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The Sea Maiden


The most beautiful traditional Celtic tune about a mermaid.

The Sea Maiden is one of my go-to songs when I'm playing for a group. It is easy to memorize and the melody is haunting. Once you learn both versions you can go back and forth between them. The melody is simple and haunting and the accompaniment is beautiful. ~ Robin Stadnyk

Read more and listen to the software-generated mp3 at the bottom of the page.

This gorgeous song, sung by a mermaid who must leave her child, has been a hit with my students, many of whom have learned the beginner version and then "graduated" to the intermediate version another year. The intermediate version features rippling 16ths in the introduction, descending sixths, lush chords, and a left-hand melody.

Both versions fit on a therapy harp (lowest note C below middle C).  Key of C. No lever changes. Beginner version includes fingering and brackets; intermediate version has some suggested fingerings.

Listen to The Sea Maiden (software-generated mp3) beginner version

Listen to The Sea Maiden (software-generated mp3) intermediate version