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Swaggering Boney (Trad.) 

When I was a kid I'd spend most of the year being dragged around gorgeous little pubs in rural Essex following a gang of bald and bearded morris men as they danced and played to unsuspecting audiences. At the time I thought it was all rather embarrassing and was in it mainly for the pork scratchings (20 years before they were cool I hasten to add) and of course the odd occasional pint of beer or most likely half a shandy. Little did I know at the time that I'd spend the rest of my life playing those tunes to unsuspecting audiences and how much I'd learn to love this sort of music. 

Anyway here's an old morris dance tune called Swaggering Boney. I've been teaching it recently at Cecil Sharp House for the English Folk Dance and Song Society - if you want to learn it then its available to download on my downloads page.

Hope you like it!

 

HBO/Punchdrunk 'The Third Day' 

Feeling very proud and honoured to have been involved with Punchdrunk and HBO's ‘The Third Day' - a 12 hour long wonderful experiment of theatre, TV and hardcore realism! It was amazing to be part of something so ambitious and groundbreaking. I'm in complete awe of the entire cast and technical teams that made it happen. Well done to all involved! 

I don't think I'll ever look at Osea Island in the same way again! 

P.S Jude Law f**king rocks and deserves a medal for what he achieved that day. 



#thethirdday #thethirddayautumn #oseaisland #punchdrunk #hbo #skyarts

Delta Blues Mondays #33 Gravel Road Blues (Mississippi Fred McDowell) | TABS 

Here's the intro to Mississippi Fred McDowell's 'Gravel Road Blues' a lovely little song based on a very simple blues lick, the whole thing is built around the minor 3rd and the flat 7.. playing on that minor / major tonality in the blues. Have a listen to his version! Such a wonderful groove which really swings and pulls its weight from beat 1 onwards. Its in open G tuning with the capo on the 1st fret. 

Good luck! 

Breakfast Feud 

This is a great little solo from Charlie Christian. It features some lovely little lines over the Eb and Bb opening with a a flurry of chord and colour tones over the Eb... outlining the b3, 3, 5, 6, 9, b7 and 7! Marvellous.

If you fancy throwing me a few virtual pennies then here's my tip jar: https://www.paypal.me/daviddelarre

 

Saturday Folk Music Workshops at Cecil Sharp House! 

Booking is now open for my Saturday Folk Music Workshops at Cecil Sharp House for EFDSS. I've been teaching on this course for 5 years or so and I absolutely love it! Its open to absolute beginners to intermediate/advanced players and for the very first time it will be held online using zoom. I use two cameras so you get a good close up view of my hands, external microphones for the very best audio, I share PDFs of my transcriptions, music from my computer and support most of my workshops with video lessons too. Support this fantastic organisation and me by signing up! 

Pease share this post with anyone you know who might be interested in learning the guitar with like minded people! 

https://www.efdss.org/learning/adults/music-workshops/guitar

Wholly Cats 

So recently I've been transcribing lots of jazz solos by Charlie Christian. I really love his phrasing and thought I'd learn a lot by really honing in on what he does in his solos.. anyway I've also recently become aware of 'Soundslice' - basically a video / notation website where you can watch the score being played. 

I thought some of you might appreciate this service so I've started my own SoundSlice page and will be posting up my jazz transcriptions on here and on there as and when I do them! I hope you find them useful.. if you want to throw me some pennies for my effort then please feel free!

 

https://www.paypal.me/daviddelarre

 

Planxty Davis 

I was recently asked to learn this fabulous O'Carolan tune by a guitar student of mine and I got to work on learning Nic Jones' arrangement from his fantastic album 'Penguin Eggs'. After a couple of days of playing around with it I added a few additional chords which I play towards the end of the arrangement... I've got my own transcription / TAB of this in DGDGBD if anyone fancies learning it drop me a line

New Video Lesson: Weeping Willow (Blind Boy Fuller) Part 1 of 2  

Hey Everyone! 

I’ve been having such a great time teaching “Weeping Willow” by Blind Boy Fuller on my subscribers group guitar workshops I thought I’d share with you the tutorial I made. In this video we'll look at the chords, the structure of the piece and then a simple strumming pattern that incorporates the bass line from the original. There’s a free transcription I did in the info box too! 

I love this song, its got such an interesting groove! Let me know how you get on in the comments below. 

Subscribers Group Guitar Lessons 

I've been running a subscribers only group guitar lesson for a couple of months now. I'm really enjoying it! So far we have looked at Martin Carthy's arrangement of "The Trees They Do Grow High", Blind Boy Fullers "Weeping Willow" and we've just started looking at strumming techniques and briefly looked at Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now". 

I've currently got 10 in that class and I'm looking to get another group going - possibly splitting them into two tiers; beginners and intermediates. Its £20 a month, you get a group lesson every 2 weeks plus videos, pdfs and my ears to give some feedback. 

If you're interested in joining us, then have a look at the link below or leave a comment with any questions etc..

https://www.daviddelarre.co.uk/subscribe

Merry Days of Old 

I had the pleasure of performing my first ever solo folk set for Ciaran Algar's Corona Collaborations Festival over the weekend. This was my second number (straight after my glorious debut on the kazoo).. I've been writing a solo album of traditional material from Essex and London to keep my creative juices flowing and to be honest, just to cheer myself up. Not sure if it'll ever get released but I can actually listen to this song and not cringe so I thought I'd share it with you guys. 

It seems I've gone back to busking so if you fancy throwing me a few virtual pennies then here's my tip jar: 

https://www.paypal.me/daviddelarre

 

NEW SUBSCRIBE SECTION! 

