Learn some tunes! G to M

Last updated : 26 November 2022. For a timeline of additions and revisions to the tunes in this page, see https://theirishmandolin.com/index-by-date/ Currently re-recording some of the earliest sound files, whose quality was below par or which were played through only once. From 10 June 2022 onwards I’ll no longer be routinely including links to the relevant tune at http://thesession.org (sorry, Jeremy!). Finding and copying the relevant link takes time which I can ill-afford.

In the fullness of time, the tunes in this collection are replicated on my YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVvlBAsMSlHMfjET8I2fQJg/

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Jigs
Gallagher's Frolics (EDor)
The Gallowglass (ADor)
The Gander In The Pratie Hole (D)
Garrett Barry's (G)
The Geese In The Bog (Am)
The Geese In The Bog (D)
The Giant Irishman (D)
Gillan's Apples (G)
The Girls Of Banbridge (D)
The Girls Of Belfast (AMix)
A Glass Of Poitín (G)
Graham Townsend's (D)
Grandfather's Pet (D)
The Grouse On The Hill (EDor)
The Groves Of Sweet Myrtle (G)
The Hag At The Churn (DMix)
The Hag With The Money (D)
The Hag's Purse (DMix)
Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part (G)
Haste To The Wedding (D)
The Haunted House (G)
Have A Drink With Me (G)
A Health To The Ladies (A)
The Hearty Boys Of Ballymote (ADor)
Henchy's Delight (G)
Hennigan's Favourite (A)
The High Part Of The Road (G)
The Highway To Dublin (D)
The Hole In The Hedge (C)
The Horseshoe (G)
The Horse's Leotard (EDor)
How Are You Kitty? (A)
The Humours Of Ardmore (G)
The Humours Of Ayle House (D)
The Humours Of Ballingarry (G)
The Humours Of Ballycastle (A)
The Humours Of Ballydehob (G)
The Humours Of Carrigaholt (DMix)
The Humours Of Castlecomer (EDor)
The Humours Of Cavan (A)
The Humours Of Cork (G)
The Humours Of Drinagh (D)
The Humours Of Ennistymon (G)
The Humours Of Glendart (D)
The Humours Of Lisheen (G)
The Hungry Rock (DMix)
I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave (DMix)
I Ne'er Shall Wean Her (ADor)
I Was Born For Sport (G)
I Will If I Can (G)
The Idle Road (G)
The Ingonish Jig (EDor)
The Irish Washerwoman (G)
Ivy House (G)
Jackie Roche's Favourite (DMix)
Jackson's (The Humours Of Kesh) (G)
Jackson's Dream (D)
Jackson's Fancy (D)
Jackson's Favourite (D)
Jackson's Maid (G)
Jackson's Mistake (G)
Jackson's Morning Brush (D)
Jackson's Welcome Home (G)
Jerry's Beaver Hat (D)
The Jig Of The Dead (EDor)
Jim Droney's (G)
Jimmy Ward's (G)
John Brady's (EDor)
John Blessing's Delight (G)
John Henry's (D)
John Lydon's (D)
John McKenna's (A)
John Ryan's Jig (D)
Johnny Dennehy's (A)
Johnny The Jumper (ADor)
Junior Crehan's (An Luathradain) (D)
Katie Sloan (G)
The Kerfunten (D)
The Kerry Jig (G)
The Kesh (G)
The Kilglass Lakes (D)
The Kilkenny Jig (ADor)
The Killavil (EDor)
Killeigh Abbey (A)
The Killeshandra Lasses (G)
The Killimor (G)
The Kilmovee (G)
The Kinnegad Slashers (D)
Kitty Lie Over (D)
Knocknagow (ADor)
Langstrom's Pony (D)
Lanigan's Ball (EMin)
The Lark In The Morning (D)
The Lark On The Strand (G)
The Lark On The Strand (ADor)
Larry O'Gaff (G)
The Leg Of The Duck (D and G)
The Leitrim Fancy (D)
The Leitrim Jig (G)
The Lilting Banshee (ADor)
The Lilting Fisherman (G and D)
The Lisnagun (C)
The Lobster Pot (AMin)
The Lost And Found (G)
Lough Gill (G)
The Luck Penny (G)
Lucy McKenna's (AMin)
Mac's Fancy (AMix)
The Maho Snaps (G)
The Maid At The Spinning Wheel (G)
The Maid At The Well (G)
The Maid In The Meadow (G)
The Maid On The Green (G)
The Maiden That Jigs It In Style (ADor)
The Maids Of Selma (G)
The Man In The Bog (G)
The Manorhamilton Jig (D)
McGurk's (D and A)
McMahon's Favourite (D)
McNulty's (2 versions, G and D)
The Meelick Team (EDor)
The Merry Maiden (D)
Merry Mary (D)
Michael Delany (G)
Michael O'Brien's (D)
Mickie Murphy (D)
The Miners Of Wicklow (ADor)
Miss Walsh's Fancy (G)
The Mist-Covered Mountain (ADor) 
Mollie McCarthy's No. 1 (DMix)
The Monaghan Jig (EDor)
Money In Both Pockets (C)
The Morning Mist (G)
Morrison's (EDor)
The Mountain Boy (D)
The Mountain Brow (G)
The Mouse In The Cupboard (G)
Mrs Galvin's (A)
The Mug Of Brown Ale (ADor)
Munster Bacon (D)
Munster Buttermilk (D)
My Love In The Morning (ADor)
My Pretty Fair Maid (G)
The Mysteries Of Knock (A)

Slip Jigs
The Galway Jig (G)
Give Us A Drink Of Water (DMix)
The Hags Of Ulster (D)
Hardiman The Fiddler (ADor)
The High Road To Dublin (G)
The Humours Of Ballymanus (D)
The Humours Of Derrykissane (G)
The Humours Of Kilkenny (G)
The Humours Of Whiskey (EMin)
Hunting The Hare (D)
I Have A House Of My Own With A Chimney Built On Top Of It (EMin)
James Byrne's (D)
James Kelly's (D)
The Kid On The Mountain (EMin)
The Leitrim Quickstep (G)
Michael Gorman's (D)
My Mind Will Never Be Easy (G)

Hornpipes
The Galway (D)
George Rowley's (ADor)
Gillespie's (A)
The Glasgow (G)
The Glengesh (D)
The Good Natured Man (G)
The Green Cockade (G)
The Green Island (D)
The Greencastle (G)
The Handsome Ploughboy (A)
The Harp And Shamrock (G)
The Harvest Home (D)
Hatter's (D)
The Heather Glen (D)
Hennessy's (G)
Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back (Am)
The Home Ruler (D)
The Honeysuckle (D)
The Humours Of Tullycrine (ADor)
Hunter's (G)
The Japanese (G)
Jim Boulton's Fancy (A)
Jim Donnelly's (G)
John Carey's Daughter (D)
The Jolly Little Boy (D)
Kelly's (G)
The Kildare Fancy (D)
Kit O'Mahony's (G)
Kitty's Wedding (D)
The Lamplighter's Hornpipe (A)
The Lass On The Strand (G)
The Last Of The Twins (A)
Lawson's (G)
The Leitrim Fancy (D)
The Little Stack Of Wheat (G)
The Liverpool (D)
The Lurgan (G)
The Man From Newry (G)
The Manchester (D)
May Day (G)
McCarthy's (A)
McElligott's Fancy (D)
Mickey Callaghan's Fancy (G)
Miss Carroll's (D)
Miss Galvin's (D)
Miss Shepherd's (G)
Miss Thompson's (D)
Mister Walker's (G)
The Month Of May (G)
The Mountain Ranger (D)
Murphy's (G)

Polkas
The Galway Belle (EDor)
Ger The Rigger (AMix)
The Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
The Girl With The Blue Dress On (G)
The Goat's Polka (BMin)
Granny In The Wood (G)
The Green Cottage (EDor)
The Gullane Polka (D)
Happy We've All Been Together (D)
The Hayden Fancy (D)
Herb Reid's (D)
I Have A Bonnet Trimmed In Blue (D)
Jack Ryan's (G)
Jer O'Connell's (D)
Jessica's Polka (A)
Jim Keeffe's (D)
Jimmy Doyle's (A)
Joe Bane's (ADor)
John Brosnan's (G)
John Cronin's (D)
John Egan's (D)
John Ryan's (D)
John Walsh's (G)
The Kinnard Polka (G)
The Kerry Cow (D)
The Knocknaboul (G)
The Lakes Of Sligo (D)
The Lisheen Polka aka Din Tarrants No 2 (G)
Leather Away The Wattle-O (D)
The Little Diamond (D)
The Loughrea (G)
Maggie In The Wood (G)
The Maid Of Ardagh (AMix)
Matt Teahan's No. 1 (ADor)
Maurice Manley's (ADor)
McKeown's (D)
The Merry Girl (G)
Mickey Chewing Bubblegum (A)
Mimi And The New Generation (EDor)
Miss Mahany's Favourite (D)
Mrs Crowley's (G)
Muirsheen Durkin (D)
The Munster Bank (A)
Mussels In The Corner (D)
Reels
The Galtee Rangers (D)
The Galway Rambler (G)
The Game Of Love (EDor)
The Gatehouse Maid (ADor)
George White's Favourite (G)
Gilbert Clancy's (G)
The Girl That Broke My Heart (GMix)
Girls, Will You Take Him? (Dmix)
The Glass Of Beer (Bm)
Glen Allen (G)
The Glentown (G)
The Golden Keyboard (EDor)
Gorman's (AMix)
The Gosson That Bate His Father (AMix)
The Grain Of Tea (ADor)
Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band (G)
The Gravel Walks (ADor)
The Green Fields Of America (G)
The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh (EDor)
The Green Garters (D)
The Green Gates (G Major)
The Green Groves Of Erin (AMix)
The Green Jacket (D)
The Green Mountain (D)
The Green Pantaloons (D)
The Green Pigeon (G)
Green Tea (D)
The Guns Of The Magnificent Seven (ADor)
A Ha'porth Of Tea (D)
The Hag By The Fire (D)
Hand Me Down The Tackle (D)
The Happy Days Of Youth (G)
The Hare's Paw (G)
The Heather Breeze (G)
The Heathery Cruach (D)
Hiding Daylight In Dark Corners (EDor)
The High Reel (AMix)
The High Road To Linton (A)
The Highlandman That Kissed His Granny (ADor)
The Highway To Limerick (ADor)
Hold The Reins (G)
The Holly Bush (DMix)
The Holy Land (D)
The Honeymoon Reel (G)
The Hornless Cow (D)
Hughie Travers' No. 1 (G)
The Humours Of Ballyconnell (D)
The Humours Of Castlefin (EDor)
The Humours Of Lissadell (EDor)
The Humours Of Newcastle (D)
The Humours Of Scartaglen (D)
The Humours Of Tulla (D)
Hunters' House (G)
The Hunter's Purse (ADor)
I Have No Money (D)
I'm Waiting For You (G)
The Ivy Leaf (AMix)
Jack-In-The-Box (D)
Jack Keane's (D)
Jackie Coleman's (D)
Jenny Picking Cockles (DMix)
Jenny Nettles' Fancy (BMin)
Jenny's Wedding (D)
Jig Away The Donkey (AMix)
Jim Donoghue's (D)
Jimmy Giblin's (D)
Jimmy's Return (BMin)
The Jolly Hake (GMix)
The Jolly Journeyman (G)
The Jolly Seven (ADor)
John Brennan's (D)
John Kelly's (EDor)
John Naughton's (DDor)
John Watt Henry's (D)
Johnny Allen's (D)
Johnny Ward's (G)
Johnny's Wedding (EDor)
The Johnstown Reel (D)
Joe Bane's (ADor)
Julia Delaney (DDor)
The Kerry Jig (ADor)
The Kilfrush (D)
The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure (Em)
The Killavil Fancy (G)
The Killavil Reel (D)
Kiss The Maid Behind The Barrel (G)
Kitty In The Lane (DMix)
Kitty Linnane's Favourite (D)
Kitty's Gone A-Milking (G)
The Knotted Cord (ADor)
Lad O'Beirne's (G)
The Ladies Of Leinster (G)
Lady Anne Montgomery (D)
Lady Forbes (D)
The Lady On The Island (D)
Lafferty's (EDor)
Larry Lavin's Choice (D)
Larry McDonagh's Reel (G)
Last Night's Fun (D)
Last Night's Joy (DMix)
The Leitrim Reel (EDor)
A Letter From Home (G)
The Light Horseman's Reel (D)
The Lilies Of The Field (D)
Limerick Lads (D)
The Limerick Lasses (D)
Limestone Rock (G)
The Linen Cap (A)
The Little Bag Of Spuds (G)
The Little Beggarman (AMix)
Little Katie Taylor (D)
The Longford Collector (G)
The Longford Tinker (Bm)
Lough Mountain (EDor)
Love At The Endings (D)
Lovely Molly (EDor)
Lucy Campbell (D)
The Magpie's Nest (D)
The Maid Behind The Bar (D)
The Maid Of Feakle (G)
The Maid Of Holywell (D)
The Maid That Dare Not Tell (D)
The Maids Of Castlebar (D)
The Maids Of Kilmallock (D)
The Maids Of Mitchelstown (DDor)
The Maids Of Mount Kisco (ADor)
The Maids Of Tulla (A)
Mama's Pet (ADor)
The Man Of The House (Em)
The Maple Leaf (EDor)
The Market Day (D)
Marry When You're Young (D)
Martin Wynne's (Bm)
Mary Brennan's Favourite (G)
Mary Delaney (D)
Mary Grace (ADor)
Mary's Dream (D)
Master Henry's (G)
Master McDermott's (D)
Maude Miller (G)
The Mason's Apron (A)
McCarthy's (DMix)
McDonagh's (D)
McGoldrick's (D)
McIljohn's No 1 (D)
The Merry Blacksmith (D)
Michael Relihan's (D)
The Milliner's Daughter (G)
The Mill Stream (G)
The Mills Are Grinding (G)
Miss Johnson (G)
Miss Langford's (D)
Miss McLeod's (G)
Miss Monaghan (D)
Miss Susan Cooper (D)
The Missing Guest (G)
The Mistress Of The House (G)
Molly Ban (EDor)
Molly Put The Kettle On (AMin)
Molly's Night Cap (AMix)
The Monaghan Twig (AMix)
The Morning Dew (EDor)
The Morning Star (Em)
Morrison's Reel (D)
The Mother And Child (D)
The Mountain Road (D)
The Mountain Top (G)
The Mouse Behind The Dresser (G)
The Mullingar Races (D)
Mullin's Favourite (G)
Mungo Kelly's (EDor)
Music In The Glen (G)
The Musical Priest (Bm)
My Honey In The House (D)
My Love Is In America (DMix) (D?)
My Love Is In The House (D)
My Sweetheart Jane (G)

