

A message arrived at Washington Station,
And this is what it read:
Those two brave men who pulled Old 97
Are lying in Danville, dead.”

Oh, ladies, you must take warning,
From this time on and learn:
Never speak harsh words to your true loving husband,
He may leave you and never return.

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – Old Black Rum on Frailing Banjo

This week’s Irish Pub Song Of The Day is a personal favorite ever since I was turned on to it by Bill Hannigan of Three Men In Kilts. It’s a great song and the best part is that all of the melody notes are inside the chords for frailing banjo players.

Old Black Rum MP3

Old Black Rum (PDF)

OLD BLACK RUM

I drank [G]16 doubles for the [D7]price of [G]one

Tryin to find the [C]courage to [A]talk to [D7]one

I asked her [C]for [D7]a [G]dance, not a [C]sec[D7]ond [G]glance

my night had just [D7]begun

Well I’d [G]drink to the father or the [D7]holy [G]ghost

I’m [C]kneeling at the [G]alter of my [A7]nightly [D7]post

And I’ll [C]raise [D7]a [G]glass, not the [C]first [D7]or [G]last

come join me [D7]in this [G]toast

‘Cause the [D]Ol’ black rum’s got a [G]hold on me

like a [G]dog wrapped [C]’round my [D7]leg

And the [D]Ol’ black rum’s got a [G]hold on me.

Will I [G]live for an[D7]other [G]day..[C]hey?

Will I [G]live for an[D7]other [G]day?

The queen of George Street just went walkin’ on by

walkin’ on by with some guy who don’t care

That she stood in line since half past nine

And spent three hours on her hair

Her friend is lookin’ at me with an evil grin

I think a bloody racket might soon begin

I must have said something to the George Street queen

Now the boys are joining in.

So I drank all of my money and I slept out in the rain

Every day is different, but the nights are all the same

You never see the sun on the old black rum

And I know I’m gonna do it again.

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Folk Song Of The Week – Spider-Man Accompaniment for Frailing Banjo

Joel Simpson joins me once again! This time for the Folk Song of The Week, Spider-Man. If you haven’t already noticed and since I didn’t mention it in the videos. Check out the differences in how I play frailing banjo when I am by myself and when I play with someone. This isn’t something you can really teach and everyone does it differently, but there is a change in when you play frailing banjo unaccompanied and how you play frailing banjo when you are accompanied.

Try it and have fun!

Spider-Man Accompaniment MP3

Spider-Man (PDF)

Spider-Man

[D]Spider-man, Spider-man does whatever a spider can

[G]Spins a web, any size, [D]catches thieves, just like flies

[A]Look out! Here comes the [D]Spider-man!

[D]Is he strong? Listen, Bud! He’s got radioactive blood.

[G]Can he swing from a thread? [D]Take a look overhead.

Hey [A]there, there goes the [D]Spider-man!

In the [E]chill of night, at the [B7]scene of the crime

Like a [G]streak of light, he arrives just in [A]time

Spider-man, Spider-man, friendly neighborhood Spider-man

Wealth and fame, he’s ignored, action is his reward

To him, life is a great big bang-up, wherever there’s a hang-up

You’ll find the Spider-man!

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – God Save Ireland – Accompaniment for Frailing Banjo

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Joel is back for this edition of the Irish Pub Song Of The Day Accompaniment. We usually do God Save Ireland in another key so it was fun getting Joel to laugh when we started to get into it. As I say in the video, we only do one take and right or wrong you get what you get.

If you are interested in my shameless plug for his new tuner, you can find the Peterson StroboClip at this link.

God Save Ireland Accompaniement MP3

God Save Ireland (PDF)

GOD SAVE IRELAND

High [G]upon the gallows tree swung the [C]noble hearted [G]three

By the vengeful tyrant stricken in their [D7]bloom

But they [G]met them face to face with the [C]courage of their [G]race

And they went with souls [D7]undaunted to their [G]doom.

Chorus:

God save Ireland, said the heroes, [D]God save Ireland said they [D7]all.

Whether [G]on the scaffold high or the [C]battlefield we [G]die,

Oh what matter if for [D7]Ireland dear we [G]fall.

Girt around with cruel foes, still their courage proudly rose,
For they thought of hearts that loved them far and near.
Of the millions true and brave o’er the ocean’s swelling wave
And their friends in holy Ireland ever dear.

