Learn some tunes!

Last updated : 20 January 2021. For a timeline of additions and revisions to the tunes in this page, see https://theirishmandolin.com/index-by-date/

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

Polkas
The 42 Pound Cheque (D)
The Ballydesmond No. 2 (ADor)
The Barren Rocks Of Aden (D)
The Britches Full Of Stitches (A)
The Cascade (G)
The Church Street Polka (G)
The Cuil Aodh (A)
Dalaigh's (E Dorian)
The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue (D)
Denis Murphy's (D)
Egan's (D)
Farewell To Whiskey (G)
Finbar Dwyer's (G)
Ger The Rigger (AMix)
The Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
Granny In The Wood (G)
John Ryan's (D)
John Walsh's (G)
The Kerry Cow (D)
The Lakes Of Sligo (D)
Leather Away The Wattle-O (D)
The Little Diamond (D)
Maggie In The Wood (G)
The Maid Of Ardagh (AMix)
Mickey Chewing Bubblegum (A)
Neili's (D)
Nell Fee's (D)
The New Roundabout (D)
Pat Horgan's No 1 (D)
Pat Horgan's No 2 (EDor)
Peggy Ryan's Fancy (G)
Saint Mary's (A Dor)
Tripping To The Well (G)
Jigs
Adam And Eve (G)
An Paistin Fionn (D)
An Rogaire Dubh (AMix)
An Seanduine Doite (D)
Andy de Jarlis' (D)
Banish Misfortune (DMix)
The Basket Of Turf (Em)
The Battering Ram (G)
Behind The Bush In The Garden (ADor)
Biddy From Sligo (D)
Bill Harte's (DMix)
The Blackthorn Stick (G)
The Blarney Pligrim (DMix)
The Boys Of Tandragee (Em)
The Carraroe (D)
The Cat That Ate The Candle (G)
Catriona's (G)
Charlie Hunter's (D)
The Cliffs Of Moher (ADor)
The Coleraine (Am)
Condon's Frolics (ADor)
The Connaughtman's Rambles (D)
The Cook In The Kitchen (G)
Donnybrook Fair (G)
The Eavesdropper (G)
Ellen O'Leary's Favourite (D)
Fasten The Legging (G)
Father O'Flynn (D)
The Firefly (G)
The Frost Is All Over (D)
Gallagher's Frolics (EDor)
The Gander In The Pratie Hole (D)
Garrett Barry's (G)
The Geese In The Bog (Am)
The Girls Of Banbridge (D)
The Hag At The Churn (DMix)
The Haunted House (G)
The Hole In The Hedge (C)
The Humours Of Drinagh (D)
The Humours Of Ennistymon (G)
The Humours Of Glendart (D)
I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave (DMix)
Jimmy Ward's (G)
Junior Crehan's (An Luathradain) (D)
The Kerfunten (D)
The Killavil (EDor)
Kitty Lie Over (D)
The Lark On The Strand (G)
The Lark On The Strand (ADor)
Larry O'Gaff (G)
The Leitrim Fancy (D)
The Lilting Banshee (ADor)
The Lisnagun (C)
Mac's Fancy (AMix)
The Maho Snaps (G)
The Mist-Covered Mountain (ADor) 
Morrison's (EDor)
Munster Buttermilk (D)
The Nightcap (D)
The Nightingale (ADor)
The Old Favourite (G)
Old Hag, You Have Killed Me (DMix)
Old Joe's (D)
Old John's (A Dorian)
Out On The Ocean (G)
Pay The Reckoning (G)
Peggy's (G)
The Pipe On The Hob (DMix)
Port Dalai (D)
Pull The Knife And Stick It Again (EDor)
The Queen Of The Fair (D)
The Rakes Of Kildare (G)
The Rakes Of Kildare (ADor)
The Rambling Pitchfork (D)
The Road To Durham (DMix)
The Road To Lurgan (G)
The Rose In The Heather (D)
Rosin The Bow (G)
Saddle The Pony (G)
Scatter The Mud (ADor)
Shandon Bells (D)
The Ships In Full Sail (G)
Smash The Windows (D)
Sport (D)
The Swallowtail (ADor)
Sweet Biddy Daly (A)
Tobin's Favourite (D)
Tom Billy's (EDor)
Tonra's (D)
The Trip To Athlone (D)
Tripping Up The Stairs (D)
The Walls Of Liscarroll (DMix)
When Sick Is It Tea You Want? (D)
Willie Clancy's Secret Jig (D)
Woolly Bear Ate An Oak (G)
Slip Jigs
Barney Bralligan (D)
Boys Of Ballisodare (G)
The Butterfly (Em)
The Cock And The Hen (EDor)
Comb Your Hair And Curl It (EDor)
Dever The Dancer (EDor)
The Foxhunter's (D)
Give Us A Drink Of Water (DMix)
Hardiman The Fiddler (ADor)
Na Ceannabhain Bhana (G)
O'Farrell's Welcome To Limerick (G)
The Snowy Path (D)
Taim In Arrears (G)
Hornpipes
Barrow Banks (G)
The Broadway (G)
Caislean An Oir (ADor)
Chief O'Neill's Favourite (D)
Cronin's (G)
Dance Of The Honeybees (D)
The Fairies' (G)
The Friendly Visit (G)
The Galway (D)
The Harp And Shamrock (G)
Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back (Am)
The Home Ruler (D)
The Humours Of Tullycrine (ADor)
The Japanese (G)
The Kildare Fancy (D)
The Little Stack Of Wheat (G)
The Liverpool (D)
The Lurgan (G)
The Man From Newry (G)
The Manchester (D)
The Mountain Ranger (D)
The Navvie On The Line (G)
Off To California (G)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
The Sheffield (D)
The Showman's Fancy (D)
Sonny Murray's (D)
The Stack Of Barley (G)
The Tailor's Twist (D)
The Western (C)
The Wonder (G)
Mazurkas
Fowley's (D)
Shoe The Donkey (G) - 2 versions
Tommy Peoples' (D)
Vincent Campbell's (G)
Flings
Johnny, Will You Marry Me? (G)
Planxties
Planxty George Brabazon (G)
Waltzes
Inisheer (G)
May I Have This Dance? (D)
The Trip Over The Mountain (G)
Set Dances
The Piper In The Meadow Straying (G)