Slides
Gale Bridge (A)
The Game Cock (D)
The Gleanntan (D)
Going To The Well For Water (D)
The Hare In The Corn (D)
The House Party (BMin)
I'd Rather Be Married Than Left (D)
Jazzing With Mag Leary (D)
Johnny Mickey's (D)
Kathleen O'Hehir (D)
Maggie Shanley's (A)
Merrily Kissed The Quaker (G)
Mick Duggan's (A)

Marches
Garryowen (D)
The Halting March (ADor)
Hunting The Squirrel (D)
I Won't Be A Nun (D)
The Irish Rover (D)
Kelly, The Boy From Killane (G)
Maguire's Kick (D)
The March Of The Meenatotten Bull (ADor)
Memories Of Father Angus MacDonnell (G)
The Minstrel Boy (G)
The Munster Cloak (G)

Barndances
The Glenbeigh Hornpipe (G)
The Gypsy Princess (G)
The Hills Of Tara (G)
If There Weren't Any Women In The World (G)
James Gannon's (G)
Jimmy Duffy's No. 1 (G)
Jimmy Duffy's No. 2 (G)
John McKenna's (D)
The Kilnamona (D)
Kitty O'Neill's (G)
Kitty Sean Cunningham's (G)
Lucy Farr's (G)
Michael Coleman's (G)
Mrs Kenny's (C and G)

Song Airs
My Singing Bird (DMix)

Laments
Hector The Hero (D)

Mazurkas
Kitty's Fancy (D)
Mazurka d'Auvergne (G)
Mazurka de Lapleau (G)
Mrs Kelly's Chickens (D)
Flings
Green Grow The Rushes O (G)
The Hawthorn Bush (G)
Johnny, Will You Marry Me? (G)
Kitty Got A Clinking Coming From The Races (D)
Planxties/Carolan Tunes
Henry McDermott Roe (G)
Lord Inchiquin (D)

Waltzes/Other 3/4 Tunes (not mazurkas)
General Graham's (G)
May I Have This Dance? (D)

Set Dances
The German Beau (G)
The Humours Of Bandon (G)
The Job Of Journeywork (D)
The King Of The Fairies (EDor)
Madame Bonaparte (A)






Gale Bridge Slide (12/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Gale Bridge on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 28 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Gale Bridge on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Gallagher’s Frolics Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Gallagher’s Frolics on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Gallagher’s Frolics on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 28 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Gallagher’s Frolics on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gallowglass Jig (6/8), A Dorian. A gallowglass was a mercenary in the service of a chieftain in the ancient Irish clan system. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Gallowglass on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Gallowglass on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Galtee Rangers Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Galtee Rangers on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Galtee Rangers on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Galtee Rangers on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Galway Belle Polka (2/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Galway Belle on my G&O #34 mandolin. 28 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Galway Belle on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Galway Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 15 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Galway Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Galway Hornpipe on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised).

The Galway Jig Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. This tune isn’t held in the session.org database (at least not under the title The Galway Jig). I came across it in the Petrie collection. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Galway Jig on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 28 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Galway Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Galway Rambler Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Galway Rambler on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Game Cock Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune… 11 January 2022. An additional setting complete with tablature and sound file. Mandolin tab for the alternate setting here. Listen to me playing The Game Cock on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 5 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Game Cock on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Game Of Love Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Game Of Love on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gander In The Pratie Hole Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 July 2021 Improved sound file. Listen to me playing The Gander In The Pratie Hole on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 5 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Gander In The Pratie Hole on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Garrett Barry’s Jig Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (although often stated to be G Major…). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 5 February 2022. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Garrett Barry’s Jig on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Garrett Barry’s Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file; no repeat; background noise minimised using Audacity software). 5 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Garrett Barry’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Garryowen March (6/8), D Major. Reputedly the favourite tune of General Custer, he of the (in)famous “last stand”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Garryowen on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 8 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Garryowen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gatehouse Maid Reel (4/4), A Dorian. A reel which was one of Liam Óg O’Flynn’s signature tunes in his Planxty years. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Gatehouse Maid on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Gatehouse Maid on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 8 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Gatehouse Maid on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Geese In The Bog Jig (6/8), A Dorian (A Minor). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 1 February 2022. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Geese In The Bog on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Geese In The Bog on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file; background noise minimised using Audacity software). 8 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Geese In The Bog on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Geese In The Bog Jig (6/8), D Major. A five-part jig which I have split into its constituent parts (played at a slightly slower speed than my usual), as well as tabbing and playing it in its entirety at more or less the speed I would play it in a session setting. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the entire jig here. Listen to jig in its entirety here. Mandolin tab for part 1 here. Listen to part 1. Mandolin tab for part 2 here. Listen to part 2. Mandolin tab for part 3 here. Listen to part 3. Mandolin tab for part 4 here. Listen to part 4. Mandolin tab for part 5 here. Listen to part 5.

General Graham’s Waltz (3/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing General Graham’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

George Rowley’s Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing George Rowley’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 8 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing George Rowley’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

George White’s Favourite Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing George White’s Favourite on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 8 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing George White’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ger The Rigger Polka (2/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Ger The Rigger on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Ger The Rigger on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Ger The Rigger on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The German Beau Set Dance (2/4), G Major. Further information here. Mandolin tab of the version of the tune published by Josephine Keegan here. Listen to me playing Josephine Keegan’s setting of The German Beau on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 8 September 2022.  New version.  I remember a slightly different setting of this tune from the setting published by Josephine Keegan. It was very popular at social dances when I was growing up as part of “the three tunes” set. Mandolin tab for my “remembered” version here. Listen to me playing my “remembered” version of The German Beau on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Giant Irishman Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Giant Irishman on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Gilbert Clancy’s Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Gilbert Clancy’s on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Gillan’s Apples Jig (6/8), G Major. Often mistakenly called Gillian’s Apples. The tune was in fact named after a man with the surname Gillan who provided Captain O’Neill with a number of tunes in his tune collecting forays. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Gillan’s Apples on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Gillespie’s Hornpipe (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Gillespie’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Girl I Left Behind Me Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Alternate tab by me, reflecting the second version of the tune as I normally play it, here Two versions of the tune follow. The first version is me playing the setting of the tune as tabbed out by Michael Gregory. Listen to me playing version 1 of The Girl I Left Behind Me on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. The second is the setting that I normally play. Listen to me playing version 2 of The Girl I Left Behind Me on my G&O #34 mandolin and check out the subtle differences… 8 September 2022.  New versions.  Listen to me playing version 1 (Michael Gregory’s setting) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. Listen to me playing version 2 (my setting) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Girl That Broke My Heart Reel (4/4), G Mixolydian. This is a very unusual key in Irish traditional music – a mode of G which contains no sharps. It took me a while to get my head and fingers around this tune! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Girl That Broke My Heart on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 15 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Girl That Broke My Heart on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Girl With The Blue Dress On Polka (2/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Girl With The Blue Dress On on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Girls Of Banbridge Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Girls Of Banbridge on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Girls Of Banbridge on my Falder mandolin. 16 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Girls Of Banbridge on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Girls Of Belfast Jig (6/8), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). A jig version of the march, The Boys Of Belfast (also in this collection here), as played by Cran on their album “The Crooked Stair). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Girls Of Belfast on my G&O #34 mandolin. 17 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Girls Of Belfast on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Girls, Will You Take Him? Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Girls, Will You Take Him? on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Give Us A Drink Of Water Slip Jig (9/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Give Us A Drink Of Water on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Give Us A Drink Of Water on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Glasgow Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. No reference at the time of writing at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Glasgow Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Glasgow Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Glass Of Beer Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Glass Of Beer on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Glass Of Beer on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

