100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes


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100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes

100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes

Extend your repertoire with this handsome selection of popular Irish tunes. Unlike other books of this nature the emphasis is away from reels; here you’ll find slip jigs, hornpipes, slides and an abundance of popular jigs. “Session Friendly” settings: You can learn the tunes as written and be confident of having accurate versions. Chords are included.

This book of Irish session tunes diverges from the usual pattern in that the emphasis is not on the reels. Loosely speaking, the jigs and reels found in this book are the next most popular after those found in 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. Another major feature of this book is the prominence given to the various other types of tune, such as slides, set dances, hornpipes etc. They always come a poor third to reels and jigs, but they constantly crop up in the sessions with such a significant frequency that they cannot be ignored. There are hornpipes, marches, a strong selection of jigs, some slip jigs and one or two other well-known melodies to spice up your repertoire.
100 tunes (14 hornpipes, 15 slides, 34 jigs, 23 reels and 14 miscellaneous tunes) with chords, classified and alphabetical (with alternative titles) indexes.
Important note from Mally
The tune settings in this book are all ‘session friendly’, i.e. you can learn them exactly as written and know that you will have a perfectly acceptable version. However, I consider it unwise to learn a tune from only one source and I would suggest strongly that, when learning a new tune, you pay heed to settings in other books, on recordings and what you hear down the pub. It is important to note that the settings in this book are greatly influenced by the instrument I play, the D/G melodeon. I’ve made a conscious effort to allow this to happen in order to give the book its own unique character. The list below would constitute an excellent nucleus towards forming a valuable Irish music library, many of them are available from mally.com. When choosing books, take care not to be put off by the title; some of the best sources of tunes are from tuition books. Just because the book cover says ‘Learn to Play the Banjo’, don’t think it’s of no use if you play the tin whistle.
Books will only help you to learn the notes of a tune. To pick up the rhythm of Irish music you must devote a large amount of time listening to both recordings and live musicians. Of greatest importance, you must practise; the value of these books is directly proportional to the number of hours a day you spend practising.



Anything for Jonjo?
Blackthorn Reel
Craig’s Pipes
Croghan Hill
Fermoy Lasses
Flowers of Edinburgh
Green Groves of Erin
High Road to Linton
Hills of Clogher
Hunter’s House
Johnny Cronin’s Fancy
Johnny Macclejohn
Lad O’Beirne’s
Lucy Campbell
Mason’s Apron
New Copperplate
Otter’s Holt
Reel of Rio
Sunny Banks
Swallow’s Tail
Trim the Velvet


Bill Harte’s
Boys of the Town Bride’s Favourite
Connie O’Connell’s
Cook in the Kitchen
Fasten the Leggin’
Frieze Britches
Gander in the Pratie Hole
Garrett Barry’s

Gillian’s Apples
Gold Ring
Hag at the Churn
Humours of Ennistymon
Knights of Saint Patrick
Lilting Fisherman
Maid in the Meadow
Mooncoin Jig
Old Joe’s
Pipe on the Hob no. 1
Pipe on the Hob no. 2
Rambling Pitchfork
Rose in the Heather
Strike the Gay Harp
Tobin’s Favourite
Tommy Peoples’
Tone Rowe’s
Trip to the Cottage Tune the Fiddle
When Sick, is it Tea
Willie Coleman’s


City of Savannah
Flowing Tide
Golden Eagle
Home Ruler
King of the Fairies
Kitty’s Wedding
Little Beggarman

Rights of Man
Stack of Barley
Stack of Wheat


Dan O’Keeffe’s no. 1
Dan O’Keeffe’s no. 2
Connie Walsh’s
Denis Murphy’s
Going to the Well for Water John Kelly’s
Johnny Mickey’s
Kathleen O’Hehir
Lonesome Road to Dingle
Old Favourite
Pádraig O’Keeffe’s
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Siobhán Hurl’s
Star above the Garter


Boys of Ballisodare
Brian Boru’s March
Butterfly Carolan’s Concerto
Give me your Hand
Halting March
Hardiman the Fiddler
Hunt Kid on the Mountain
O’Neill’s Cavalcade
Sonny’s Mazurka
Whinny Hills of Leitrim


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