Reels
The Abbey (ADor)
Anderson's (D)
Anything For John Joe (D)
Around The World For Sport (Em)
The Ashplant (EDor)
The Bag Of Spuds (ADor)
The Ballintore Fancy (G)
The Bank Of Ireland (DMix/D)
The Banks Of The Ilen (D)
The Banshee (G)
Billy Brocker's (D)
The Bird In The Bush (G)
The Blackthorn (D)
Boil The Breakfast Early (G)
The Boyne Hunt (D)
The Boys Of Ballinahinch (D)
The Boys Of Portaferry (G)
The Boys Of The Lough (D)
Brendan McMahon's (Em)
The Cameronian (D)
Castle Kelly (Am)
The Chicago (A Dorian)
Come West Along The Road (G)
The Concertina Reel (D)
The Congress (ADor)
The Connaught Heifers (D)
Cooley's (EDor)
The Corner House (ADor)
Corney Is Coming (D)
Craig's Pipes (G)
The Cup Of Tea (ADor/D)
The Dairy Maid (D)
Dan Breen's (G) (ADor?)
Dick Gossip's (D)
Did You Wash Your Father's 
Shirt? (D)
The Donaghmore (G)
The Donegal (D)
The Doon (D)
Drag Her Round The Road (Em)
Drowsy Maggie (EDor)
The Drunken Landlady (EDor)
The Dublin Reel (D)
The Duke Of Leinster (G)
The Duke Of Leinster's Wife (G)
The Dunmore Lasses (Em)
The Earl's Chair (D) (Bm?)
The Fairy Reel (D)
Far From Home (G)
Farewell To Connaught (DMix)
Father Kelly's (G)
The Fermoy Lasses (Em)
The Flowers Of Red Hill (ADor)
The Flowing Bowl (D)
Free And Easy (D)
The Galtee Rangers (D)
George White's Favourite (G)
The Glass Of Beer (Bm)
Glen Allen (G)
The Glentown (G)
The Golden Keyboard (EDor)
The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh (EDor)
The Green Gates (G Major)
The Green Groves Of Erin (AMix)
The Green Mountain (D)
The High Reel (AMix)
The Holly Bush (DMix)
The Humours Of Ballyconnell (D)
The Humours Of Lissadell (EDor)
The Humours Of Tulla (D)
The Hunter's Purse (ADor)
Jackie Coleman's (D)
Jenny's Wedding (D)
Jim Donoghue's (D)
John Brennan's (D)
Julia Delaney (DDor)
The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure (Em)
The Killavil Fancy (G)
Kitty's Gone A-Milking (G)
The Knotted Cord (ADor)
The Lady On The Island (D)
Lafferty's (EDor)
Last Night's Fun (D)
The Lilies Of The Field (D)
The Longford Tinker (Bm)
Love At The Endings (D)
The Maids Of Mitchelstown (DDor)
The Maids Of Mount Kisco (ADor)
The Man Of The House (EDor)
Martin Wynne's (Bm)
Maude Miller (G)
The Mason's Apron (A)
The Merry Blacksmith (D)
The Milliner's Daughter (G)
The Mills Are Grinding (G)
Miss Monaghan (D)
Molly Ban (EDor)
The Monaghan Twig (AMix)
The Morning Dew (EDor)
The Morning Star (Em)
The Mountain Road (D)
The Musical Priest (Bm)