A Glass Of Poitín Jig (6/8), G Major. (Although it could be E Minor?). No information at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing A Glass Of Poitín on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing A Glass Of Poitín on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gleanntan Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Gleanntan Slide on my G&O #34 mandolin. 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Gleanntan Slide on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Glen Allen Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Glen Allen on my G&O #34 mandolin. 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Glen Allen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Glenbeigh Hornpipe Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Glenbeigh Hornpipe on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Glenbeigh Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Glengesh Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Glengesh Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 1 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Glengesh Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 20 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Glengesh Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Glentown Reel Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 13 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Glentown Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Glentown Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Goat’s Polka Polka (2/4), B Minor. This is an unusual tune in that in the “standard” version, each part ends on a repeated F sharp. When I first heard the tune, that ending jarred with me. And so I played a “Version 2” setting in which both parts resolved to a repeated B and which I thought sounded much more pleasing. However as time has gone by, I am now beginning to “get” the standard setting. To allow you to make your own comparisons I include both versions here. Mandolin tab for the standard version here.  Listen to me playing The Goat’s Polka (standard version) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. Mandolin tab for my personal “version 2” setting here.  Listen to me playing The Goat’s Polka (personal “version 2” setting) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Going To The Well For Water Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Going To The Well For Water on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Going To The Well For Water on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing Going To The Well For Water on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file; sound quality improved in December 2021 using Audacity software). 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Going To The Well For Water on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Golden Keyboard Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Golden Keyboard on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 3 February 2022. Additional tablature and sound file. Since creating the original tune learning resources for The Golden Keyboard, I have begun to play it in a slightly different setting. Mandolin tablature for the alternative setting here. Listen to me play The Golden Keyboard in the alternative setting on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Golden Keyboard on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Good Natured Man Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Good Natured Man on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Good Natured Man on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Gorman’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Gorman’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Gorman’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gosson That Bate His Father Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Gosson That Bate His Father on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Grandfather’s Pet Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Grandfather’s Pet on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Graham Townsend’s Jig (6/8), D Major. A Cape Breton tune which has recently made its way into many an Irish musician’s repertoire. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Graham Townsend’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Grain Of Tea Reel (4/4), A Dorian. No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Grain Of Tea on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band Reel (4/4), G Major. Composed by Martin Mulhaire. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Granny In The Wood Polka (2/4) – although possibly better described as a barndance?, G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Granny In The Wood on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Granny In The Wood on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gravel Walks Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Some people repeat the 4th part of this reel. I learned the tune at a session where we played the 4th part, like each of the other parts, “single”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Gravel Walks on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Cockade Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. There are a number of tunes, in different meters, in Irish music called or nicknamed The Green Cockade. This one is a tune which – to my ear – seems to sit right on the cusp of a hornpipe and march. I’ve called it a hornpipe and hopefully my playing emphasises its “hornpipe-ness”. However if the notes are accented just a little differently the tune would have a greater feel of a march about it. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Cockade on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Green Cockade on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Green Cockade on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Cottage Polka (2/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Green Cottage on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Fields Of America Reel (4/4), G Major. I first came across this reel from the piping of the renowned Willie Clancy. It’s one of those reels which – in my humble opinion – takes on a very different character when played slowly and so I have recorded a (more or less) session speed version and a deliberately more slow, more melancholy version. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Fields Of America at session speed on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Green Fields Of America at a slower pace on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Green Fields Of America on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 7 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 26 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh as a virtual duet on my Paris Swing Maccaferri mandolin (as above) and my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (later overdub).

The Green Garters Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Garters on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Gates Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 August 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Green Gates on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Green Gates on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Groves Of Erin Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Groves Of Erin on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Green Groves Of Erin on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Green Grow The Rushes O Fling (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Green Grow The Rushes O on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Green Grow The Rushes O on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Island Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Island on my Falder mandolin. 1 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Green Island on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Jacket Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Green Jacket on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Mountain Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Mountain on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 5 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Green Mountain on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Green Mountain on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Pantaloons Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Green Pantaloons on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Green Pigeon Reel (4/4), G Major. The listing at thesession.org is to a D Major setting. (Although this G Major setting appears in the comments.) Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Green Pigeon on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Green Tea Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Green Tea on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Greencastle Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Greencastle Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Greencastle Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Grouse On The Hill Jig (6/8), E Dorian. A beautiful jig composed by Paddy (Nenagh) O’Brien. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Grouse On The Hill on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Grouse On The Hill on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Groves Of Sweet Myrtle Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Groves Of Sweet Myrtle on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gullane Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Gullane Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Guns Of The Magnificent Seven Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Written by Fintan McManus and one of those few recently-written tunes which became a standard seemingly overnight. The tune has a notable quirk in that the first bar of the third part is 3/4 rather than 4/4 and, in my experience, it takes a little bit of practice for that unusual moment to establish itself in your playing. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Guns Of The Magnificent Seven on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Gypsy Princess Barndance (4/4), G Major. I avoided this tune for many years. Like, for example, Lucy Farr’s Barndance it seemed “on paper” and “in theory” to be too simple to be of great interest. However my views have changed over the years and I find there’s often way more satisfaction to be derived from playing simple tunes reasonably well than from playing “clever” ones kind of badly… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Gypsy Princess on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

A Ha’porth Of Tea Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing A Ha’porth Of Tea on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hag At The Churn Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Unusual among jigs in that it’s effectively a 16-bar tune as opposed to the standard 32-bar pattern. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Hag At The Churn on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hag At The Churn on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hag By The Fire Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Hag By The Fire on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hag With The Money Jig (6/8), D Major? I have added a question mark to the key because, hmmm, I haven’t got enough musical theory to work out exactly what mode this is in. Some people play some of the “c”s in the first part as natural. I prefer to use the sharp c throughout. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Hag With The Money on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Hag With The Money on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hag With The Money on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hag’s Purse Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Hag’s Purse on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 8 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Hag’s Purse on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hag’s Purse on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hags Of Ulster Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Bears a very close resemblance to the tune Bean Pháidín, with the parts reversed. Being from Ulster myself, I couldn’t resist tabbing our and recording this one! No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Hags Of Ulster on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Halting March March (2/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Halting March on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Halting March on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hand Me Down The Tackle Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hand Me Down The Tackle on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hand Me Down The Tackle on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Handsome Ploughboy Hornpipe (4/4), A Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Handsome Ploughboy on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Happy Days Of Youth Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Happy Days Of Youth on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Happy We’ve All Been Together Polka (2/4), D Major. No info available at “thesession”. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Happy We’ve All Been Together on my G&O #34 mandolin. 1 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Happy We’ve All Been Together on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hardiman The Fiddler Slip Jig (9/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 4 June 2021 – improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Hardiman The Fiddler on my G&O #34 mandolin. 1 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hardiman The Fiddler on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hare In The Corn Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 3 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Hare In The Corn on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Hare In The Corn on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file; sound quality improved in December 2021 using Audacity software). 4 May 2022.  New version.  A long-distance virtual mandolin duet with John Williamson. John plays the tune on his Fylde Signature Touchstone mandolin and I play my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin. Listen to John WIlliamson and Aidan Crossey play The Hare In The Corn.

The Hare’s Paw Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Hare’s Paw on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hare’s Paw on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Harp And Shamrock Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Harp And Shamrock on my G&O #34 mandolin. 7 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Harp And Shamrock on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 20 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Harp And Shamrock on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Harvest Home Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. If ever a hornpipe deserved the term “ubiquitous”, then it’s this one. I’ve never quite understood why. It’s a tricky tune to play well and to my mind there are much more straightforward (and frankly more melodious) hornpipes which beginners ought to attempt before tackling a tune of this nature. But its very ubiquity attracts beginning players. I suppose that when we’re at the point where it’s difficult to distinguish one tune from another, the very distinctive structure of The Harvest Home stands out in a session and the fact that it often recurs from one session to another may lead the burgeoning sessioneer to consider it a “must-learn” tune… Having said all that I was pleasantly surprised to find that when playing this on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar, at quite a relaxed pace, I was able to find a degree of soulfulness that I’ve rarely been able to extract from the tune in a session setting. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me play The Harvest Home on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar… 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Harvest Home on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar (original recording as above) and Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (overdubbed later).

Haste To The Wedding Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Haste To The Wedding on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Haste To The Wedding on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hatter’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hatter’s Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hatter’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Haunted House Jig (6/8), G Major. By Vincent Broderick, who composed many a fine tune which made its way into “the canon”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Haunted House on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Haunted House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Have A Drink With Me Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Have A Drink With Me on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hawthorn Bush Fling (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Hawthorn Bush on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Hayden Fancy Polka (2/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Hayden Fancy on my G&O #34 mandolin.

A Health To The Ladies Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing A Health To The Ladies on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hearty Boys Of Ballymote Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen ro me playing The Hearty Boys Of Ballymote on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hearty Boys Of Ballymote on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Heather Breeze Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Heather Breeze on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Heather Glen Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Heather Glen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Heathery Cruach Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Heathery Cruach on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hector The Hero Lament (3/4), D Major. Written by Scott Skinner, a composer of many Scottish tunes. Please take the tab as a guide only. This has proved very difficult for me to transcribe; I can usually tab out dance tunes in minutes but some of the phrasing in this tune left me scratching my head. Funny how we can pick a tune up by ear sometimes and yet have real problems in translating it on to the page! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hector The Hero on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar (originally recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group).

Henchy’s Delight Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Henchy’s Delight on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hennessy’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. I decided to learn this hornpipe recently as a tribute to Mel Corry, formerly of Lurgan, who sadly passed away from COVID in January 2021. Mel was a fine bluegrass banjo-player, guitarist and singer who was a member of the band The Tennessee Hennessees. He’ll be sadly missed . Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hennessy’s Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 17 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Hennessy’s Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hennessy’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hennigan’s Favourite Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hennigan’s Favourite on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hennigan’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Henry McDermott Roe Planxty (3/4), G Major. By Turlough O’Carolan. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Henry McDermott Roe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back Hornpipe (4/4), A Minor. A beautiful minor key hornpipe by the late and much missed Junior Crehan. No-one seems to know what exactly Junior called this tune, hence its myriad of vaguely similar names in various sources. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 30 September 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Herb Reid’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Originally from Newfoundland but popularised in Irish music circles by the pipe legend Paddy Keenan. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Herb Reid’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 1 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Herb Reid’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hiding Daylight In Dark Corners Reel (4/4), E Dorian. I’ve not been able to discover definitively whether this tune is written by John Carty. (It’s often referred to as John Carty and I know that his brother, James, plays a version of the tune.) Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hiding Daylight In Dark Corners on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The High Part Of The Road Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The High Part Of The Road on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The High Reel Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 29 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The High Reel on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The High Reel on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, recorded December 2019; background noise minimised using Audacity software in November 2021). 1 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The High Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The High Road To Dublin Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. I haven’t been able to find this exact tune at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The High Road To Dublin on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The High Road To Linton Reel (4/4), A Major. Also played in G Major but I favour the “Donegal” version in A. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The High Road To Linton on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Highlandman That Kissed His Granny Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Highlandman That Kissed His Granny on my G&O #34 mandolin. 1 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Highlandman That Kissed His Granny on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Highway To Dublin Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Highway To Dublin on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Highway To Limerick Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Highway To Limerick on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hills Of Tara Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 February 2022. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Hills Of Tara on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Hills Of Tara on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised using Audacity software). 1 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hills Of Tara on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hold The Reins Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Hold The reins on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hole In The Hedge Jig (6/8), C Major. Martin Hayes has made this version of the tune in C Major very popular. However I have heard the tune played in G Major by musicians who said that they learned the tune prior to to Hayes’ recording(s) and that G Major was the commonly-accepted key when they learned it. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 23 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Hole In The Hedge on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Hole In The Hedge on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hole In The Hedge on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Holly Bush Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian, i.e. 1 sharp. This reel, written by the late Finbarr Dwyer, has become a standard in Irish music circles. This arrangement is somewhat unusual – for which I take full blame! There are a number of phrases (bar 3 and bar 7 of the first part and bar 7 of the second part) where mandolin players and banjo players would normally play triplets. I’ve played the tune in such a way as to avoid these by substituting phrases which don’t normally appear in written versions of the tune that I’ve seen. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Holly Bush on my G&O #34 mandolin. 2 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Holly Bush on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Holy Land Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Holy Land on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Holy Land on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 2 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Holy Land on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Home Ruler Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Home Ruler on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Home Ruler on my Falder mandolin. 2 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Home Ruler on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Honeymoon Reel Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 29 September 2021. New sound file. Listen to me playing The Honeymoon Reel on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 2 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Honeymoon Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Honeysuckle Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Honeysuckle Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 7 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Honeysuckle Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 2 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Honeysuckle Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hornless Cow Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Hornless Cow on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Horse’s Leotard Jig (6/8), E Dorian. This is very similar to “Whelan’s” but varies sufficiently in the second part to warrant inclusion as a separate tune. The title was given to it by James Kelly… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Horse’s Leotard on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 2 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Horse’s Leotard on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Horseshoe Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Horseshoe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 2 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Horseshoe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The House Party Slide (12/8), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The House Party on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The House Party on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

