The Parting Glass
An Irish Song

The Parting Glass is a tender song, an Irish song that speaks of memory, of friends, and of sorrow at going away.

It is also beautiful, and you and your students will enjoy playing and singing it.


Here is a riveting performance of The Parting Glass by a group called The Wailin' Jennys: 


Irish song The Parting Glass


Download The Parting Glass in the key of Bm

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Because the versions of this Irish song vary so greatly, it was hard for me to make sense of it at first, and to really pin down the heart of the melody.

After multiple listenings to a number of different performers, I settled on this short version of The Wailin' Jennys as the standard that I would use for my lead sheets.  Have a listen to other recordings of The Parting Glass and see what you think.

I will probably be arranging a duet or trio for my own vocal students next year, based on the version here by The Wailin' Jennys - I have grown that fond of it.


Sinead O'Connor's rendition is also short:


Here is a very interesting arrangement by The Gentlemen of the College of William and Mary.  It is long and complicated, with changes to the tune:



I read, but do not know for a certainty, that the arrangement used by The Gentlemen of the College is the same one that can be found in the Celtic Woman songbook "Believe."  The song "The Parting Glass" is certainly in that book, but I haven't had the opportunity to see the arrangement.









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