Learn to Play the Irish Tune "Star of the County Down"
â€śStar of the County Downâ€ť is one of Irelandâ€™s best-loved songs. For a vocal rendering, you canâ€™t do better than John McCormackâ€™s version, available on the three-CD set Legendary Irish Tenor. The tradition boasts hundreds of songs proclaiming the girls of a particular county or village or parish to be the most beautiful in the country, if not the world. And true or not, whoever wrote this sweet ballad really had it bad for his nut-brown Rose. Itâ€™s set in a rolling 3/4 meter that gives plenty of room to the lyrics. This is one you donâ€™t want to take too fast. The songâ€™s 16-measure verse section is shown below.
Excerpted from Irish Songs for Guitar