How Are You Kitty? Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing How Are You Kitty on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 16 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing How Are You Kitty? on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hughie Travers’ No. 1 Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hughie Travers’ No. 1 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Ardmore Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ardmore on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Ayle House Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ayle House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Ballingarry Jig (6/8), G Major. I heard this tune played by Charles Monod and it immediately grabbed my attention. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballingarry on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballingarry on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Ballycastle Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballycastle on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours of Ballyconnell Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballyconnell on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 7 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballyconnell on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 17 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballyconnell on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Ballydehob Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballydehob on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Ballymanus Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ballymanus on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Bandon Set dance (6/8), G Major. Some people might raise an eyebrow when I call this a set dance. Surely it’s a jig? Well it’s in jig time… But jigs are generally in the form of eight bars repeated plus eight bars repeated (and so on if the jigs are longer than two parts). The Humours Of Bandon is generally played as eight bars repeated plus sixteen bars repeated and long-form/unusual-form tunes such as this are called set dances (which can be in any meter). That said, I have heard The Humours Of Bandon played as eight bars repeated plus sixteen bars with no repeat and therefore such a version is a true jig. And of course if there’s no dancing involved then the set dance version can slot into a set of jigs with no bother. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Bandon on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Carrigaholt Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Carrigaholt on my G&O #34 mandolin. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Carrigaholt on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Castlecomer Jig (6/8), E Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Castlecomer on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Humours Of Castlefin I defy anyone who has ever listened to the “Live At Knocknagree” album by Noel Hill and the late Tony MacMahon to be unmoved by their version of this cracking reel. However, much though I love the tune, for years it has defeated me. After much – MUCH! – practice, I still find that I can’t play it with as much flow as I’d like. Sigh! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Castlefin on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

The Humours Of Cavan Jig (6/8), A Major. A distinctly quirky jig. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Cavan on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Cork Jig (6/8), G Major. No record at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Cork on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Cork on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Derrykissane Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Derrykissane on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Derrykissane on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours of Drinagh Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 24 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Drinagh on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file optimised using Audacity software). Listen to me playing The Humours Of Drinagh on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Drinagh on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Drinagh on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours of Ennistymon Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ennistymon on my G&O #34 mandolin. (no repeat) 7 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ennistymon on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Ennistymon on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Humours of Glendart Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Glendart on my G&O #34 mandolin. (no repeat) 7 February 2022. Additional sound files. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Glendart on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Glendart on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Glendart on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Kilkenny Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Kilkenny on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Kilkenny on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Lisheen Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Lisheen on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Lisheen on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Humours of Lissadell Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Lissadell on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Humours Of Newcastle Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Newcastle on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Newcastle on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Scartaglen Reel (4/4), D Major. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Scartaglen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours of Tulla Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tulla on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tulla on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tulla on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 3 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tulla on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours of Tullycrine Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 28 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tullycrine on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tullycrine on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tullycrine on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). 17 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Tullycrine on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Humours Of Whiskey Slip Jig (9/8), E Minor. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Humours Of Whiskey (slip jig) on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Hungry Rock Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Hungry Rock on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hunter’s Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hunter’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hunters’ House Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hunters’ House on my G&O #34 mandolin. 17 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hunters’ House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Hunter’s Purse Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 1 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Hunter’s Purse on my G&O #34 mandolin. 5 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Hunter’s Purse on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Hunting The Hare Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hunting The Hare on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Hunting The Hare on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hunting The Hare on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Hunting The Squirrel March (6/8), D Major. This tune is common to the English and Irish musical traditions and is played in G and A as well as D. D is the key in which I learned it as sessions in South East London many years ago… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Hunting The Squirrel on my G&O #34 mandolin. 5 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Hunting The Squirrel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I’d Rather Be Married Than Left Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 18 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing I’d Rather Be Married Than Left on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing I’d Rather Be Married Than Left on my Falder mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing I’d Rather Be Married Than Left on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave on my G&O #34 mandolin. 8 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 17 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I Have A Bonnet Trimmed In Blue Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing I Have A Bonnet Trimmed In Blue on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing I Have A Bonnet Trimmed In Blue on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I Have A House Of My Own With A Chimney Built On Top Of It Slip Jig (9/8), E Minor. Composed by Junior Crehan. Henrik Norbeck has said that this is the tune with the longest title in his vast collection of Irish tunes. That’s throwing down the gauntlet to composers in the trad idiom! Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing I Have A House Of My Own With A Chimney Built On Top Of It on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I Have No Money Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing I Have No Money on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I’m Waiting For You Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing I’m Waiting For You on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

I Ne’er Shall Wean Her Jig (6/8), A Dorian. I came across this lovely jig courtesy of the fine concertina playing of Charles Monod – originally from Switzerland but now based in Doolin, County Clare. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing I Ne’er Shall Wean Her on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing I Ne’er Shall Wean Her on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I Was Born For Sport Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing I Was Born For Sport on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I Will If I Can Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing I WIll If I Can on my G&O #34 mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing I Will If I Can on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

I Won’t Be A Nun March (4/4), D Major. Also known just as commonly as O’Sullivan Mór. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing I Won’t Be A Nun on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin (with uilleann pipe drone in the repeat). 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing I Won’t Be A Nun on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Idle Road Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Idle Road on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

If There Weren’t Any Women In The World Barndance (4/4), G Major. A little while back I wrote a hornpipe (The Cocky Hornpipe) which also, in my opinion, lent itself to playing as a 4/4 march. See my original tunes page for details. A few days ago (ie in mid-April 2021) a visitor to this site emailed me to say that the first part of The Cocky Hornpipe was very similar to a barndance called “If There Weren’t Any Women In The World”. I wasn’t very familiar with the tune so I ran an internet search to check and – aargh – he was absolutely right. I’m prepared to let the “Cocky” tune stand because the second part is quite different but as a form of penance I quickly tabbed out this tune and made a recording. My internet search pulled up lots of versions of the tune and the tabbed version is based very much on the version notated by Ed Reavy in his book “Corktown”. More info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing If There Weren’t Any Women In The World on my G&O #34 mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing If There Weren’t Any Women In The World on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Ingonish Jig Jig (6/8), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ingonish Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ingonish Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Inisheer Waltz (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 8 February 2022. Additional sound files. Listen to me playing Inisheer on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Inisheer on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 25 February 2022. Additional sound files. Listen to me playing Inisheer on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (clean amp setting). Listen to me playing Inisheer on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (dirty amp setting).

The Irish Rover March (4/4), D Major. Most people will recognise this melody from the song as recorded by, among others, The Dubliners and later by The Pogues. However the melody makes for a fine 4/4 march… Further info here. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Irish Rover on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Irish Washerwoman Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Irish Washerwoman on my G&O #34 mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Irish Washerwoman on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ivy House Jig (6/8), G Major. My eye was caught by the title of this Scottish jig – therefore just a little outside my usual narrow interest range – on account of a personal connection. A mile or so from my home in South East London is a pub called The Ivy House which, for a brief spell, hosted a session which I had occasion to visit several times and which was a good night’s crack all round. It was also the venue for my 50th birthday party – a riotous event featuring one of London’s highest-energy trad bands, Hungry Grass. I was thinking as I started to get my head around this tune about the fact that two of my friends from that birthday party are no longer with us and so I learned this tune as a sort of tribute to both of them. Joe and Dean – rest in peace, lads. The tune is not available at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ivy House on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 6 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Ivy House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Ivy Leaf Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). I’ve been quite obsessed with this tune since I heard Paddy Keenan play it on one of his albums with outstanding backing on guitar by Arty McGlynn. I have heard it described by a player in a session one evening as the most beautiful reel in Irish music. I’m not a great one for superlatives when it comes to the music (it’s not a competition!) but it’s hard to argue against that statement. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ivy Leaf on my G&O #34 mandolin. 17 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ivy Leaf on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jack-In-The-Box Reel (4/4), D Major. A reel which I got from the piping of Joe McKenna. It’s quite unlike any reel I’ve ever heard before… No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jack-In-The-Box on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jack Keane’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Jack Keane’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jack Ryan’s Polka (2/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Jack Ryan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackie Coleman’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 29 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Jackie Coleman’s on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing Jackie Coleman’s on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jackie Coleman’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackie Roche’s Favourite Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jackie Roche’s Favourite on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Jig (6/8), G Major. Also known as The Humours Of Kesh. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jackson’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jackson’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Dream Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Jackson’s Dream on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Fancy Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jackson’s Fancy on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jackson’s Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Favourite Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Jackson’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Maid Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jackson’s Maid on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Mistake Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jackson’s Mistake on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jackson’s Mistake on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Morning Brush Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jackson’s Morning Brush on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jackson’s Welcome Home Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jackson’s Welcome Home on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

James Byrne’s Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing James Byrne’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

James Gannon’s Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing James Gannon’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing James Gannon’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

