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“All Through The Night” – A Welsh lullaby – Solo ukulele arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

November 12, 2013

All Though The Lullaby title slide

According to Wikipedia we learn:

Ar Hyd y Nos (English: All Through the Night) is a Welsh folksong sung to a tune that was first recorded in Edward Jones’ Musical and Poetical Relics of the Welsh Bards (1784). The Welsh lyrics were written by John Ceiriog Hughes, and have been translated into several languages, including English (most famously by Harry Boulton) and Breton. One of the earliest English versions was by Thomas Oliphant in 1862.
The melody was used by John Gay in The Beggar’s Opera. It is also used in the hymn “Go My Children With My Blessing.”
The song is highly popular with traditional Welsh male voice choirs, and is sung by them at festivals in Wales and around the world.
The song is also sometimes considered a Christmas carol, and as such has been covered by numerous artists on Christmas albums, most recently including Olivia Newton-John and Michael McDonald who performed the song as a duet on Newton-John’s 2007 album Christmas Wish. Cerys Matthews has also sung the song on her 2010 album Tir.

Below is a YouTube performance of my arrangement of ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

My arrangement uses exclusively a fingerpicking style. Thumb plays the 4th and 3rd string. Index finger plays the 2nd string and the Middle finger plays the 1st string. Throughout the A theme you need to merely get the chord denoted above the staff and for the most part the left hand fingers are already in place. The 3rd measure as noted in example below is the D chord which uses the index finger as a barre finger on the second fret.

music 1

In the example below note the Csus4 (Csuspended 4th) chord used just before the final chord. The suspended chords are used in folk music and generally in most hymn tunes. The suspended note is the “A” of “A-men” . . .

music 2

“All Through The Night” is available in tablature and standard notation format and can be purchased for $5.39 by paying through the paypal button
on my website:

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT now heard on the newly released “HEART STRINGS” CD which can be purchased for $12.95 through the paypal donate button the Ukulele Mike website: $3.00 shipping within the US . . $7.00 shipping outside the US

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