Cathy's Chords - songs for guitar & uke

Lyrics and chords to old folk songs and favourites from the 50's on. 
Learn-to-play acoustic guitar and ukulele tips for beginners... and some banjo as well.

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Fiddlers Green - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on March 21, 2020 at 4:10 AM


I wrote this song out for our 'Friday Folkies' group, at the suggestion of one of our members, John G, and we've had fun playing it.

Our group won't be meeting for some time now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this site is safe, so here's my version - based on New Barleycorn recording (though in different keys; you can use a...

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Whiskey on a Sunday - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on March 21, 2020 at 3:50 AM

This is another lovely old song. I’ve written it out in 3/4 timing, though it’s a little tricky in the chorus. It’s based on the Danny Doyle recording (link below and on the song sheets).

If you would like to see the notation, you can find it at

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Wagon Wheel - great group song- for guitar, uke, banjo

Posted on December 14, 2019 at 3:25 AM

This is a fun song to do in a group; it has a catchy rhythm and works well with a variety of instruments and some vocal harmonies. I like the “Live at Daryl’s House” version, as it’s a bit more relaxed pace and you can see/hear the different instruments and voices (the link on the songsheets is to the official video).

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New Christmas Song: "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

Posted on December 14, 2019 at 12:15 AM

This is a very pretty Christmas Song, though it has quite a wide range from low to high, so it’s not easy to sing.

I’ve written it out in a few keys to try. If you can use a capo, it’s easier to find a reasonable key to play & sing in.

Here are the links to the song ...

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The Mingulay Boat Song - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:35 PM

This is a stirring sea shanty which is good to play on on guitar, ukulele and banjo: it has a slow, regular pace, and the tune is easy to memorise. There are only 3 chords: D, G and A.

You may need a capo if it’s too low to sing (the Clancy Brothers recording is in Eb, so capo 1), or you could transpose to a different...

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New "Wonderland" Christmas Songs

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 12:15 AM

 

I've finally finished writing up a couple of new songs: couldn't resist trying "Summer Wonderland", Ronan Keating's "Southern Hemisphere" version of Winter Wonderland ... and then I thought I may as well write out

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CathysChords is still going!

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Things have been very quiet with CathysChords this year; I've been dealing with major family health issues, and have had little energy or inclination to work on music. The site seemed to be less popular, and donations had died off so I thought maybe it had passed its use-by date and wouldn't be worth supporting any longer.

However, there has been an influx of support with messages and donations, so it seems there's still life in the old site!...

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"Aussie" Christmas Songs

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 5:25 PM

I haven't been able to make any new songs sheets for ages, but I'm hoping that the links to the current songs have now all been fixed (please let me know if you find any duds!)

Thank you to Dianne for her suggestion of Aussie versions of favourite Christmas songs, including “Deck the Sheds with Bits of Wattle” and “Aussie Jingle Bells”.

You can find the lyrics for these songs online:

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Disappearing links and pictures

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Unfortunately, some of the links I replaced a few months ago don't seem to be working. Now that I've realised, I'm gradually going through every link on the site to check which ones need to be fixed... but it's a slow job.

In the meantime, there should be alternative links to all songs - so if you find one that doesn't work on one page, look for the same song (at the same level) on one of the other pages. If you find all the links for one song don't ...

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All Fixed Now!

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM

It's the end of March, and everything seems to be working now without any major problems!

All the pages on the site have been updated to the new site format, all the song sheet files have been moved to a new storage folder in Dropbox, and all the important links to the song sheets have been re-done on the main site lists.

I took the opportunity to fix up some of the older ( guitar) song sheets; these revised sheets a...

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