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  TOW #054: Star of the County Down

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From: John Bird Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001

More stars--this time, a beautiful tune.

I first learned this from Dan Gelo's book of Irish tunes for mandolin. He recommends varying the use of tremolo: using it on some long notes, but not on others. I have found that to be a very effective and musical device.

From: J. Coon Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001

What a good choice John.

T:Star of the County Down
"Am"A2A|"F"A>G A/B/|"C"c2c|"G"d>cd|"Am"e>dc|A2A|"Am"A3-|A||

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From: Joe Cline Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001

In addition to waltz time, it is an excellent jig, and I've even heard it done in 2/4 time.

From: robaria Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001

g'day, great tune. My picking buddies and I play it as a waltz 2x, then change to 4/4 time and add bluegrass embellishments. Lotsa fun.
cheers, Maria

From:Rick Barrows Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001

For this tune, our fiddle player wrote an "interlude" in some strange key (at least two flats, it escapes me now...). It's an homage of some sort to one of his favorite classical composers. At the end of the interlude, it slides quite nicely back into the top of Star of the County Down, changing back to the original key... It's not for everyone, but then, neither is our fiddler!

From: Nigel Gatherer Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001

A little late, but I've uploaded a tab/standard notation version to my web site at

From: J. Coon Date: Wed, 21 May 2003

I was playing around with Star of the County Down and here is my attempt to take it as a Waltz and make 4/4 tune and two jigs out of it.

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From: M. Pesavento Date: Thu, 22 May 2003

My guitar player and I like to play the Star as a waltz, then slow down to a 4/4 shuffle groove and play it blues style with whammies and blue notes, then speed it up and pick with a bluegrass vocabulary...lots of Lester Flatt G runs.

From: J. Coon Date: Wed, 21 May 2003

I like that slide up from the G to a G#, changing the chord from an Em to an E7. I think it sounds cool, especially on the fiddle.

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