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Last updated : 15 May 2021. For a timeline of additions and revisions to the tunes in this page, see https://theirishmandolin.com/index-by-date/

I make a point of featuring “new additions” on my website initially. And then, in the fulness of time, the tunes in this collection are replicated on my YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVvlBAsMSlHMfjET8I2fQJg/

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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 Barren Rocks Of Aden (D)
The Britches Full Of Stitches (A & G)
The Cascade (G)
The Castle Danger Number 1 (G)
The Castle Danger Number 2 (C)
The Church Street Polka (G)
The Cuil Aodh (A)
Dalaigh's (E Dorian)
The Dark Girl Dressed In Blue (D)
Denis Murphy's (D)
Din Tarrant's (D)
Downey's (EDor)
Egan's (D)
Farewell To Whiskey (G)
Fergus Keane's (D)
Finbar Dwyer's (G)
The Finnish Polka (BMinor)
The Galway Belle (EDor)
Ger The Rigger (AMix)
The Girl I Left Behind Me (G)
Granny In The Wood (G)
Happy We've All Been Together (D)
Herb Reid's (D)
I Have A Bonnet Trimmed In Blue (D)
Jer O'Connell's (D)
Jessica's Polka (A)
Jim Keeffe's (D)
Jimmy Doyle's (A)
John Egan's (D)
John Ryan's (D)
John Walsh's (G)
The Kerry Cow (D)
The Knocknaboul (G)
The Lakes Of Sligo (D)
The Lisheen Polka (G)
Leather Away The Wattle-O (D)
The Little Diamond (D)
The Loughrea (G)
Maggie In The Wood (G)
The Maid Of Ardagh (AMix)
The Merry Girl (G)
Mickey Chewing Bubblegum (A)
Neili's (D)
Nell Fee's (D)
The New Roundabout (D)
Pat Horgan's No 1 (D)
Pat Horgan's No 2 (EDor)
Peggy Ryan's Fancy (G)
Riding On A Load Of Hay (EDor)
Saint Mary's (A Dor)
Sord Cholmcille (D)
Sweeney's (A)
The Tettegouche Polka Number 1 (D)
The Tettegouche Polka Number 2 (G)
Tom Carroll's (G)
Top Of The Maol (ADor)
Tripping To The Well (G)
Slip Jigs
Another Jig Will Do (D)
Barney Bralligan (D)
Bean Pháidín (G)
Boys Of Ballisodare (G)
The Butterfly (Em)
The Cock And The Hen (EDor)
Comb Your Hair And Curl It (EDor)
Cucanandy (EDor)
Dever The Dancer (EDor)
The Drops of Brandy (two versions - in G and in D)
The Dusty Miller (G)
Elizabeth Kelly's Delight (Am)
A Fig For A Kiss (EDor)
The Fisherman's Lilt (D)
The Foxhunter's (D)
Give Us A Drink Of Water (DMix)
Hardiman The Fiddler (ADor)
The Kid On The Mountain (EMin)
The Leitrim Quickstep (G)
Na Ceannabhain Bhana (G)
The Night Before Larry Was Stretched (EMin)
O'Farrell's Welcome To Limerick (G)
The Rocky Road To Dublin (ADor)
The Snowy Path (D)
Taim In Arrears (G)
Jigs
Adam And Eve (G)
An Paistin Fionn (D)
An Rogaire Dubh (AMix)
An Seanduine Doite (D)
Andy de Jarlis' (D)
Anthony Frawley's (G)
Banish Misfortune (DMix)
The Basket Of Turf (Em)
The Battering Ram (G)
Behind The Bush In The Garden (ADor)
Biddy From Sligo (D)
Biddy The Bold Wife (A)
Bill Harte's (DMix)
The Blackthorn Stick (G)
The Blarney Pligrim (DMix)
The Bohola (D)
The Boys Of Tandragee (Em)
The Boys Of The Town (G)
Brian O'Lynn (ADor)
Bring Back The Child (G)
Bundle And Go (EMin)
The Butcher's March (G)
The Carraroe (D)
The Castle Street Jig (G)
The Castlebar Races (G)
The Cat That Ate The Candle (G)
Catriona's (G)
Cavehill (G)
The Chapel Bell (EDor)
Charlie Hunter's (D)
Cherish The Ladies (D)
Cis Ní Liatháin (ADor)
The Cliffs Of Moher (ADor)
The Coleraine (Am)
Condon's Frolics (ADor)
The Connaughtman's Rambles (D)
The Cook In The Kitchen (G)
The Cordal Jig (D)
Dan Collins' Father's (D)
Delaney's (DMix)
Dancing Eyes (G)
Domhnall na Greine (Daniel Of The Sun) (D)
Donnybrook Fair (G)
Down The Back Lane (DMix)
The Eavesdropper (G)
Elizabeth Kelly's (Am)
Ellen O'Leary's Favourite (D)
Farewell To The Troubles Of The World (D)
Fasten The Legging (G)
Father O'Flynn (D)
The Firefly (G)
The Flowers Of The Burren (G)
Fraher's (DMix)
The Frieze Breeches (D)
The Frost Is All Over (D)
Gallagher's Frolics (EDor)
The Gander In The Pratie Hole (D)
Garrett Barry's (G)
The Geese In The Bog (Am)
The Geese In The Bog (D)
