The Irish Mandolin

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Stop Press: Buy The Irish Mandolin Tunebook Volume 5, : Published April 2022. Volume 3 – 50 tunes in mandolin tab and “dots”; Volume 4 – 20 tunes composed by Aidan Crossey (both January 2022). Volume 1 (March 2021) and Volume 2 (May 2021) remain available to buy…

About this site – a little bit of background

Learn some tunes – a learning resource. An index in alphabetical order will take you to mandolin tablature and sound files of “session classics” and “rarer” tunes played on mandolin. Links, where available, to further information on “thesession.org”…

Original tunes written and played by Aidan Crossey – a few of my own compositions

An A to Z of Irish Traditional Music – a series of collaborations with fellow trad obsessives, highlighting the rich diversity of Irish Traditional music and song

Traditional tunes played by Aidan Crossey – tune sets and single tunes, mainly drawn from the Irish tradition

The G&O #34 – a unique and very special mandolin. A few words about a mandolin, hand-built and generously gifted to me by Michael Gregory

Notable players of the Irish mandolin – noteworthy players of the mandolin (including Jill McAuley, Dan Beimborn, Marla Fibish) play some exquisite sets of music, some tracks specially recorded for this site!

Mildew Lisa – my “lo-fi cybertrad” project. Download a full track for free, listen to samples and buy “Electric Nyah, Volume 1”.

Mandolin players’ favourite sets – some suggestions of sets in various tune categories to inspire your playing

Recommended listening – links to YouTube videos of inspirational Irish music and songs – with a focus on mandolin and a separate listing for music/songs played on other instruments

Random thoughts… – musings on music, life, anything, everything as and when the mood takes me

Contact me

The obligatory request for donations and a nod to our kind sponsors

Running a website may not count as the world’s most expensive hobby. But renting web space, etc isn’t completely free of charge – particularly when one is also buying audio support as part of the package. Hence the paypal button. If you feel like making a donation to help support this endeavour, then please feel free. It will be very welcome.

The Roll Of Honour

In the meantime, thanks to the following for their financial support. Very much appreciated. I’m not going to give out your full name, but hopefully you’ll recognise yourself below:

Jonathan C; Mike G; Mairtin O’R; David E; Sean McG; Larry M; Bertram H; Sean McK; Dennis P H; Michael O’M; Edward McG; Agostino (Gus) S; Denis K; Paul McA; Philip W; John D; Jaime K; Iain MacD; Lawrence M; Peter R; Danny McA; Andrew L; Jackson K; Rick F; Kevin McE; John W; William McC; Randy B; Steve C; Eric P; Jason C; Ken M; Peter R; Ciaran K; Iain MacD; Michael D; Frithjof S; Shaun D; Eli G; Robin A; Jacquelyn B; Dawn S; Monte B; Jim G; Ross C; Robert B; Liza P; Cormac L; Kevin S; Christophe G; THF; The Irish Traditional Music Archive; Shane K; Audrey T; Paul N; Danny M; Gordon McG; Tom O; Kevin McK; Patrick K; Gareth G; Jim G; Iria P; Steven B; Michael B; Robert B; Sean M; Pat C; D Williams; Bob W; Iain M; Francis S; William R; Thomas B; Jeff C; Juha R; Gary L; Vivienne F; Samantha C; Mike B; Christopher B; Cathy B; Michael S; Kevin McE; Jose AG S; Edwina B; Finian McC; Gregory R; Kyle V; Anthony B; Denis K; Claude C; Yan Le G; Ellen H; Jorg W: Robert H; Martina R; Richard K; Campbell P-P; Wesley T; Jean-Yves M; James M; Joel S; Katherine G; Claude C; Dave N; Desiree D; Frank S; Glenn B; Raymond McC; Peadar McM; David M; David N; Gary L; Conán K; Ronan F; Jon H; Iona C; Mischa G; Lisa E; Jon L; Monte B; Carl R; Thomas McK; James T; Mr Murphy; Michael K; Peter J; Dominique B; Thomas G; Paul W; Austin P; Daniel F; Harry W; Paul W; Paul W (another Paul W…!); Jae S V; Mårten L; Denis McS; John P; Brendan McG; Laurent D; Chris P; Wolfgang L; Ian McG; Joe R; Kat G; Florent C; William W; Gerard W (last update 28 September 2022)