Hi there folks;

This is a tune I play on Fiddle more subdued, such as a ballad.  On the Tenor I play it more as a lively dance. 

This tune caught my ear about ten years ago, and I have it as a staple where ever I play.  I have heard this played as slow as can be, and at lightening speed.  Most Irish bands I have heard have a tendency of playing this at "sub-light" speed and can really give you a cardiac work out.

Please note the sheet music represents my own rendition.

Star of County Down MP3

Star of County Down PDF

Thanks to Audacity one can be a whole band on their own. I am playing both parts.

Hope you enjoy;


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Comment by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme on September 18, 2011 at 19:04

Its not in my tune list - yet!

It is somewhat a "standard", I should get onto it. Thanks for posting this Albert, much appreciated.

Comment by Bruce Evans on September 18, 2011 at 18:37

SOTCD is a song/tune which works in so many ways. Waltz, march and whatever this is:



Comment by Albert Wrigglesworth on September 18, 2011 at 17:33

Yes, it does seem it is played more straight than with a waltzy lilt over the pond.  Here in Canada and in the USA there is a tendency to play it with a 3/4 (as written) with the "waltz" lilt.

I've heard the Chieftains' version, man that's fast!

Have a great day.


Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on September 18, 2011 at 9:21

Never heard it as "waltz-ey" before :) I learned it from The Chieftains, so i play it more "March-ey"

Either way it's a nice song/tune!

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