100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes


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100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes

100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes

Another 100 “session friendly” tunes with chords to enhance your repertoire. This time the book follows the format of a typical Irish session, lots of reels, some jigs and a few hornpipes. As in all the books in this series, a comprehensive list of alternative titles is included.

All the tunes in this book are again firm session favourites, particularly the reels. It follows on from Essential and Enduring by providing another 100 of the most popular Irish session tunes. The book echos the format of a typical Irish session; lots of reels, some jigs and a few hornpipes.

100 tunes ( 65 reels, 25 jigs, 10 hornpipes) 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.



Ah, Surely …
Ash Plant
Big Reel of Callightown
Blackberry Blossom
Boy in the Gap
Boys of the Lough
Bunker Hill
Captain Kelly
Cathal McConnell’s
College Groves
Connemara Stockings
Crossing the Shannon
Down the Broom
Duke of Leinster
Fairy Reel
Far from Home
Five Mile Chase
Flax in Bloom
Flower of the Flock
Fred Finn’s
Grogan’s Favourite
Hand Me Down the Tackle Holy Land
Humours of Carrigaholt
Humours of Lissadell
In the Tap Room
Jenny’s Wedding
John Stenson’s
Josie McDermott’s

Kilavel Fancy
Kiss Me Kate
Lads of Laois
Last Night’s Fun
Maids of Castlebar
Maids of Mount Cisco
Man of the House
Master McDermott’s
Matt Molloy’s
Miss Johnston’s
Miss Thornton’s
My Love is in America
Oak Tree
Paddy Lynn’s Delight
Patsy Campbell
Return to Camden Town
Sailor on the Rock Saint Ruth’s Bush
Seán Sa Céo
Sheila Coyle’s
Sporting Paddy
Sword in Hand
Tim Moloney
Tommy Peoples’
Within a Mile of Dublin


Apples in Winter
Burnt Old Man

Coleman’s Cross
Fair Haired Boy
Geese in the Bog
Happy to Meet, Sorry
Humours of Ballyloughlin
Jimmy Ward’s Fancy
Mist Covered Mountain Monaghan
Old Grey Goose
Old Hag, You Have Killed
Paddy O’Rafferty
Patsy Geary’s
Queen of the Fair
Swallow’s Nest
Tatter Jack Walsh
Tell Her I Am
Trip to Athlone
Wandering Minstrel


Chief O’Neill’s Favourite
Friendly Visit
Pretty Maggie Morrissey
Smell of the Bog


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