My Love Is In America (DMix) (D?)
The New Copperplate (G)
The New-Mown Meadow (EDor)
The Old Bush (DMix)
The Old Wheels Of The World (DMix)
O'Rourke's (AMix)
Over The Moor To Maggie (G)
Paddy Taylor's (D)
The Peeler's Jacket (G)
The Pigtown Fling (G)
The Pretty Girls Of Mayo (G)
The Primrose Lass (G)
The Providence (D)
The Reconciliation (A)
The Reel De Montreal (G/D)
Rip The Calico (D) (DMix?)
The Road To Lisdoonvarna (DMix)
Rolling In The Ryegrass (D)
The Roscommon (EDor)
The Sailor On The Rock (D)
Saint Anne's (D)
The Salamanca (D)
Sarah Hobbs (DMix)
Scotch Mary (ADor)
The Shaskeen (G)
The Shetland Fiddler (D)
The Silver Spear (D)
The Silver Spire (D)
The Sligo Maid (ADor)
Speed The Plough (D)
Sporting Molly (DMix)
Sporting Paddy (ADor)
The Star Of Munster (ADor)
The Sunny Banks (D)
The Swallow's Tail (ADor)
Swinging On A Gate (G)
Teampall An Ghleantainn (D)
Tommy Peoples' (G)
The Torn Jacket (D)
Toss The Feathers (DMix)
Toss The Feathers (EDor)
The Trip To Durrow (D)
Tuttle's (DDor)
The Virginia (D)
The Wedding (D)
The Wind That Shakes The Barley (D)
The Wise Maid (D)
Within A Mile Of Dublin (DMix)
The Woman Of The House (G)
Slides
Adam And Eve (D)
The Brosna (G)
The Clog (G)
Connie Walsh's (D)
Dan Jeremiah's (D)
Denis Murphy's (D)
Eileen O'Riordan's (ADor)
The Game Cock (D)
The Gleanntan (D)
Going To The Well For Water (D)
The Hare In The Corn (D)
I'd Rather Be Married Than Left (D)
Jazzing With Mag Leary (D)
Johnny Mickey's (D)
Kathleen O'Hehir (D)
Merrily Kissed The Quaker (G)
Nora Crionna (G)
O'Keeffe's (ADor)
Patsy Geary's (D)
Paudy Scully's (G)
The Road To Lisdoonvarna (EDor)
Scully Casey's (DMix)
The Star Above The Garter (DMix)
When The Cock Crows It Is Day (G)
Marches
The Boys Of Belfast (AMix)
The Boys Of Wexford (G)
The Centenary (D)
The Eagle's Whistle (G)
Hunting The Squirrel (D)
Maguire's Kick (D)
Memories Of Father Angus MacDonnell (G)
The Munster Cloak (G)
O'Neill's March (ADor)
O'Sullivan's March (G)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
The Rose In The Gap (EDor)
The Showman's Fancy (in 4/4 march rhythm) (D)
Song Of The Chanter (DMix)
Barndances
The Ballroom Favourite (G)
Dance Of The Honeybees (D)
The Dances At Kinvara (G)
The Hills Of Tara (G)
The Kilnamona (D)
Kitty O'Neill's (G)
Lucy Farr's (G)
Michael Coleman's (G)
Pearl O'Shaughnessy's No 1 (G)
Pearl O'Shaughnessy's No 2 (G)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
The Road To Glountane (D)






