You need to be logged in to post
Options
Index
#547931 - 08/03/19 01:11 AM [User Showcase] "The Hill Of Tara"
Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
Ghostgum Online   content
Apprentice

Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
https://soundcloud.com/user-427542889/hill-of-tara

This song describes a battle that took place on May 26, 1798 at Tara Hill, Co. Meath, Ireland between United Irishmen and forces loyal to the British Crown.

BIAB Tracks _BLUEGRSM.STY ev 16
~427Bass, Acoustic, Bluegrass Ev 130
~426:Banjo, Bluegrass Ev 130 Rhythm
~431:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Bluegrass Ev 130
~432:Mandolin, Rhythm Bluegrass Ev 130
3191:Mandolin, Soloist, CelticReelAndy Ev 16 110
~428:Fiddle, Rhythm Bluegrass Ev 130
RealDrums=Folk8ths

Like most folk tunes of this type the chord progression very simple (perhaps too much so) but the melody and the instruments (particularly the mandolin solo by Andy Leftwich) add light and shade.

Hill Of Tara (lyrics by Brian Raynor)

In Seventeen-Ninety-Eight there was rebellion
When men of Meath came marching through the night
At Tara’s Hill, five-thousand strong, we gathered
United in our cause, we came to fight
Too many years of quiet desperation
With no escape from grinding poverty
Praying to the Lord for our deliverance
How we longed for life and liberty
How we longed for life and liberty

Knowing not of treachery in Dublin
Our leaders were by worthless men betrayed
We took our stand, prepared ourselves for battle
We stared death in the face, yet unafraid
At dawn we spied the enemy approaching
The yeomen and the fencibles as well
Our muskets were no match for their artillery
And so before their shot and grape we fell
And so before their shot and grape we fell

They pushed us up the hill into the churchyard
Our last stand came at dusk, among the graves
We’d rather spill our blood for life and freedom
Than live another day as someone’s slave.
Too many years of quiet desperation
With no escape from grinding poverty
Praying to the Lord for our deliverance
How we longed for life and liberty

Though freedom was denied us there at Tara
United Irishmen will rise again
They’ll fight for what is right and be victorious
And see our sacrifice was not in vain
And see our sacrifice was not in vain

Top
#548242 - 08/05/19 09:35 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 3309
Deryk - PG Music Offline
PG Music Staff

Registered: 02/15/17
Posts: 3309
Nicely done smile A really interesting source of inspiration - I love the upbeat groove on this, the banjo and mandolin work fantastically together and I thought your vocals were really strong on this one. Nicely catchy as well.

Thanks for sharing!
_________________________
Cheers,
Deryk

Top
#548251 - 08/05/19 10:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 03/07/18
Posts: 2134
Rustyspoon# Offline
Veteran

Registered: 03/07/18
Posts: 2134
Nice tune and storytelling! Vocals and production are excellent.
Enjoyed it!

Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

Top
#548274 - 08/05/19 12:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 9443
Loc: GA USA
Janice & Bud Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 9443
Loc: GA USA
Having played in several bluegrass bands for many years we felt you did a good job mixing this.
The bluegrass RT's are obviously well performed given the outstanding artists but they can be
a bit difficult to tailor to a given song since bluegrass solos and fills are more melodic that a lot
of folks realize. Your mix of the rhythm and solo mandolin resulted in an authentic sound.

The vocal well presented the image rich lyric. Nice story!

Enjoyed it.

J&B

Top
#548300 - 08/05/19 03:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Janice & Bud]
Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
Ghostgum Online   content
Apprentice

Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
Thanks for listening, and for your comments. Back in the 70s I attended several live performances by our local "Country Gospel Bluegrass Band." Bought their one and only LP record and spent many hours listening to their arrangements.
As for the lyrics, once I had assembled the basic facts it took (apart from minor editing) about half an hour to complete. As one would expect, parts of the story too disturbing to share with a general audience have been omitted.

Top
#548303 - 08/05/19 04:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 14404
Loc: Hamlin NY
MarioD Offline
Veteran

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 14404
Loc: Hamlin NY
Super story telling to a backing track that sounds live. Strong vocals!

Excellent work!
_________________________
Mu dumbest purchase ever was a 2020 planner!