The Girls Of Banbridge (D)
The Hag At The Churn (DMix)
The Hag's Purse (DMix)
Haste To The Wedding (D)
The Haunted House (G)
The Hearty Boys Of Ballymote (ADor)
Hennigan's Favourite (A)
The Hole In The Hedge (C)
The Humours Of Carrigaholt (DMix)
The Humours Of Drinagh (D)
The Humours Of Ennistymon (G)
The Humours Of Glendart (D)
The Humours Of Lisheen (G)
I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave (DMix)
I Will If I Can (G)
The Ingonish Jig (EDor)
Jackson's Mistake (G)
Jerry's Beaver Hat (D)
The Jig Of The Dead (EDor)
Jimmy Ward's (G)
John Lydon's (D)
Junior Crehan's (An Luathradain) (D)
The Kerfunten (D)
The Kesh (G)
The Killavil (EDor)
The Kilmovee (G)
The Kinnegad Slashers (D)
Kitty Lie Over (D)
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)
Mac's Fancy (AMix)
The Maho Snaps (G)
The Maid At The Well (G)
The Maid In The Meadow (G)
The Maid On The Green (G)
The Meelick Team (EDor)
Michael O'Brien's (D)
Miss Walsh's Fancy (G)
The Mist-Covered Mountain (ADor) 
Morrison's (EDor)
Munster Buttermilk (D)
My Love In The Morning (ADor)
The Nightcap (D)
The Nightingale (ADor)
The Old Favourite (G)
Old Hag, You Have Killed Me (DMix)
Old Joe's (D)
Old John's (A Dorian)
The One Horned Cow (G)
The One That Was Lost (EDor)
The Orphan (EMin)
Out On The Ocean (G)
Paddy Breen's (G)
Paddy Clancy's (D)
Paddy Taylor's (D)
Pat Ward's (D)
Pay The Reckoning (G)
Peggy's (G)
The Pipe On The Hob (DMix)
The Pipe On The Hob (ADor)
Port Dalai (D)
Pull The Knife And Stick It Again (EDor)
The Queen Of The Fair (D)
The Rakes Of Kildare (G)
The Rakes Of Kildare (ADor)
The Rambling Pitchfork (D)
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)
Saddle The Pony (G)
Scatter The Mud (ADor)
Sean Ryan's (ADor)
Shandon Bells (D)
The Ships In Full Sail (G)
Sixpenny Money (D)
Sliabh Russell (ADor)
Smash The Windows (D)
Sport (D)
The Sporting Pitchfork (DMix)
The Swallowtail (ADor and EDor)
Sweet Biddy Daly (A)
The Thornton Jig (AMix)
Tobin's Favourite (D)
Tom Billy's (EDor)
Tom Busby's (EDor)
The Tongs By The Fire (G)
Tonra's (D)
The Trip To Athlone (D)
The Trip To Sligo (Em)
Tripping Up The Stairs (D)
Up In The Air (Bm)
The Walls Of Liscarroll (DMix)
When Sick Is It Tea You Want? (D)
Willie Clancy's Secret Jig (D)
The Woodcock (G)
Woolly Bear Ate An Oak (G)
Young Tom Ennis (ADor)
Hornpipes
Alexander's Favourite (D)
Barrow Banks (G)
The Blackbird (D)
The Blackbird (DMix)
The Boys Of Bluehill (D)
The Broadway (G)
Byrne's (G)
Caislean An Oir (ADor)
Chief O'Neill's Favourite (D)
The Cliff (D)
Cronin's (G)
The Cuckoo's Nest (G)
Dance Of The Honeybees (D)
Dick Sands' (G)
The Fairies' (G)
The First Of May (ADor)
The Friendly Visit (G)
From Galway To Dublin (EDor)
The Galway (D)
George Rowley's (ADor)
The Glengesh (D)
The Good Natured Man (G)
The Greencastle (G)
The Harp And Shamrock (G)
Hennessy's (G)
Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back (Am)
The Home Ruler (D)
The Honeysuckle (D)
The Humours Of Tullycrine (ADor)
The Japanese (G)
Kelly's (G)
The Kildare Fancy (D)
Kit O'Mahony's (G)
The Lamplighter's Hornpipe (A)
The Lass On The Strand (G)
The Leitrim Fancy (D)
The Little Stack Of Wheat (G)
The Liverpool (D)
The Lurgan (G)
The Man From Newry (G)
The Manchester (D)
McElligott's Fancy (D)
The Mountain Ranger (D)
Murphy's (G)
The Navvie On The Line (G)
Off To California (G)
The Plains Of Boyle (D)
Poll Halfpenny (AMix)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
The Sheffield (D)
The Showman's Fancy (D)
Sonny Murray's (D)
The Stack Of Barley (G)
The Tailor's Twist (D)
We'll Drink Good Health (D)
The West End (D)
The Western (C)
The Wonder (G)
The Worcester (G)
Mazurkas
Fowley's (D)
Shoe The Donkey (G) - 2 versions
Tommy Peoples' (D)
Vincent Campbell's (G)
Flings
Johnny, Will You Marry Me? (G)
Green Grow The Rushes O (G)
Planxties
Planxty George Brabazon (G)
Planxty Hewlett (D)
Waltzes
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 Piper In The Meadow Straying (G)

