A Song That Influenced My Life ("Tom Dooley")
"IRISH MIDI FILES"
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"Some of these songs sing of the 'terrible beauty' Yeats wrote about. Others sing of love, homesickness, emigration, the music and the craic. All of them are sung in Irish homes, halls and pubs and reflect the spirit, traditions and history of the Irish people." Frank Lennon
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ALL TITLES ARRANGED BY FRANK LENNON
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(while some of these songs may not be of Irish origin, they will be heard played in Irish bars)
(NB: Midi Files are like Karaoke without the words. If you click on a midi file it should use your soundcard to play. If you have a good soundcard and the midi file is well arranged it should sound realistic like music on a CD. Midi files may be song tracks, symphonies, jingles etc.)
All the following MIDI files were arranged using the 128 GM sounds and settings on a Korg NS5R Sound Module and Roland's "Virtual Sound Canvas". As your sound source may be different, these MIDI files may require tweaking. For example, instead of using the mandolin sound from one of the many NS5R sound banks, I chose instead to "create" the sound using one of the GM guitar sounds as these GM sounds can be found on almost all sound sources. While this is acceptable on my sound source, some changes may be required on your sound source. My tenor banjo sound may also need fixing. Other settings such as reverb, chorus, transpose etc may need re-aligning. These files were all arranged to closely resemble a typical Irish ballad group (I used to play in one called "Folklore" many years ago) with a possible selection of guitar, 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, flute, tin whistle, bodhran and bass - no uileann pipes sound is possible as not even the GM bagpipes sound is anywhere near realistic. I have used poetic licence to enhance many of the songs to sound the way I would love to have them sound. These files may be used in the teaching or learning of Irish songs or "ballads" as they're called here in Ireland or indeed may be used as backing tracks in a "live" performance situation. As a matter of fact you will find that most of them have intros, endings, key changes, additional instrumental verses etc. for use as "live" backing tracks so haul out that guitar, hitch your sound source to a PA system, crank up the volume, open the "lyrics" page and a bottle of Guinness and pretend you're in your favourite Irish singing pub in Dublin and you're the singer!!!!!!!!
(Check the "Lyrics" page for arrangements of these songs)
(If you wish to learn how to sing a song and if it is checked with an (L) after the title then you can go to the "Learn An Irish Song" page and follow the instructions there)
*(39)Thanks to Phil Rooney, Castlewellan whom I first heard sing this song: *(88) For Roisin, an Irish poet in Zambia (see Websites page):
*(94) Dedicated to the memory of my cousin MIchael Milligan: *(86) For the Tralee O Keeffes:
*(92,93) For Jim and Wynne Cummings, the finest Irish-Americans and friends to all wandering Irish musicians:
Download the ZIP Collections of above Midi Files
For Lyrics and Chord Arrangements to all the songs go to "Lyrics" page
To download a MIDI file, ZIP file, lyric sheet or image, right click on the object and then click on one of the options offered ( save picture as; save target as etc.) and download it to a place where you know you will find it. Also give it a name you'll remember. Prior to going on the Internet it is always advisable to open a new folder, preferably on your desktop to download to and maybe give it a name associated with what you're downloading eg. "Midi Files".