James Kelly’s Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing James Kelly’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Japanese Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Strangely, the settings here are all in A Major, but in all my time playing in sessions, I’ve only heard it played in G. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Japanese Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 22 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Japanese Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jazzing With Mag Leary Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jazzing With Mag Leary on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jazzing With Mag Leary on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jenny Nettles’ Fancy Reel (4/4), B Minor. Often – indeed most often! – called Tommy Peoples’ but since so many reels are called after the great Donegal fiddler, I have elected to post this under one the tune’s earlier names. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jenny Nettles’ Fancy on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jenny Nettles’ Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jenny Picking Cockles Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jenny Picking Cockles on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jenny Picking Cockles on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jenny’s Wedding Reel (4/4), D Major (but with a few C naturals in the mix!). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jenny’s Wedding on my G&O #34 mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jenny’s Wedding on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Jer O’Connell’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jer O’Connell’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 13 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jer O’Connell’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jerry’s Beaver Hat Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here Jerry’s Beaver Hat (jig) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jerry’s Beaver Hat on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jerry’s Beaver Hat on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jessica’s Polka Polka (2/4), A Major. Written by Mick Hanly in celebration of the birth of his baby daughter, the eponymous Jessica. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jessica’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jessica’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jig Away The Donkey Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jig Away The Donkey on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Jig Away The Donkey on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 13 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jig Away The Donkey on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Jig Of The Dead Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Jig Of The Dead on my G&O #34 mandolin. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Jig Of The Dead on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jim Boulton’s Fancy Hornpipe (4/4), A Major. Not listed at thesession.org at the time of writing. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jim Boulton’s Fancy on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jim Boulton’s Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jim Donnelly’s Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jim Donnelly’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jim Donoghue’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Listen to a version played on my 4-string domra. (This later version on domra was hurriedly recorded for a long-time friend from the States who was considering buying a domra. Since he knew that I had recently bought a domra, he asked if I would make him a sound sample so he could gauge whether the likely sound of the instrument would suit his playing. So in the context of this website it’s a bit of a curiosity, but hopefully an interesting one.) 22 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Jim Donoghue’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jim Droney’s Jig (6/8), G Major. A beautiful Clare jig. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jim Droney’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jim Keeffe’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 1 December 2021. Additional sound files added. Listen to me playing Jim Keeffe’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Jim Keeffe’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jim Keeffe’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jimmy Doyle’s Polka Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jimmy Doyle’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jimmy Doyle’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jimmy Duffy’s No. 1 Barndance (4/4), G Major. I came across this tune (and it’s more difficult companion tune, Jimmy Duffy’s No. 2) during one of those “bobbing about” sessions on the internet which somehow led me to a great website called Tunes From Doolin in which concertina player Charles Monod – originally from Switzerland and now based in Doolin, Co. Clare – shares some of his favourite tunes which he’s picked up over the years. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jimmy Duffy’s No. 1 on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Jimmy Duffy’s No. 1 on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jimmy Duffy’s No. 1 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jimmy Duffy’s No. 2 Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jimmy Duffy’s No. 2 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jimmy Giblin’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jimmy Giblin’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jimmy Giblin’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jimmy Ward’s Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 22 February 2022. Improved/additional sound files. Listen to me playing Jimmy Ward’s on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original sound file “cleaned up”; no repeat). Listen to me playing Jimmy Ward’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jimmy Ward’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Jimmy’s Return Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Jimmy’s Return on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 17 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Jimmy’s Return on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Job Of Journeywork Set Dance (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Job Of Journeywork on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Joe Bane’s Polka (2/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Joe Bane’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Joe Bane’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Joe Bane’s Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Joe Bane’s Reel on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Joe Bane’s Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Blessing’s Delight Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing John Blessing’s Delight on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

John Brady’s Jig (6/8), E Dorian. Composed by John Brady. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing John Brady’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Brennan’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 20 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing John Brennan’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 3 December 2021. Additional sound file added. Listen to me playing John Brennan’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Brennan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Brosnan’s Polka (2/4), G Major. No reference that I can find at thesession.org to this particular polka. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John Brosnan’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Brosnan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Carey’s Daughter Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing John Carey’s Daughter on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Cronin’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Another name for The Ballygow Polka which I have previously included in this list of tunes to learn. I’m including it as a separate entry because the settings of both parts differ from the setting which I originally included for The Ballygow. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John Cronin’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

John Egan’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John Egan’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Egan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Henry’s Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John Henry’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Henry’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Kelly’s Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab (corrected) here. Listen to me playing John Kelly’s on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 5 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Kelly’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Lydon’s Jig (6/8), D Major. There’s a bit of a story behind this one. One of my mandolin allies, a Belfast man called Lawrence Molloy who has been very supportive of my various musical efforts through the years, got in touch a while ago to ask a favour. On one of Lankum member Daragh Lynch’s excellent “Fire Draw Near” podcasts he played a set of tunes by piper Caoimhín Ó Fearghail one of which was called John Lydon’s. Lawrence’s ears pricked up when he heard the name. He and I both had our musical epiphanies in the Northern Ireland punk scene and therefore any tune named after the frontman of The Sex Pistols is always going to pique a little interest. But the name alone didn’t commend the tune to Lawrence; the tune was a cracker and he’d like to learn it. A few searches for abc on the internet were fruitless and Lawrence (like many of us) hasn’t quite developed his ear to the extent that he can pick up a tune by listening. So he got in touch to ask a favour – would I mind having a listen and seeing if I could maybe notate it?

Now … my ear isn’t quite as good as I’d like it to be and I find transcribing piping particularly difficult. It’s often hard to separate out the root note from grace notes. But I said I’d give it a go and later that evening I sent Lawrence some abc for the tune with the caveat that I’d found some of the phrases a tad ambiguous. It seems it was pretty close and Lawrence took himself off to learn the tune.

A few weeks passed and then one morning my YouTube notifications showed that Lawrence had recorded the tune and posted his playing of it on his Nigel Forster gigandolin (seriously, it’s a beast – in a good way!) to YouTube (check out the link in my recommended listening page).

And then – a few days later – up popped another YouTube notification, informing me that Jill McAuley, one of my favourite GDAE players, had recorded the tune on her new tenor guitar (again, see the recommended listening page for the link). I’m still a little nervous that I may have misheard the odd phrase in the Caoimhín Ó Fearghail version so I listened quite intensely to Jill’s playing and was delighted to hear that it lined up pretty closely to the notes I’d transcribed. I asked Jill where she’d got her version from… Turns out it was from my original abc posted by Lawrence to the Mandolin Cafe. And it also turns out that the new tenor guitar was one she’d got via Lawrence as well. Small world!

Anyway … mandolin tab here. Listen to my efforts at playing the tune on my G&O #34 mandolin here (but give Lawrence’s and Jill’s versions a listen, too…) 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Lydon’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John McKenna’s Barndance (4/4), D Major. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John McKenna’s Barndance on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John McKenna’s Jig (6/8), A Major. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John McKenna’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Naughton’s Reel (4/4), D Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing John Naughton’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Ryan’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 11 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing John Ryan’s Polka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing John Ryan’s Polka on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing John Ryan’s Polka on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Ryan’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

“John Ryan’s Jig” Jig (6/8), D Major. Normally played as a polka (see above). I was messing around with the tune a few days ago and I started to sense that it would actually make quite a decent jig. It’s quite fun (and sometimes quite instructive) to change the time signature of well-known tunes when the mood strikes. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John Ryan’s Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

John Walsh’s Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 8 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing John Walsh’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing John Walsh’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Walsh’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

