Ash Grove

This is an online fiddle lesson for the Welsh song "The Ash Grove." is your best source for Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Gospel, and Country fiddle lessons!

Genre: Holiday, Celtic
Skill Level: Beginner
Keys of D, C and G

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the Welsh song "The Ash Grove."

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"The Ash Grove" is a traditional Welsh folk song whose melody has been set to numerous sets of lyrics. The best-known version was written in English by Thomas Oliphant in the 19th century.

The first published version of the tune was in 1802 in "The Bardic Museum". The book was written by Edward Jones, a harpist. About 4 years later a version with words appeared, under the name "Llwyn Onn". It tells of a sailor's love for "Gwen of Llwyn." At the end of the song, Gwen dies, and in one version of the piece, the writer talks about him mourning and that she is lying " 'neath the shades of the lonely ash grove."

The tune of "The Ash Grove" is used for the hymn "Let All Things Now Living" in 1939 by composer Katherine K. Davis. This hymnal version resulted in it being included on a number of Christmas albums up through the 1950s; like Jan August's 1955 album "Christmas Favorites" (Mercury Records #MG 20160). It was in use as a hymn long before the 20th century under the title "The Master Hath Come" by Sarah Doudney (1871) and has been updated since in a retelling of the nativity by Robert Cullinan as "On This Night, Most Holy" (1996). Another hymn set to the tune of "The Ash Grove" is "Sent Forth by God's Blessing."

source: wikipedia

The Ash Grove (Chords and Lyrics)
by Thomas Oliphant

     D                          Em         A
Down yonder green valley, where streamlets meander,
     D           G        D     A   D
When twilight is fading I pensively rove
   D                         Em       A
Or at the bright noontide in solitude wander,
 D            G             D      A   D
Amid the dark shades of the lonely ash grove;
       D                              Em         A
‘T was there, while the blackbird was cheerfully singing,
  G              Bm            A      E  A
I first met that dear one, the joy of my heart!
 D                         Em             A
Around us for gladness the bluebells were ringing,
    D           G             D       A      D
Ah! then little thought I how soon we should part.

Still glows the bright sunshine o'er valley and mountain,
Still warbles the blackbird its note from the tree;
Still trembles the moonbeam on streamlet and fountain,
But what are the beauties of nature to me?
With sorrow, deep sorrow, my bosom is laden,
All day I go mourning in search of my love;
Ye echoes, oh, tell me, where is the sweet maiden?
"She sleeps, 'neath the green turf down by the ash grove."
Let All Things Now Living (Chords and Lyrics)
by Katherine Davis

Let all things now living 
a song of thanksgiving 
to God the Creator triumphantly raise, 
who fashioned and made us, 
protected and stayed us, 
who guides us and leads to the end of our days. 
His banners are o’er us, 
his light goes before us, 
a pillar of fire shining forth in the night, 
till shadows have vanished 
and darkness is banished, 
as forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces; 
the stars in their courses 
and sun in its orbit obediently shine; 
the hills and the mountains, 
the rivers and fountains, 
the deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine. 
We too should be voicing 
our love and rejoicing; 
with glad adoration a song let us raise, 
till all things now living 
unite in thanksgiving: 
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!

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    Oh thank you! Yesterday ‘Christmas time is coming’ was a little too hard for me, but I can play this one, and with a little practice it might be good enough to play for relatives come Christmas.
    It’s such a beautiful arrangement, I didn’t know this song could sound so pretty!

    John (BGD)John (BGD)

    It is a beautiful song! The words are sad. Someone put out some Christmas lyrics to this tune a few years back but it seemed forced. Even though they aren’t very Christmassy, I like the Ash Grove lyrics.


    Our family farm had an ash grove on it and it was called that because I remembered this gorgeous song.  Bagged my first (and only) deer there and this song brings back other fond memories too.  I certainly appreciate finding this song in your lesson collection and have gone through the first mea. by mea. instruction and can’t wait to hear myself perform it as you do.  I seem to recall learning it by the original lyrics as you sang it too.


    The sentiment reminded me of the fellow that was always standing on the street looking back & forth.  As a kid walking to school this man was a permanent fixture, every morning as I went to school and going home after school.  Year after year.  In recent years I asked Mom about him, and she said his wife died young…he lost touch with reality and spent every day out looking for her!

    John (BGD)John (BGD)

    That is really sad!

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