Irish Ukulele Tabs and Chords

Back in 2008 when I first did an Irish tabs post I was wondering why there wasn’t any ukulele scene in Ireland. But I’m proud that post helped kick off Ireland’s ukulele group and festival and there seems to be a lot of ukulele interest over there now.

If you’re looking for some Irish music to play for St Patrick’s, here are a few ideas.

Uke Hunt Stuff

Whiskey in the Jar/Kilgary Mountain
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
The Pogues – Irish Rover
Father Ted Theme
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
Van Morrison – Keep It Simple
John King – Larry O’Gaff
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday (Riff) (Tab)
The Pogues – Fiesta

Other Stuff

Ken Middleton has a Celtic ukulele ebook and a few free Irish tune tabs.

Akulele has a number of Irish tunes: Sally Gardens, Drowsy Maggie, Another Jig Will Do, Kesh Jig and The Star of County Down.

The site Irish Ukulele has tab for The Battle of Aughrim and their own version of Another Jig Will Do, as well as a couple of other tunes.

And for your listening pleasure: Ireland on Ukulele Languages

If you know of anything else, drop it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

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  1. Armelle March 16th, 2011 6:55 pm

    Al, thanks a lot for mentioning Ukulele & Languages.
    With St Patrick’s day tomorrow, there is one Irish song in today’s post _ although unfortunately not in Irish.
    I’m still waiting for my ukulele friends in Ireland to upload a video in Irish!

  2. Magnus March 16th, 2011 9:43 pm

    Awesome with some irish music here :)
    Do you want to add the easy irish comedy song ‘Paddys song’ aka. ‘Bricklayers song’ to the list? =)

  3. Gary Peare March 16th, 2011 11:38 pm

    you missed my post today! ;-)

  4. Ron Hale March 17th, 2011 2:27 am

    And my comment today to Gary’s post today…

  5. Sean K March 17th, 2011 7:15 am

    love ya work uke hunt!
    playing some pouges right now so this post has come in at just the right time.

  6. snojimbo March 17th, 2011 7:44 am

    And a Happy St Patrick’s Day to you, Woodshed. My playing sounds so much better after a few Bushmills’… Slainte!

  7. snojimbo March 17th, 2011 8:10 am

    Perhaps I should add that it is currently St Paddy’s Night here in NZ, and I’m not having whiskey for breakfast. As good an idea as that is.

  8. Tony Boland March 17th, 2011 11:28 am

    Hi Al,
    Thanks for mention of the UkeIreland website etc. and you are bang on the money, that post finally prompted me to start a ukulele community here in Ireland and its now thriving.
    Two significant ukulele concerts in the last seven days by very talented local ukulele players and good friends. In the country of the fiddle, the bodhran, the accordion, (not to mention the guitar!) the uke has become the fastest selling instrument in the country and some music shops credit the “little wonder” sales with literally saving their businesses during this recession.
    We started getting together in August 2008 and in August 2009 held the first Irish Ukulele Festival and we were thrilled with the success. We have decided to make this a bi-annual event so the 2nd Irish Ukulele Hooley is happening again this year.
    We will be announcing the whole shebang shortly.
    Thanks for all your support Al!

  9. Woodshed March 21st, 2011 7:42 am

    Armelle: You’re welcome.

    Magnus: I’m not familiar with the song, I’m afraid.

    Gary and Ron: You should have posted it a week earlier when I was putting the list together ;)

    Sean: Thanks.

    snojimbo: Right back (belatedly) at you.

    Tony: Glad to hear about the festival. Be sure to keep me updated.

  10. Magnus March 22nd, 2011 4:41 am

    Woodshed: well, it’s really easy, but might be able to figure it out on my own, thanks to some of your awesome e-books ;)

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