John Watt Henry’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John Watt Henry’s on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 20 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing John Watt Henry’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Johnny, Will You Marry Me? Fling (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Johnny, Will You Marry Me? on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Johnny, Will You Marry Me? on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Johnny, Will You Marry Me? on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Johnny Allen’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Johnny Allen’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Johnny Dennehy’s Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Johnny Dennehy’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Johnny Dennehy’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Johnny Mickey’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Johnny Mickey’s on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing Johnny Mickey’s on my Falder mandolin. 18 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Johnny Mickey’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Johnny The Jumper Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Johnny The Jumper on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Johnny Ward’s Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Johnny Ward’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Johnny’s Wedding Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab as a “single reel” here. Listen to me playing Johnny’s Wedding as a single reel on my G&O #34 mandolin here. Alternate tab as a “double reel” here. Listen to me playing Johnny’s Wedding as a double reel on my G&O #34 mandolin here. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Johnny’s Wedding on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Johnstown Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. No reference at thesession.org and not to be confused with The Johnstown Reel in B Minor composed by Rebecca Knorr. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Johnstown Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Jolly Hake Reel (4/4), G Mixolydian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Jolly Hake on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Jolly Journeyman Reel (4/4), G Major. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Jolly Journeyman on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Jolly Little Boy Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Jolly Little Boy on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Jolly Little Boy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Jolly Seven Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Jolly Seven on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Julia Delaney Reel (4/4), D Dorian (i.e. no sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 30 July 2021 – improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Julia Delaney on my “retired” Eastman MD304 (original recording from which I have been able to “clean” some previous intrusive ambient noise). Listen to me playing Julia Delaney on my G&O #34 mandolin (newly recorded version, July 2021, with variations). 18 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Julia Delaney on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Junior Crehan’s Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. Also known as An Luathradain, which roughly translates as a sort of mythical being, like a leprechaun or such. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Junior Crehan’s Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Junior Crehan’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kathleen O’Hehir Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Kathleen O’Hehir on my G&O #34 mandolin. 18 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Kathleen O’Hehir on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Katie Sloan Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Katie Sloan on my Falder mandolin. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Katie Sloan on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kelly, The Boy From Killane March (4/4), G Major. A song air which is often played as a march. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kelly, The Boy From Killane on my G&O #34 mandolin. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Kelly, The Boy From Killane on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kelly’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kelly’s Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Kelly’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kerfunten Jig (6/8), D Major. Written by Hammy Hamilton. A simple – but very catchy and satisfying – tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Kerfunten on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Kerfunten on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Kerfunten on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 22 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kerfunten on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kerry Cow Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Kerry Cow on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Kerry Cow on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 23 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kerry Cow on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kerry Jig Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Although this appears on a record by The Bothy Band (and elsewhere) under the confusing title “The Kerry Jig”, it’s actually a reel, traditionally played rather more slowly than the speed at which reels are usually played. It’s also known – less commonly – as Rowsome’s Reel, which at least indicates the correct rhythm. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Kerry Jig on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 23 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kerry Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kerry Jig Jig (6/8), G Major. Now this *is* a jig. Also called The Kerry Jig, just like the reel above (Irish music is a confusing place to be sometimes). Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Kerry Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kesh Jig (6/8), G Major. Possibly the most popular jig in the Irish music repertoire. Although such is the nature of Irish music (and, presumably, traditional music forms throughout the world) that its popularity makes in *unpopular* with many musicians. I am often struck by the fact that while many newcomers to the music rush to learn The Kesh, it’s actually quite a hard jig to play – particularly the closing bars of the second part. Hence I’ve notated and tabbed an alternative version which fits in fine in the session environment but is less challenging for the newcomer to play well. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the standard version here. Listen to the standard version. Mandolin tab for a version with a low (and easier to play) ending here. Listen to the version with a low ending. 23 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kesh (low ending version) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kid On The Mountain Slip Jig (9/8), E Minor. A very popular 5-part tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Kid On The Mountain on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Kid On The Mountain on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kildare Fancy Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Kildare Fancy on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 23 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kildare Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kilfrush Reel (4/4), D Major. I was listening to the compilation “Fire Draw Near” by Ian Lynch from Lankum – an album which ties in with his excellent podcast series of the same name – when Tommy Reck’s pipes version of this tune seized my attention. Truly inspired playing. (The rest of the CD is no mean listen either. Check it out here.) I couldn’t hope to approach the quality of Tommy Reck’s playing and so I play it in a style which suits me. Note that I play the reel, as Tommy Reck does, “doubled” (i.e. each part repeats) but some players play this reel “single” (i.e. each part is played only once). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Kilfrush on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 10 February 2022. Additional sound file. I recently came across another name for this tune – Kiss The Bride In Bed – and I decided to create a new sound file. I’ve been experimenting with plectrums in the last few days. This new sound file was recorded using “The Dawg” – a mandolin plectrum designed and named after David Grisman which is much heavier than the sorts of plectrum which I normally use. Listen to me playing The Kilfrush/Kiss The Bride In Bed on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 23 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kilfrush on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kilglass Lakes Jig (6/8), D Major. Attributed to John McEvoy. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Kilglass Lakes on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kilkenny Jig Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Kilkenny Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure Reel (4/4), E Minor. One of those reels which tends to be played at a canter rather than a gallop. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 1 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure on my G&O #34 mandolin. 12 December 2021. Additional sound file. Played more slowly than in July 2021. Listen to me playing The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 23 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Killavil Jig Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps – although there is no “c” in the tune, so the mode is a little academic). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 25 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Killavil Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Killavil Fancy Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Killavil Fancy on my G&O #34 mandolin. 27 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Killavil Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Killavil Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Killavil Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin. 27 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Killavil Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Killeigh Abbey Jig (6/8), A Major. Composed by John Brady. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Killeigh Abbey on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Killeshandra Lasses Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Killeshandra Lasses on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Killimor Jig (6/8), G Major. Composed by Seán Ryan. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Killimor on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 27 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Killimor on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kilmovee Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Kilmovee on my G&O #34 mandolin. 27 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kilmovee on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kilnamona Barndance, The Barndance (4/4), D Major. I first came across this barndance played by Martin Hayes in F Major. The standard key for the tune is G Major. However I discovered a setting of the tune in D Major by JACKB, a prolific poster of tunes at The Session. I was very taken with his setting which I play here – more or less! Further info here. Mandolin tab here (revised October 2022). Listen to me playing The Kilnamona Banrdance on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. Listen to alternate version played on my Ashbury octave mandola. (with a few variations from my original version on mandolin). Listen to another alternate version, recorded on my G&O #34 mandolin with variations in the repeat. 27 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kilnamona Barndance on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The King Of The Fairies Set Dance (4/4), E Dorian. A widely-played set dance, popularised by Horslips who gave the tune the full electric treatment. I’ve hesitated posting this tune, primarily because I’ve heard it played in so many different versions that it’s more difficult than usual to settle on a version that’s reasonably “canonical”. So I’ve decided to post the tune in two different settings. The first is the original setting of the tune from the relevant page within “The Session”, as posted there by Jeremy Keith himself. The second setting is the one I tend to play which is based on various encounters with the tune over the years whereby lots of people’s variations and idiosyncrasies have tended to merge into my favoured take on the tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab for version 1 (Jeremy Keith’s version) here. Tab for version 2 (Aidan Crossey’s version) here. Listen to me playing version 1 of The King Of The Fairies on my Falder mandolin. Listen to me playing version 2 of The King Of The Fairies on my Falder mandolin. 4 October 2021 Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The King Of The Fairies on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group). 30 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The King Of The Fairies on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kinnard Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Kinnard Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Kinnegad Slashers Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Kinnegad Slashers on my Kentucky KM-1000 mandolin. 30 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Kinnegad Slashers on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kiss The Maid Behind The Barrel Reel (4/4), G Major. A big 4-part reel, much beloved of whistlers, flute players and pipers in my experience… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kiss The Maid Behind The Barrel on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Kit O’Mahony’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kit O’Mahony’s Hornpipe on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin (no repeat). 25 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Kit O’Mahony’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kitty Got A Clinking Coming From The Races Fling (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Kitty Got A Clinking Coming From The Races on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kitty In The Lane Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Kitty In The Lane on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Kitty Lie Over Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kitty Lie Over on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 22 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Kitty Lie Over on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kitty Linnane’s Favourite Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kitty Linnane’s Favourite on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Kitty O’Neill’s Barndance (4/4), G Major. A tune which I picked up from the playing of Paddy Keenan who has been known to “take it for a walk” (and then some!). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kitty O’Neill’s on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Kitty O’Neill’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kitty Sean Cunningham’s Barndance Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kitty Sean Cunningham’s Barndance on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Kitty Sean Cunningham’s Barndance on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 16 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Kitty Sean Cunningham’s Barndance on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kitty’s Fancy Mazurka (3/4), D Major. Very closely related to the better-known mazurka elsewhere in this collection which I learned as Tommy Peoples’ Mazurka. However this tune is sufficiently different to warrant inclusion here in its own right. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Kitty’s Fancy on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Kitty’s Gone A-Milking Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Kitty’s Gone A-Milking on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 30 October 2022.  New version.  Lately I’ve been experiencing a degree of joint trouble in the top joints of some of the fingers on my left hand – possibly a symptom of an underlying blood disorder which has recently been diagnosed and for which I’m receiving treatment. It means that there are certain phrases – those which involve “barring” across two strings – which are a tad painful. And therefore I’ve been playing tunes in settings which avoid the need for such barring and which don’t sound “wrong”. Therefore please find revised mandolin tab for the way in which I’ve played the tune in the recent electric mandolin version here. Listen to me playing Kitty’s Gone A-Milking (new setting) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Kitty’s Wedding Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Corrected mandolin tab here. (Previous tab was incorrect in one measure which I have corrected prior to publishing the 16 October 2022 additional sound file.) Listen to me playing Kitty’s Wedding on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 16 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Kitty’s Wedding on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Knocknaboul Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Knocknaboul Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Knocknaboul Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Knocknagow Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Knocknagow on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Knotted Cord, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 February 2022. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Knotted Cord on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original sound file with background noise minimised using Audacity software; no repeat). Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Knotted Cord on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Lad O’Beirne’s Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Lad O’Beirne’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Ladies Of Leinster Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ladies Of Leinster on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Lady Anne Montgomery Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Lady Anne Montgomery on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Lady Anne Montgomery on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Lady Forbes Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Lady Forbes on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Lady Forbes on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Lady Forbes on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Lady On The Island Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 22 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Lady On The Island on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Lady On The Island on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lady On The Island on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Lafferty’s Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Lafferty’s on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional sound file, slightly different setting. Listen to me playing Lafferty’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Lakes Of Sligo Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 13 November 2021 Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Lakes Of Sligo on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Lakes Of Sligo on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lakes Of Sligo on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Lamplighter’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), A Major. This tune was commended to me by an American friend who learned it first in a fife band but subsequently plays it on mandolin. He notes that he plays it very straight and so I have attempted to inject a little bit of swing into the version here. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lamplighter’s Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lamplighter’s Hornpipe on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Langstrom’s Pony Jig (6/8), D Major. One of the “big jigs” – a 4-parter. Further info here. Mandolin tab here (NB – to fit this to one page, I’ve had to adopt an “8 bars per line” approach which makes the tablature a little “busy”). Listen to me playing Langstrom’s Pony on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Lanigan’s Ball Jig (6/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Lanigan’s Ball on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Lanigan’s Ball on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Lanigan’s Ball on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lark In The Morning Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lark In The Morning on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional tab and sound file. New tab here which sets out the entire tune on one page (no sheet music). Listen to me playing The Lark In The Morning on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Lark On The Strand Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Lark On The Strand (G Major) on my G&O#34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Lark On The Strand (G Major) on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lark On The Strand (G Major) on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lark On The Strand Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 20 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Lark On The Strand (A Dorian) on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lark On The Strand (A Dorian) on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Larry Lavin’s Choice Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Larry Lavin’s Choice on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Larry McDonagh’s Reel Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Larry McDonagh’s Reel on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin. 15 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Larry McDonagh’s Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Larry O’Gaff Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Larry O’Gaff on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Larry O’Gaff on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Lass On The Strand Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lass On The Strand on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Lass On The Strand on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Last Night’s Fun Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Last Night’s Fun on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Last Night’s Fun on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Last Night’s Joy Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Last Night’s Joy on my G&O #34 mandolin. 23 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Last Night’s Joy on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Last Of The Twins Hornpipe (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Last Of The Twins on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Lawson’s Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Lawson’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Leather Away The Wattle-O Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 15 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Leather Away The Wattle-O on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Leather Away The Wattle-O on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). 23 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Leather Away The Wattle-O on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Leg Of The Duck Jig (6/8), frequently played in either D Major or G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the D Major version here. Listen to the D Major version, played on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin here. Mandolin tab for the G Major version here. Listen to the G Major version played on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin here. 23 November 2022.  New versions.  Listen to me playing The Leg Of The Duck (D Major version) on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin. Listen to me playing The Leg Of The Duck (G Major version) on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Leitrim Fancy Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Leitrim Fancy (jig) on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing The Leitrim Fancy (jig) on my Falder mandolin. 23 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Leitrim Fancy (jig) on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Leitrim Fancy Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Another tune called The Leitrim Fancy but a different format altogether and not – as sometimes happens – a hornpipe version of the jig! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Leitrim Fancy (hornpipe) on my G&O #34 mandolin. 23 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Leitrim Fancy (hornpipe) on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Leitrim Jig Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Leitrim Jig on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Leitrim Quickstep Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Leitrim Quickstep on my G&O #34 mandolin. 23 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Leitrim Quickstep on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Leitrim Reel Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Leitrim Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

