Nice tune. The guitarist Martin Simpson has a couple of beautiful versions of this tune, one of them on slide guitar. He says that some musicologists couldn’t believe that a folk song could be so rich – it’s almost impossible to say what key it’s in – but I think that someone with little musical education is less constrained by rules and conventions and therefore could come up with a tune like this more easily than someone with a classical education.
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The Blarney Pilgrim is quite easy to play and is an excellent example of how to get the best out of re-entrant tuning. A lot of the tune is played on open strings – it’s a simple tune – which makes campanella picking the most convenient and pleasing to listen to.
This isn’t what I normally do but I love this song and I’ve had it stuck in my head for quite a while now. I haven’t tried to play the Gary Jules version intro to the song, but just a simple intro using the structure of the chorus.