Star of the County Down Voice Sheet Music

Star of the County Down - voice students will enjoy this fun,vigorous, and beautiful Irish sheet music. 

Almost all my students ask for this piece

Some pieces of music seem to spread like wildfire through a group of musicians, and this free vocal sheet music will do that with your students too!

If you want to hear --and see! -- a fun rendition of this song, complete with fiddle, pipes, and drums, watch the "Orthodox Celts" perform "Star of the County Down" on the YouTube video below.

Vigorous, humorous, and very musical, my students and I have watched this video many times!


Here is Star of the County Down vocal sheet music:


Star of the County Down for voice - Free sheet music from Ireland

The style of the accompaniment is important

I have used big chords in the piano left hand to help propel energy into this song.  

But if I had only ONE vocalist singing, instead of a group, I would not use such big chords - or at least they would be played softly!

Star of the County Down for voice - Free sheet music from Ireland

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the link to the printable PDF.

Suited for multiple kinds of musicians

When I have a really terrific piece like this that is also a song, I usually end up giving it to my pianists, guitarists, and singers alike.  Oh, and fiddle students too!

They all benefit, and frequently end up playing it together.  You can find guitar tabs here.

Different keys for different purposes

The very beginner arrangements of the Star of the County Down for PIANO are set around Middle C, in the key of Am.  Rather low for young students when they sing along, but very easy reading and playing compared to the key of Em, I have found.  Find it on this page.

I have to thank a local fiddle and guitar teacher named Dan for introducing local musicians to this great piece! You'll thank him too. 

Other lyrics available - Bible verse lyrics!

If you are interested in a fancier arrangement with more chords, plus lyrics to a Bible verse written to this melody, check out this page, "For God So Loved the World", at my newer site, Sing The Bible Story.




The link for the vocal music:



Download printable free Star of the County Down voice sheet music



More Folk Songs to Sing:


All the Pretty Little Horses - a soft and repetitious lullaby, quite pretty


Colorado Trail Song - an American tune written by a real cowboy


Come By the Hills - another popular Irish melody


Down By the Salley Gardens - a famous and pretty song, very sweet 


Green Bushes - a brisk little song that is pretty while being good for breath control training


Grenadier and the Lady - my favorite folk song of all.  Find out why


Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier - very beautiful, very moving, and a chance for your young singer to learn how to let her voice soar


Keegan's Waltz - this is a traditional Gaelic tune, but the lyrics are very new, supplied by a visitor to this site!


Lavender's Blue - this simple song is not only satisfying for beginning pianists, but also young singers who need to focus on basics.  With a lovely piano accompaniment.


Loch Lomond - the famous and sad song about never meeting again


Mari's Wedding - a singable tune with bouncy chords that is fun to play or sing


Minstrel Boy - a lovely and patriotic song about a warrior-poet


Molly Bawn - a sad story of a young hunter who thought he was shooting at a swan


Once I Had a Sweetheart - "but now I have none!" Very pretty, and little-known.


Parting Glass - a well-known Irish tune which my singers always love


Scarborough Fair - an old and famous tune of lost love


She Moved Through the Fair - this sounds happy, but it is actually a bit of a love story, and a bit of a ghost story!


Shenandoah - a famous and lovely American tune with ambiguous lyrics


Skye Boat Song - a pretty song from Scotland about the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie over the sea


Spanish Ladies - a minor key sea chanty that swings energetically along - BOYS like singing it too!


The Spanish Lady - Upbeat and energetic, this Irish song is fun to perform with a group


Star of the County Down - LOTS of fun to sing and play!  An excellent ensemble piece


Waltzing Matilda - an unusually pretty melody from Australia; you know this one!  Very popular with kids


The Water is Wide - a very pretty song about disappointed love.  You might have sung this one in high school!


White, Orange and Green - though not widely known, this charming melody about fighting for the right to carry the flag of Ireland has stirring lyrics and soaring phrases. A favorite of my vocal & guitar students


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Lori:
Thanks so much! All of my students LOVE playing Irish Wedding!

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Audrey: 
I just wanted to tell you that I have found your website EXTREMELY helpful!  

I have a young group of children that I have started a youth choir with and I was searching for music ideas and I came across your  website. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!








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Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

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