Climed they up the rugged stair, rang their voices out in prayer
Them with England’s fatal cord around them cast.
Close beside the gallows tree, kissed like brothers lovingly
True to home and faith and freedom to the last

Never till latest day shall the memory pass away
O the gallant lives thus given for our land
But on the cause must go amid joy or weal or woe
Till we make our Isle a nation free and grand.

Irish Pub Song Of The Day and Folk Song Of The Week – God Save Ireland and Spider-Man – Simple Melody

It’s time for the simple melody for the Irish Pub Song Of The Day and Folk Song Of The Week. God Save Ireland is one of my favorites of all time. Most people love The Wolfe Tones version, but when I saw Terry Murphy in Detroit, MI doing it live, I fell in love with the song. What can I say about Spider-Man? It’s fun and as Stan Lee would say: ‘Nuff said.

Folk Song Of The Week – Spider-Man on Frailing Banjo

This week’s Folk Song Of The Week is Spider-Man. I had to think of something to top Somewhere Over The Rainbow and this seemed to hit the spot.

It is also a great lesson in key of D. Everything except for two places in the song is right out of the chord forms.

Have fun!!!

Spider-Man MP3

Spider-Man (PDF)

Spider-Man

[D]Spider-man, Spider-man does whatever a spider can

[G]Spins a web, any size, [D]catches thieves, just like flies

[A]Look out! Here comes the [D]Spider-man!

[D]Is he strong? Listen, Bud! He’s got radioactive blood.

[G]Can he swing from a thread? [D]Take a look overhead.

Hey [A]there, there goes the [D]Spider-man!

In the [E]chill of night, at the [B7]scene of the crime

Like a [G]streak of light, he arrives just in [A]time

Spider-man, Spider-man, friendly neighborhood Spider-man

Wealth and fame, he’s ignored, action is his reward

To him, life is a great big bang-up, wherever there’s a hang-up

You’ll find the Spider-man!

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – God Save Ireland on Frailing Banjo

This week’s Irish Pub Song Of The Day is a great song, God Save Ireland. This one is a little tricky when it comes to the simple melody. I know that when I show it to you on Wednesday, you’ll get it with just a little practice.

God Save Ireland MP3

God Save Ireland (PDF)

GOD SAVE IRELAND

High [G]upon the gallows tree swung the [C]noble hearted [G]three

By the vengeful tyrant stricken in their [D7]bloom

But they [G]met them face to face with the [C]courage of their [G]race

And they went with souls [D7]undaunted to their [G]doom.

Chorus:

God save Ireland, said the heroes, [D]God save Ireland said they [D7]all.

Whether [G]on the scaffold high or the [C]battlefield we [G]die,

Oh what matter if for [D7]Ireland dear we [G]fall.

Girt around with cruel foes, still their courage proudly rose,
For they thought of hearts that loved them far and near.
Of the millions true and brave o’er the ocean’s swelling wave
And their friends in holy Ireland ever dear.

Climed they up the rugged stair, rang their voices out in prayer
Them with England’s fatal cord around them cast.
Close beside the gallows tree, kissed like brothers lovingly
True to home and faith and freedom to the last

Never till latest day shall the memory pass away
O the gallant lives thus given for our land
But on the cause must go amid joy or weal or woe
Till we make our Isle a nation free and grand.

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – Delayed a few hours

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I got back from a great time at the Milwaukee Irish Fest and I didn’t have electricity.

Everything is back on now, so I’ll put up the video after I get home from work.

See you all then,

Kelly

Milwaukee Irish Fest

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So far it’s been a great day at the Milwaukee Irish Fest.  I brought Amber, her cousin Lisa and boyfriend and we’ve had a great time.  Now is the time that I’ve sent them to have fun while I catch up old friends.  I’ll post more pictures if I remember.

See you all on Monday for the Irish Pub Song Of The Day.

Kelly

August Chicagoland Jam

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I know that it is a bit late notice, but this month’s Chicagoland Jam Session is Saturday August 21st.

This month we will be at Dr. Scott’s house.  He will be smoking some great different cuts of meat and it will be a family affair.

If you would like to join us, please RSVP by Friday morning.

The address is 2938 Impressions Drive, Lake In The Hills, IL 60156.

See you then.

Kelly

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