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Banjo tablatures for Red Haired Boy


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #fiddle tune, #irish music, #medium-tempo

‘Red Haired Child ' is the English translation of the Gaelic name 'Giolla Rua' (or 'Gilderoy') and is generally thought to represent a real-life thief or bandit. However, Baring-Gould points out that in Scotland the term 'Beggar' is also identified with King James V. The song was quite popular under the Gaelic title ' The Little Beggarman ' (or ' The Beggarman'). In the tale "The Red Haired Child" uilleann piper Donnchadh Ó Sé from Lóthar, one of the finest pipers in the parish of Priory. Donnchadh obediently reached for his pipes, and soon found that the brute was unaware of the music and was able to please him with "An Giolla Rua" Breathnach, The Person, and His Music, 1997. A similarly titled track, "Beggar's Meal Poke's," was written by James VI of Scotland (who in the course became James then I of England), an ascription frequently mistaken with his predecessor James I, who was the reputed writer of the verses of a song called "The Jolly Beggar." The melody is published as "An Maidrin Ruadh" (The Little Red Fox) in Bunting's 1840A Ancient Music Collection of Ireland.

  • Banjo Red Haired Boy Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This arrangement of Red Haired Boy uses hammer-ons and pull-offs to grab melody notes that are easier to play using melodic style.

    Banjo Red Haired Boy Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Red Haired Boy Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This tune is often a guitar players first flat picking song, and this version of Red Haired Boy is based on Tony Rice's playing.

    Banjo Red Haired Boy Melodic Style
  • Banjo Red Haired Boy Backup


    A simple and forward roll heavy backup version of Red Haired Boy. Imagine you're playing with a fiddle player. It's your job to lay down solid rhythm.

    Banjo Red Haired Boy Backup