Popular English Session Tunes


Popular English Session Tunes-by Dave Mallinson. A fantastic collection of popular English session tunes a must for any folk music lover.

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Popular English Session Tunes-by Dave Mallinson. A fantastic collection of popular English session tunes a must for any folk music lover.

Obviously, popular tunes frequently heard in English sessions have been selected for this book. However, there is a slight bias towards the more exotic and slightly more obscure, alongside some of Mally’s personal favourites. Also, you’ll find several extremely challenging airs towards the end.

Only 14 notes are required to play all 404 tunes. Ideal for all traditional musicians.

The 404 tunes presented in the above four books represent the core repertoire played in English pub sessions. Each book has its own theme and identity as described by the title. Together they form a wonderful reference work, bringing the most popular tunes to your fingertips.

The tunes are suitable for every instrument associated with traditional music, and only 14 notes are required to play them all. They are eminently suitable for playing at country dances, ceilidhs, barn dances and hoe-downs and most have been recorded by notable bands and personalities.

To facilitate musicians identifying repertoire suitable for their current personal ability, the tunes in each book are presented in order of difficulty, and start and finish progressively harder throughout the series, in the order listed.


The Railway
On Top of Old Smokey
Auld Lang Syne
The Back o’ Bennachie
The Lass o’ Dallowgill
Penny on the Water
Leather Away the Whattle
The Rigged Ship
Marie’s Wedding
Bricks and Mortar
The Brown Banner
The Big Ship
Nancy’s Fancy
Lord Inchiquin
Till the Tide Comes In
The Tombigbee Waltz
The Frisky Jig
Captain Maguire
Babes in the Wood
The Stool of Repentance
Louis’ Waltz
The Feathers
The Nutting Girl
Auld Donald
Here’s to a Maiden
The Road to Lisdoonvarna
The Derry Boat
All the Way to Galway
The Shaalds o’ Foula
Green Mountain Petronella
The Star Above the Garter

Farewell to Whiskey
Teahan’s Polka
Seventy Second’s Farewell
Rattle the Cash
Bill Collins’ Jig
Sister Jean
Thursday Night
Bonnets so Blue
The Barnacle Redowa
The Boys of Wexford
Ward’s Brae
The Lass o’ Patie’s Mill
Liberton Pipe Band
The Minstrel’s Fancy
The Grahaemsie Jig
Morgan Rattler
The Matelot
Lamshaw’s Fancy
The Hullichan Jig
The Boys of School Hill
The Lady of the Lake
The Saint Lawrence Jig
Lamb Skinnet
Paddy Whack
The Shepton Hornpipe
One More Dance and Then
Kitty McGee
O’Donnell Abu
Kate Dalrymple
Merrily Danced Quaker’s Wife
Elsie Marley
The Harmonica
The Kesh Jig

The Colosseum
The Pet o’ the Pipers
Morrison’s Jig
La Grande Chaine
Whinham’s Reel
Out on the Ocean
The Greencastle Hornpipe
Rory O’More
Bielbie’s Hornpipe
The Wonder Hornpipe
The Breakdown
Strike the Gay Harp
The Lark in the Morning
The Liverpool Hornpipe
The Maid Behind the Bar
The Teetotaller
Pigtown Fling
Donald Blue
Jack Broke da Prison Door
Flowers of Edinburgh
Far from Home
The Bellingham Boat
Sally Gardens
Pig Ankle Rag
Angeline the Baker
Colored Aristocracy
The Devil Among the Taylors
The Random Jig
The Mason’s Apron
The High Road to Linton
The High Level Hornpipe
The New High Level
Ragtime Annie

Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 45 × 35 × 16 cm


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