Monthly archives: March, 2011

Folk Song Of The Week – When The Saints Go Marching In

I have to say that this is one of the best songs in the world to get people to sing along with. There is someting about the simplistic lyrics that cause people to want to sing along.

Take you time and have fun with it. It’s one of those songs that you’ll come back to again and again when people want to sing along.

When The Saints Go Marching In is the Folk Song Of The Week and the best way to play it is on frailing banjo!

When The Saints Go Marching In MP3 [Download]

When The Saints Go Marching In (PDF)


We are [G]traveling in the footsteps, of those who’ve gone [D7]before,

And we’ll [G]all be re[C]united, on a [G]new and [D7]sunlit [G]shore,

Oh, when the [G]saints go marching in. Oh, when the saints go marching [D7]in

Lord how I [G]want to be in that [C]number when the [G]saints go [D7]marching [G]in

And when the sun begins to shine, and when the sun begins to shine
Lord, how I want to be in that number when the sun begins to shine

Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call, Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Lord, how I want to be in that number when the trumpet sounds its call

Some say this world of trouble, is the only one we need,
But I’m waiting for that morning, when the new world is revealed.

Irish Pub Song Of The Day – The Holy Ground

I’m back and I want to thank everyone for being so patient with me. It’s been a crazy month and I want to thank everyone for their best wishes for the Colonel.

I am also happy that my good friend Rick McMurray is out of the hospital after scaring us all.

I had some questions on the key of D out of Open G tuning, so instead of some chord/music theory, let’s try a song. This time the Irish Pub Song Of The Day is The Holy Ground!

Play along and enjoy!!

The Holy Ground MP3 [Download]

The Holy Ground(PDF)

The Holy Ground

Fare[D] thee well, my [A7]lovely [D]Dinah, a thousand [A7]times a[D]dieu.
We are going away from the [G]Holy Ground and the [D]girls we all love [A7]true.
We’ll[D] sail the[A7] salt seas[D] over and we’ll return for[G] sure[A],
And [D]still I live in [G]hope to [D]see the Holy [A7]Ground once [D]more.
(Shouted) Fine girl you are!

(Sung)[D] You’re the girl I do a[G]dore,,,[A]
And [D]still I live in [G]hope to [D]see the Holy [A7]Ground once [D]more.

Now when we’re out a-sailing and you are far behind
Fine letters will I write to you with the secrets of my mind,
The secrets of my mind, my girl, you’re the girl that I adore,
And still I live in hope to see the Holy Ground once more.

Oh now the storm is raging and we are far from shore;
The poor old ship she’s sinking fast and the riggings they are tore.
The night is dark and dreary, we can scarcely see the moon,
But still I live in hope to see the Holy Ground once more.

It’s now the storm is over and we are safe on shore
We’ll drink a toast to the Holy Ground and the girls that we adore.
We’ll drink strong ale and porter and we’ll make the taproom roar,
And when our money is all spent we’ll go to sea once more.

Streaming Now! The Chicagoland Acoustic Jam!!

It’s now time for the Chicagoland Acoustic Jam. Check out the player below starting at 6 PM Central Time and the Chicagoland Acoustic Jam will begin. You can find the pdf files of the songs we will be performing!

Play along and have fun!

Watch live streaming video from irishbanjo at

Song List for Chicagoland Acoustic Jam

The Chicagoland Acoustic Jam is set to live stream at 6 pm Central Time today. I have the song list for the jam. We will be streaming for most of the night. I am not sure how long we will broadcast and we will play it by ear.

Just grab your instrument and play along. It will be fun and remember the important thing is to just to get the feeling of the songs and learn to play along with others. Have fun!


Bird On A Wire

Dirty Old Town

Down By The Riverside

Fields Of Athenry

Finnegan’s Wake


Hills Of Connemara

Katey Daley

Let The Train Blow The Whistle

Lord Of The Dance

Paddy Kelly’s Brew

Passing Through

Raglan Road

Well May The World Go

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Whiskey In The Jar

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Wreck Of The Old ’97

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Crawdad Song

Deep Blue Sea

Froggie Went A Courtin’

Going Down The Road Feeling Bad

I’ll Fly Away

I’ll Tell Me Ma

John Hardy

Jesse James

Lonesome Valley

Mountain Dew

New River Train

Old Plank Road

Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Equipment Failure and the Chicagoland Acoustic Jam

guitar and banjoEveryone,

I was planning on recording a video today, but I had some equipment failure. I should have it sorted out tomorrow as it’s too late to start over today.

The Chicagoland Acoustic Jam is this Saturday starting at 6 pm Central. I will be putting up links to the pdf files of the songs we will be doing later this week. It will be live streaming and then up on YouTube next week.

See you all then.


All Things a Go (for Tuesday)



After a really long absence, I should be back to posting videos on Tuesday. This weekend was really, really hectic. I had some great gigs with Joel Simpson, Dan Heinz, Dr. Scott and The Colonel.

We dedicated our shows to Margie and I have to say without a shadow of a doubt, they were the best shows we have done in years.

The book is waiting on things beyond my control, so hopefully everything will be finished up soon.

If all goes well, I’ll see you tomorrow.


Margie O’Connor

Rob (the Colonel) proposing to Margie during a show

It’s with a heavy heart that I have to write that Margie O’Connor, the wife of the Colonel has passed away today.

Margie was a great person who loved the Colonel and liked to have all of her family around. She was the only person I knew that could keep the Colonel in line.

I was there the day they met, the day he proposed to her (see above picture) and the day they were married.

The Colonel has been like a brother to me for 10 years and Margie became one of the family right at the start. Margie loved to come over while the band was jamming and play cards with the other ladies and have fun. That will be my memory of her…..

God bless you Margie and ride on angel wings.


A Little More Time Off…

I am really sorry to announce that due to some personal matters in the Another Pint family, I will be out the rest of the week. We had some very sad news concerning some of our “family” and I will be off until everything is back to normal. I am hoping to be back next week with a new book, but I am taking it one day at a time.



I’ll Be Back……

I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long, but I will be back on Monday if all goes well! It’s been a crazy, crazy month and now St. Patrick’s Day is coming up.

The book, Folk Songs For The 5-String Banjo Volume 1, went under a couple of exciting changes and should be out right after St. Patrick’s Day. Everything is now out of my hands and I’m just waiting on others to do their thing!

Life is good and I can’t wait until this weekend to get back on a pub stage with The Colonel, Joel and Danny.

See you all early next week!