42 Pound Cheque, The Polka (2/4), D Major.  Further info here.  Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Abbey Reel, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. 1 sharp). Further info here.  Mandolin tab here. Listen

Adam And Eve Jig (6/8), G Major.  Further info here.  Mandolin tab here.  Listen…

Adam And Eve Slide (12/8), D Major.  Further info here.  Mandolin tab hereListen…

An Paistin Fionn Jig (6/8), D Major.  I first heard this tune on Mary MacNamara’s (concertina) superb album where she plays this tune first as a slow air and then, as here, as a jig. The title translates roughly as “The Fair-Haired Child”.  Further info here.  Mandolin tab hereListen…

An Rogaire Dubh Jig (6/8), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps) A literal word for word translation would be The Black Rogue. A less contentious translation would be The Dark-Haired Rogue.Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

An Seanduine Doite Jig (6/8), D Major The title translates literally as The Burnt Old Man. I suspect the word “sunburnt” would be a better translation. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Anderson’s Reel (4/4), D Major. A cracking reel. One of my favourite versions is from a CD by The Mulcahy Family which is simply lovely playing. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Andy de Jarlis’ Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. This is a tune from Cape Breton. There is some controversy over its authorship (see further info link). In Cape Breton, it’s played in E Major; when it crossed over into the Irish arena, it was played in D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Anything For John Joe Reel (4/4), D Major. This is a divisive tune. Some players loathe it with a vengeance for its simplicity. And yet the list of great musicians who have recorded it is impressive. I’ve come to like it much more after seeing Marla Fibish use the tune in one of her Peghead Nation instructional videos. It made me realise that there’s often a little more to those supposedly simple tunes than we always recognise. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Around The World For Sport Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Ashplant, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Bag Of Spuds Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Ballintore Fancy, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Ballroom Favourite, The Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Ballydesmond Polka Number 2, The Polka (2/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Banish Misfortune Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Bank Of Ireland, The Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp) in Part 1; D Major in Part 2. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Banks Of The Ilen, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Barney Bralligan Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Barren Rocks Of Aden, The Polka/March (2/4), D Major Further info here.Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Barrow Banks Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. As far as I am aware, this beautiful hornpipe has not been recorded previously. I stumbled across the music on The Session (see further info link) and although finding tunes from abc or dots is not my usual means of picking up tunes, this immediately had me captivated. By the late Sean Ryan of Nenagh who has composed many a fine tune. It is also the first tune which I have recorded on my G&O #34 – a handmade mandolin with the classic lines of an early 20th century Gibson A model, built and passed on to me by Michael Gregory (whose name features regularly in this website as a contributor, supporter and mentor). A beautiful instrument, built with care and attention by one of nature’s gentlemen and a well-crafted, uplifting tune. Does life get any better? Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Basket Of Turf, The Jig (6/8), E Minor (but the “c”s are sharp so maybe E Dorian?). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Battering Ram, The Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Behind The Bush In The Garden Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Biddy From Sligo Jig (6/8), D Major – although sometimes played in slide sets as a 12/8 tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Bill Harte’s Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Bird In The Bush, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Blackthorn Stick, The Jig (6/8), G Major Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Blarney Pilgrim, The Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boil The Breakfast Early Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boyne Hunt, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boys Of Ballinahinch, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boys Of Ballisodare, The Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boys Of Belfast, The March (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boys Of Portaferry, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boys of Tandragee, The Jig (6/8), EMinor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boys Of The Lough, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Boys Of Wexford, The March (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Brendan McMahon’s Reel (4/4), EMinor (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Britches Full Of Stitches, The Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Broadway Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Brosna Slide, The Slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen… (first tune in a set of three slides by Michael Gregory)

Butterfly, The Slip Jig (9/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Caislean An Oir Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Generally attributed to the late Junior Crehan and apparently originally in E Dorian. However it’s usually played in A Dorian these days. The title translates as The Golden Castle. I have an admission to make about the recording of this tune. An admission of guilt? An admission of failure? Well, a little of both! I find it incredibly difficult to play the first measure of the second part as generally played which goes up to the high c and so I have worked up a simplified version which enables me to get through the tune without flubbing to halt. For those who read abc, the generally accepted first two phrases of the second part are “eaab c’2 ba|agef g2 ab”. I play instead “eaa^g a2 ba|a=gef g2 ab”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Carraroe Jig, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Cascade Polka, The Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Sheet music here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune on C#/D button accordion here… Listen to mandolin version by Aidan Crossey here…

