Margaret’s Waltz

Some fiddlers prefer to play this waltz in the key of A. Here you have Margaret’s Waltz in the key of G, where I’m used to playing it.

This is a pretty piece. It has migrated to American fiddling as well as any other tune from Ireland, not counting Red Haired Boy….and Devil’s Dream….and….well let’s stop there.

For waltzes, you won’t find another Irish one that is played more than Margaret’s. [Update: this is apparently not an Irish waltz. But, it is from the British Isles.]

Fiddle tab chart for Margaret's Waltz
Margaret's Waltz in Fiddle Tab

The pdf chart for Margaret’s Waltz.

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    • Ann
    • April 14, 2011

    Nice selection of tunes! Margaret’s Waltz is by Pat Shaw, an English singer, dancer, musician, composer, dance writer, ethnomusicologist. He wrote many, many tunes. He died in 1977.

    Good luck with Sibelius!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for the update on Margaret’s Waltz. Here is a link to info about him.

    • Peter Collins
    • March 20, 2013

    If this is the same Margaret’s Waltz that Aly Bain plays, it was written for a woman on Unst, one of the further most Shetland islands. Do yourselves a favour by checking out The Session, a program that features Aly and Peerie Willy Johnston, Shetlands wonderful innovative and well respected guitarist. See it on YouTube.

    • Margaret
    • October 24, 2014

    Looking for the lyrics to Margaret’s waltz. Does anyone know where I can find them? Google searches only show sheet music. Was I told wrong that there are lyrics? Or what was the story of this woman from Unst?

      • Elan
      • November 2, 2014

      I have Pat Shaw’s book where he published Margaret’s Waltz. There are no lyrics. You can write your own if you wish.

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