64 bit Win 10 Pro, the latest BiaB and RB, Roland Octa-Capture audio interface, a ton of software and some hardware.

Top
#548329 - 08/05/19 09:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 3618
Loc: Sacramento, California
dcuny Online   content
Veteran

Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 3618
Loc: Sacramento, California
Such a happy sound for such a sad subject!

Good job all around - vocals, lyrics, mix.
_________________________
-- David Cuny
My virtual singer development blog

Vocal control, you say. Never heard of it. Is that some kind of ProTools thing?

Top
#548332 - 08/05/19 09:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: dcuny]
Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
Ghostgum Online   content
Apprentice

Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
Possibly, but having heard The Ballad of the Alamo (Marty Robbins) about 300 times I'm reasonably sure that Hill of Tara is not too "out there." Alamo featured one of the busiest nylon-string guitars I've heard!

Top
#548340 - 08/06/19 12:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 3618
Loc: Sacramento, California
dcuny Online   content
Veteran

Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 3618
Loc: Sacramento, California
Originally Posted By: Ghostgum
Possibly, but having heard The Ballad of the Alamo (Marty Robbins) about 300 times I'm reasonably sure that Hill of Tara is not too "out there." Alamo featured one of the busiest nylon-string guitars I've heard!

Sorry, I should have clarified that it wasn't a complaint! Just a bit incongruous, but then, so is the whole idea of setting words to music, if you think about it too much. laugh
_________________________
-- David Cuny
My virtual singer development blog

Vocal control, you say. Never heard of it. Is that some kind of ProTools thing?

Top
#548341 - 08/06/19 12:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: dcuny]
Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
Ghostgum Online   content
Apprentice

Registered: 04/15/19
Posts: 296
Loc: SA, Australia
No worries, David. If it's any consolation, my wife agrees with you. I notice some of the 'murder ballads' that were so popular in the 19th century (and revived in the 1960s) were up-tempo too.

Top
#548442 - 08/06/19 04:37 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 04/24/16
Posts: 433
Loc: Ireland
Hugh2 Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 04/24/16
Posts: 433
Loc: Ireland
Hi Ghostgun,
Unusual to hear a song about my home county!I go walking up on the hill once a week and although its quite low as hills go it has a surprizing panoramic view.Also it has alot of history that predates 1798 most famously St Patrick was brought to the hill by the High King.Great piece of story telling ,composition and arrangement!The church and graveyard are still there and they have only two services a year,one on St Patricks day and one at the start of summer.Well I enjoyed the listen and here is a link if anyone is visiting!urs Hugh proud Meathman!
https://www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/hill-of-tara/9805

Top
#548446 - 08/06/19 04:48 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 3149
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Rob4580 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 3149
Loc: Murgon Queensland Australia
Great vocal and mix that carried along by the great story.
Rob4580

Top
#548452 - 08/06/19 05:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 06/19/17
Posts: 2362
Loc: Victoria, BC
Ember - PG Music Offline
PG Music Staff

Registered: 06/19/17
Posts: 2362
Loc: Victoria, BC
Sometimes a simple chord progression has the biggest impact. Congrats on an awesome song. Thanks for sharing!
_________________________
Cheers,
Ember

Top
#548742 - 08/09/19 10:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 06/16/00
Posts: 1944
Loc: Texas
Jim Offline
Expert

Registered: 06/16/00
Posts: 1944
Loc: Texas
Good story song...
It does seem to have a kindred spirit to the Marty Robbin ballads...
And I enjoyed listening.
_________________________
Jim
†=☮&♥

Top
#548771 - 08/09/19 04:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: "The Hill Of Tara" [Re: Ghostgum]
Registered: 09/02/18
Posts: 1105
Loc: Denmark
Will Josef Offline
Expert

Registered: 09/02/18
Posts: 1105
Loc: Denmark
Great story-telling... the music compliments your vocal and story in a good way.

I will not comment on the lyrics... it is a very political and dangerous subject and I know too little to say something useful about this.

Will


Edited by Will Josef (08/09/19 04:55 PM)

Top


PG Music News
The Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker

The Band-in-a-Box® SongPicker can show information for up to 60,000 song files and can be customized to point to any folder on your computer, allowing easy access to your own song files or Band-in-a-Box® demo files!