Reels
The Abbey (ADor)
Anderson's (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 Ballintore Fancy (G)
Ballykett Courthouse (G)
The Bank Of Ireland (DMix/D)
The Banks Of The Ilen (D)
The Banshee (G)
Billy Brocker's (D)
The Bird In The Bush (G)
The Black Haired Lass (ADor)
The Blacksmith (G)
The Blackthorn (D)
Boil The Breakfast Early (G)
The Boyne Hunt (D)
The Boys Of Ballinahinch (D)
The Boys Of Portaferry (G)
The Boys Of The Lough (D)
Brendan McMahon's (Em)
Cal Callaghan's (D)
The Cameronian (D)
Castle Kelly (Am)
Charlie Harris' (D)
The Chicago (A Dorian)
Come West Along The Road (G)
The Concertina Reel (D)
The Congress (ADor)
The Connaught Heifers (D)
Cooley's (EDor)
The Corner House (ADor)
Corney Is Coming (D)
Craig's Pipes (G)
The Cup Of Tea (ADor/D)
The Curragh Races (ADor)
The Dairy Maid (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)
The Donaghmore (G)
The Donegal (D)
The Doon (D)
Drag Her Round The Road (Em)
Drowsy Maggie (EDor)
The Drunken Landlady (EDor)
The Dublin Reel (D)
The Duke Of Leinster (G)
The Duke Of Leinster's Wife (G)
The Dunmore Lasses (Em)
The Earl's Chair (D) (Bm?)
Eddie Duffy's Favourite (AMix)
The Eel In The Sink (AMix)
The Fairy Reel (D)
Far From Home (G)
Farewell To Connaught (DMix)
Farewell To Ireland (ADor)
Father Kelly's (G)
The Fermoy Lasses (Em)
The Flogging Reel (G)
The Flowers Of Edinburgh (G)
The Flowers Of Red Hill (ADor)
The Flowing Bowl (D)
Free And Easy (D)
The Galtee Rangers (D)
George White's Favourite (G)
The Girl That Broke My Heart (GMix)
The Glass Of Beer (Bm)
Glen Allen (G)
The Glentown (G)
The Golden Keyboard (EDor)
The Green Fields Of Rossbeigh (EDor)
The Green Gates (G Major)
The Green Groves Of Erin (AMix)
The Green Mountain (D)
Hand Me Down The Tackle (D)
The Hare's Paw (G)
The High Reel (AMix)
The Highlandman That Kissed His Granny (ADor)
The Holly Bush (DMix)
The Honeymoon Reel (G)
The Humours Of Ballyconnell (D)
The Humours Of Lissadell (EDor)
The Humours Of Tulla (D)
Hunters' House (G)
The Hunter's Purse (ADor)
The Ivy Leaf (AMix)
Jackie Coleman's (D)
Jenny Picking Cockles (DMix)
Jenny Nettles' Fancy (BMin)
Jenny's Wedding (D)
Jim Donoghue's (D)
Jimmy's Return (BMin)
John Brennan's (D)
Johnny's Wedding (EDor)
Joe Bane's (ADor)
Julia Delaney (DDor)
The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure (Em)
The Killavil Fancy (G)
The Killavil Reel (D)
Kitty's Gone A-Milking (G)
The Knotted Cord (ADor)
The Lady On The Island (D)
Lafferty's (EDor)
Last Night's Fun (D)
Last Night's Joy (DMix)
The Lilies Of The Field (D)
The Limerick Lasses (D)
The Little Bag Of Spuds (G)
The Longford Tinker (Bm)
Love At The Endings (D)
The Maid Behind The Bar (D)
The Maids Of Mitchelstown (DDor)
The Maids Of Mount Kisco (ADor)
