Casadh an Tsúgáin is a traditional Irish folk song that means “Twisting of the Rope”. This title is less ominous than it would appear as the rope refers to the tying down of a thatched cottage from long ago.

For the movie Brooklyn: Casadh an Tsúgáin is sung beautifully as an acapella by Iarla Ó Lionáird. The film’s composer, Michael Brook was able to weave in some heartfelt root notes into the latter end of Iarla Ó Lionáird’s performance — for the “Frankie’s Song” effect.

I have crafted (a sort of) Celtic guitar piece from the merging of Casadh an Tsúgáin and Frankie’s Song.

Maybe it’s because I’m of Scotch/Irish ancestry (can you tell?) but I love this piece. This is the first time I’ve ever done anything remotely “Irish” on a guitar — and now I’m obsessed. I’m excited to find more stuff like this to translate into my minimalist guitar style.

Also, Iarla Ó Lionáird is amazing. I’ve never heard of this guy before now, but check out this performance. His ability to stand alone and sing without accompaniment is amazing. Talk about minimalism — his voice is like a stand alone instrument. To add anything else — would be to take away from the authenticity of this man’s remarkable voice.

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How play Casadh an Tsúgáin for guitar

This melody is a collection of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and trills on the first few frets. Along with the short duration, this song is not very difficult. If you can play Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin — you can play this.

The guitar tab is a single page long and played straight through without repeats.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Casadh an Tsúgáin is tuned one full step down. Your tuning will look like this from low to high: D G C F A D. Enjoy!

Casadh an Tsúgáin / Frankie’s Song · Iarla Ó Lionáird

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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, film composer - Broken Noons, creator of modern content for guitar.