The Spanish Lady is a fun, pretty, and fast-moving song from Ireland. And vigorous! Download the free fiddle music and easy acoustic guitar tabs for it here!
This song was introduced to me by one of my students, who asked if she could sing it. Browsing through her favorite singers on YouTube, she had encountered the group Celtic Woman singing this song.
This free vocal sheet music is very pretty, bouncy, and great fun to sing with a group of other singers.
Several of my vocal students have and enjoy the Celtic Woman Songbook, which has not just vocal pieces, but also instrumentals such as "The Butterfly" for violin. However, the book does not have Spanish Lady in it!
No sooner had I begun giving this song to my vocal students, than my guitar players and fiddlers also wanted to play it, so I've added guitar tabs to the sheet music.
This song is easier both for guitar and violin players in the key of G, I think.
For fiddlers who play it in G, it is very fun and not too hard to execute double stop notes - a drone - at the bottom of page 1, where the melody goes, "First she washed them..." Just use the open D string as harmony for the notes of the A string, until you reach the melody change again at "Whack fol the too-rah..."
(This may seem terribly obvious to all you fiddlers of many years' experience, but to me, a pianist who first held a real violin in her hands as a music major in college in String Methods I, playing the violin is still a learning adventure!)
Now here is a plain lead sheet, lyrics and music all on one page, to save paper and ink:
I like the way the Celtic Woman version starts with a soloist, then bursts into harmony, so I wrote parts for the middle and end of each verse. The bottom voices are pretty simple, so less-experienced, younger singers can pick them up quickly.
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