The Man Of The House (EDor)
The Market Day (D)
Martin Wynne's (Bm)
Maude Miller (G)
The Mason's Apron (A)
McCarthy's (DMix)
McDonagh's (D)
McIljohn's No 1 (D)
The Merry Blacksmith (D)
The Milliner's Daughter (G)
The Mills Are Grinding (G)
Miss Johnson (G)
Miss Monaghan (D)
Molly Ban (EDor)
The Monaghan Twig (AMix)
The Morning Dew (EDor)
The Morning Star (Em)
The Mountain Road (D)
The Musical Priest (Bm)
My Love Is In America (DMix) (D?)
The Navvy On The Shore (G)
The New Copperplate (G)
The New-Mown Meadow (EDor)
The Old Bush (DMix)
The Old Copperplate (ADor)
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 Taylor's (D)
The Peeler's Jacket (G)
The Pigeon On The Gate (EDor)
The Pigtown Fling (G)
Poor But Happy At 53 (Em)
The Pretty Girls Of Mayo (G)
The Primrose Lass (G)
The Providence (D)
Rakish Paddy (ADor)
The Reconciliation (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)
Rolling In The Ryegrass (D)
The Roscommon (EDor)
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)
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. 2 (A)
The Sunny Banks (D)
The Swallow's Tail (ADor)
Swinging On A Gate (G)
Teampall An Ghleantainn (D)
The Templehouse Reel (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)
The Wedding (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)
Bill The Weaver's (D)
The Brosna (G)
The Cat's Rambles To The Child's Saucepan (D)
The Clog (G)
Connie Walsh's (D)
Dan Jeremiah's (D)
Denis Murphy's (D)
Dingle Regatta (G)
Eileen O'Riordan's (ADor)
The Game Cock (D)
The Gleanntan (D)
Going To The Well For Water (D)
The Hare In The Corn (D)
I'd Rather Be Married Than Left (D)
Jazzing With Mag Leary (D)
Johnny Mickey's (D)
Kathleen O'Hehir (D)
Merrily Kissed The Quaker (G)
Nora Crionna (G)
O'Keeffe's (ADor)
Patsy Geary's (D)
Paudy Scully's (G)
The Priest (G)
The Road To Lisdoonvarna (EDor)
Scully Casey's (DMix)
The Star Above The Garter (DMix)
The Templeglantine (D Mix)
When The Cock Crows It Is Day (G)
Marches
The Boys Of Belfast (AMix)
The Boys Of Wexford (G)
The Centenary (D)
The Eagle's Whistle (G)
Garryowen (D)
The Halting March (ADor)
Hunting The Squirrel (D)
Kelly, The Boy From Killane (G)
Maguire's Kick (D)
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 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
The Ballroom Favourite (G)
The Bluebell Polka (G)
Dance Of The Honeybees (D)
The Dances At Kinvara (G)
The Glenbeigh Hornpipe (G)
The Hills Of Tara (G)
If There Weren't Any Women In The World (G)
James Gannon's (G)
The Kilnamona (D)
Kitty O'Neill's (G)
Lucy Farr's (G)
Michael Coleman's (G)
Mrs Kenny's (C and G)
Pearl O'Shaughnessy's No 1 (G)
Pearl O'Shaughnessy's No 2 (G)
The Pride Of Petravore (Em)
The Road To Glountane (D)
The Winter Night Schottische (G)

