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The Water is Wide (O Waly Waly)

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By Traditional (UK)

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Guitar - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional (UK). Arranged by Dan Jones ( Folk, European, Celtic. Solo Part, Tablature. 6 pages. Published by (S0.712531).

Item Number: S0.712531

The Water is Wide is a beautiful song of longing and separation. There appears to be confusion as to its origins; some writers saying it is Scottish and others claiming its roots to be English. It is also known as ‘O Waly Waly’ or just ‘Waly Waly’.

While living and working in France I discovered a hugely-popular version by the singer-songwriter Renaud. His version is entitled La Ballade Nord-Irlandaise and is a pacifist song referring to the troubles in Northern Ireland.


This arrangement is designed for more-experienced players. It is an excellent item for concert programmes, encores, weddings or background music.

The single download provides the music in both notes and TAB.

This arrangement can be heard on Dan's solo CD 'Les Cerisiers'. This can be heard on all major streaming sites or a disc purchased through Dan's website mentioned below.

To see and hear Dan’s wide range of arrangements for solo guitar, guitar duet and ensembles please visit:

To read of Dan’s life as a musician and family man in rural France, please visit:

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