Castle Kelly Reel (4/4), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Cat That Ate The Candle, The Jig (6/8), G Major. There is some disagreement over the name of this jig. I first learned it under the title “The Cat That Ate The Candle”. However I understand that others call it “The Cow That Ate The Blanket”. Whatever the beast and whatever its unusual dining habits, it’s a lovely little jig which – despite its simplicity – is well worth spending some time to learn. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Catriona’s Jig Jig (6/8), G Major. I happened across this jig while browsing “the session” website and immediately was taken by the lovely melody. Written by Liam O’Brien, a concertina player from Clare. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Centenary March, The March (4/4), D Major. I first came across this march from a CD of tunes by the late Sean McGuire of Belfast, in which he gave it his trademark layers of ornamentation. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Charlie Hunter’s Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. A Cape Breton jig which has become naturalised in Irish sessions. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Chicago Reel, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Chief O’Neill’s Favourite Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Church Street Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. This used to feature heavily at a number of sessions I used to rock up to in the late 90s/early 2000s in South East London. Often played alongside St Mary’s Polka. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Cliffs Of Moher, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Cock And The Hen, The Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Coleraine Jig, The Jig (6/8), A Minor (i.e. no sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Comb Your Hair And Curl It Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Come West Along The Road Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Concertina Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. Love it or loathe it (and many people do, indeed, loathe it – hence one of its aliases, The Farting Badger!), The Concertina Reel is one of those tunes which crops up time and time again at sessions. In this recording I’ve introduced a few variations into the tune on the repeat just to illustrate how it can be played in a manner other than “by the book”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Condon’s Frolics Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Congress Reel, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Connaught Heifers, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Connaughtman’s Rambles, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Connie Walsh’s Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Cook In The Kitchen Jig (6/8), G Major. A popular jig which appeals to many players because of the unusual F naturals in the first part. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Cooley’s Reel Reel (4/4), E Dorian (E Minor – two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Corner House, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. 1 sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Corney Is Coming Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Craig’s Pipes Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Cronin’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Cuil Aodh Polka, The Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Cup Of Tea, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian/D Major (i.e. two sharps throughout). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Dalaigh’s Polka Polka (2/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Dan Breen’s Reel Reel (4/4), G Major (although some would argue A Dorian). This tune is commonly played in one of two versions with a second part which varies from the other version. Further info here. Mandolin tab for version 1 here. Mandolin tab for version 2 here. Listen to version 1. Listen to version 2.

Dan Jeremiah’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune…

Dance Of The Honeybees, The Hornpipe/ Barndance (4/4), D Major. I’ve listed this as a hornpipe / barndance as there’s some debate over exactly what dance form the tune belongs to. I play it here as I’ve heard it played at The Blythe Hill Tavern session.Composed by the estimable Charlie Lennon. Whether it’s a hornpipe or a barndance, it’s a grand tune! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Dances At Kinvara, The Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Dark Girl Dressed In Blue, The Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Denis Murphy’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Denis Murphy’s Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen… second tune in a set of three by Michael Gregory

Dever The Dancer Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Did You Wash Your Father’s Shirt? Reel (4/4), D Major. I learned this tune at a session locally. It would appear that we play the tune in a different order to the commonly accepted order. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Donaghmore, The Reel (4/4), G Major. I got this tune from the wonderful, timeless album “The Smoky Chimney”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Donnybrook Fair Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Drag Her Round The Road Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Drowsy Maggie Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Drunken Landlady, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Duke Of Leinster, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Duke Of Leinster’s Wife, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Dunmore Lasses, The Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Eagle’s Whistle, The March (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Earl’s Chair, The Reel (4/4), D Major (though some would argue B Minor). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Egan’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Eileen O’Riordan’s Slide (12/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Ellen O’Leary’s Favourite Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Sheet music here. Mandolin tab (by Michael Gregory) here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune on accordion here. (First tune in a set of two.) Listen to Aidan Crossey playing the tune on mandolin here.