I'm very excited to announce that I will be offering up an exclusive new teaching service through my website. Eagle eyed viewers will see that there is now a fancy new subscribe section here:

https://www.daviddelarre.co.uk/subscribe

I'm currently offering two tier levels - for just £5 (about the same as a London pint) you will gain access to subscription only videos, lessons, tabs and more and If you fancy joining likeminded people and want to learn in a group I now run a twice monthly group guitar online workshop. 

Take a look at the page for more info!

cheers

David

The Sligo Maid 

Here's my arrangement of a lovely little traditional reel from Ireland. I've been teaching this one on my folk guitar course at Cecil Sharp House in London. I recently purchased a new pickup for my Larivee D-05 which enables me to mic up each string individually so I've put the bottom three strings into an octave and reverb pedal! I sneak it on in the B section.. Hope you like it! I'm still getting used to it.

 

O Jerusalem 

Here's a lovely old gospel song arranged by Martin Simpson. I've been teaching this recently on my guitar course at Cecil Sharp House, London for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. I do have the TAB for this if anyone is interested. 

Hope you guys like it!

Heroes of St Valery 

Hi Guys,

Here's a tune I'm currently teaching on my beginners folk guitar course at Cecil Sharp House, London for the EFDSS. I've loved this tune for years since first hearing it played by Martin Carthy on his British Fingerstyle Guitar VHS. He plays it in C using his CGCDGA tuning but I've decided to do an arrangement of it in Drop D. I hope you like it!

Here's the TAB/Score: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FCG8FgrpT6Kc05GQu5mIORVxYzCiajKk/view

Thanks for watching!

David

I'm going on tour with Steve Harley 

Very excited to tell you all I'll be going on tour with Steve Harley this spring! He's got a fantastic new album out 'Uncovered' which was recorded with Martin Simpson and I've been asked to fill his very big and incredibly talented shoes on tour. 

“Uncovered” includes interpretations of nine painstakingly chosen songs created in many instances by peers and contemporaries of Steve, those with shared histories and some that he admired from afar.  These are songs with heft and honesty that have always connected and resonated within him; this is material that he’s always wanted to perform and may even wish he’d written!  This diverse collection of Harley’s Interpretations is in some ways an almanac rather than just a set of great tracks: Steve’s links with some of the songwriters go back to the very start of their careers: Bowie in Beckenham; Dylan throughout his early teens; Cat Stevens/Yusuf and Paul McCartney, both massive early influences…

I'll be touring as part of his new acoustic band featuring: Steve Harley on vocals and guitars, Barry Wickens on viola, violin, mandolin and acoustic guitar, Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Tom Hooper on percussion.

I'm really excited! Come and watch us. Links to tour dates are below!

cheers

David

https://www.steveharley.com/dates.html

Old Tom of Oxford / Rochdale Coconut Dance 

Two tunes I've been teaching recently at my guitar workshops for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The first is an amalgamation of my own ideas and Martin Carthy's arrangement of 'Old Tom of Oxford' from his awesome Crown of Horn album (go buy it) followed by an old session favourite. Hope you like it. I've got TABS for both if anyone wants a copy...

Come and Learn Folk Guitar With Me! 

For a few years now I've been teaching a series of folk guitar workshops on a Saturday afternoon at Cecil Sharp House. I love it! We always get a good amount of people (10-15) and its a really relaxed and fun way of learning in a group. 

There's still a few spaces left for both workshops (Beginner and Intermediate) so please check out this link for more info:

SATURDAY FOLK MUSIC WORKSHOPS

Musicians Retreat 25 - 29th of November 2019 

Hey Guys,

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be co-leading a musicians retreat with Laurel Swift from the 25 - 29th of November this year at Halsway Manor. I've heard lots of great things about 'hallsy' but I've never had the joy of going so I'm really excited about this opportunity to teach, play and make new musical acquaintances. The retreat is for players of any level except complete beginners, and all instruments are welcome. You’ll need to be able to play by ear or be prepared to have a go; if you’re not used to playing by ear then you’ll need to be of an ‘intermediate or above’ standard on your instrument. You can be new to folk, a seasoned folkie, or somewhere in-between. You can find out more about the retreat here:

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/musicians-retreat/​​​​​​​

Please share it around with anyone you think might be interested!

cheers

David

Introducing... Delta Blues Mondays! 

Hi Guys,

I always get a bit blue on Mondays. I guess its a bit of a come down from a lovely weekend of playing gigs and dashing around the country, so this year to combat those feelings I've decided to do something creative with my time. Every week on a Monday I'll release a video of a fabulous delta blues lick (and teach it to you) on my YouTube Channel. I thought I should take inspiration from my Monday blues and do something fun and bluesy! Along with the video will be a free TAB/Score!

Let me know what you think!

cheers

David

Hello! 

I've finally got round to updating my website, its been on the to do list for some time (right next to learning piano, crocheting a star wars character and boxing). 2019 is shaping up to be a year of dramatic changes in my musical life; Mawkin (my folk band of 16 years) will be hanging up their folk beards later this year and Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band will be having some what of a fallow year writing tunes and keeping their collective heads out of trouble. All of these changes means I find myself being able to finally work on some solo material thats been bouncing around in my brain for sometime. I'm hoping to create a bit of a Vlog/Blog/YouTube channel dedicated to this side of my work and I hope you guys will want to get involved with that - any suggestions for videos etc will be greatly appreciated! You can contact me here.

All in all, a very exciting time to create a new website! Have a look around, theres videos, photos, tutorials and you can even book a Skype lesson! Thanks for reading guys! 

cheers

David