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The Celtic Lute

The Celtic Lute is the result of my 40 year love affair with Celtic music. I’m an enthusiastic fan of Celtic bands and musicians; some favorites are The Bothy Band, The Chieftains, De Danann, the Battlefield Band, Kevin Burke, Alasdair Frasier, Julie Fowlis and many, many more. I’ve enjoyed playing Scottish music on the lute since the 1980s, and there’s a repertory of hundreds of Scottish tunes for the lute from the 17th century. 

Many of those tunes did not originate as lute music, but lute players some 400 years ago may have liked one or another Scottish melody well enough to make an arrangement for the lute and write it down. So, following in the footsteps of these musicians from centuries ago, I’ve made arrangements of my favorite Scottish and Irish tunes that were never arranged for the lute back in the day. 

Many of these tunes are difficult to date with any precision, but most seem to come from the 17th and 18th centuries. I’ve played them on a 13-course Baroque lute in d minor tuning since this was the lute of the 18th century and the music fits this lute and this tuning very well. I’m particularly pleased with how naturally the music of Turlough O’Carolan, originally written for Celtic harp, fits the Baroque lute.


July 27, 2018


  1. Carolan's Welcome
  2. Banish Misfortune
  3. The Battle of Harlaw
  4. Pipe on the Hob
  5. Cliffs of Moher
  6. Hey My Nanny / Guzzle Together
  7. O'Carolan's Dream
  8. Sheebeg and Sheemore
  9. The Flowers of Edinburgh
  10. Miss Noble
  11. Fanny Power
  12. The Flaggon
  13. The Stool of Repentance
  14. The Lone Vale
  15. Flee over the Water
  16. Hoop Her and Gird Her
  17. If I Had a Bonny Lass
  18. Lady Athenry
  19. The Seas Are Deep
  20. Tune Without Title No. 172
  21. The Monaghan Jig
  22. The Kid on the Mountain
  23. Blind Mary
  24. George Brabazon
  25. Separation of the Body and Soul
  26. The Butterfly
  27. Digital Booklet: The Celtic Lute
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