Fairies’ Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Far From Home Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Farewell To Connaught Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Farewell To Whiskey Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Fasten The Legging Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Father Kelly’s Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Father O’Flynn Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Fermoy Lasses, The Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Finbar Dwyer’s Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune here…

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

Flowers Of Red Hill, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (1 sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Flowing Bowl, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Fowley’s Mazurka Mazurka (3/4), D Major. (Although some insist it’s a “redowa”, another type of 3/4 dance tune.) I was inspired to learn this tune after hearing the wonderful Jill McAuley play it in a recording especially for the “notable exponents” section of this site. My playing is not a patch on Jill’s but hopefully you’ll get the gist. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Foxhunter’s Jig, The Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Free And Easy Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Friendly Visit, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Frost Is All Over, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Gallagher’s Frolics Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Galtee Rangers, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen...

Galway Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Game Cock, The Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune…

Gander In The Pratie Hole, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Garrett Barry’s Jig Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Geese In The Bog, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (A Minor). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

George White’s Favourite Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Ger The Rigger Polka (2/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Girl I Left Behind Me, The Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Alternate tab by Aidan Crossey, reflecting the second version of the tune as he normally plays it, here Two versions of the tune follow. The first version is Aidan Crossey playing the setting of the tune as tabbed out by Michael Gregory. Listen to version 1… The second is the setting that Aidan normally plays. Listen to version 2 and check out the subtle differences…

Girls Of Banbridge, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Give Us A Drink Of Water Slip Jig (9/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Glass Of Beer, The Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Gleanntan Slide, The Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Going To The Well For Water Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Golden Keyboard, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Granny In The Wood Polka (2/4) – although possibly better described as a barndance?, G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Green Fields Of Rossbeigh, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Green Gates, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Green Groves Of Erin, The Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Green Mountain, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Hag At The Churn, The 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. Listen…

Hardiman The Fiddler Slip Jig (9/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Hare In The Corn, The Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Harp And Shamrock, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Haunted House, The 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. Listen…

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. Listen…

High Reel, The Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Hills Of Tara, The Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Hole In The Hedge, The 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…

Holly Bush, The 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…

Home Ruler, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Humours of Ballyconnell, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Humours of Drinagh, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Humours of Ennistymon, The Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Humours of Glendart, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Humours of Lissadell, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Humours of Tulla, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Humours of Tullycrine, The Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Hunter’s Purse, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

I’d Rather Be Married Than Left Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

Inisheer Waltz (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Japanese Hornpipe, The 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…

Jazzing With Mag Leary Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Jenny’s Wedding Reel (4/4), D Major (but with a few C naturals in the mix!). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.)

Jimmy Ward’s Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

John Ryan’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

John Walsh’s Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Johnny, Will You Marry Me? Fling (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Johnny Mickey’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Julia Delaney Reel (4/4), D Dorian (i.e. no sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

Kathleen O’Hehir Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Kerfunten Jig, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Written by Hammy Hamilton. A simple – but very catchy and satisfying – tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Kerry Cow, The Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Kildare Fancy, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Killarney Boys Of Pleasure, The Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Killavil Jig, The 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…

Killavil Fancy, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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. Listen… Listen to alternate version… (on octave mandola with a few variations from my original version on mandolin)

Kitty Lie Over Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Kitty O’Neill’s Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Kitty’s Gone A-Milking Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Knotted Cord, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lady On The Island, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lafferty’s Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lakes Of Sligo, The Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lark On The Strand, The Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lark On The Strand, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Larry O’Gaff Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Leather Away The Wattle-O Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Leitrim Fancy, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lilies Of The Field, The 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.)

Lilting Banshee, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lisnagun, The Jig (6/8), C Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Little Diamond, The Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Little Stack Of Wheat, The 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. Listen…

Liverpool Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4/), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Longford Tinker, The Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Love At The Endings Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Listen to a version played deliberately slowly to give the tune a darker, more melancholy feel…

Lucy Farr’s Barndance Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Lurgan Hornpipe, The 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…

Mac’s Fancy Jig (6/8), A Mixolydian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Maggie In The Wood Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Maguire’s Kick Clan March (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Maho Snaps, The 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…

Maid Of Ardagh, The Polka (2/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Maids Of Mitchelstown, The Reel (4/4), D Dorian (i.e. no sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Maids Of Mount Kisco, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Man From Newry, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Man Of The House, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Manchester Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Also commonly known as Rickett’s Hornpipe. 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. Listen…

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

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).