A Letter From Home Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing A Letter From Home on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin. 17 May 2022. New version. It occurred to me that this would sound very plaintive if played slowly and so I set out to record (and tab out) a slow version. Tab for the slow version that I play here. Listen to me playing a slow version of A Letter From Home on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Light Horseman’s Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Light Horseman’s Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Lilies Of The Field Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune here… Listen to Aidan Crossey playing the tune at “session speed” here. Listen to Aidan Crossey playing the tune at a much slower pace here. (NB this “slow” version isn’t designed to make the tune easier to learn. I’ve recently – i.e. early days of 2021 been thinking a lot about how dance tunes take on a very different, melancholy, tone when played deliberately slowly. I think this juxtaposition of a session speed version alongside a slow and hopefully quite haunting version makes the point better than words ever could. The slow version also (in my opinion) highlights the lovely tone of my G&O #34 mandolin which was hand-built to an incredibly exacting high specification by Michael Gregory in 2018 and very generously gifted to me towards the end of 2020.) 29 September 2021. A new sound file, recorded on my G&O #34 mandolin for the “Song-A-Week Social Group” at The Mandolin Cafe on 28 September 2021. A slow version twice and a “normal” (for me) speed twice. 23 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lilies Of The Field on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lilting Banshee Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Lilting Banshee on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Lilting Banshee on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). 25 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lilting Banshee on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lilting Fisherman Jig (6/8) G Major (part 1) and D Major (part 2). Unusual for Irish tunes in that the key signature changes in the transition from the first part to the second. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lilting Fisherman on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 25 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lilting Fisherman on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Limerick Lads Reel (4/4), D Major. The first part bears a striking resemblance to the fist part of the better-known “The Limerick Lasses”. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Limerick Lads on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 25 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Limerick Lads on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Limerick Lasses Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Limerick Lasses on my G&O #34 mandolin. 29 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Limerick Lasses on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 25 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Limerick Lasses on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Limestone Rock Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Limestone Rock on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Linen Cap Reel (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Linen Cap on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Linen Cap on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 25 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Linen Cap on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lisheen Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. Also known as Din Tarrant’s No. 2. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lisheen Polka/Din Tarrant’s No. 2) on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 3 February 2022. Additional tablature and sound file in a slightly different setting. Mandolin tab for the new setting here. Listen to me playing The Lisheen Polka/Din Tarrant’s No. 2 on my G&O #34 mandolin (with a repeat). 25 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lisheen Polka/Din Tarrant’s No. 2 on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lisnagun Jig (6/8), C Major. Associated with the Cork piper, Brendan Ring – hence two of this tune’s aliases, “Brendan Ring’s” and “The Mad Piper”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 20 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Lisnagun on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Lisnagun on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 25 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lisnagun on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Little Bag Of Spuds Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Little Bag Of Spuds on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 26 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Little Bag Of Spuds on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Little Beggarman Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian. Better known in American circles under the name The Red-Haired Boy. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Little Beggarman on my G&O #34 mandolin (originally recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group). 29 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Little Beggarman on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Little Diamond Polka (2/4), D Major. 23 June 2021. Improved tab and sound files added. New tablature available here. Listen to me playing The Little Diamond on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Little Diamond on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 26 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Little Diamond on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Little Katie Taylor Reel (4/4), D Major. Composed by the celebrated Paddy Taylor, flute player and prolific tunesmith, in honour of his daughter, Katie. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Little Katie Taylor on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Little Stack Of Wheat Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. There’s some controversy over the title of this tune. Some call it simply The Stack Of Wheat and reserve the “Little” for an alternative title of a tune which I know as The Bantry Bay Hornpipe. Big? Little? Who cares? It’s a grand tune… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Little Stack Of Wheat on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Little Stack Of Wheat on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 26 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Little Stack Of Wheat on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Liverpool Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4/), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to the original version played on my Eastman MD304… Listen to an alternate “session speed” version (January 2021) played on my G&O #34… Listen to a second alternate version (January 2021) played slightly more slowly and with more triplets included on my G&O #34… 26 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Liverpool Hornpipe on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lobster Pot Jig (6/8), A Minor. No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lobster Pot on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Longford Collector Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Longford Collector on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Longford Tinker Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Longford Tinker on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 26 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Longford Tinker on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Lord Inchiquin O’Carolan composition (3/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. (NB owing to the length of the piece, in order to enable it to fit on a single page I have had to set this out with 8 bars per line rather than the customary 4 bars per line.) Listen to me playing Lord Inchiquin on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Lord Inchiquin on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lost And Found Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lost And Found on my G&O #34 mandolin. 29 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Lost And Found on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Lough Gill Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Lough Gill on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Lough Mountain Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Composed by Eddie O’Donnell. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Lough Mountain on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Loughrea Polka (2/4), G Major. Composed by Vincent Broderick. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Loughrea Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 29 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Loughrea Polka on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Love At The Endings Reel (4/4), D Major. Composed by Ed Reavy. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Listen to a version played deliberately slowly to give the tune a darker, more melancholy feel… 29 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Love At The Endings on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Lovely Molly Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Lovely Molly on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Luck Penny Jig (6/8), G Major. It was a tradition in Ireland that if you gave someone a present of, say, a purse, a wallet or a handbag, you would leave a coin inside for luck in the giving. Said coin – no matter the denomination – was known as a “luck penny”. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Luck Penny on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Lucy Campbell Reel (4/4), D Major. 4 parts each played single, i.e. with no repeat. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Lucy Campbell on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Lucy Farr’s Barndance Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Lucy Farr’s Barndance on my G&O #34 mandolin. 29 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Lucy Farr’s Barndance on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Lucy McKenna’s Jig (6/8), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Lucy McKenna’s on my Falder mandolin. 29 November 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Lucy McKenna’s on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Lurgan Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Lurgan is my hometown in County Armagh. Hence I just had to tab and record this… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Lurgan Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 27 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Lurgan Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mac’s Fancy Jig (6/8), A Mixolydian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mac’s Fancy on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 4 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Mac’s Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Madame Bonaparte Set dance (4/4), A Major. (Also commonly played in G Major.) Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Madame Bonaparte on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Magpie’s Nest Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Magpie’s Nest on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Maggie In The Wood Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Maggie In The Wood on my G&O #34 mandolin. 20 March 2022. I was listening a few nights ago to the great album “The Stone In The Field” by the piper Tommy Reck. Tommy plays two polkas on the album which my copy lists simply as “Two Polkas”. The second sounded really familiar but I couldn’t quite pin it. A little bit of digging revealed that it’s Tommy’s setting of Maggie In The Wood and so I have included new tab and new recording of Tommy’s version which differs quite a bit from the earlier version at this site which is more or less the standard version played in sessions. (The first polka in the set is Tommy Reck’s Polka; I have included tab and a sound file here.) Mandolin tab for Tommy Reck’s setting here. Listen to me playing Tommy Reck’s setting of Maggie In The Wood on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Maggie Shanley’s Slide (12/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Maggie Shanley’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

Maguire’s Kick March (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Maguire’s Kick on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Maguire’s Kick on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin.

The Maho Snaps Jig (6/8), G Major. For a long time I was under the impression that this jig was written by Tyrone fiddler Mick Hoy. However it appears it’s derived from a traditional Scottish jig. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maho Snaps on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 4 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Maho Snaps on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (heavy plectrum – the Chris Thile Signature). Listen to me playing The Maho Snaps on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (light plectrum – Dunlop .60mm).

The Maid At The Spinning Wheel Jig (6/8), G Major. One of the “big” jigs in the Irish musical tradition. Often played with the first three parts only as the fourth part is considered by many players to be very difficult. In my experience – and probably due to limitations in my technical ability – I find the third part more difficult to play than the fourth (and that’s probably very evident in the sound file; I do my best!). However I found the fourth part quite difficult to understand for quite some time, until one day it clicked. A two-part version of the jig is found in “the book” (O’Neill’s 1,001) under the title “The Road To Lurgan“. Lurgan is the nearest town to my birthplace and so I’ve previously tabbed and recorded this jig. Further info here. Mandolin tab in pdf format here (splits over two pages). Mandolin tab in png format here (single page). Listen to me playing The Maid At The Spinning Wheel on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin.

The Maid Behind The Bar Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Maid In The Meadow Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Maid Of Ardagh Polka (2/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 13 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Maid Of Ardagh on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Maid Of Feakle Reel (4/4), G Major. Added 5 December 2021. This tune has been on my (ever-expanding!) “to do” list for quite some time. However I was prompted to tab and record it this morning following an email from the very supportive Mike Buesseler whose acquaintance I have made via The Mandolin Cafe. Thank you Mike! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maid Of Feakle at – more or less! – session speed on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Maid Of Feakle at a slower, “late night” pace on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Maid Of Holywell Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maid Of Holywell on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Maid On The Green Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maid On The Green on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin (no repeat). 8 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Maid On The Green on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Maid That Dare Not Tell Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maid That Dare Not Tell on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Maiden That Jigs It In Style Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Maiden That Jigs It In Style on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Maids Of Castlebar Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Maids Of Castlebar on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Maids Of Kilmallock Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maids Of Kilmallock on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Maids Of Mitchelstown Reel (4/4), D Dorian (i.e. no sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… New sound file featuring my G&O #34

The Maids Of Mount Kisco Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Maids Of Mount Kisco on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website recording with background noise removed). Listen to me playing The Maids Of Mount Kisco on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Maids Of Selma Jig (6/8), G Major. An unusual jig in that the second part is 16 bars long, repeated as opposed to the standard 8 bars repeated. Such a lovely melody!! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maids Of Selma on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Maids Of Tulla Reel (4/4), A Major. Echoes in this tune of The Mason’s Apron… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maids Of Tulla on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

Mama’s Pet Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Mama’s Pet on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Man In The Bog Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Man In The Bog on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Man From Newry Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Man From Newry on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 4 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Man From Newry on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Man Of The House Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 11 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Man Of The House on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Man Of The House on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised).

The Manchester Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Also commonly known as Rickett’s Hornpipe. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Manchester Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin. 14 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Manchester Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Manorhamilton Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Manorhamilton Jig on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Maple Leaf Reel (4/4), E Dorian. A lovely reel, composed by Darach de Brun. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Maple Leaf on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The March Of The Meenatotten Bull March (4/4), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.   Listen to me playing The March Of The Meenatotten Bull on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Market Day Reel (4/4), D Major. One of Ed Reavy’s many compositions. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Market Day on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 7 April 2022. Additional sound file. I came across a setting of this tune a few days ago under the title “The Dark Girl In Blue”. Listen to me playing The Market Day (The Dark Girl In Blue) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Marry When You’re Young Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen..

Martin Wynne’s Reel (4/4), B Minor (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 15 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Martin Wynne’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Mary Brennan’s Favourite Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Mary Brennan’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mary Delaney Reel (4/4), D Major. A variation on Ed Reavy’s tune, The Market Day. I consider it sufficiently different to warrant an entry in this list of its own… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mary Delaney on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Mary Delaney on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Mary Grace Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Mary Grace on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Mary’s Dream Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Mary’s Dream on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mason’s Apron Ree l (4/4), A Major. Often played with many, often idiosyncratic, versions as a “party piece”. This is a bare-bones two-part version. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mason’s Apron on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 8 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Mason’s Apron on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Master Henry’s Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Master Henry’s on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Master McDermott’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Master McDermott’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Matt Teahan’s No. 1 Polka (2/4), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Matt Teahan’s No. 1 on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Maude Miller Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Maurice Manley’s Polka (2/4), A Dorian. One of The Ballydesmond Polkas. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Maurice Manley’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

May Day Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing May Day on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

May I Have This Dance? Waltz (3/4), D Major. This delightful tune is written by a friend of mine, Chris Corbett originally – like myself – from Northern Ireland and – again like myself – now living in South East London. A few years ago Chris brought out an album “Music Out Of Thin Air” which featured his own compositions on flute and whistle in a range of traditional Irish tune styles and with a number of backing musicians of the highest calibre (including his daughter, Dilara, who has subsequently gone on to study music at degree level). I was re-listening to the album towards the end of 2020 and this tune grabbed me in a way it hadn’t previously. Sometimes our ears are more open than others! So I attempted to learn it by ear and simply couldn’t get some of the phrases. I emailed Chris who obliged me with an abc version of the tune from which I’ve derived the mandolin tablature. You’ll see that Chris’ version of the tune has a number of half-notes which I don’t play in my version. I find some of them quite tricky on mandolin and I would prefer not to spoil the flow of the tune by “fumbling” to play the half-notes badly. Needless to say in Chris’ own playing, he articulates these half-notes perfectly and to great effect. If you’re interested in hearing some more of Chris’ compositions and his superb playing, head over to this link and you’ll be able to listen to some complete tracks from the album. Mandolin tab here. Listen to Aidan Crossey playing the tune on mandolin. Listen to Aidan Crossey playing the tune on a 4-string domra. Listen to Chris Corbett himself playing the tune (first tune in a set of two).

Mazurka d’Auvergne Mazurka (3/4), G Major. Like the Mazurka de Lapleau (below), a FRENCH tune which would sit very well among the small stable of Irish mazurkas. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mazurka d’Auvergne on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mazurka de Lapleau Mazurka (3/4), G Major. This is a FRENCH tune rather than an Irish traditional tune and whereas I usually confine the material in this website to tunes which which you might hear in an Irish session, this is probably unlikely to make an appearance at many such gatherings… However I think it’s a tune which could very easily be adopted (without having to be adapted!) by Irish musicians. I’m far from being the first Irish player to have found this tune. Indeed it has been recorded under the name The Dublin Mazurka. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mazurka de Lapleau on my G&O #34 mandolin.

