SundayMorning Coming Down – Popular country sing-alongs

The song Kris Kristofferson said allowed him to stop working for a living! This country classic was a number 1 hit in the country charts for Johnny Cash in 1970. We use a finger-picking pattern to accompany the song, and look at 5 suggestions to embellish your playing.

Goodnight Irene – Folksongs popular in Ireland

This old American folksong dates from the early 20th century, and has never waned in popularity. It has been recorded by many superstar performers – Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Tom Waits – to name but a few. A great sing-along song with a chorus ideal for harmonising.

Missing You – Irish ballads and folksongs

This great song, written by Jimmy McCarthy, is mainly associated with Christy Moore. The song is in fast 3/4 time – we look at a recommended strumming pattern and include some useful strumming tips in the lesson.

Merry Christmas Everybody – Christmas favourites

Hard to believe this Christmas cracker is 50 years old this year. Written by Slade’s Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, the song has been streamed nearly 100 million times on Spotify and generates substantial revenue each year for the band members.

Silver Threads and Golden Needles – Classic favourites

Linda Ronstadt’s country rock version of this song was a huge hit for her – she occasionally played with The Eagles (not a bad backing band!) and this song was prominent on the set list. We look at a country-rock strumming style to accompany the song.

The Rare Old Mountain Dew – Irish folksongs and ballads

A happy Irish drinking song about poitín – home-made whiskey. Try your lilting skills in the chorus! The song gets honourable mention in The Pogues Fairytale of New York. A slower tempo practice file is included in the resources.