Mason’s Apron, The Reel (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…

Memories Of Father Angus MacDonnell March (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Merry Blacksmith, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Michael Coleman’s Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Mickey Chewing Bubblegum Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Mills Are Grinding, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Mist Covered Mountain, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Molly Ban Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Monaghan Twig, The Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Morning Dew, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Morning Star, The Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Morrison’s Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Mountain Ranger, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Mountain Road, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Composition attributed to the late Michael Gorman. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Munster Buttermilk Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Munster Cloak, The March (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Musical Priest, The Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. 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. Listen…

Na Ceannabháin Bhána Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. The title roughly translates as “The Fair-Haired Young Canavans”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Neili’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Nell Fee’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

New Copperplate, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

New-Mown Meadow, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

New Roundabout, The Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Nightcap, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Nightingale, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). One of Sean Ryan’s (Nenagh) compositions, you can also here Michael O’Meara playing his version of the tune here. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Nora Crionna Slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

O’Farrell’s Welcome To Limerick Slip jig (9/8), G Major. One of the big piping tunes, closely associated with Willie Clancy. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Off To California Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

O’Neill’s March March (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Apparently, this is a march version of the polka, Tralee Gaol. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

O’Keeffe’s Slide (12/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Old Bush, The Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Old Favourite, The Jig (6/8) – although some would say a slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Old Hag, You Have Killed Me Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Old Joe’s Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Old John’s Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Old Wheels Of The World, The Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

O’Rourke’s Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

O’Sullivan’s March Clan March (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Out On The Ocean Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Over The Moor To Maggie Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Pat Horgan’s Number 1 Polka (2/4), D Major (in fact, I think the second part is in E Dorian, but it’s a little academic since both keys have two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Pat Horgan’s Number 2 Polka (2/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Patsy Geary’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Paudy Scully’s Slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune…

Pay The Reckoning Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Number 1 Barndance (4/4), G Major (look for the second setting in the further info link). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Number 2 Barndance (4/4), G Major (look for the third setting in the further info link). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Peggy Ryan’s Fancy Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Peggy’s Jig (6/8), G Major. Another Cape Breton (see Charlie Hunter’s) which has found its way into Irish trad sessions. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Pigtown Fling, The Reel (4/4), Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Pipe On The Hob, The Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Piper In The Meadow Straying Set Dance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Planxty George Brabazon Planxty (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Port Dalai Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Sheet music here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing the tune on accordion here. (Second tune in a set of two.)

Pretty Girls Of Mayo, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Pride Of Petravore, The Hornpipe / Barndance / March (4/4), E Minor. I’ve heard this tune (the air to Percy French’s “Eileen Og”) played in sets as a hornpipe, a barndance or march. I tend to play it with a march-like rhythm. The song was a great favourite of my late friend, Joe Crilly. Version 1 is a “bare bones” version as set out by Jeremy Keith on thesession.org (see further info link below; the first – X:1 – version of the tune). Version 2 is a version as I like to play it, which owes more than a passing nod to the strange (and wonderful) arrangement by Lankum. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the bare bones version 1 here. Mandolin tab for version 2 (Aidan Crossey’s version) here. Listen to version 1. Listen to version 2.

Primrose Lass, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Pull The Knife And Stick It Again Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Queen Of The Fair Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rakes Of Kildare, The (Version 1 – Major Key) Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rakes Of Kildare, The (Version 2 – Minor Key) Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rambling Pitchfork, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Reconciliation Reel (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Reel De Montreal Reel (4/4), first part G Major, second part D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rip The Calico Reel (4/4), D Major (although there’s some debate about whether this should be played with c naturals, therefore D Mixolydian; I prefer the setting with c sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Road To Durham, The Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Composed by Armin Barnet and David Molk. The Durham in the title refers to East Durham in New York State; not Durham in North East England. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Road To Glountane, The Barndance (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Road To Lisdoonvarna, The Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Road To Lisdoonvarna, The Slide (12/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Road To Lurgan, The Jig (6/8), G Major. Lurgan is my hometown in County Armagh, therefore I just had to include this jig. It’s essentially the first two parts of The Maid At The Spinning Wheel (aka The Hag At The Spinning Wheel) which is played with 3 or occasionally with 4 parts. (However the 4th part is a bit challenging for the majority of players… myself included!) Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rolling In The Ryegrass Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Roscommon Reel, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rose In The Gap, The March (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rose In The Heather, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Rosin The Bow Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Saddle The Pony Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Sailor On The Rock, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Saint Mary’s Polka (2/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Sarah Hobbs Reel (4/4), D mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Scatter The Mud Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Scotch Mary Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Scully Casey’s Slide (12/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Shandon Bells Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Sheffield Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Shetland Fiddler, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Ships In Full Sail, The Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Shoe The Donkey Mazurka (3/4), G Major. Two versions of the tune here. Version 1 is a “bare bones” version. Version 2 has some syncopations in part 1 of the tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab for version 1 here. Mandolin tab for version 2 here. Listen to version 1. Listen to version 2.