McCarthy’s Hornpipe (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing McCarthy’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

McCarthy’s Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here (NB the mode is incorrect in both settings at thesession.org – although the notation is sound; this is definitely not an A Dorian tune). Mandolin tab here. Listen…

McDonagh’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

McElligott’s Fancy Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

McGoldrick’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing McGoldrick’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

McGurk’s Jig (6/8), Part 1 in D Major; Part 2 in A Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing McGurk’s on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

McIljohn’s No. 1 Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

McKeown’s Polka (2/4), D Major. This 4-part polka is a great favourite of a musician who has played for many years in my locality. He’s been urging me to learn it for all of the time that I’ve known him but somehow I didn’t get around to it. It was allegedly introduced into Irish music circles by Peggy Peakin who played around Liverpool. It’s a strange tune which, I understand, is a type of “ballroom polka” and somewhat different in nature to the Sliabh Luachra polkas with which were likely all more familiar. Given the length of the tune, I can’t set it out on one page in my preferred format which combines sheet music and tab. And so I have set out sheet music and tablature separately (and in order to do that, I’ve had to use a slightly different format for the tab…). Mandolin tab here.  Sheet music here. Listen to me playing McKeown’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (no repeat).

McMahon’s Favourite Jig (6/8), D Major. A jig written by James McMahon (Fermanagh and Belfast) who wrote the very popular reel, The Banshee. No reference at the session.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing McMahon’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

McNulty’s Jig (6/8), 2 settings – D Major and G Major. I was inspired to learn this tune after hearing Belfast mandolin player Lawrence Molloy give us his rendition on his YouTube channel. (Check it out here.) On digging around, I found that the tune is commonly played in either G Major or D Major and would appear to have started life as a Newfoundland tune called The Rollicking Skipper. Out of deference to Lawrence, I have included the tune under it’s adopted name of McNulty’s. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the version in G Major here. Mandolin tab for the version in D Major here. Listen to me playing McNulty’s (G Major version) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. Listen to me playing McNulty’s (D Major version) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Meelick Team Jig (6/8), E Dorian. Composed by Eddie Kelly. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Meelick Team on my G&O #34 mandolin. 5 October 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Meelick Team on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Memories Of Father Angus MacDonnell March (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Memories Of Father Angus MacDonnell on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 December 2021. Additional sound file. Many years ago I recorded a version of this tune on octave mandola with guitar accompaniment. I dug out an mp3 of the old sound file and I added a layer of mandolin on top. Listen to me playing Memories of Father Angus MacDonnell on my Musikalia octave mandola and Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin (virtual duet).

Merrily Kissed The Quaker Slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Merry Blacksmith Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 5 October 2021   Additional sound file.  Listen to me playing The Merry Blacksmith on my G&O #34 mandolin (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group). 16 November 2021. Improved sound file. Listen to me playing The Merry Blacksmith on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, optimised using Audacity).

The Merry Girl Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Merry Maiden Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Merry Maiden on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

Merry Mary Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Merry Mary on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Michael Coleman’s Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 15 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Michael Coleman’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Michael Delany Jig (6/8), G Major. When I first encountered this tune in the Roche collection, which dates from 1909 (see here), I thought it was absurdly simple. However its very simplicity makes it trickier to play than at first glance. No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Michael Delany on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Michael Gorman’s Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Michael Gorman’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Michael O’Brien’s Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Michael Relihan’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Michael Relihan’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Mick Duggan’s Slide (12/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mick Duggan’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Mick Duggan’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Mickey Callaghan’s Fancy Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me play the tune on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me play the tune on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Mickey Chewing Bubblegum Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Mickey Chewing Bubblegum on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing Mickey Chewing Bubblegum on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Mickey Chewing Bubblegum on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Mickie Murphy Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mickie Murphy on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Mill Stream Reel (4/4), G Major. I got this reel from the playing of Beoga (their album A Lovely Madness) and there doesn’t appear to be a similar setting at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mill Stream on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Milliner’s Daughter Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Mills Are Grinding Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mills Are Grinding on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Mills Are Grinding on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mimi And The New Generation Polka (2/4), E Dorian. Written by the piper, Eoin Duignan. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mimi And The New Generation on my Falder mandolin.

The Miners Of Wicklow Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Miners Of Wicklow on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

The Minstrel Boy March (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 5 October 2021   Additional sound file.  Listen to me playing The Minstrel Boy on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group).

Miss Carroll’s Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Miss Carroll’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Miss Galvin’s Hornpipe/Fling (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Miss Galvin’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

Miss Johnson Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Miss Langford’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Miss Langford’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Miss Langford’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (clean amp setting). Listen to me playing Miss Langford’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (heavily overdriven and distorted amp setting).

Miss Mahany’s Favourite Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. It would appear that this was originally written as a 3-part tune in G Major. I found a 2 part version in D Major in an old notebook a while back and that’s the version I learned. I think the version in D suits the mandolin much better. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Miss Mahany’s Favourite on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Miss McLeod’s Reel (4/4), G Major. It’s rumoured that at around the beginning of the 20th century, this was the only reel known in most parts of Ireland. How things have changed! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Miss McLeod’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Miss McLeod’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Miss Monaghan Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Miss Monaghan on my G&O #34 mandolin. 8 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Miss Monaghan on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Miss Shepherd’s Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Not listed at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Miss Shepherd’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Miss Susan Cooper Reel (4/4), D Major. This reel was written by Ronnie Cooper from Lerwick in Shetland in tribute to his daughter, the eponymous Susan. It’s one of the few of his tunes to have become reasonably popular in Irish music circles. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Miss Susan Cooper on my Falder mandolin. Listen to me playing Miss Susan Cooper on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Miss Thompson’s Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Miss Thompson’s on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Miss Walsh’s Fancy Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Missing Guest Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Missing Guest on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mist Covered Mountain Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mist Covered Mountain on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 8 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Mist Covered Mountain on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mister Walker’s Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Mister Walker’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mistress Of The House Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Mistress Of The House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mollie McCarthy’s No. 1 Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian. I haven’t been able to find a reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mollie McCarthy’s No. 1 on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Mollie McCarthy’s No. 1 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Molly Bán Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 8 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Molly Bán on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Molly Put The Kettle On Reel (4/4), A Minor. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Molly Put The Kettle On on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Molly’s Night Cap Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian. I haven’t been able to find a reference to this reel at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Molly’s Night Cap on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Monaghan Jig Jig (6/8), E Dorian. There is a 4-part version of this tune. However I learned the jig as 3-parter. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Monaghan Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Monaghan Twig Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Monaghan Twig on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 8 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Monaghan Twig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Money In Both Pockets Jig (6/8), C Major. Also played in D Major. However I prefer the setting in the usual key (for Irish traditional music) of C. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Money In Both Pockets on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Month Of May Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. I haven’t been able to track this hornpipe down at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Month Of May on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Morning Dew Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Morning Dew on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 5 April 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Morning Dew on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Morning Mist Jig (6/8), G Major. I can’t locate this tune at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Morning Mist on my Falder mandolin. Listen to me playing The Morning Mist on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Morning Star Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 October 2021 Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Morning Star on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing The Morning Star on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Morning Star on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Morrison’s Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 3 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Morrison’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Morrison’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing Morrison’s on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file; sound quality improved in December 2021 using Audacity software).

Morrison’s Reel I found the “abc” of this tune in an old online notebook from the early 2000s, one of many in which I have scratched down notes over the years. I didn;t make a note of the source. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Morrison’s Reel on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Mother And Child Reel (4/4), D Major. A tune which I came across via the concertina playing of Charles Monod. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Mother And Child on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mountain Boy Jig (6/8), D Major. A seldom-played jig from O’Neill’s 1001 and puzzlingly so because it’s a grand tune! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mountain Boy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mountain Brow Jig (6/8), G Major. Also known commonly as The Boys From The Town but since that’s a name that’s applied to another jig which I’ve already listed here, I’ve opted for the “mountain brow” title. (It’s also known reasonably commonly as Terry Alt’s Jig.) Whatever the name, it’s a great tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mountain Brow on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mountain Ranger Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mountain Ranger on my G&O #34 mandolin. 8 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Mountain Ranger on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mountain Road Reel (4/4), D Major. Composition attributed to the late Michael Gorman. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 5 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Mountain Road on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Mountain Road on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Mountain Road on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, sound quality improved using Audacity software in December 2021).

The Mountain Top Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mountain Top on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Mountain Top on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Mouse Behind The Dresser Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mouse Behind The Dresser on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Mouse In The Cupboard Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Mrs Crowley’s Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mrs Crowley’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mrs Galvin’s Jig (6/8), A Major. Also played in G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mrs Galvin’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Mrs Kelly’s Chickens Mazurka (3/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Mrs Kelly’s Chickens on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

Mrs Kenny’s Barndance (4/4), C Major in Part 1; G Major in Part 2. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Mug Of Brown Ale Jig (6/8), A Dorian. I was inspired to learn this tune properly after listening to a recording by Belfast mandolinist, Lawrence Molloy. I have “sat in” on the tune many times in sessions but never learned it properly, relying on other musicians to take the strain and to mask any fumbling on my behalf. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mug Of Brown Ale on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin.

Muirsheen Durkin Polka/Song Air (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Muirsheen Durkin on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Mullingar Races Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Mullingar Races on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mullin’s Favourite Reel (4/4), G Major. I came across this reel a few weeks ago at Henrik Norbeck’s tune collection website and became a little obsessed with it. However I’m not convinced that the title is “correct” (as far as the title of any traditional tune can be said to be “correct”!). There are a number of settings of a reel called Mullin’s Favourite at thesession.org, none of which resemble this tune. (If anyone has an alternative name for this reel, please let me know!) The second part of this reel is, for me at least, quite confusing and I really have to concentrate very hard to make sure that I’m playing it correctly. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mullin’s Favourite on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing Mullin’s Favourite on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Mungo Kelly’s Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Mungo Kelly’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Munster Bacon Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Munster Bacon on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Munster Bank Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Munster Bank on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Munster Buttermilk Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 13 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Munster Buttermilk on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Munster Buttermilk on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised).

The Munster Cloak March (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 16 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Munster Cloak on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Murphy’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Murphy’s Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 18 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Murphy’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Music In The Glen Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Music In The Glen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Musical Priest Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Musical Priest on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 8 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Musical Priest on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Mussels In The Corner Polka (2/4), D Major. Well … not technically a polka. This is a Newfoundland “single” but to all intents and purposes, as far as Irish musicians are concerned, it’s a polka. 🙂 And what’s more – it’s very much a D major variation on that popular Irish polka “Maggie In The Wood“. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Mussels In The Corner on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

My Honey In The House Reel (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing My Honey In The House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

My Love In The Morning Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Mandolin tab here. Listen…

My Love Is In America Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian/D Major (some dispute over the mode…). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 October 2021 Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing My Love Is In America on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing My Love Is In America on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing My Love Is In America on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

My Love Is In The House Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing My Love Is In The House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

My Mind Will Never Be Easy Slip Jig (9/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing My Mind Will Never Be Easy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

My Pretty Fair Maid Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing My Pretty Fair Maid on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

My Singing Bird Song AIr in 4/4, D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). The air to the song which is closely associated with the McPeake Family from Belfast. I performed this in a recent Blarney Pilgrims podcast (see blarneypilgrims.com) and subsequently was asked by a friend of this site if I would tab out my version. Anything to oblige a polite and well-meant request! No info at “thesession”. Mandolin tab here. Listen to a new version of the tune recorded with cello drones courtesy of Jon Antonsson (https://jonantonsson.wixsite.com/tunes)

My Sweetheart Jane Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing My Sweetheart Jane on my Belmuse EM-190 electric mandolin.

The Mysteries Of Knock Jig (6/8), A Major. I first came across this tune on a recording made in (I think!) the 1930s by Michael Gaffney as the second tune in a set with The Nightcap. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Mysteries Of Knock on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Mysteries Of Knock on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

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