Once you've chosen your folder and rebuilt your list, you are able to filter the list, adjust the width of the columns, see the chord sheet within the SongPicker Window, and more! The filter feature is incredibly specific too - you can even filter by Songs with Custom Chord Progression!

Read more about the SongPicker: Windows | Mac.

We created a video explaining the SongPicker using Band-in-a-Box® 2019 for Windows - check it out!

Video - Band-in-a-Box® Transpose From .. To .. Tutorial

Make sure you check out our latest video if you want to see how to transpose a portion of your song! Click here to watch...

Learn even more about transposing within Band-in-a-Box with our online manual: Windows | Mac.

The Guitar & Piano Chord Dictionary Programs

Happy National Dictionary Day!*

Head to our Other Windows Software page to find programs like PowerTracks, GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country, Video Guitar Lessons, and more!

Scroll down and you'll find our Guitar Chord Dictionary & Piano Chord Dictionary programs. Each Chord Dictionary allows you to choose a root note to select the chord you want to learn, and it will be displayed on-screen with either the piano keyboard or the guitar fretboard!

In the Guitar Chord Dictionary & Piano Chord Dictionary you can change the sounds within the Settings window, whether it be the Root note or the Chord, and it doesn't even have to be a guitar or piano! Looking through the options, there's various piano choices, guitar choices, organ, etc. - but you can also choose more unique sounds like the tuba, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, and more!

*October 16th

Band-in-a-Box® Video Testimonial by C. Dan Roberts

Our latest Video Testimonial comes from C. Dan Roberts, and his enthusiasm for Band-in-a-Box® is inspiring!

Watch the video...

Do you have a video testimonial that you would like to share? Contact us at marketing@pgmusic.com.

Visit C. Dan Roberts testimonial page here.

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box®

Today* is National Train Your Brain Day!

You can definitely do that with Band-in-a-Box®

Open your Band-in-a-Box® program, and you'll find the [Practice] button in the toolbar - it's a GREAT resource!
Minimized your toolbar? Head to Window | Practice Window or ALT SHIFT L to access.

In this window, you'll find many options to help you practice, including Ear Training games (Pitch Invasion is my favorite!), access to the Chord Builder and Chord Subs, some helpful tools within the Playalong Features menu (like Trade 4s, woodshed tempo, etc.), and more!

Train Your Brain with Band-in-a-Box® today!

Resources:
Windows Online Manual: Practice Window
Mac Online Manual: Tools, Wizards, Tutors, and Fun

*October 13

Band-in-a-Box® 2020 Updates for Windows & Mac!

We've just released FREE Updates for both Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows & Mac program users!

With the latest update for Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Windows, you can now choose the "Save Exact Chord Text" checkbox to the Save XML dialog, there are VST feature updates, Audio Chord Wizard enhancements, updated program messages, we've applied fixes to an assortment of user-reported issues, and the DAW Plugin 2.12.15 Update has been added too!

Review the complete list of updates for build 734 and download it here.

The newest Band-in-a-Box® 2020 for Mac update also includes VST feature updates, as well as RealTracks & RealDrums Picker enhancements, smoother 'tabbing' between dialog windows, and additional fixes applied to an assortment of user-reported issues. If you missed adding the DAW Plugin 2.12.15 update from September, it will be added with this update too!

Review the complete list of updates for build 420 and download it here.

Video - How to Transpose a Region of a Band-in-a-Box® Song

Want to learn how to transpose just one chorus of your Band-in-a-Box® song?

Check out our latest video, shared to the I want a video that shows me how to... forum: https://youtu.be/XiMrgtQ7u14

Forum Stats
33061 Members
68 Forums
66596 Topics
566576 Posts

Max Online: 2537 @ 01/19/20 07:09 AM
Newest Members
Juan romero, Gpredator, John Evans, donklein, jssnrzns01

33060 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
Janice & Bud 146
Planobilly 134
CaptainMoto 128
Pipeline 124
VideoTrack 118
eddie1261 110
Al-David 101
floyd jane 96
Simon - PG Music 84
Greg Johnson 79
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays