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Last updated : 15 August 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.

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Jigs
The Achreidh Jig (Dmix)
Adam And Eve (G)
An Buachaillín Buí (D)
An Paistin Fionn (D)
An Rogaire Dubh (AMix)
An Sean Duine (G)
An Seanduine Doite (D)
An t-Athair Jack Walsh (DMix)
Andy de Jarlis' (D)
The Angry Peeler (G)
Anthony Frawley's (G)
Apples In Winter (ADor)
Around Killavil (EMin)
Banish Misfortune (DMix)
The Bank Of Turf (D)
The Banks Of Lough Gowna (Bm)
The Banks Of Newfoundland (G)
The Basket Of Turf (Em)
The Battering Ram (G)
The Bees In The Heather (D)
Behind The Bush In The Garden (ADor)
The Belfast Almanac (G)
The Belfast Boat (G)
The Belfast Ham (D)
The Besom In Bloom (Dmix)
The Best In The Bag (G)
Bibidigh-Bobidigh-Bú (G)
Biddy From Sligo (D)
Biddy The Bold Wife (A)
Big Barney's Jig (G)
The Bigamist (D)
Bill Harte's (DMix)
Billy Barlow (A)
Billy McCormick's (ADor)
The Black Frog (D)
The Blackthorn Stick (G)
The Blarney Pligrim (DMix)
The Blooming Meadows (G)
The Bohola (D)
Boiled Goats Milk (G)
The Boy In His Pants (D)
The Boys Of Coomanore (D)
The Boys Of Tandragee (Em)
The Boys Of The Town (G)
The Boys Of Thomastown (G)
Brian O'Lynn (ADor)
Bríd Harper's (EMin)
The Bridal Jig (G)
The Bride's Favourite (G)
Bring Back The Child (G)
The Brisk Young Lads (Am)
The Buck In The Wood (G)
Bundle And Go (EMin)
The Bush On The Hill (G)
The Butcher's March (G)
Calliope House (D)
The Cape Breton Favourite (G)
Captain McDonald's Favourite (G)
Carolan's Fancy (G)
The Carraroe (D)
Castle Donovan (G)
The Castle Street Jig (G)
The Castlebar Races (G)
The Castleblaney Piper (D)
The Cat And The Bacon (D)
The Cat In The Corner (DMix)
The Cat That Ate The Candle (G)
Catriona's (G)
Cavehill (G)
The Chapel Bell (EDor)
Charlie Hunter's (D)
Cherish The Ladies (D)
Christy Barry's No. 1 (G)
The Church Of Dromore (ADor)
Cis Ní Liatháin (ADor)
The Clare Island Boat Song (EDor)
The Cliffs Of Moher (ADor)
The Coleraine (Am)
The Collier's (DMix)
Condon's Frolics (ADor)
Conlon's (G)
The Connaughtman's Rambles (D)
The Cook In The Kitchen (G)
The Cordal Jig (D)
The Cowboy Jig (A)
The Custom House (D)
Dan Collins' Father's (D)
Daniel O'Connell (D)
Darby Gallagher's (AMix)
The Day After The Fair (EMin)
Delaney's (DMix)
Dancing Eyes (G)
The Doberman's Wallet (D)
Domhnall na Greine (Daniel Of The Sun) (D)
Donnybrook Fair (G)
Dooney Rock (ADor)
Down The Back Lane (DMix)
The Drimcong (ADor)
Drimroe Cross (DMix)
The Drunken Gauger (G)
The Dusty Windowsills (ADor)
The Eavesdropper (G)
Eddie Kelly's (Em)
Elizabeth Kelly's (Am)
Ellen O'Leary's Favourite (D)
The End Of The Day (G)
The Fairhaired Boy (ADor)
Farewell To Gurteen (D)
Farewell To The Troubles Of The World (D)
Fasten The Legging (G)
The Fat Man's Fancy (G)
Father Hanley's (A)
Father O'Flynn (D)
The Fermoy Lasses Jig (EMin)
The Firefly (G)
The First Night In America (G)
The Fisherman's Widow (D)
The Flitch Of Bacon (G)
The Flowers Of The Burren (G)
The Flying Wheelchair (G)
Fraher's (DMix)
The Frieze Breeches (D)
The Frog In The Well (Em)
The Frost Is All Over (D)
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 Girls Of Banbridge (D)
The Girls Of Belfast (AMix)
A Glass Of Poitín (G)
Graham Townsend's (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 Horseshoe (G)
The Horse's Leotard (EDor)
The Hole In The Hedge (C)
How Are You Kitty? (A)
The Humours Of Ballingarry (G)
The Humours Of Ballycastle (A)
The Humours Of Ballydehob (G)
The Humours Of Carrigaholt (DMix)
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 Fancy (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 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)
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 Lilting Banshee (ADor)
The Lilting Fisherman (G and D)
The Lisnagun (C)
The Lobster Pot (AMin)
The Lost And Found (G)
Lough Gill (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)
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)
Nancy Hynes (Dmix/DMaj)
The Neale (A)
Neary's (D)
Ned Coleman's (G)
Nell Flaherty's Drake (G)
The Newmarried Couple (G)
Nora Criona (G)
The Nightcap (D)
The Nightingale (ADor)
O'Brien's (DMix)
O'Connell's Welcome To Parliament (G)
Off She Goes (D)
The Old Favourite (G)
Old Hag, You Have Killed Me (DMix)
Old Joe's (D)
Old John's (A Dorian)
The Old Lark In The Morning (D)
Old Lurgan Town - by Marinie Toman (D)
Old Man Dillon (ADor)
The One Horned Cow (G)
One Hundred Pipers (A)
The One That Was Lost (EDor)
The Orphan (EMin)
Out On The Ocean (G)
Paddy Breen's (G)
Paddy Clancy's (D)
Paddy From Cork (D)
Paddy From Portlaw (D)
Paddy O'Rafferty (D)
Paddy O'Sullivan's (A)
Paddy Taylor's (D)
Padraig O'Keeffe's (D)
Parnell And Ireland (G)
Pat Ward's (D)
Pay The Reckoning (G)
Peggy's (G)
The Pipe On The Hob (DMix)
The Pipe On The Hob (ADor)
Piper's Punch (EMin)
Port Dalai (D)
The Price Of A Pig (ADor)
The Priest And His Boots (D)
Pull The Knife And Stick It Again (EDor)
The Queen Of The Fair (D)
The Queen Of The Rushes (Dmix)
The Rakes Of Clonmel (ADor)
The Rakes Of Kildare (G)
The Rakes Of Kildare (ADor)
The Rambler (A)
The Rambling Pitchfork (D)
The Ranting Rake (G)
Regan's (G)
Richard Brennan's (D)
The Road To Durham (DMix)
The Road To Lurgan (G)
The Rolling Wave (D)
The Rose In The Heather (D)
Rosin The Bow (G)
The Rover's Return (ADor)
Saddle The Pony (G)
Scatter The Mud (ADor)
The Scotsman Over The Border (D)
Sean Ryan's (ADor)
Sean Tiobrad Arann (G)
Seanamhac Tube Station (GDor)
Shandon Bells (D)
The Ships In Full Sail (G)
The Shoemaker's Fancy (G)
Sixpenny Money (D)
Sliabh Russell (ADor)
Smash The Windows (D)
Snug In The Blanket (DMix)
Sport (D)
The Sporting Pitchfork (DMix)
The Spotted Dog (A)
The Star Of Munster (ADor)
Statia Donnelly's (Dmix)
The Swallowtail (ADor and EDor)
Sweet Biddy Daly (A)
Tar Road To Sligo (D)
Tell Her I Am (G)
The Ten Below Jig (G)
The Ten Penny Bit (ADor)
The Thornton Jig (AMix)
Tiocfaidh Tú Abhaile Liom? (G)
Tobin's Favourite (D)
Tom Billy's (EDor)
Tom Busby's (EDor)
Tommy Gaffey's (ADor)
The Tongs By The Fire (G)
Tonra's (D)
Travers' (G)
The Trip To Athlone (D)
The Trip To Sligo (Em)
Tripping Up The Stairs (D)
The Unfortunate Rake (EDor)
Up In The Air (Bm)
Up Sligo (EDor)
The Walls Of Liscarroll (DMix)
The Wandering Minstrel (D)
Wellington's Advance (ADor)
Whelan's (EDor)
When Sick Is It Tea You Want? (D)
The Whistler At The Wake (D)
The Whistling Postman (D)
The White Petticoat (EMin)
Willie Clancy's Secret Jig (D)
Winnie Hayes' (EDor)
The Woodcock (G)
Woolly Bear Ate An Oak (G)
The Workhouse (G)
Young Tom Ennis (ADor)
Slip Jigs
Another Jig Will Do (D)
The Arragh Mountains (ADor)
Barney Bralligan (D)
Bean Pháidín (G)
Black Rock (AMix)
Boys Of Ballisodare (G)
The Butterfly (Em)
The Cock And The Hen (EDor)
Comb Your Hair And Curl It (EDor)
Come Upstairs With Me (G)
Cucanandy (EDor)
Dever The Dancer (EDor)
Don't Leave Me Alone (D)
Dress Her Out In Fine Clothes (D)
The Drops of Brandy (two versions - in G and in D)
The Dusty Miller (G)
Elizabeth Kelly's Delight (Am)
Ellen O'Grady (AMix)
The Exile's Jig (EDor)
A Fig For A Kiss (EDor)
The Fisherman's Lilt (D)
Follow Her Over The Border (D and G)
The Foxhunter's (D)
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)
Hunting The Hare (D)
James Byrne's (D)
The Kid On The Mountain (EMin)
The Leitrim Quickstep (G)
My Mind Will Never Be Easy (G)
Na Ceannabhain Bhana (G)
The Night Before Larry Was Stretched (EMin)
O'Farrell's Welcome To Limerick (G)
Portrush (A)
The Rocky Road To Dublin (ADor)
The Shamrock (A)
Sir Phillip McHugh (G)
The Snowy Path (D)
Soggy's (A)
The Stage Stop (BMin)
Stoneybatter (EMin)
Taim In Arrears (G)
Throw The Beetle At Her (Bm)
Tommy Hunt's (G)
To Limerick We Will Go (DMix)
Up In The Garret (ADor)
The Whinny Hills Of Leitrim (D)
Hornpipes
Alexander's Favourite (D)
An Comhra Donn (D)
Ballincollig In The Morning (G)
Barrow Banks (G)
The Belfast (D)
Ben Hill (G)
The Bird's Hornpipe (ADor)
The Blackbird (D)
The Blackbird (DMix)
Bolger's (G)
The Boys Of Bluehill (D)
Brigid Of Knock (G)
The Broadway (G)
The Bunch Of Rushes (Dmix)
The Bush (ADor)
Butcher's Row (G)
By The Old Fairy Fort (D)
Byrne's (G)
Caislean An Oir (ADor)
Captain Dunne's (G)
Captain John's (D)
Charlie Mulvihill's (G)
Chief O'Neill's Favourite (D)
The Cliff (D)
The Clover Blossom (A)
Cronin's (G)
Cronin's Rambles (A)
The Cuckoo's Nest (G)
Dance Of The Honeybees (D)
Dick Sands' (G)
Down The Glen (D)
Dunphy's (G)
The Fair Maidens (G)
The Fairies' (G)
The First Of May (ADor)
Fisher's (aka The Fisherman's Lilt) (D)
Flaherty's (D)
The Flowing Tide (G)
The Friendly Visit (G)
Frost And Snow (ADor)
From Galway To Dublin (EDor)
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 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)
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)
The Leitrim Fancy (D)
The Little Stack Of Wheat (G)
The Liverpool (D)
The Lurgan (G)
The Man From Newry (G)
The Manchester (D)
McCarthy's (A)
McElligott's Fancy (D)
Mickey Callaghan's Fancy (G)
Miss Galvin's (D)
Miss Shepherd's (G)
The Month Of May (G)
The Mountain Ranger (D)
Murphy's (G)
The Navvie On The Line (G)
Nelson's (G)
The New Moon (G)
O'Gallagher's (G)
Off To California (G)
The Old Torn Petticoat (ADor)
The Peacock's Feather (D)
The Peacock's Feather (DDor)
The Plains Of Boyle (D)
The Pleasures Of Hope (D)
Poll Halfpenny (AMix)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
Proudlock's (G)
The Rights Of Man (Em)
The Sheffield (D)
The Showman's Fancy (D)
The Smoky Chimney (D)
Soldier's Joy (D)
Sonny Murray's (D)
Spellan's Fiddle (G - Part 1; D Part 2)
The Stack Of Barley (G)
The Stage (G)
The Staten Island (D)
The Tailor's Twist (D)
Tomorrow Morning (D)
We'll Drink Good Health (D)
The West End (D)
The Western (C)
The Wonder (G)
The Worcester (G)
Polkas
The 42 Pound Cheque (D)
The Annaghbeg (D)
Art O'Keeffe's (G)
As I Looked East And I Looked West (G)
The Ballydesmond No. 2 (ADor)
The Ballygow (D)
The Ballyhoura Mountains (A)
The Ballyvourney (EDor)
The Banks Of The Quay (G)
The Barren Rocks Of Aden (D)
The Belfast Polka (G and D)
The Blackwater (D)
The Britches Full Of Stitches (A & G)
Buddy Furey's (A)
Captain Byng (G)
The Cascade (G)
Cashman's Favourite (2 settings, G and D)
The Castle Danger Number 1 (G)
The Castle Danger Number 2 (C)
Charlie Harris' (D)
The Church Street Polka (G)
The Cuil Aodh (A)
Dálaigh's (EDor)
Dálaigh's No. 2 (ADor)
Dan Coakley's (G)
Dan O'Connell's (D)
The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue (D)
Denis Murphy's (D)
Des Carthy's (A)
Din Tarrant's (D)
Downey's (EDor)
Egan's (D)
Eileen O'Keefe's (G and A)
Ellen Murray's No. 1 (D)
Ellen Murray's No. 2 (BMin)
Ellen Murray's No. 3 (G)
Farewell To Whiskey (G)
Fergus Keane's (D)
Finbar Dwyer's (G)
The Finnish Polka (BMin)
Forde's (D)
The Galway Belle (EDor)
Ger The Rigger (AMix)
The Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
Granny In The Wood (G)
The Green Cottage (EDor)
The Gullane Polka (D)
Happy We've All Been Together (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)
Maurice Manley's (ADor)
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)
Neili's (D)
Nell Fee's (D)
The New Roundabout (D)
The Newmarket (D)
The Other Clog (G)
Pa Paddy O'Sullivans (D)
Paddy's (EDor)
Pat Horgan's No 1 (D)
Pat Horgan's No 2 (EDor)
Peggy Lettermore (G)
Peggy Ryan's Fancy (G)
The Rakes Of Mallow (G)
The Rambling Sailor (A)
Riding On A Load Of Hay (EDor)
The Rose Tree (D)
Saint Mary's (ADor)
Sean McGovern's (D)
Sheehan's (AMix)
The Siege Of Ennis (G)
Sord Cholmcille (D)
The Spanish Lady (D)
The Sparrow (G)
Sweeney's (A)
Tarmon's (G)
Terry Teahan's (G)
The Tettegouche Polka Number 1 (D)
The Tettegouche Polka Number 2 (G)
Tom Carroll's (G)
Tommy Reck's (D)
Top Of The Maol (ADor)
Tripping To The Well (G)
Where Lilies Bloom (D)
Reels
The Abbey (ADor)
Anderson's (D)
The Antrim Rose (D)
Anything For John Joe (D)
Around The World For Sport (Em)
Austin Tierney's (D)
The Ashplant (EDor)
The Avonmore (G)
The Bag Of Spuds (ADor)
The Ballinafad (D)
The Ballintore Fancy (G)
Ballykett Courthouse (G)
The Bank Of Ireland (DMix/D)
The Banks Of The Ilen (D)
The Banshee (G)
The Barrowburn (D)
The Beauty Spot (DMix)
The Belharbour (G)
Billy Brocker's (D)
The Bird In The Bush (G)
The Black Haired Lass (ADor)
The Black Mill (ADor)
The Blacksmith (G)
The Blackthorn (D)
The Bloom Of Youth (G)
Boil The Breakfast Early (G)
The Boyne Hunt (D)
The Boy In The Boat (D)
The Boy In The Gap (D)
The Boys Of Ballinahinch (D)
The Boys Of Malin (A)
The Boys Of Portaferry (G)
The Boys Of The Lough (D)
Brendan McMahon's (Em)
The Broken Pledge (DDor)
Brosnan's (BMin)
Buck Moran's (A)
The Bucks Of Oranmore (D)
The Bunch Of Currants (EDor)
The Cabin Hunter (EDor)
Cal Callaghan's (D)
The Cameronian (D)
The Cap And Bell (D)
Casey The Whistler (D)
The Cashmere Shawl (ADor)
Castle Island (D)
Castle Kelly (Am)
The Cat That Ate The Candle (Dmix)
Charlie Harris' (D)
Charming Mary Kelly (D)
The Chattering Magpie (G)
The Chicago (A Dorian)
The Christening (D)
Christmas Eve (G)
The Clare Reel (G)
The Colliers' (DMix)
Colonel Rogers (G)
Come West Along The Road (G)
The Concertina Reel (D)
The Congress (ADor)
The Connaught Heifers (D)
Connemara's Pet (A)
Cooley's (EDor)
The Cordal Reel (DMix)
The Corner House (ADor)
Corney Is Coming (D)
Craig's Pipes (G)
Creamer's (D)
The Crooked Reel (ADor)
The Crooked Way To Dublin (G)
Crossing The Field (G)
Crossing The Shannon (D)
Crowley's No. 1 (D)
Crowley's No. 2 (D)
The Cup Of Tea (ADor/D)
The Curragh Races (ADor)
The Dairy Maid (D)
The Daisy Fields (D)
Dan Breen's (G) (ADor?)
Devanney's Goat (D)
Dick Gossip's (D)
Dick Sherlock's (D)
Did You Wash Your Father's 
Shirt? (D)
Dillon Brown (G)
Dinkey's (AMix)
Don't Bother Me (D)
The Donaghmore (G)
Donald Blue (D)
The Donegal (D)
The Doon (D)
Doonagore (G)
Dowd's No. 9 (D)
Drag Her Round The Road (Em)
Drowsy Maggie (EDor)
The Drunken Landlady (EDor)
The Dublin Lasses (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?)
Eddie Duffy's Favourite (AMix)
Eddie Moloney's Favourite (EDor)
The Eel In The Sink (AMix)
Eileen Curran (EDor)
Eilish Brogan's (G)
The Fairy Reel (D)
Far From Home (G)
Farewell To Connaught (DMix)
Farewell To Ireland (ADor)
Farrell O'Gara (D)
Father Kelly's (G)
Father O'Grady's Visit To Bocca (D)
The Fermoy Lasses (Em)
The Flags Of Dublin (D)
The Flanagans' Banshee (G)
The Flax In Bloom (D)
The Floating Crowbar (Dmix)
The Flogging Reel (G)
The Flower Of The Flock (G)
The Flowers Of Edinburgh (G)
The Flowers Of Red Hill (ADor)
The Flowing Bowl (D)
The Foxhunter's Reel (G)
Francis John McGovern's (ADor)
Free And Easy (D)
The Galtee Rangers (D)
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 Grain Of Tea (ADor)
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 Mountain (D)
The Green Pigeon (G)
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 Hare's Paw (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 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)
The Ivy Leaf (AMix)
Jack-In-The-Box (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 Linnane's Favourite (D)
Kitty's Gone A-Milking (G)
The Knotted Cord (ADor)
The Ladies Of Leinster (G)
Lady Anne Montgomery (D)
Lady Forbes (D)
The Lady On The Island (D)
Lafferty's (EDor)
Larry McDonagh's Reel (G)
Last Night's Fun (D)
Last Night's Joy (DMix)
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)
The Longford Collector (G)
The Longford Tinker (Bm)
Lough Mountain (EDor)
Love At The Endings (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 Kilmallock (D)
The Maids Of Mitchelstown (DDor)
The Maids Of Mount Kisco (ADor)
The Maids Of Tulla (A)
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)
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)
Molly Ban (EDor)
Molly's Night Cap (AMix)
The Monaghan Twig (AMix)
The Morning Dew (EDor)
The Morning Star (Em)
Morrison's Reel (D)
The Mountain Road (D)
The Mountain Top (G)
The Mouse Behind The Dresser (G)
Mullin's Favourite (G)
Mungo Kelly's (EDor)
The Musical Priest (Bm)
My Love Is In America (DMix) (D?)
My Love Is In The House (D)
The Navvy On The Shore (G)
Nellie Donovan (G)
The New Copperplate (G)
The New Found Out (D)
The New-Mown Meadow (EDor)
The New Policeman (D)
O'Connell's Trip To Parliament (Dmix)
Off In The Morning (G)
The Old Bush (DMix)
The Old Copperplate (ADor)
The Old Dudeen (Bm)
The Old French Reel (D/AMix)
The Old Head Of Kinsale (D)
The Old Maid Of Galway (Bm)
The Old Wheels Of The World (DMix)
O'Rourke's (AMix)
The Otter's Holt (Bm)
Over The Hill (D)
Over The Moor To Maggie (G)
Paddy Fahey's Number 1 (DDor)
Paddy Fahey's Number 14 (G)
Paddy Kelly's (G)
Paddy Taylor's (D)
Paddy's Trip To Scotland (D)
Palmer's Gate (EMin)
Patsy Tuohey's (EDor)
The Peeler's Jacket (G)
The Pigeon On The Gate (EDor)
The Pigtown Fling (G)
Poor But Happy At 53 (Em)
The Porthole Of The Kelp (DDor)
The Pretty Girls Of Mayo (G)
The Primrose Lass (G)
The Providence (D)
The Raheen (ADor)
Rakish Paddy (ADor)
The Reconciliation (A)
The Red Haired Lass (A)
The Reel De Montreal (G/D)
The Repeal Of The Union (DMix)
The Return To Camden Town (CMaj)
Rip The Calico (D) (DMix?)
The Road To Lisdoonvarna (DMix)
Roaring Mary (D)
Rolling In The Ryegrass (D)
The Roscommon (EDor)
The Roving Bachelor (G)
The Sailor On The Rock (D)
The Sailor's Bonnet (D)
Saint Anne's (D)
Saint Ruth's Bush (ADor)
The Salamanca (D)
The Sally Gardens (G)
Sarah Hobbs (DMix)
The Scholar (D)
Scotch Mary (ADor)
The Shaskeen (G)
The Shetland Fiddler (D)
The Silver Spear (D)
The Silver Spire (D)
The Skylark (D)
The Sligo Maid (ADor)
Solus Lillis' (2 versions - C and G)
The Sore Foot (ADor?)
Speed The Plough (D)
The Spirits Of Wine (A)
Sporting Molly (DMix)
Sporting Paddy (ADor)
The Star Of Munster (ADor)
Stenson's No. 1 (BMin)
Stenson's No. 2 (A)
The Sunny Banks (D)
The Swallow's Tail (ADor)
Sweeney's Buttermilk (BMin)
Swinging On A Gate (G)
The Tarbolton (EDor)
Teampall An Ghleantainn (D)
The Teetotallers' (G)
The Templehouse Reel (EMin)
The Tinker's Daughter (D)
Tom Dowd's Favourite (EMin)
Tom Keane's (AMix)
Tom Ward's Downfall (G)
Tommy Peoples' (G)
The Torn Jacket (D)
Toss The Feathers (DMix)
Toss The Feathers (EDor)
The Trip To Durrow (D)
Tuttle's (DDor)
Up Against The Buachalawns (D)
The Virginia (D)
Upstairs In A Tent (AMix)
Walter Sammon's Grandmother (D)
The Wedding (D)
The Widow (D)
The Wild Irishman (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)
Barrack Hill (ADor)
Bill The Weaver's (D)
The Brosna (G)
The Cat's Rambles To The Child's Saucepan (D)
The Clog (G)
Cock Your Pistol, Charlie! (EDor)
Connie Walsh's (D)
Dálaigh's (D)
Dan Jeremiah's (D)
Denis Enright's (D)
Denis Murphy's (D)
Dingle Regatta (G)
Eileen O'Riordan's (ADor)
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)
Nelly Mahony's (D)
Nora Crionna (G)
O'Keeffe's (ADor)
Palm Sunday (D)
Patsy Geary's (D)
Paudy Scully's (G)
The Priest (G)
The Road To Lisdoonvarna (EDor)
Rosie Finn's Favourite (G)
The Scattery Island (D)
Scully Casey's (DMix)
The Star Above The Garter (DMix)
The Templeglantine (D Mix)
This Is My Love, Do You Like Her? (ADor)
When The Cock Crows It Is Day (G)
Marches
After The Battle Of Aughrim (ADor)
The Belfast March (GMaj)
The Boys Of Belfast (AMix)
The Boys Of Wexford (G)
Brian Boru's March (Amin)
The Centenary (D)
The Eagle's Whistle (G)
The Foggy Dew (G)
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)
O'Donnell Abu (D)
O'Neill's March (ADor)
O'Sullivan's March (G)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
The Return From Fingal (EDor)
The Rose In The Gap (EDor)
The Showman's Fancy (in 4/4 march rhythm) (D)
Song Of The Chanter (DMix)
The White Cockade (G)
Barndances
Around The Fairy Fort (D)
The Ballroom Favourite (G)
Bill Malley's (G)
The Bluebell Polka (G)
Connolly's (G)
Dance Of The Honeybees (D)
The Dances At Kinvara (G)
Dolly Varden (D)
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)
The Nova Scotia Polka (A)
Paddy Taylor's (D)
Pearl O'Shaughnessy's No 1 (G)
Pearl O'Shaughnessy's No 2 (G)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
The Road To Glountane (D)
The Road To The Isles (2 settings, G and D)
Sean Hayes' (D)
The Winter Night Schottische (G)

Song Airs
My Singing Bird (DMix)

Laments
Hector The Hero (D)

Mazurkas
The Crown At Portpatrick (D)
Donan's (D)
Fowley's (D)
Mazurka d'Auvergne (G)
Mazurka de Lapleau (G)
Shoe The Donkey (G) - 2 versions
Sonny's (D)
The St John's Mazurka (D)
Tommy Peoples' (D)
Vincent Campbell's (G)
Flings
The Boys Of Knock (D)
Johnny, Will You Marry Me? (G)
Green Grow The Rushes O (G)
Planxties/Carolan Tunes
Carolan's Concerto (D)
Carolan's Draught (G)
Henry McDermott Roe (G)
Lord Inchiquin (D)
Planxty Charles O'Connor (D)
Planxty George Brabazon (G)
Planxty Irwin (G)
Planxty Fanny Powers (G)
Planxty Hewlett (D)
Waltzes/Other 3/4 Tunes (not mazurkas)
The Ash Grove (G)
Flower Among Them All (G)
Inisheer (G)
May I Have This Dance? (D)
The Trip Over The Mountain (G)

Set Dances
The Ace And Deuce Of Pipering (G)
The German Beau (G)
The Humours Of Bandon (G)
The King Of The Fairies (EDor)
The Piper In The Meadow Straying (G)
Saint Patrick's Day (G)
The Three Sea Captains (G)





42 Pound Cheque, The Polka (2/4), D Major.  Further info here.  Mandolin tab here. 12 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The £42 Cheque on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The £42 Cheque on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 5 October 2021   Additional sound file.  Listen to me playing The £42 Cheque on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group – something of an experiment, this; I recorded it using my laptop’s in-built mic rather than my Zoom digital mic).

The Abbey Reel Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. 1 sharp). Further info here.  Mandolin tab here. 12 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Abbey Reel on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Abbey Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file; sound quality improved in December 2021 using Audacity software). 21 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Abbey Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Ace And Deuce Of Pipering Set Dance (4/4), G Major. I’d been playing this tune for years and one night at a session, a veteran musician for whom I have a lot of respect, suggested that I had picked up a number of phrases incorrectly and next time we met he’d written out this version in ABC format. I would normally argue that there are numerous version of tunes and that the one I had was just as “valid” as the version he was suggesting. But respect where it’s due, and all that. Further information here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Achreidh Jig Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian. A friend emailed me recently to say that this tune had become his latest obsession. At first I didn’t really get the big attraction but after a time, I began to see why he was so taken by the tune. Its apparent simplicity is quite deceptive! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Achreidh Jig on my Falder mandolin. Listen to me playing The Achreidh Jig on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Achreidh Jig on my Ashbury AT-40 guitar and Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin with Uilleann pipe drone (virtual trio…). 23 April 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Achreidh Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Adam And Eve Jig (6/8), G Major.  Further info here.  Mandolin tab here. 25 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Adam And Eve (Jig) on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Adam And Eve (Jig) on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 5 April 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Adam and Eve (jig) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Adam And Eve Slide (12/8), D Major.  Further info here.  Mandolin tab here. 25 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Adam and Eve (Slide) on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Adam and Eve (Slide) on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 5 April 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Adam And Eve (Slide) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

After The Battle Of Aughrim March (2/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing After The Battle Of Aughrim on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing After The Battle Of Aughrim on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Alexander’s Favourite Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 14 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Alexander’s Favourite on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 21 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Alexander’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

An Buachaillín Buí Jig (6/8), D Major. The literal translation would be The Little Yellow Boy. Yellow in this case referring to hair colour and therefore “Little Blond Boy” would be more accurate. I’ve been experimenting with plectrums in the past few days. This is played with “The Dawg” – a heavyweight mandolin plectrum which is much heavier than those I normally use. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing An Buachaillín Buí on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 23  May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing An Buachaillín Buí on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

An Comhra Donn Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. The tune’s title translates as “The Brown Coffin”. A title which belies the cheerfulness of the tune itself. Further info here (where, until a few moments ago on 13 January 2022, it was incorrectly listed as a composition by Paddy O’Brien; I deleted that reference but it’s possible someone may reinstate the incorrect authorship). Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing An Comhra Donn on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing An Comhra Donn on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

An Páistín 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 here21 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing An Páistín Fionn on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing An Páistín Fionn on my Falder mandolin. 23  May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing An Páistín Fionn on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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… 14 December 2021. Additional sound files. Listen to me playing An Rogaire Dubh on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing An Rogaire Dubh on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 24  May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing An Rogaire Dubh on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

An Sean Duine Jig (6/8), G Major. I got this tune from the playing of Charles Monod, originally from Switzerland and now living in County Clare from where he plays concertina and publishes the wonderful website called Tunes From Doolin. Charles assigns the mode of A Dorian to this tune but I reckon it actually resolves to G and therefore I would have this tune as G Major. But, hey, this is splitting hairs territory – since both A Dorian and G Major scales/modes contain one sharp… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing An Sean Duine on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing An Sean Duine on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 24  May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing An Sean Duine on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

An Seanduine Dóite 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. 9 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing An Seanduine Dóite on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing An Seanduine Dóite on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 28  May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing An Seanduine Dóite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

An t-Athair Jack Walsh Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing An t-Athair Jack Walsh on my Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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 to me playing Anderson‘s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 14 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Anderson’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 31 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Anderson’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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. 28 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Andy de Jarlis’ Jig on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 25 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing Andy de Jarlis’ Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

The Annaghbeg Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 14 December 2021. Additional sound files. Listen to me playing The Annaghbeg Polka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Annaghbeg Polka on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Annaghbeg Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Another Jig Will Do Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Another Jig Will Do on my G&O #34 mandolin. 4 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Another Jig Will Do on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Anthony Frawley’s Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Anthony Frawley’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Anthony Frawley’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Antrim Rose Reel (4/4), D Major. Composed by Paddy (Offaly) O’Brien. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Antrim Rose on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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 to me playing Anything For John Joe on my G&O #34 mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Anything For John Joe on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Apples In Winter Jig (6/8), E Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Apples In Winter on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Around Killavil Jig (6/8), E Minor. I got this jig from the playing of Seamus Tansey. Some say that it’s simply a version of The Killavil Jig which I featured in this collection some time ago. However I think it’s sufficiently different to warrant inclusion in its own right as a separate tune. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Around Killavil on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Around The Fairy Fort Barndance (4/4), D Major. A 3-part tune, composed by Vincent Broderick. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Around The Fairy Fort on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Around The Fairy Fort on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Around The World For Sport Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 16 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Around The World For Sport on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Around The World For Sport on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with quality improvements made using Audacity software in December 2021). 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Around The World For Sport on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Arragh Mountains Slip Jig (9/8), A Dorian. Composed by Paddy O’Brien. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Arragh Mountains on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Art O’Keeffe’s Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. Also played in A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Art O’Keeffe’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Art O’Keeffe’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

As I Looked East And I Looked West Polka (2/4), G Major. One of my friends – an absolute fanatic for polkas and slides – sent me through a few choice, less common tunes by email a few months ago and I expect that a few of them will start making their way into my repertoire in due course. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing As I Looked East And I Looked West on my G&O #34 mandolin. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing As I Looked East And I Looked West on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Ash Grove 3/4 Tune, G Major. I’ve hesitated to call this a waltz… I’ve included this tune at the request of an acquaintance. For some time I was under the impression that this tune was written by Turlough O’Carolan but research at thesession.org would seem to indicate that this is, in fact, a Welsh tune originally. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ash Grove on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Ash Grove on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ash Grove on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Ashplant Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Ashplant on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing The Ashplant on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Ashplant on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ashplant on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Austin Tierney’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Austin Tierney’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 2 June 2022.  New version.  When I sat down to re-record this electrically, I realised that that my playing of the tune has evolved since I first recorded it. So I’ve set out new tab here. Listen to me playing Austin Tierney’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Avonmore Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Avonmore on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin (no repeat). 16 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Avonmore on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 2 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Avonmore on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bag Of Spuds 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 Bag Of Spuds on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing The Bag Of Spuds on my G&O #34 mandolin. 4 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bag Of Spuds on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Ballinafad Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. I haven’t been able to find this reel at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ballinafad Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin. 4 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ballinafad Reel on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Ballincollig In The Morning Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. A little-heard hornpipe which features in “O’Neill’s”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ballincollig In The Morning on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 4 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Ballincollig In The Morning on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ballintore Fancy, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Ballintore Fancy on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Ballroom Favourite Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ballroom Favourite on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 16 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Ballroom Favourite on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin (overdubbed). 4 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ballroom Favourite on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Ballydesmond Polka Number 2 Polka (2/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Ballydesmond Polka Number 2 on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Ballydesmond Polka Number 2 on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Ballydesmond Polka Number 2 on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 5 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ballydesmond Polka Number 2 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Ballygow Polka Polka (2/4), D major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ballygow Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 24 January 2022. I recently came across a somewhat different setting of this tune under the name John Cronin’s. I’ve decided to include John Cronin’s as a separate entry in this list of tune learning resources. Although I could just as easily have included it as an alternative version in this entry… Check out John Cronin’s here. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ballygow Polka on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Ballyhoura Mountains Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 7 October 2021 Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Ballyhoura Mountains on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 16 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ballyhoura Mountains on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ballykett Courthouse Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ballykett Courthouse on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 25 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing Ballykett Courthouse on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Ballyvourney Polka Polka (2/4), E Dorian. I have recorded this using 3 different plectrums. I normally use a “giveaway” no-brand plectrum which I picked up as a freebie in a music shop when I was buying an instrument a few years ago. Amazingly, I’ve never lost it. (It helps that it’s yellow in colour so it is quite noticeable when I drop it. 🙂 ) I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on how the different plectrums sound and whether you have any preferences. You can contact me using the contact form here. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Ballyvourney Polka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin using a d’ADDARIO “CHRIS THILE SIGNATURE” MANDOLIN PLECTRUM (1.4mm). Listen to me playing The Ballyvourney Polka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin using a NO-BRAND GIVEAWAY PLECTRUM (estimate 0.8mm). Listen to me playing The Ballyvourney Polka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin using a DUNLOP “LIGHT GREY” PLECTRUM (0.6mm). 5 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Ballyvourney Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Banish Misfortune Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 3 September 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Banish Misfortune on my G&O #34 mandolin. 6 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Banish Misfortune on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bank Of Ireland Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp) in Part 1; D Major in Part 2. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 5 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Bank Of Ireland on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Bank Of Ireland on my Falder mandolin. 6 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bank Of Ireland on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Banks of Lough Gowna Jig (6/8), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Banks Of Lough Gowna on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Banks Of Lough Gowna on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 25 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing The Banks Of Lough Gowna on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

The Banks Of The Ilen Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. 4 January 2022 New tablature and sound file. New mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Banks Of The Ilen on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 25 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing The Banks Of The Ilen on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Banks Of The Quay Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Banks Of The Quay on my G&O #34 mandolin. 8 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Banks Of The Quay on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Banshee Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 3 September 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Banshee on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing The Banshee on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Barney Bralligan Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Barney Bralligan on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Barney Bralligan on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file; sound quality improved in December 2021 using Audacity software). 8 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Barney Bralligan on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Barrack Hill Slide (12/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Barrack Hill on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing Barrack Hill on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 9 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Barrack Hill on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Barren Rocks Of Aden Polka/March (2/4), D Major Further info here.Mandolin tab here. 27 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Barren Rocks Of Aden on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Barren Rocks Of Aden on my Falder mandolin. 9 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Barren Rocks Of Aden on my Epihone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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 to me playing Barrow Banks on my G&O #34 mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Barrow Banks on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Barrowburn Reel (4/4), D Major. A tune composed by the late Scottish musician Addie Harper. I was drawn to it on first hearing because the opening phrases remind me of one of my favourite reels, Miss Monaghan. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Barrowburn on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 9 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Barrowburn on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Basket Of Turf Jig (6/8), E Minor (but the “c”s are sharp so maybe E Dorian?). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Basket Of Turf on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Basket Of Turf on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 10 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Basket Of Turf on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Battering Ram Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Battering Ram on my G&O #34 mandolin. 10 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Battering Ram on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Bean Pháidín Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Title translates as “Paddy’s Wife”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Bean Pháidín on my G&O #34 mandolin. 10 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Bean Pháidín on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Beauty Spot Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Beauty Spot on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 11 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Beauty Spot on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bees In The Heather Jig (6/8), D Major. Not listed at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bees In The Heather on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 11 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bees In The Heather on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Behind The Bush In The Garden Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Behind The Bush In The Garden on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Behind The Bush In The Garden on my Falder mandolin (slightly different setting). 25 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing Behind The Bush In The Garden on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

The Belfast Boat Jig (6/8), G Major. A few days ago, as a sort of Christmas present, a friend sent me through the dots for a number of tunes which include Belfast in their title and which he had come across in Kerr’s Merry Melodies, a Scottish collection of traditional tunes published in the late 1800s. I’ve decided to include a few of them here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Belfast Boat on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 12 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Belfast Boat on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Belfast Ham Jig (6/8), D Major. A few days ago, as a sort of Christmas present, a friend sent me through the dots for a number of tunes which include Belfast in their title and which he had come across in Kerr’s Merry Melodies, a Scottish collection of traditional tunes published in the late 1800s. I’ve decided to include a few of them here. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Belfast Ham on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 12 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Belfast Ham on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Belfast Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. I was asked to include this by a contact who was having some trouble learning the tune. He specifically asked if I could include a recording of the third part, played slowly so that he could perhaps learn by playing along. I was at first a little reluctant. I have heard this tune murdered so many times and at others used as an excuse for flashiness. However, here goes. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Belfast Hornpipe on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing the 3rd part only, and deliberately very slowly, of The Belfast Hornpipe on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin.

The Belfast March March (4/4), G Major. I first heard this tune played by Harry Bradley and the version which I play is an amalgam of his version and various other settings that I’ve come across subsequently. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Belfast March on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Belfast March on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 12 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Belfast March on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Belfast Polka Polka (2/4), Part 1 in G Major; part 2 in D Major. Mandolin tab here.   Listen to me playing The Belfast Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Ben Hill Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Composed by Father PJ Kelly. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Ben Hill on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Best In The Bag Jig (6/8), G Major. Very similar to Jackson’s Mistake, also in this collection. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Best In The Bag on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Best In The Bag on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Bibidigh-Bobidigh-Bú “Jig” (6/8), G Major. A joke, rather than a proper jig. This is a “hibernicised” version of the song Bibbidy-Bobbidi-Boo from Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” which was written in 6/8 time by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston. Unsurprisingly, there’s no information at thesession.org! Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Bibidigh-Bobidigh-Bú on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing Bibidigh-Bobidigh-Bú on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 13 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Bibidigh Bobidigh Bú on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. NB – much distortion!! Might not be to everyone’s taste.

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 to me playing Biddy From Sligo on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 April 2022. New version. Listen to me playing Biddy From Sligo on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Biddy The Bold Wife Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Biddy The Bold Wife on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin (no repeat). 17 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Biddy The Bold Wife on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Biddy The Bold Wife on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Big Barney’s Jig (6/8), G Major. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Big Barney’s Jig on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 13 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Big Barney’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bigamist Jig (6/8), D Major. A little while ago I came across a discussion at the session.org which invited players who had written original tunes to share some of their compositions. (Yes, I did – thanks for checking. :-)) Several of the tunes which people shared made my ears prick up. I’ve already posted here a lovely jig by Finian McCluskey (“fionán at thesession and on Twitter) called The Workhouse. This jig, The Bigamist, by Henrik Norbeck is another jig which I found on that discussion. Henrik is possibly best-known throughout the Irish music community as a compiler of tunes. If you haven’t visited Henrik’s website before, then get your ass over there pronto and bookmark it. Go to http://norbeck.nu/abc/index.asp I play the tune slightly differently to the way in which it was originally submitted by “fiel” at thesession, so I have included fiel’s original setting, tabbed out for mandolin. I would also urge you to listen to Henrik himself play the tune. You can listen to his playing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfjbi7DuV6E (and while you’re there, spend some time with his other tunes). So, thanks very much Henrik for giving me permission to share your tune. Much appreciated! Further info here. Mandolin tab of the way I play the tune here. Mandolin tab of the setting submitted by “fiel” at thesession here. Listen to me playing The Bigamist on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bigamist on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Bill Harte’s Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Bill Harte’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Bill Harte’s on my Falder mandolin. 26 April 2022. New version.  Listen to me playing Bill Harte’s on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

Bill The Weaver’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Bill The Weaver’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 13 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Bill The Weaver’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Billy Barlow Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Billy Barlow on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 13 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Billy Barlow on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

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

The Bird In The Bush Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 19 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Bird In The Bush on my Falder mandolin. Listen to me playing The Bird In The Bush on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, sound quality improved in December 2021 using Audacity software). 26 April 2022. New version.  Listen to me playing The Bird In The Bush on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Bird’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian. I came across this tune recently from the playing of Charles Monod – a concertina player originally from Switzerland and now living in Doolin, County Clare. A lovely, lovely tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bird’s Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 26 April 2022. New version.  Listen to me playing The Bird’s Hornpipe on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Black Frog Jig (6/8), D Major. I was first drawn to this tune on hearing banjo player Shaun O’Hagan play his driving, tripletastic version recently. Written by Enda Scahill of “The Irish Banjo Tutor” fame, of “We Banjo Three’ fame and – er – Enda Scahill fame. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Black Frog on my G&O #34 mandolin. 14 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Black Frog on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Black Haired Lass Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Black Haired Lass on my G&O #34 mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Black Haired Lass on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Black Rock Slip Jig (9/8), A Mixolydian. Also played in an A Dorian setting (i.e. with the “c”s played as naturals). However I much prefer the Mixolydian setting! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Black Rock on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Blackbird Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. There are a number of different hornpipes (and a set dance in hornpipe time) called The Blackbird. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Blackbird (D Major) on my G&O #34 mandolin. 19 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Blackbird (D Major) on my Falder mandolin. 14 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Blackbird (D Major) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Blackbird Hornpipe (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Blackbird (D Mixolydian) on my G&O #34 mandolin. 16 June 2022  New version.  Listen to me playing The Blackbird (D Mixolydian) on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Blacksmith Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Blacksmith on my G&O #34 mandolin. 16 June 2022  New version.  Listen to me playing The Blacksmith on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Blackthorn Reel (4/4), D Major Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 22 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Blackthorn on my G&O #34 mandolin. 16 June 2022  New version.  Listen to me playing The Blackthorn on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Blackthorn Stick Jig (6/8), G Major Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Blackthorn Stick on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Blackthorn Stick on my Falder mandolin. 16 June 2022  New version.  Listen to me playing The Blackthorn Stick on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Blarney Pilgrim Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to the original version on my Eastman MD304… Listen to a new alternate version (January 2021) on my G&O #3413 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to a new alternate version played on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 19 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Blarney Pilgrim on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Blooming Meadows Jig (6/8), G Major. I have fond memories of listening to Liam Farrell (banjo) and Joe Whelan RIP (box) playing this 3-part jig as one of their signature tunes at sessions in The Goldsmiths Arms in Penge. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Blooming Meadows on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. 26 April 2022. New version.  Listen to me playing The Blooming Meadows on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Bluebell Polka Barndance (4/4), parts 1 and 2 G Major; part 3 in C Major. Yes – despite the title, this is not a polka as we know it, Jim. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bluebell Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 19 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bluebell Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bohola Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bohola Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 19 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bohola Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Boil The Breakfast Early Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Boil The Breakfast Early on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 23 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Boil The Breakfast Early on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Boil The Breakfast Early on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 19 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Boil The Breakfast Early on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Boiled Goat’s Milk Jig (6/8), G Major. Horrible drink – lovely jig! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Boiled Goat’s Milk on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

The Boy In His Pants Jig (6/8), D Major. I first came across this tune many years ago on an album by a band called Céide. They called the tune The Pullet That Wants The Cock and I have also heard it referred to as Connie The Soldier. However in the circles I’ve moved in, it most often goes by the title The Boy In His Pants. This is quite a strange tune and I’ve seen it set in a variety of keys. However I came across a setting at thesession.org by “Reverend” (whose real-life identity I know but I will use his session.org handle here out of politeness to him) in D Major which makes the tune much easier to grasp. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boy In His Pants on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boy In The Boat Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boy In The Boat on my G&O #34 mandolin. 20 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boy In The Boat on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boy In The Gap Reel (4/4), D Major. Also played as a 3-part reel. However I tend to favour the 2-part setting. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boy In The Gap on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boyne Hunt Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Boyne Hunt on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Boyne Hunt on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file, “cleaned up” in November 2021 using Audacity software). 26 April 2022. New version.  Listen to me playing The Boyne Hunt on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Boys Of Ballinahinch Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 2 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Ballinahinch on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Ballinahinch on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 20 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of Ballinahinch on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of Ballisodare Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Ballisodare on my G&O #34 mandolin. 20 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of Ballisodare on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of Belfast March (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 12 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Belfast on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Belfast on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 20 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of Belfast on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of Bluehill Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Bluehill on my G&O #34 mandolin. 26 April 2022. New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of Bluehill on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

The Boys Of Knock Fling (4/4), D Major. Until late-June 2021 I hadn’t come across this tune. And then an acquaintance emailed me a link to a YouTube video of Shane Mulchrone playing this tune along with Johnny, Will You Marry Me? He had been trying to learn it by ear with little success and asked if I would care to attempt to tab it out and make a mandolin version. It was such a gracious request that I was happy to oblige. I’ve since found out that this was originally a strathspey in G called “Lord Moira’s Visit To Scotland”. I’m pleased that when the tune made the return trip to Ireland (becoming transposed to D in the process) that the new name dropped the reference to his lordship. I’m no fan of the concept of aristocracy – even if Moira is only a few short miles from where I grew up. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Knock on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Boys Of Malin Reel (4/4), A Major. One of the big Donegal reels. It’s generally played at quite a furious lick. My version is played somewhat more leisurely… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Malin on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of Malin on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of Portaferry Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab (double reel version) here. 17 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Portaferry as a double reel on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Portaferry as a double reel on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 22 June 2022.  New version.  I originally tabbed this tune out and played it as a double reel (i.e. with both parts repeating). I’ve been playing it lately in its single reel form (i.e. neither part repeats). New mandolin tab for the single reel version here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Portaferry as a single reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys of Tandragee Jig (6/8), EMinor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 19 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Tandragee on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing The Boys of Tandragee on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Tandragee on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 22 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of Tandragee on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of The Lough Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of The Lough on my G&O #34 mandolin. 27 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Boys Of The Lough on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of The Lough on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of The Town Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of The Town on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of The Town on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of Thomastown Jig (6/8), G Major. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Thomastown on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Boys Of Wexford March (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 12 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Boys Of Wexford on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Boys Of Wexford on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Boys Of Wexford on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Brendan McMahon’s Reel (4/4), EMinor (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 16 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Brendan McMahon’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Brendan McMahon’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Brendan McMahon’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Brian Boru’s March March (6/8), A Minor. Although I have tabbed this out as a jig, please note that this is a march and, the way I play it, there’s quite a pronounced accent on the first beat of each phrase. However some players play it much more smoothly – almost as a straightforward jig. The choice is yours… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Brian Boru’s March on my G&O #34 mandolin. 5 October 2021   Additional sound file.  Listen to me playing Brian Boru’s March on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group). 25 June 2022.  New version. I’m not sure that my original tab for this tune was entirely accurate and so I have drafted up some new tab in PNG format here and in in PDF format here.  Listen to me playing Brian Boru’s March on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Brian O’Lynn Jig (6/8), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Brian O’Lynn on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 27 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Brian O’Lynn on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Brian O’Lynn on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Bríd Harper’s Jig (6/8), E Minor. Originally called The Rock On The Clyde when written by its composer, Bobby McLeod. However in Irish circles it has become associated with the esteemed Donegal fiddle player, Bríd Harper. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Bríd Harper’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bridal Jig Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bridal Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bridal Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bride’s Favourite Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bride’s Favourite on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bride’s Favourite on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Brigid Of Knock Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. A tune written by the prolific composer, Ed Reavy. Named after his wife, Brigid, who came originally from Knock in County Mayo. In my opinion – yours may, of course, differ! – a truly beautiful tune, particularly in the first part. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Brigid Of Knock on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  An acquaintance got in touch to say that he really likes this tune but is finding it difficult to learn. Could I please re-record more slowly? Always happy to oblige a polite request. Listen to me playing Part 1 of Brigid Of Knock slowly on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin. Listen to me playing Part 2 of Brigid Of Knock slowly on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Bring Back The Child Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Bring Back The Child on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Bring Back The Child on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Brisk Young Lads Jig (6/8), A Minor. I think this jig may originally have been Scottish; it certainly has many features in common with jigs which I think of as being quintessentially Scottish. And yet it was recorded by Michael Gorman, the renowned Sligo fiddler. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Brisk Young Lads on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Brisk Young Lads on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Britches Full Of Stitches Polka (2/4), played frequently in either A Major and G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the A Major version here. 17 June 2021. Improved sound files for the A Major version. Listen to me playing The Britches Full Of Stitches in A Major on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Britches Full Of Stitches in A Major on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Mandolin tab for the G Major version here. Listen to the G Major version… 25 June 2022.  New versions.  Listen to me playing The Britches Full Of Stitches in A Major on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. Listen to me playing The Britches Full Of Stitches in G Major on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Broadway Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 30 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Broadway Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Broadway Hornpipe on my Falder mandolin. 25 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Broadway Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Broken Pledge Reel (4/4), D Dorian. I’m afraid I’ve become quite obsessed with this tune lately. To my mind it’s a reel which benefits from being played at a much slower speed than reels usually warrant. Again to my mind, it’s one of those tunes which gains something from the sustain which is possible on tenor guitar. But since I appreciate that all of the above is merely my opinion and yours may well differ, I have recorded sound files in three different versions. A slow version on tenor guitar, a slow version on mandolin and a more sprightly version on mandolin with a bodhrán metronome playing in the background. (Bodhrán metronome courtesy of Jon Antonsson’s YouTube resources; see Jon Antonsson – Tunes & Tools – YouTube ). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me play The Broken Pledge on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me play The Broken Pledge on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me play The Broken Pledge on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin with bodhrán metronome, set at 80bpm.   28 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Broken Pledge on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Brosna Slide 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) 9 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Brosna Slide on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Brosna Slide on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 29 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Brogan Slide on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Brosnan’s Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Brosnan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Buck Moran’s Reel (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Buck Moran’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Buck Moran’s on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing Buck Moran’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 28 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Buck Moran’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bucks Of Oranmore Reel (4/4), D Major. One of the “big” reels in the Irish musical tradition – not just on account of its 5-part length but because it’s one of the must-learn pieces of music. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bucks Of Oranmore on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 28 June 2022.  New versions.  Listen to me playing The Bucks Of Oranmore on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (“clean” amp settings). Listen to me playing The Bucks Of Oranmore on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (heavily distorted amp settings).

Buddy Furey’s Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Buddy Furey’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.  28 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Buddy Furey’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Bunch Of Rushes Hornpipe (4/4), D Mixolydian. A little unusually, the parts of this hornpipe don’t repeat. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Bunch Of Rushes on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Bundle And Go Jig (6/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Bundle And Go on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 27 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Bundle And Go on my Falder mandolin. 29 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Bundle And Go on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Bush Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Bush on my G&O #34 mandolin. 29 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Bush on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Butcher’s March Jig (6/8), G Major. I haven’t been able to locate this tune at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Butcher’s March on my G&O #34 mandolin. 29 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Butcher’s March on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Butcher’s Row Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. I believe this was originally a Canadian tune. However like a handful of tunes from that neck of the woods, it has crossed the Atlantic and established a new home in Irish music circles. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Butcher’s Row on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Butterfly Slip Jig (9/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 6 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Butterfly on my G&O #34 mandolin. 29 June 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Butterfly on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

By The Old Fairy Fort Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing By The Old Fairy Fort on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 1 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing By The Old Fairy Fort on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Byrne’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Byrne’s Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin. 1 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Byrne’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cabin Hunter Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cabin Hunter on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Caisleán An Óir 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 to me playing Caisleán An Óir on my G and O #34 mandolin. 27 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Caisleán An Óir on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin (double-tracked). 1 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Caisleán An Óir on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Cal Callaghan’s Reel (4/4), D Major. This is a hard tune to “get out of” in the sense of changing to another tune in a set. Therefore I tend to play this as the final reel in a set with the ending in the sound clip (more or less). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Cal Callaghan’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 1 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cal Callaghan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Calliope House Jig (6/8), D Major. This jig is one of those rare “made” tunes which has quickly become a session standard in a short space of time. It was composed by Dave Richardson of (among other projects) the very highly regarded Irish/Scottish band The Boys Of The Lough. Dave is a fine mandolinist. The tune was originally composed in E Major but since that’s a reasonably rare key in the Irish musical world, players soon shifted it down a couple of semitones and it’s usually played in sessions in D, which is how I have set it out in the tablature and how I play it in the sound files. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Calliope House on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Calliope House on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 1 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Calliope House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cameronian Reel (4/4), D Major. I first came across this in a blistering recording by De Dannan and it stuck in my head from the first listen. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cameroonian on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 28 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Cameronian on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 1 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cameronian on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cap And Bell Reel (4/4), D Major. Composed by Josephine Keegan, a renowned fiddler, pianist, composer and tune collector from County Armagh. (Ard Macha abú!) Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cap And Bell on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Captain Byng Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Captain Byng on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 5 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Captain Byng on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Captain Dunne’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. A few weeks ago, one of my YouTube subscribers asked if I knew a hornpipe called “The Captain’s Hornpipe” and, if so, would I mind tabbing it out and recording it. I didn’t know the tune in question and so began a search through various of the many online sources of abc to try to locate it. I eventually found a tune called The Captain’s Hornpipe and confirmed with the subscriber that it was, in fact, the tune he was interested in. However, said tune is a Northumbrian hornpipe and I couldn’t get my very narrowly-focused brain and fingers to make sense of it. So as not to make a complete hames of the tune, I decided to leave it for those more versed in Northumbrian music to play it. However in my research I happened upon two hornpipes – this one and Captain John’s – which are more evidently Irish in structure and which, with a bit of tweaking, I found worked very well on mandolin. Further info here (this seems to be a march setting of the tune). Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Captain Dunne’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 5 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Captain Dunne’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Captain John’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. For some preamble, see Captain Dunne’s Hornpipe above. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Captain John’s Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 5 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Captain John’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Carolan’s Concerto 4/4 tune in D Major. One of the harper Turlough O’Carolan’s best-known pieces. I find this a fairly challenging tune, possibly because it doesn’t conform to the “rules” of Irish traditional music as I know them and so I have to concentrate and make some sort of mental adjustment. Once I’m in the zone with the tune, it’s very satisfying! Further info here. Full mandolin tab score here. Tab for part one here. Tab for part two here. Listen to me playing Carolan’s Concerto on my Falder mandolin. 5 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Carolan’s Concerto on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Carolan’s Draught 4/4 tune in G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Carolan’s Draught on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.   6 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Carolan’s Draught on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Carolan’s Fancy Jig (6/8), G Major. Composed by Joseph Crofts. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Carolan’s Fancy on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 29 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Carolan’s Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Carraroe Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 22 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Carraroe Jig on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Carraroe Jig on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, optimised in November 2021 using Audacity software).   6 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Carraroe Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cascade Polka 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… 10 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Cascade Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin.   6 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cascade Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Cashman’s Favourite Polka (2/4), G Major and an alternate setting in D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the G Major setting here. Mandolin tab for the D Major setting here. Listen to me playing Cashman’s Favourite (G Major setting) on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Cashman’s Favourite (D Major setting) on my G&O #34 mandolin.   7 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cashman’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cashmere Shawl Reel (4/4), A Dorian. I’ll admit that what first drew me to this reel was one of its aliases – “On The Road To Lurgan”. Lurgan is my hometown; I grew up in a spot called Derrymacash about 4 miles away. But the tune itself kept me interested and got under my skin. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cashmere Shawl on my G&O #34 mandolin.   7 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cashmere Shawl on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Castle Danger Polka Number 1 Polka (2/4), G Major. A fine polka composed by Michael Gregory of North Dakota, a stalwart friend of this site and a devotee of the music of Sliabh Luachra. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Aidan Crossey play the tune on his G&O #34 mandolin here.   7 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Castle Danger Polka Number 1 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Castle Danger Polka Number 2 Polka (2/4), C Major. The sister tune to Number 1 above, again composed by Michael Gregory. This polka is unusual in that it’s in the key of C Major, a key which rarely occurs in Sliabh Luachra music. And yet it sits incredibly well on mandolin. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Aidan Crossey play the tune on his G&O #34 mandolin here.   8 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Castle Danger Polka Number 2 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

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

Castle Kelly Reel (4/4), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Castle Kelly on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing Castle Kelly on my G&O #34 mandolin. 8 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Castle Kelly on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Castlebar Races Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info The Castlebar Races (jig) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Castlebar Races on my G&O #34 mandolin. 28 December 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Castlebar Races on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 25 April 2022. New version. I recently came across a version of this tune under one of its aliases – The Thrush In The Straw. Mandolin tab for the new version here. Listen to me playing The Castlebar Races aka The Thrush In The Straw on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin here.

The Castleblaney Piper Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Castleblaney Piper on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cat And The Bacon Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Cat And The Bacon on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cat In The Corner Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cat In The Corner on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Cat That Ate The Candle 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 8 September 2021. New sound files added. Listen to me playing the tune without ornamentation on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing the tune with some ornamentation on my G&O #34 mandolin. 18 March 2022. I recently came across another alias for this tune – Kitty Come Over – and that would help dispel the “beast ate the whatever” controversy. Here’s a new version of the tune on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cat That Ate The Candle Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Unlike the case of the (unrelated) jig above, there is no controversy about the name of this fine reel. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cat That Ate The Candle on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cat’s Rambles To The Child’s Saucepan Slide (12/8), D Major. Also known as Mary Willie’s. But who’d opt for the alternative name when the one under which I’ve listed the tune is so evocative? Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cat’s Rambles To The Child’s Saucepan on my G&O #34 mandolin. 8 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cat’s Rambles To The Child’s Saucepan on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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. 21 December 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Catriona’s Jig on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Catriona’s Jig on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing Catriona’s Jig on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file recorded October 2020; sound quality improved using Audacity software in December 2021). 8 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Catriona’s Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Cavehill Jig (6/8), G Major. Many thanks to John Cradden for bringing this jig to my attention. He came across it in Kerr’s Merrie Melodies. Further info here Cavehill (jig) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Cavehill on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 2 January 2022. Additional sound file. When I first came across this tune, I imagined that the title referenced one of the landmarks of Belfast, Cave Hill, which overlooks the city. I have since been put right and the title in fact references a Scottish “Cavehill”. Listen to me playing Cavehill on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 8 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cavehill on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Centenary March 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 to me playing The Centenary March on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 5 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Centenary March on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 9 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Centenary March on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Chapel Bell Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Composed by Frank McCollum from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Chapel Bell on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Chapel Bell on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Charlie Harris’ Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. A polka version of Charlie Harris’ Reel (below). Or is the reel a 4/4 version of Charlie Harris’ Polka? Which is the chicken and which the egg? Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Charlie Harris’ Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Charlie Harris’ Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Charlie Harris’ Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin. 9 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Charlie Harris’ Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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 to me playing Charlie Hunter’s on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 5 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Charlie Hunter’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Charlie Hunter’s on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

Charming Mary Kelly Reel (4/4), D Major. No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Charming Mary Kelly on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Cherish The Ladies Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Cherish The Ladies on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 9 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cherish The Ladies on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Chicago Reel Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Chicago Reel on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 8 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Chicago Reel on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 10 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Chicago Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Chief O’Neill’s Favourite Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 12 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Chief O’Neill’s Favourite on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing Chief O’Neill’s Favourite on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 5 October 2021   Additional sound file.  Listen to me playing Chief O’Neill’s Favourite on my Falder mandolin (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group). 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Chief O’Neill’s Favourite on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

Christmas Eve Reel (4/4), G Major. A 3-part reel, written by Tommy Coen. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Christmas Eve on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Christy Barry’s No. 1 Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Christy Barry’s No. 1 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Church Of Dromore Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Church Of Dromore on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Church Of Dromore on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 10 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Church Of Dromore on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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 to me playing The Church Street Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 8 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Church Street Polka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 10 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Church Street Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Cis Ní Liatháin Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 15 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cis Ní Liatháin on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Clare Island Boat Song Jig (6/8), E Dorian. When I was a child, we used to holiday each year on Achill Island off the coast of County Mayo. Clare Island is a neighbouring island and clearly visible on a bright day to the south of Achill. So when I tripped across this tune recently, I was intrigued to play it… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Clare Island Boat Song on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Clare Island Boat Song on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 15 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Clare Island Boat Song on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Clare Reel Reel (4/4), G Major. A very strange tune indeed. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Clare Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cliff Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cliff Hornpipe on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 12 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Cliff Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 15 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cliff Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cliffs Of Moher Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Cliffs Of Moher on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Cliffs Of Moher on my Falder mandolin. 15 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cliffs Of Moher on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Clog Slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Clog on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Clog on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 15 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Clog on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Clover Blossom Hornpipe (4/4), A Major. A little-heard hornpipe which I found buried in “O’Neill’s” and which captivated me when I started to play it. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Clover Blossom on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  An acquaintance got in touch to say that he really likes this tune but is struggling to learn it. Any chance that I might re-record it at a slightly slower speed. Always happy to at least attempt to oblige a polite request. Listen to me playing Part 1 of The Clover Blossom slowly on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin. Listen to me playing Part 2 of The Clover Blossom slowly on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Cock And The Hen Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian or B Minor? (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 29 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Cock And The Hen on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Cock And The Hen on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 15 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cock And The Hen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Cock Your Pistol, Charlie! Slide (12/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Cock Your Pistol, Charlie! on my G&O #34 mandolin. 15 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cock Your Pistol, Charlie! on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Coleraine Jig Jig (6/8), A Minor (i.e. no sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Coleraine Jig on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Coleraine Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 22 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Coleriane Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Coleraine Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Collier’s Jig Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Collier’s Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Collier’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Collier’s Reel Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Collier’s Reel on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Collier’s Reel on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Collier’s Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Comb Your Hair And Curl It Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 29 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Comb Your Hair And Curl It on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Comb Your Hair And Curl It on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Comb Your Hair And Curl It on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Come Upstairs With Me Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. A few days ago I recorded a slip jig called Ellen O’Grady. One of my contacts got in touch to share a set recorded by Loretta Egan Murphy which featured Ellen O’Grady as the last slip jig. The middle tune in the set was Come Upstairs WIth Me which immediately grabbed my attention. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Come Upstairs With Me on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Come Upstairs With Me on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Come West Along The Road Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 22 June 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Come West Along The Road on my G&O #34 mandolin. 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Come West Along The Road on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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 to me playing The Concertina Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Concertina Reel on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Condon’s Frolics Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 9 January 2022. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Condon’s Frolics on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Condon’s Frolics on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file; background cleaned up in January 2022 using Audacity software). 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Condon’s Frolics on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Congress Reel Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 19 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Congress Reel on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing The Congress Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Congress Reel on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Congress Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Connaught Heifers Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Connaught Heifers on my G&O #34 mandolin. 7 April 2022. Additional setting. Mandolin tab for the new setting here. Listen to me playing a new setting of The Connaught Heifers on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Connaughtman’s Rambles Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Connaughtman’s Rambles on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to a slow version of the tune played on my G&O #34 mandolin, recorded January 2021. 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Connaughtman’s Rambles on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Connemara’s Pet Reel (4/4), A Major. To my ears this tune sits on the cusp of being either a reel or a fling… No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Connemara’s Pet on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Connie Walsh’s Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 2 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Connie Walsh’s Slide on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Connie Walsh’s Slide on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 16 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Connie Walsh’s Slide on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Connolly’s Barndance (4/4), G Major. I first came across this tune at the website of Michael Clarkson, a brilliant (and funny!) flute player from Belfast. (See https://irishflute.podbean.com). I play a simplified version of the tune which, I hope, retains its essential gist in a format which makes it accessible to players who don’t perhaps have the gifts of ornamentation available to Michael Clarkson or Simon Doherty with whom the tune is closely associated. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Connolly’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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 to me playing The Cook In The Kitchen on my G&O #34 mandolin. 12 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Cook In The Kitchen on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cook In The Kitchen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Cooley’s Reel Reel (4/4), E Dorian (E Minor – two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 18 January 2022. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Cooley’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Cooley’s on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file, background noise minimised using Audacity software). 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cooley’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cordal Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cordal Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cordal Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cordal Reel Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cordal Reel on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Corner House Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. 1 sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Corner House on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 12 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Corner House on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Corner House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Corney Is Coming Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 28 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Corney Is Coming on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Corney Is Coming on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Corney Is Coming on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cowboy Jig Jig (6/8), A Major. The second part of this jig bears a close resemblance to that well-known jig in G, “Out On The Ocean“. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cowboy Jig on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 4 May 2022.  New version in G Major.  Mandolin tab for the version in G Major here. Listen to me playing The Cowboy Jig in G Major on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Craig’s Pipes Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Craig’s Pipes on my G&O #34 mandolin. 11 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Craig’s Pipes on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Craig’s Pipes on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Cronin’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 18 January 2022. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Cronin’s Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Cronin’s Hornpipe on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file, background noise minimised using Audacity software). 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cronin’s Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Crooked Reel Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Crooked Reel on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Crooked Way To Dublin Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Crooked Way To Dublin on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

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

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

Crowley’s No. 2 Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Crowley’s No. 2 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Crown At Portpatrick Mazurka (3/4), D Major. This lovely mazurka was written by Nigel Gatherer who has been a stalwart of the Scottish traditional music scene for many years and, in recognition of his efforts in keeping the flame alive, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall Of Fame in 2017. Nigel has made extensive resources available to traditional musicians in a range of genres including Scottish traditional music and Irish traditional music. Please check out his website http://www.nigelgatherer.com There are some real gems within the many links from the homepage. Nigel says that this tune is named after a memorable evening spent at The Crown in the town of Portpatrick, from where the cost of Ireland can be seen on a clear day. I first came across the tune in early December 2021 and was immediately drawn to learning it. Nigel very generously gave me permission to record it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Crown At Portpatrick on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Crown At Portpatrick on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Crown At Portpatrick on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar and Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin as a “virtual duet”. 17 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Crown At Portpatrick on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Cucanandy Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Cucanandy on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Cucanandy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cuckoo’s Nest Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Cuckoo’s Nest on my G &O #34 mandolin. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cuckoo’s Nest on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cuil Aodh Polka Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 10 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Cuil Aodh Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Cuil Aodh Polka on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Coil Aodh Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Cup Of Tea Reel (4/4), E Dorian/D Major (i.e. two sharps throughout). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Cup Of Tea on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Cup Of Tea on my Falder mandolin. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Cup Of Tea on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Curragh Races Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Curragh Races on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 19 January 2022. Additional sound file, with repeat. Listen to me playing The Curragh Races on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Curragh Races on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Custom House Jig (6/8), D Major. I haven’t been able to find a reference to this particular jig at the session.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Custom House on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Dairy Maid Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 August 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Dairy Maid on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Dairy Maid on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

Dálaigh’s Polka Polka (2/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Also known – probably as a mishearing – as Downey’s Polka. And also played from time to time in A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Polka on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dálaigh’s Polka No. 2 Polka (2/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Polka No. 2 on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Polka No. 2 on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Polka No. 2 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dálaigh’s Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Slide on my G&O #34 mandolin. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dálaigh’s Slide on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dan Breen’s Reel Reel (4/4), G Major (although some would argue A Dorian). This tune is commonly played in one of two settings with a second part which varies from the other version. Further info here. Mandolin tab for setting 1 here. Mandolin tab for setting 2 here. 24 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Dan Breen’s Reel, setting 1, on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file, optimised using Audacity software). Listen to me playing Dan Breen’s Reel, setting 1, on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Dan Breen’s Reel, setting 2, on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file, optimised using Audacity software). Listen to me playing Dan Breen’s Reel, setting 2, on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 10 May 2022.  New versions.  Listen to me playing Dan Breen’s Reel, setting 1 on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin. Listen to me playing Dan Breen’s Reel, setting 2 on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Dan Collins’ Father’s Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dan Collins’ Father’s Jig on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dan Collins’ Father’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Dan Jeremiah’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Michael Gregory playing Dan Jeremiah’s… 11 June 2021. New sound file added. Listen to me playing Dan Jeremiah’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 18 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me “duetting” with Michael Gregory in a version of Dan Jeremiah’s. (I play along to the version of the tune by Michael Gregory above on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin…)

Dan O’Connell’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Dan O’Connell famously owned the pub in Knocknagree which was a Mecca for set dancers and where Tony MacMahon and Noel Hill recorded their celebrated live duet album. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dan O’Connell’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dan O’Connell’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Dance Of The Honeybees 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 to me playing Dance Of The Honeybees on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (no repeat). 22 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Dance Of The Honeybees on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Dance Of The Honeybees on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Dances At Kinvara Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Dances At Kinvara on my G&O #34 mandolin. 17 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Dances At Kinvara on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Dances At Kinvara on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dancing Eyes Jig (6/8), G Major. Composed by Sean Ryan. I was first drawn to this tune via the playing of Jill McAuley. The version I play here is based on subsequently listening to the tune played by a number of other musicians. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dancing Eyes on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 30 April 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dancing Eyes on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Daniel O’Connell Jig (6/8), D Major. Similar to and yet subtly different from a transposed version of my take on Larry O’Gaff in G and therefore deserving of a separate entry here. I always associate this tune with the playing of Alias Ron Kavana, a band who I saw many time in London during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Daniel O’Connell on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Darby Gallagher’s Jig/March (6/8), A Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Darby Gallagher’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Darby Gallagher’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 11 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Day After The Fair Jig (6/8), E Minor. I haven’t been able to locate this jig at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Day After The Fair on my Falder mandolin. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Day After The Fair on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Delaney’s Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). One of my all-time, hands-down favourite jigs. I set out to record this tune on mandolin but my tenor guitar was to hand and I started to play it on the bigger beast. I was really pleased with the way this tune voiced itself on the larger instrument with its very different tonal qualities. Note to self – prepare to be amazed at just how differently tunes sound on different instruments in the same family! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Delaney’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 27 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Delaney’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Denis Enright’s Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. I’ve been experimenting with plectrums recently. The sound file was recorded using a d’Addario “Chris Thile Signature” mandolin plectrum. At around 1.4mm, it’s much heavier than the sorts of plectrum which I generally use. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Denis Enright’s Slide on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Denis Enright’s Slide on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Denis Murphy’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Denis Murphy’s Polka on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website recording with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing Denis Murphy’s Polka on my Falder mandolin. Listen to me playing Denis Murphy’s Polka on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Denis Murphy’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Denis Murphy’s Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab in his preferred format by Michael Gregory here. Listen… second tune in a set of three by Michael Gregory. 22 January 2022. Additional sound file and mandolin tab in the standard format used in this website. Alternative mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Denis Murphy’s Slide on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 22 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Denis Murphy’s Slide on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Des Carthy’s Polka (2/4), A Major. Composed by the eponymous Des Carthy. No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Des Carthy’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Devanney’s Goat Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Devanney’s Goat on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin (no repeat). 7 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Devanney’s Goat on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 4 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Devanney’s Goat on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Dever The Dancer Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 11 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Dever The Dancer on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Dever The Dancer on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dever The Dancer on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dick Gossip’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Sometimes played with the parts in reverse order. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Dick Gossip’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Dick Gossip’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dick Gossip’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dick Sands’ Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dick Sands’ on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dick Sands’ on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dick Sherlock’s Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dick Sherlock’s on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 15 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Dick Sherlock’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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. 27 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Did You Wash Your Father’s Shirt? on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Did You Wash Your Father’s Shirt? on my Falder mandolin. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Did You Wash Your Father’s Shirt? on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Din Tarrant’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Din Tarrant’s Polka on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Din Tarrant’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dingle Regatta Slide (12/8), G Major. A very commonly-played session tune in 3 parts. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dingle Regatta on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dingle Regatta on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dinkey’s Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). I have a confession to make. (Relax, it’s not one of the “bless me father for I have sinned” types of confession!) I am not a big fan of this tune. Two reasons. The first is that I used to attend a session where a number of fiddlers included this tune in a “showstopper” set every week and they played it with such pace, so little “soul” and so much ostentatious ornamentation that I was left distinctly unimpressed. The second is that I find it a difficult tune to play and I have a mantra – right or wrong – that the best tunes tend to be very playable. So why include it here? A fellow mandolier, just starting out on (hopefully! 🙂 ) a lifetime of immersion in Irish Traditional Music was struggling to learn this tune and asked if I’d help out by creating some tab and a sound file. His request was couched so graciously that I was powerless to resist. And now the time has come to share the tab and the sound file more widely! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dinkey’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dinkey’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (NB – no repeat).

The Doberman’s Wallet Jig (6/8), D Major. Composed by the eminent fiddler Frankie Gavin. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Doberman’s Wallet on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dolly Varden Barndance (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Dolly Varden on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Domhnall na Gréine (Daniel Of The Sun) Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Domhnall na Gréine on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 30 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Domhnall na Gréine on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Don’t Bother Me Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Don’t Bother Me on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Don’t Leave Me Alone Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Don’t Leave Me Alone on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Donaghmore Reel (4/4), G Major. I got this tune from the wonderful, timeless album “The Smoky Chimney”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 22 January 2022. Improved sound files. Listen to me playing The Donaghmore on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Donaghmore on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised using Audacity software). 30 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Donaghmore on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Donald Blue Reel (4/4), D Major. Originally a Shetland tune but has recently become quite popular in Irish music circles. I was inspired to learn this tune by the playing of Jill McAuley who plays a wonderfully ornamented mandolin version. (Mine is much less ornate…) Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Donald Blue on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Donan’s Mazurka Mazurka (3/4), D Major. No reference at thesession.org at the time of adding this tune to the list. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Donan’s Mazurka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Donan’s Mazurka on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 30 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Donan’s Mazurka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Donnybrook Fair Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Donnybrook Fair on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Donnybrook Fair on my Falder mandolin. 4 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Donnybrook Fair on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Doon Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Doon Reel on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Doon Reel on my Falder mandolin. Listen to me playing The Doon Reel on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 30 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Doon Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Doonagore Reel (4/4), G Major. Also commonly known (among other aliases) as Micho Russell’s – but since a number of reels in various keys are called after Micho, I have used the Doonagore title. Further info here. Mandolin tablature here. Listen to me playing Doonagore on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Dooney Rock Jig (6/8), A Dorian. A jig composed by Seán Ryan and, like many of his jigs, notable for its wide range. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dooney Rock on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 30 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dooney Rock on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dowd’s No. 9 Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dowd’s No. 9 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Down The Back Lane Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Down The Back Lane on my G&O #34 mandolin. 31 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Down The Back Lane on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Drag Her Round The Road Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 August 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Drag Her Round The Road on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Drag Her Round The Road on my Falder mandolin. 31 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Drag Her Round The Road on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dress Her Out In Fine Clothes Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dress Her Out In Fine Clothes on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 31 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dress Her Out In Fine Clothes on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Drimcong Jig Jig (6/8), A Dorian. No reference at thesession.org at the time of writing. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Drimcong Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin. 31 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Drimcong Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Drimroe Cross Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Drimroe Cross on my G&O #34 mandolin. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Drimroe Cross on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Drops Of Brandy Slip Jig (9/8) – two versions, one in G Major and one in D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the G Major version here. Listen to the G Major version played on my G&O #34 here. Mandolin tab for the D Major version here. Listen to the D Major version played on my Eastman MD304 here. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing the D Major version of The Drops Of Brandy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Drowsy Maggie Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Drowsy Maggie on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Drowsy Maggie on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 4 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing a laid-back version of Drowsy Maggie on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Drunken Gauger Jig (6/8), G Major. One that’s been on my “to do” list for far too long! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Drunken Gauger on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Drunken Gauger on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Drunken Landlady Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Drunken Landlady on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing The Drunken Landlady on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Drunken Landlady on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar (no repeat). 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Drunken Landlady as a “virtual duet” on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin (overdubbed on the earlier recording) and my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

The Dublin Lasses Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Dublin Lasses on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

The Dublin Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Dublin Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 19 January 2022. Additional sound file, with repeat. Listen to me playing The Dublin Reel on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Dublin Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Duke Of Leinster Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Duke Of Leinster on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Duke Of Leinster on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Duke Of Leinster on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Duke Of Leinster’s Wife Reel (4/4), G Major. 19 September 2021. Improved sound files and tablature added, with explanatory notes. This tune (also known as The Ladies’ Pantalettes) is commonly played in two different versions. In one version, the F notes in bars 2 and 6 of the first part are played as F naturals, and therefore accidental to the key signature. In the other version the F notes in these bars are played sharp, and therefore in keeping with the key signature. I used to favour the “accidental” version but recently I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to the version in which the Fs are played as sharp. Further info here. Mandolin tab for version 1 here. Mandolin tab for version 2 here. Listen to me playing version 1 of The Duke Of Leinster’s Wife on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing version 1 of The Duke Of Leinster’s Wife on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing version 2 of The Duke Of Leinster’s Wife on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing version 2 of The Duke Of Leinster’s Wife on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Duke Of Leinster’s Wife (version 2) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Dunmore Lasses Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Updated sound file, G&O #34 mandolin. 3 September 2021. Alternate version on my Falder mandolin. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Dunmore Lasses on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Dunphy’s Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Dunphy’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Dunphy’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Dusty Miller Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Dusty Miller on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 5 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Dusty Miller on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Dusty Windowsills Jig (6/8), A Dorian. This is a pretty ubiquitous session tune. However it took me rather a long time to pick it up. The first two bars of the third part just didn’t click with me … until, of course, they did. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Dusty Windowsills on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Eagle’s Whistle March (3/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 11 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Eagle’s Whistle on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Eagle’s Whistle on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 7 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Eagle’s Whistle as a virtual duet on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar and my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Earl’s Chair Reel (4/4), D Major (though some would argue B Minor). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 3 September 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing The Earl’s Chair on my Falder mandolin. 7 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Earl’s Chair on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Eavesdropper Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 January 2022. Improved sound files. Listen to me playing The Eavesdropper on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Eavesdropper on my G&O #34 mandolin (original sound file with background noise minimised using Audacity software; no repeat). 4 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Eavesdropper on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Eddie Duffy’s Favourite Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Eddie Duffy’s Favourite in my G&O #34 mandolin. 7 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Eddie Duffy’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Eddie Kelly’s Jig (6/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Eddie Kelly’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. 25 July 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Eddie Kelly’s in a slightly different setting on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Eddie Moloney’s Favourite Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Eddie Moloney’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. 7 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Eddie Moloney’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Eel In The Sink Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Eel In The Sink on my G&O #34 mandolin. 7 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Eel In The Sink on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Egan’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Egan’s Polka on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing Egan’s Polka on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing Egan’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin with straightforward variations). 7 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Egan’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Eileen Curran Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Also often played in G Dorian and A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Eileen Curran on my G&O #34 mandolin. 7 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Eileen Curran on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Eileen O’Keefe’s Polka (2/4), 2 versions – G Major and A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the G Major version here. Mandolin tab for the A Major version here. Listen to me playing the G Major version on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing the A Major version on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 12 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Eileen O’Keefe’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Eileen O’Riordan’s Slide (12/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 22 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Eileen O’Riordan’s on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Eileen O’Riordan’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 12 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Eileen O’Riordan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight Slip Jig (9/8), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight on my G&O #34 mandolin. 12 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Elizabeth Kelly’s Jig Jig (6/8), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Elizabeth Kelly’s Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. 12 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Elizabeth Kelly’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ellen Murray’s No. 1 Polka (2/4), D Major. Like No.2 and No. 3 which follow, composed by Sean O’Driscoll, a mighty banjo player from County Cork. None of these polkas is listed at thesession.org at the time of writing. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ellen Murray’s No. 1 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ellen Murray’s No. 2 Polka (2/4), B Minor. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ellen Murray’s No. 2 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ellen Murray’s No. 3 Polka (2/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ellen Murray’s No. 3 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ellen O’Grady Slip Jig (9/8), A Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ellen O’Grady on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 12 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Ellen O’Grady on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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.) 25 January 2022. Improved sound files. Listen to me playing Ellen O’Leary’s Favourite on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Ellen O’Leary’s Favourite on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file; background noise minimised using Audacity software). 12 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Ellen O’Leary’s Favourite on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Exile’s Jig Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Exile’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fair Maidens Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Fair Maidens on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Fair Maidens on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fairhaired Boy Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Fairhaired Boy on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Fairhaired Boy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Fairies’ Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Fairies’ Hornpipe on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing The Fairies’ Hornpipe on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Fairies’ Hornpipe on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fairy Reel Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Fairy Reel on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Fairy Reel on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file, “cleaned up” in November 2021 using Audacity software). 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Fairy Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Far From Home Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Far From Home on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Far From Home on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Farewell To Connaught Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 16 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Farewell To Connaught on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Farewell To Connaught on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Farewell Ton Connaught on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Farewell To Ireland Reel (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). This is a 4-part reel and I found it quite daunting to learn when I first started playing the tunes. So, as an experiment, I’ve tabbed and recorded (quite slowly) each part separately before setting them out as the complete reel, played at more or less the speed I would normally play it. I’d be interested in people’s thoughts about whether this works for them as a tune learning approach. Further info 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 the complete reel here. (To fit this on to one page, I’ve had to adopt an unusual “6 bars per line” method. It makes the sheet/tab somewhat more difficult to follow than the usual 4 bars per line but I hope it’s not too tricky!) Listen to the reel in its entirety here. You might find it useful to view the YouTube video in which I pull all of the above together in one package. It’s available here.

Farewell To Gurteen Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Farewell To Gurteen on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Farewell To Gurteen on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Farewell To The Troubles Of The World Jig (6/8), D Major. A lovely jig but one or two phrases which may throw you off-balance until you’ve mastered the shape of them! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Farewell To The Troubles Of The World on my G&O #34 mandolin. 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Farewell To The Troubles Of The World on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Farewell To Whiskey Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Farewell To Whiskey on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Farewell To Whiskey on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 5 October 2021   Additional sound file.  Listen to me playing Farewell To Whiskey on my Falder mandolin (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group). 4 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Farewell To Whiskey on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Farrell O’Gara Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Farrell O’Gara on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Fasten The Legging Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 January 2022. Improved sound files. Listen to me playing Fasten The Legging on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Fasten The Legging on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, background noise minimised using Audacity software). 13 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Fasten The Legging on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fat Man’s Fancy Jig (6/8), G Major. This tune appears in “O’Neill’s” in A Major. An online friend was telling me that it’s one of his favourite seldom-heard tunes from within O’Neill’s collection and he urged me to try it out. I found the A Major version to be just too difficult and so I transposed it to a more friendly key of G Major, et voila! Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Fat Man’s Fancy on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Father Hanley’s Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Father Hanley’s on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Father Hanley’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Father Kelly’s Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to the original version on my Eastman MD304… Listen to a new alternate version (January 2021) played on my G&O #34… 10 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Father Kelly’s on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Father O’Flynn Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 7 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Father O’Flynn on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Father O’Flynn on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Father O’Flynn on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Father O’Grady’s Visit To Bocca Reel (4/4), D Major. Composed by the great whistle-player Josie McDermott. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Father O’Grady’s Visit To Bocca on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Fergus Keane’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. No info at “thesession”. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Fergus Keane’s Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Fergus Keane’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fermoy Lasses Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Fermoy Lasses on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Fermoy Lasses on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fermoy Lasses Jig Jig (6/8), E Minor. Normally played as a reel (see above). I had a little bit of fun turning the tune into a jig. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Fermoy Lasses Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

A Fig For A Kiss Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing A Fig For A Kiss on my G&O #34 mandolin. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing A Fig For A Kiss on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Finbar Dwyer’s Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. 25 January 2022. Improved sound file and additional sound file. Listen to Michael Gregory playing Finbar Dwyer’s Polka (original website sound file; no repeat; recorded June 2020; background noise minimised using Audacity software). Listen to me playing Finbar Dwyer’s Polka on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Finbar Dwyer’s Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Finnish Polka Polka (2/4), B Minor. One of the few Finnish tunes to have made its way into the Irish repertoire. I suppose this should really be called *a* Finnish polka; I’m sure there are more than one! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Finnish Polka on my G&O #34 mandolin. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Finnish Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Firefly Jig (6/8), G Major, Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 2 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Firefly on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Firefly on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 14 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Firefly on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The First Night In America Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The First Night In America on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The First Of May Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The First Of May on my G&O 34 mandolin. 15 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The First Of May on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Fisher’s Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Fisher’s Hornpipe on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 17 February 2022. I recently came across a slightly different variation of the tune under the title via which Planxty recorded it, i.e. The Fisherman’s Lilt. Mandolin tab for this new version here. Listen to me playing Fisher’s Hornpipe/The Fisherman’s Lilt on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fisherman’s Lilt Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Fisherman’s Lilt on my G&O #34 mandolin with uilleann pipe drone. 15 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Fisherman’s Lilt on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Fisherman’s Widow Jig (6/8), D Major. This setting of the tune is very similar to The Rambling Pitchfork. However the differences – subtle though they may be to some ears – are sufficient for me to decide to award it a separate entry in this list of tunes. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Fisherman’s Widow on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Flags Of Dublin Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Flags Of Dublin on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 15 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Flags Of Dublin on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Flaherty’s Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. A lovely hornpipe but beware, it’s not as easy to play as it would appear from a quick scan of the sheet music/tab. Don’t give up. It’s a tune which will reward your efforts to learn it! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Flaherty’s Hornpipe on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin (no repeat). 25 January 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Flaherty’s Hornpipe on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. 15 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Flaherty’s (no repeat) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Flanagans’ Banshee Reel (4/4), G Major. A reel associated with the legendary Flanagan Brothers, popular in New York in the early years of the 20th Century with a residency at the infamous Tub O’ Blood pub. No information at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Flanagan’s Banshee on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Flanagan’s Banshee on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 15 August 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing The Flanagans’ Banshee on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Flax In Bloom Reel (4/4), D Major. The recordings here represent the outcome of an experiment. A friend suggested that I try playing along to a metronome in my headphones to keep the sound file at a steady pace. So I’ve recorded one sound file with a metronome in my ears; the other is “freehand”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to the tune played with a metronome in my ears (120bpm). Listen to the tune played “freehand”.

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

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

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

Flower Among Them All Waltz (3/4), G Major. A tune I first came across on a recording by the Irish folk-rock group, Horslips. I understand it’s originally played (as Sir John Fenwick’s Flower Amang Them A’) “single” (i.e. neither part repeats) in G Major, whereas Horslips play it “double” (i.e. with both parts repeating) in D Major. In a nod to both camps I played the tune doubled in G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to a version of the tune with cello drones in G, B and D courtesy of Jon Antonsson (see https://jonantonsson.wixsite.com/tunes).

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

The Flowers Of Edinburgh Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 2 October 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Flowers Of Edinburgh on my Falder mandolin (recorded for the Mandolin Cafe Song-A-Week Social Group).

The Flowers Of Red Hill Reel (4/4), A Dorian (1 sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Flowers Of Red Hill on my G&O #34 mandolin (no repeat). 20 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Flowers Of Red Hill on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Flowing Bowl Reel (4/4), D Major. One of the first reels I learned… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 23 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Flowing Bowl on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Flowing Bowl on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Flowing Tide Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. I find the first part of this tune quite tricky! Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Flowing Tide on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Flying Wheelchair Jig (6/8), G Major. Composed by Charlie Lennon. I was inspired to add this tune to the collection here after hearing Lawrence Molloy – a mandolinist from Belfast – play his version in a recent YouTube video. (See Lawrence’s video here.) Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Flying Wheelchair on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Foggy Dew March (4/4), G Major. Not to be confused with the song by the same title which celebrates the Easter Rising – also played occasionally as a march. This tune has been used as the melody for Dominic Behan’s “Building Up And Tearing England Down”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Foggy Dew on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Follow Her Over The Border Slip Jig (9/8) – settings in D Major and G Major (also played in A Major). Further info here. Mandolin tab for a setting in D Major here. Mandolin tab for a setting in G Major here. Listen to me playing the D Major setting on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing the G Major setting on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

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

Fowley’s Mazurka Mazurka (3/4), D Major. (Although some insist it’s a “redowa”, another type of 3/4 dance tune.) Also known widely as The Barnacle. 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. 21 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Fowley’s Mazurka on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Fowley’s Mazurka on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Foxhunter’s Jig Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 January 2022. Improved sound files. Listen to me playing The Foxhunter’s Jig on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Foxhunter’s Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file; no repeat; background noise minimised using Audacity software).

The Foxhunters’ Reel Reel (4/4), G Major. Also played in A. I was asked to include this 5-part reel in the website by a follower on YouTube who asked if it was possible to work up a very bare bones setting that he could work on. I was a bit wary because with these big tunes, the opportunities for messing up are abundant. In a session setting the odd fluff here and there doesn’t matter very much – we’re all covering for each other, in a sense. But solo – yikes! There’s nowhere to hide. I’d like to say that I managed the recording on the first take… However I’d be lying, there were a few “binned” versions before I arrived at the recording which follows. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Foxhunter’s Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Francis John McGovern’s Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Francis John McGovern’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

Free And Easy Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Free And Easy on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing Free And Easy on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin.

The Friendly Visit Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Friendly Visit on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Friendly Visit on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Friendly Visit on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised).

The Frieze Beeches Jig (6/8), D Major. A five-part tune and so in order to make the tab fit to one page, I’ve had to adopt an 8-bars-per-line approach. Apologies that this approach means that the tablature is a little squashed. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Frog In The Well Jig (6/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Frog In The Well on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Frost And Snow Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Frost And Snow on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

From Galway To Dublin Hornpipe (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). I have several CDs of Irish traditional music recorded (mostly in America) during the 1920s and 1930s. One of them features Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band playing this tune beneath a “travelogue” through Ireland. All very corny nowadays, of course, but the past was a different country! The tune itself has stood the test of time. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing From Galway To Dublin on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Frost Is All Over Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 January 2022. Improved sound files. Listen to me playing The Frost Is All Over on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing The Frost Is All Over on my G&O #34 mandolin (original website sound file; no repeat; background noise minimised using Audacity software).

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.

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.

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…

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 Jig (6/8), 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.

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.

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.

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).

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…

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.

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).

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.

George Rowley’s Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). 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. 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 here. Listen…

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.

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 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…

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 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…

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

Golden Keyboard, The 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.

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

Gorman’s Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Gorman’s on my G&O #34 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Green Grow The Rushes O Fling (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Hand Me Down The Tackle Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

Happy We’ve All Been Together Polka (2/4), D Major. No info available at “thesession”. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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…

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…

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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

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.

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…

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).

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…

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).

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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 got 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.

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…

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 G&O #34 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…

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.

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…

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).

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…

The Ingonish Jig Jig (6/8), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Jenny Picking Cockles Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). 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… 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…

Jerry’s Beaver Hat Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here Jerry’s Beaver Hat (jig) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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.

The Jig Of The Dead Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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.

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.

Jimmy Doyle’s Polka Polka (2/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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 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.

Jimmy’s Return Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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

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.

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.

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…

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

John Kelly’s Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing John Kelly’s on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” 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 here (but give Lawrence’s and Jill’s versions a listen, too…)

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).

“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.

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.

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.

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… Alternate tab as a “double reel” here. Listen to the alternate version here.

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.

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…

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.

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…

Kelly’s Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G 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. 21 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Kerfunten Jig on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Kerfunten Jig on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Kerfunten Jig on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Kerry Cow, The 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The Kilmovee Jig (6/8), 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) Listen to another alternate version, recorded on my G&O #34 mandolin with variations in the repeat.

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).

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…

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Lady On The Island, The 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.

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).

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…

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.

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.

Lark On The Strand, The 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.

Lark On The Strand, The 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.

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…

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.

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).

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 here. Mandolin tab for the G Major version here. Listen to the G Major version here.

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 on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing The Leitrim Fancy on my Falder 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…

The Leitrim Quickstep Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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).

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…

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

The Little Bag Of Spuds Reel (4/4), G Major. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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).

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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 Sean Ryan from Nenagh, Co Tipperary. 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…

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.

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.

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 At The Well Jig (6/8), G Major. Compare this jig to The Woodcock elsewhere in this page. Two grand tunes with similar melodic hooks. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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…

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 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 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 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.

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’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 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 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.

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.

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 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)

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.

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…

Nancy Hynes Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (part 1) and D Major (part 2). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Nancy Hynes on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Neale Jig (6/8), A Major. A quirky jig composed by Ed Reavy. The Neale is an area of County Mayo close to the beautiful town of Cong. Not yet listed at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Neale on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Neary’s Jig (6/8), D Major. Also known just as commonly as By Golly. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Neary’s (aka By Golly) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Ned Coleman’s Jig (6/8), G Major. Named after the Kylebrack flute player, Ned Coleman. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Ned Coleman’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

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… 18 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Nell Fee’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Nell Flaherty’s Drake Jig (6/8), G Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Nell Flaherty’s Drake on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Nelly Mahony’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Henrik Norbeck, who is one of the Irish musical world’s foremost collectors of tunes has this as an A major tune. Almost everyone else describes it as in D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Nelly Mahony’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

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

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

The New Found Out Reel (4/4), D Major. I first came across this quirky reel on a recording by The Mulcahy Family and was immediately drawn to learn it. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The New Found Out on my G&O #34 mandolin. 1 December 2021. Additional sound file. I recorded this again after attending a session at Howl At The Moon in Hoxton, East London in the company of Brendan O’Leary – a fine mandolinist and an excellent companion for an afternoon’s drinking and chat! At one stage the assembled musicians played a rousing version of this reel and I was reminded just how highly I rate this as a tune! Listen to me playing The New Found Out on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

The New Moon Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The New Moon on my Falder mandolin.

New-Mown Meadow, The Reel (4/4), E Dorian (i.e. 2 sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 26 October 2021 Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The New-Mown Meadow on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised). Listen to me playing The New-Mown Meadow on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin.

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

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

The Newmarket Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Newmarket Polka on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

The Night Before Larry Was Stretched Slip Jig (9/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

The Nightingale 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. 20 July 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Nightingale on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Nightingale on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 25 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Nightingale on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Nora Criona Jig (6/8), G Major. I’m indebted to Lawrence Molloy, a mandolinist from Belfast, for bringing this jig to my attention. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Nora Criona on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Nora Crionna Slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Nora Crionna on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise removed). Listen to me playing Nora Crionna on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Nora Crionna on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Nova Scotia Polka Barndance (4/4), A Major. Like “The Bluebell Polka”, this tune bears the word polka in the title but it’s actually a barndance (and a quintessential one at that!). A little tricky, so take your time… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Nova Scotia Polka on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

O’Connell’s Trip To Parliament Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing O’Connell’s Trip To Parliament on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing O’Connell’s Trip To Parliament on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

O’Connell’s Welcome To Parliament Jig (6/8), G Major. Not listed at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing O’Connell’s Welcome To Parliament on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

O’Donnell Abu March (4/4), D 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…

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

Off In The Morning Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Off In The Morning on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 11 June 2022.  I was leafing through an online tune book the other day and I came across a version of this tune under the name “Croghan Hill”. It was slightly different to the version which I originally published here, but not so much so that it warranted a separate entry. Mandolin tab for the “Croghan Hill” version here. Listen to me playing Croghan Hill (Off In The Morning) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Off She Goes Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Off She Goes on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 22 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Off She Goes on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Off To California Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Off To California on my G&O #34 mandolin. 27 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Off To California on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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. 4 June 2021 – improved sound file added. Listen to me playing O’Keeffe’s Slide on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Old Bush Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen. 26 October 2021 Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Old Bush on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Old Bush on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

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

The Old Dudeen Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Old Dudeen on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin.

The Old Favourite Jig (6/8) – although some would say a slide (12/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 27 October 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Old Favourite on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Old Favourite on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file with background noise minimised).

The Old French Reel Reel (4/4); Part 1 in D Major, part 2 in A Mixolydian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Old French Reel on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Old Hag, You Have Killed Me Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Old Hag, You Have Killed Me on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 27 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Old Hag, You Have Killed Me on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Old Joe’s Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Old Joe’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin.

Old John’s Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 25 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing Old John’s on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin.

The Old Lark In The Morning Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Old Lark In The Morning on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Old Lurgan Town Jig (6/8), D Major. This jig was written by Marinie Toman from the eponymous Lurgan in County Armagh. It was written while he was living in Donegal and feeling homesick for his old stomping ground, to which he’s now returned. Marinie has been someone whose name I’ve known for many years – although our paths haven’t crossed often as far as I can remember. He used to play in a band with my sister, way back in the mists of time. And he was a close friend and musical sparring partner of my uncle, Patsy Crossey. I was delighted when, a few days ago, he subscribed to my YouTube channel and I found that he, too, has a YouTube channel (see https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvF4pWfPAzVjYmUH6ABejHA )which features a number of videos of his fine banjo playing. One tune in particular caught my eye and ear – this jig, Old Lurgan Town. So I got in touch to ask if he had any information about the jig because tunes referencing Lurgan – the town nearest to Derrymacash where I grew up – always intrigue me. Hence I discovered that this is one of Marinie’s own compositions. I asked Marinie for permission to record it. He very kindly gave me free rein! I found some of Marinie’s notation a little difficult to play and so I took the liberty of adapting it to suit my playing style (which is a tad more basic than Marinie’s). Hence I have included two versions of tablature and sheet music, as I play the tune in the recording which follows and as Marinie originally set the tune out. Many thanks, Marinie, for allowing me to pass this tune on to others. Much appreciated. Mandolin tab of the version as recorded by Aidan Crossey. Mandolin tab of Marinie’s version of the tune as set out in his video at his YouTube channel. Listen to me playing Old Lurgan Town on my G&O #34 mandolin, with bodhran metronome and uilleann pipe drone.

The Old Maid Of Galway Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Old Maid Of Galway on my G&O #34 mandolin. 27 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Old Maid Of Galway on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

The Old Torn Petticoat Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Old Torn Petticoat on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Old Wheels Of The World Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 30 October 2021 Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Old Wheels Of The World on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. Listen to me playing The Old Wheels Of The World on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Old Wheels Of The World on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, edited to minimise background noise).

The One Horned Cow Jig (6/8), G Major. To the best of my knowledge this jig’s name’s refers to a nickname for poitín still… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me play the tune on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 27 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The One Horned Cow on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

One Hundred Pipers Jig (6/8), A Major. Also played as a slide. And it also goes under an alias, linked to a nonsense song which is set to the same air, “The Hair Fell Off My Coconut”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing One Hundred Pipers on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The One That Was Lost Jig (6/8), E Dorian. A beautiful, beautiful jig. 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. 20 July 2021. Improved sound file added. Listen to me playing O’Rourke’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Orphan Jig (6/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

The Other Clog Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Other Clog on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Other Clog on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Otter’s Holt Reel (4/4), B Minor. Composed by the legendary and much-missed Clare fiddler, Junior Crehan. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Out On The Ocean Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 16 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Out On The Ocean on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Out On The Ocean on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, optimised using Audacity).

Over The Hill Reel (4/4), D Major. I haven’t been able to locate this tune on thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Over The Hill on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 27 March 2022. Additional sound files. Listen to me playing Over The Hill on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Over The Hill on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Pa Paddy O’Sullivan’s Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Pa Paddy O’Sullivan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

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

Paddy Fahey’s Number 1 Reel (4/4), D Dorian. Paddy Fahey, a fiddler from East Galway who recently passed away (May 2019) at the grand old age of 103, is widely regarded (alongside luminaries such as Ed Reavy, Sean Ryan, Vincent Broderick) as one of the finest composers of tunes in the range of Irish traditional music formats. In addition to his industry, Fahey is renowned for never having given a name to any of his tunes and hence they are referred to by number (or simply as “one of Paddy Fahey’s”). Josephine Keegan includes a number of Fahey’s tunes in her book “A Drop In The Ocean” and – controversially! – she assigns titles to them (e.g. The London Fahey, Fahey’s Flight). A confession of sorts. I have struggled with Paddy Fahey’s tunes. Many are in keys which I find it hard to get my head around… A contact got in touch recently and virtually ordered me to get over myself and learn a few Fahey tunes. OK – as they say in The Sound Of Music, let’s start at the very beginning! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Paddy Fahey’s Number 14 Reel (4/4), G Major. Continuing my excursion into Fahey’s tunes, I found this reel to be particularly attractive. A slight technical note. Somehow when playing the 4th bar of the second part, I find it easiest to come out of first position and play the “f” on the 9th fret of the A string… Your mileage may vary and so you may choose to stick with the standard first position fingering shown in the tab. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Paddy From Cork Jig (6/8), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Paddy From Cork on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Paddy From Portlaw Jig (6/8), D Major. Some tunes we’re drawn to simply because of the quality of the tune itself. The rhythm, the melody, the emotions it stirs. Others because the name creates a connection. It was because of the latter that I hunted down Paddy From Portlaw. My partner’s late grandfather originally came from Portlaw (although he wasn’t called Paddy) and this tune connects us over time and space… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Paddy From Portlaw on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Paddy Kelly’s Reel (4/4), G Major. A reel which I first heard on an album by The Mulcahy Family and which then became a regular at a session I used to show up at. Over the years my playing of the tune has changed and the tablature represents the way I now approach the tune (March 2022). I’m sure I’ll change my approach to it further over time… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Paddy Kelly’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Paddy O’Rafferty Jig (6/8), D Major. There are a raft of tunes called Paddy O’Rafferty, in a variety of keys. This is possibly the best-known and most widely-played. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Paddy O’Rafferty on my Kentucky KM1000 mandolin. 30 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Paddy O’Rafferty on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Paddy O’Sullivan’s Jig (6/8), A Major. No reference at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Paddy O’Sullivan’s on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palm Sunday Slide (12/8), D Major. A slide which is also frequently played in 6/8 as a jig. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Palm Sunday on my G&O #34 mandolin.

Palmer’s Gate Reel (4/4), E Minor. Written by Joe Liddy, whose most famous composition is the evergreen Congress Reel. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Palmer’s Gate on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Parnell And Ireland Jig (6/8), G Major. A tune which has cropped up for me several times in the course of the last few days. The setting I play is, like many I’ve tabbed out, an amalgam of several slightly different settings and intended to “sit well” on the mandolin. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Parnell And Ireland on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin.

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. 21 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Pat Horgan’s Number 1 on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Pat Horgan’s Number 1 on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Pat Horgan’s Number 2 Polka (2/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 21 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Pat Horgan’s Number 2 on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Pat Horgan’s Number 2 on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Pat Ward’s Single Jig (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Patsy Geary’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 30 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Patsy Geary’s on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Patsy Geary’s on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing Patsy Geary’s on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, sound quality optimised in November 2021 using Audacity software).

Patsy Tuohey’s Reel (4/4), E Dorian. Patsy Tuohey (1865-1923) is regarded by many as *the* uilleann piper of all time. (A friend of mine has a long history of analysing Tuohey’s technique in some depth and attempting to incorporate some of his stylistic touches into his own playing…) This is a fine reel which is as much fun to play as it is to listen to… 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… 3 February 2022. The tune is also known (among other names) as Dan Patsy’s. Additional sound file and tablature under the Dan Patsy’s name. Mandolin tab by Aidan Crossey here. Listen to me playing Dan Patsy’s on my G&O #34 mandolin.

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

The Peacock’s Feather Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. There is another, unrelated hornpipe in common circulation in D Dorian also called The Peacock’s Feather (see below). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Peacock’s Feather (D Dorian) Hornpipe (4/4), D Dorian. Unrelated to the D Major hornpipe called The Peacock’s Feather above. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Peacock’s Feather (D Dorian) on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Peacock’s Feather (D Dorian) on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

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. 16 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Number 1 on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Number 1 on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file optimised using Audacity).

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. 16 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Number 2 on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Number 2 on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, optimised using Audacity).

Peggy Lettermore Polka/Song Air (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Peggy Lettermore on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Peggy Ryan’s Fancy Polka (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 17 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Peggy Ryan’s Fancy on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Peggy Ryan’s Fancy on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Peggy’s Jig (6/8), G Major. Another Cape Breton tune (see, for example, Charlie Hunter’s) which has found its way into Irish trad sessions. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Peggy’s Jig on my Eastman MD304 mandolin. 30 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Peggy’s Jig on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. 14 April 2022. Another additional sound file. Listen to me playing Peggy’s Jig on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

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

The Pigtown Fling Reel (4/4), Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 6 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Pigtown Fling on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Pigtown Fling on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Pipe On The Hob, The Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 23 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Pipe On The Hob on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Pipe On The Hob on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

The Pipe On The Hob Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). A completely different jig to the one above with the same name. That’s Irish music for you! Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Pipe On The Hob (A Dorian) on my G&O #34 mandolin. 30 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Pipe On The Hob (A Dorian) on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Piper In The Meadow Straying Set Dance (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Piper In The Meadow Straying on my G&O #34 mandolin NB – no repeat and I forgot to “double” the second part. 30 March 2022. Additional sound files. Listen to me playing The Piper In The Meadow Straying on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Piper In The Meadow Straying on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar; same take as above but with Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin – heavily distorted amp settings – overdubbed as a second track.

Piper’s Punch Jig (6/8), G Major. No reference at thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Piper’s Punch on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

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

Planxty Charles O’Connor Planxty (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Planxty Charles O’Connor on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Planxty Fanny Powers Planxty (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Planxty Fanny Powers on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Planxty Fanny Powers on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

Planxty George Brabazon Planxty (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 18 November 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Planxty George Brabazon on my Paris Swing Macaferri mandolin. Listen to me playing Planxty George Brabazon on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing Planxty George Brabazon on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original website sound file, optimised using Audacity software).

Planxty Hewlett Planxty (3/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… 5 October 2021   Additional sound file.  Listen to me playing Planxty Hewlett on my Falder mandolin (recorded for The Mandolin Cafe’s Song-A-Week Social Group).

Planxty Irwin Planxty (6/8), G Major. By Turlough O’Carolan. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing Planxty Irwin on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Pleasures Of Hope Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Mandolin tab here.  Listen to me playing The Pleasures Of Hope on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Poll Halfpenny Hornpipe (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Poor But Happy At 53 Reel (4/4), E Minor. I came across this reel only very recently. It was posted to thesession.org by Zina Lee, a fine fiddler, who I got to know during the time a few years back when she lived in London. This reel has totally captivated me. My setting is a little different to the way in which Zina originally set it out. But that’s often the way with traditional tunes. As we become familiar with them, we personalise them… According to ceolachan at the session, the tune was composed by Paddy Bawn O’Brien and he had in mind that the tune would be played quite slowly (which is how I tend to take it). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing the tune on my G&O #34 mandolin here. Listen to me playing the tune on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar here. 5 September 2021. A curiosity. Listen to me playing Poor But Happy At 53 on my 1950s Ukrainian 4-string domra. 25 September 2021. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Poor But Happy At 53 on my Paris Swing “Macaferri” mandolin. 25 February 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Poor But Happy At 53 on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin. 12 April 2022. Additional sound file. (Getting the idea as to just how much I love this tune? 🙂 ) Listen to me playing Poor But Happy At 53 on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

Port Dálaí 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.) 30 March 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing Port Dálaí on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

The Porthole Of The Kelp Reel (4/4), D Dorian. Composed by the renowned fiddler, Bobby Casey. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Porthole Of The Kelp on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Portrush Slip Jig (9/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing Portrush on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.

Pretty Girls Of Mayo, The Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Pretty Girls Of Mayo on my G&O #34 mandolin. 12 April 2022. Additional sound file. Listen to me playing The Pretty Girls Of Mayo on my Epiphone Mandobird VIII electric mandolin.

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

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. 2 June 2021 – new sound files added. Listen to version 1 played on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to version 2 played on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to version 2 played on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

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

The Priest And His Boots Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to me playing The Priest And His Boots on my G&O 34 mandolin. Listen to me playing The Priest And His Boots on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. Listen to me playing The Priest And His Boots on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar and G&O 34 mandolin.

The Primrose Lass Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Primrose Lass on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Primrose Lass on my G&O #34 mandolin (recorded September 2021).

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

The Providence Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 14 September 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing The Providence on my Eastman MD304 mandolin (original sound file with background noise cleaned up). Listen to me playing The Providence on my G&O #34 mandolin (recorded September 2021).

Pull The Knife And Stick It Again Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. 8 June 2021. Improved sound files added. Listen to me playing Pull The Knife And Stick It Again on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to me playing Pull The Knife And Stick It Again on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar. 30 May 2022.  New version.  Listen to me playing Pull The Knife And Stick It Again on my Revelation Jaguar electric mandolin.