Wednesday, July 4, 2012

100 Irish Session Tunes

My friend Jeff Brown recently compiled a list of 100 tunes that he has heard played a lot in the last year or so - at our local sessions in Richmond or Petersburg, Virginia, and/or are common to other sessions he has attended around the country and in Ireland.  Sessions are typically heavy on reels, but around here (Central VA) we also play a lot of jigs.  Jeff restricted the list to 40 Reels, 35 Jigs, 15 "Slips and Slides", and 10 Polkas.  I have actually added a few more to the list, including Hornpipes, so it's a bit more than 100.  My additions are marked with a *.

If you're looking for a list of Irish session tunes to learn, this is a good place to start!

Boil the Breakfast Early
Brenda Stubbert’s
Bucks of Oranmore
Christmas Eve
Drowsey Maggie
Earl’s Chair
Father Kelly’s
Fermoy Lassies
Flogging Reel
George White’s Favorite
Heathery Cruach
High Reel
Julia Delaney’s
Kitty’s Wedding
Lad O’Beirne’s
Lady Anne Montgomery
Maid Behind the Bar
Man of the House
Mason’s Apron
Merry Blacksmith
Miss McLeod’s
Miss Monaghan’s
Morning Dew
Mountain Road
Musical Priest
Nine Points of Roguery
Ornette’s Trip to Belfast
Otter’s Holt
Paddy Fahy’s
Pigeon on the Gate
Saint Anne’s
Sally Gardens
The Scholar
Silver Spear
Silver Spire
Sporting Paddy
Star of Munster
Woman of the House

Banish Misfortune
Black Rogue
Blarney Pilgrim
Calliope House
Connaughtman’s Rambles
Contentment is Wealth
Donneybrook Fair
Frieze Britches
Hag at the Churn
I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her
Jerry’s Beaver Hat
Jig of Slurs
Jug of Brown Ale
Lark in the Morning
Langstrom’s Pony
Lietrim Fancy
Lilting Banshee*
Maid on the Green
The Monaghan
Mug of Brown Ale*
My Darling Asleep
Old Hag You Have Killed Me
Out on the Ocean
Tobin’s Favourite
Tom Billy’s
Rambling Pitchfork
Scatter the Mud
Smash the Windows
Strayaway Child
Tatter Jack Walsh
Tenpenny Bit
Will You Come Home with Me?
A Fig for a Kiss
Another Jig Will Do
Boys of Ballisodare
Brosna Slide
The Butterfly
Comb Your Hair and Curl It
Dan O’Keefe’s Slide
Denis Murphy’s Slide
Drops of Brandy
Farewell to Whalley Range
John Kelly’s Slide
Kid on the Mountain
Snowy Path
Star Above the Garter*
Road to Lisdoonvarna*
Turf Footer

Balleydesmond Polka
Breeches Full of Stitches
Denis Murphy’s
Farewell to Whiskey
John Ryan’s
Kelly’s Cow
Maggie in the Woods
Rakes of Mallow
Top of Maol

Boys of Bluehill*
Harvest Home*
Off to California*
Rights of Man*
Staten Island*

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