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Janene Millen And Shawn McCurdy - From Ditties To Dirges

Regular price $20.00

"From Ditties To Dirges" features ballads, lullabies, sea shanties, laments, and courting songs, chosen for their beautiful and haunting melodies. Most of these centuries-old tunes originated in the British Isles.

All arrangements except one are for solo mountain dulcimer and most are intermediate level. Arrangements include mountain dulcimer tab, standard music notation, and chord names.

For singers, song sheets with lyrics and suggested chord accompaniment are provided. Historical notes as well as tips for playing and performing are included.

31 tunes
26 song sheets
5 tunes with multiple arrangements (high/low, advanced/simple, different keys)
7 arrangements using 1+ fret
30 arrangements in DAD tuning; 1 in DAC

The authors have performed many of the tunes on their respective YouTube channels.

With your purchase, we'll email you a link so that you may download the PDF version of your new book. The PDF file is in ZIP format - you'll need to unzip the file after your download is complete.

After you've extracted the files from your ZIP folder, you can print the sheet music, or enjoy it on your tablet or PC.

Your ZIP file will include:

  • The complete book, in PDF format (101 pages)
  • A folder with each song in a separate PDF, so that you can sort the titles alphabetically (37 files)
  • A folder with each song demo track, in MP3 format, so that you can hear how each song/example is supposed to be played (35 tracks)

This book is published by Janene Millen and Shawn McCurdy, and is made available here as an authorized, licensed download.

Songs included:

Ae Fond Kiss - DAD Tuning
Castle of Dromore - DAD Tuning
Dark-Eyed Sailor - DAD Tuning
Do You Love an Apple - DAD Tuning
Drowned Lovers - DAD Tuning
Erin Grá Mo Chroi - DAD Tuning
Glenlogie - DAD Tuning
Greensleeves - DAC Tuning
The Holy Ground - DAD Tuning
If I Were a Blackbird - DAD Tuning
I Once Loved a Lad - DAD Tuning
Isabeau S'y Promène - DAD Tuning
Lambs on the Green Hills - DAD Tuning
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme - DAD Tuning
Lord Franklin - DAD Tuning
A Maid Gone to Comber - DAD Tuning
Mary of the Wild Moor - DAD Tuning
Matt Hyland - DAD Tuning
Mirk, Mirk the Midnight Hour - DAD Tuning
The Mountain of Women - DAD Tuning
Ned of the Hill - DAD Tuning
The Orange Rogue - DAD Tuning
A Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow - DAD Tuning
Rose of Allendale - DAD Tuning
Seikilos Epitaph - DAD Tuning
Skibbereen - DAD Tuning
Star of the County Down - DAD Tuning
Such a Parcel of Rogues - DAD Tuning
The Trees They Do Grow High/The Grenadier and the Lady - DAD Tuning
Willie and Mary  - DAD Tuning
Willie O’Winsbury - DAD Tuning

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
William F. Finnegan
A Truly Wonderful Collection

This is a great collection of beautiful songs (with very interesting background information and helpful playing tips) I would not otherwise have come across. I withheld a star because I would have preferred a book edition with some of the lyrics above the tabs. Of course, Song sheets with complete lyrics are provided.

Ditties to Dirges

Good detail in this book. Easy to follow and I like being able to hear the tune being a by ear gal. Looking forward to working my way through these. :)

cheryl sidenberg
Love this book!

A beautiful selection of songs! I am really happy with this book, as it is well edited and the song selections are so enjoyable. My hats off to Janene and Shawn for creating this mountain dulcimer book! I just love it!

Jane Hawkins
Uncommonly Good!

Elegantly curated, arranged, and presented. Not a usual collection. Delightful!

Jacquie Caravello

Janene Millen And Shawn McCurdy - From Ditties To Dirges