Showman’s Fancy, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Listen to The Showman’s Fancy played in 4/4 march rhythm

Silver Spear, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Silver Spire, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Sligo Maid, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Postscript 2 January 2021. I came across an early recording of Seamus Ennis playing The Sligo Maid alongside The Bucks Of Oranmore. He called the tune “The Sligo Maid’s Lament” and it got me to thinking about how these modal minor tunes can sound plaintive if played at a speed much slower than the usual session speed. So I made a recording of the tune played slowly to demonstrate. You can listen to the slower version here.

Smash The Windows Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Snowy Path, The Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Written by Mark Kelly, guitarist with the group Altan. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Song Of The Chanter, The March (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Speed The Plough Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Sport Jig (6/8), D Major. A beautiful 3-part jig, written by Peadar O’Riada, son of the esteemed Sean O’Riada. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Sporting Molly Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Sporting Paddy Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Stack Of Barley, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Star Above The Garter, The Slide (12/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Alternative tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen…(You can also hear Michael Gregory play this tune – the third in a set of three – here.)

Star Of Munster, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Sunny Banks, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Swallow’s Tail, The Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Swallowtail, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Sweet Biddy Daly Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Swinging On A Gate Reel (4/4/), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tailor’s Twist, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Táim In Arrears Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Teampall an Ghleanntáin Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tobin’s Favourite Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tom Billy’s Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tommy Peoples’ Mazurka Mazurka (3/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tommy Peoples’ Reel Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Torn Jacket, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Alternate tab here. Listen... Alternate version.

Toss The Feathers (D Mixolydian version) Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Toss The Feathers (E Dorian version) Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Trip Over The Mountain, The Waltz (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Trip To Athlone, The Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Trip To Durrow, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tripping To The Well Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tripping Up The Stairs Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tuttle’s Reel (4/4), D Dorian (i.e. no sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Vincent Campbell’s Mazurka (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Walls Of Liscarroll, The Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Western, The Hornpipe (4/4), C Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

When Sick Is It Tea You Want? Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

When The Cock Crows It Is Day Slide (12/8), G Major (although often played in jig sets as a 6/8 tune). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Willie Clancy’s Secret Jig Jig (6/8), E Dorian (though some would say D Major). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Within A Mile Of Dublin Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Wonder, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Woman Of The House Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Woolly Bear Ate An Oak Jig (6/8), G Major. This tune deserves a few words of introduction. The first two parts of the tune were written by Erin O’Neil – a fiddler from northwest Minnesota in the States; the third part by Michael Gregory whose name features numerous times in these pages. Michael wrote the third part of the tune as a birthday present to Erin in February 2020. Michael has long been a supporter of this website (and, indeed, of the “cause” of the mandolin in Irish traditional music more generally). In one of our regular email exchanges he was singing the praises of Erin’s playing and of her compositions. Michael has been a family friend of Erin’s parents – Tom and Jeanne O’Neil – for a long time and has observed Erin’s music develop and mature during that period. He commended a number of Erin’s tunes to me and then mentioned that he had collaborated with Erin on “Woolly Bear Ate An Oak”. Like many of Erin’s tunes, this jig was inspired by nature. The tune came to Erin as she watched a woolly bear (a small caterpillar native to the USA and Canada which eventually transforms into the Isabella Tiger Moth) feed on an oak seedling. The tiny caterpillar devoured the seedling – hence it “ate an oak”. Erin repeats patterns of notes throughout the jig which are inspired by the repetitive circular motions of the woolly bear as it went about its feast on the oak seedling. There is a “meta” aspect to this version of the tune. As I said before, Michael Gregory wrote the third part to the tune. And I play it on a mandolin which Michael built (G&O #34) and which he very generously gifted to me recently. You can find tablature for the tune, set out by Michael Gregory using the Lilypad software, here. You can hear my version of the tune here. To hear the tune played by Erin O’Neil with her parents, click here. For more information on the O’Neil Family Band, including clips from their various recordings to date, along with links to allow you to buy said recordings, click here.

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