Song Airs
My Singing Bird (DMix)






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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another Jig Will Do Slip Jig (9/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

Art O’Keeffe’s Polka Polka (2/4), G Major. Also played in A Major. AKA The Newmarket. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ballygow Polka, The Polka (2/4), D major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bean Pháidín Slip Jig (9/8), G Major. Title translates as “Paddy’s Wife”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Biddy The Bold Wife Jig (6/8), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Bill The Weaver’s Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

The Black Haired Lass Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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

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

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

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

Blarney Pilgrim, The Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to the original version on my Eastman MD304… Listen to a new alternate version (January 2021) on my G&O #34

The Bluebell Polka Barndance (4/4), G Major. Yes – despite the title, this is not a polka as we know it, Jim. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian O’Lynn Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Britches Full Of Stitches, The Polka (2/4), played frequently in either A Major and G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab for the A Major version here. Listen to the A Major version… Mandolin tab for the G Major version here. Listen to the G Major version…

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

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

Bundle And Go Jig (6/8), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

The Castlebar Races Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info The Castlebar Races (jig) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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…

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

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. The title undoubtedly refers to Cave Hill – one of the hills that surround Belfast and therefore is spelt wrongly. But in deference to source, I’ll leave the spelling as it is. Further info here Cavehill (jig) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dingle Regatta Slide (12/8), G Major. A very commonly-played session tune in 3 parts. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Domhnall na Greine (Daniel Of The Sun) Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

Downey’s Polka (2/4), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Also commonly played in A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Dunmore Lasses, The Reel (4/4), E Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Updated sound file, G&O #34 mandolin

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

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

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

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

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

The Eel In The Sink Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight Slip Jig (9/8), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Elizabeth Kelly’s Jig Jig (6/8), A Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

Farewell To 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 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…

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

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

Father Kelly’s Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to the original version on my Eastman MD304… Listen to a new alternate version (January 2021) played on my G&O #34…

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

Fergus Keane’s Polka Polka (2/4), D Major. No info at “thesession”. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

A Fig For A Kiss Slip Jig (9/8), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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…

Firefly, The Jig (6/8), G Major, Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Listen to an alternate version recorded February 2021 on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The First Of May Hornpipe (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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 Flowers Of Edinburgh Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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…

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

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

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

The Galway Belle Polka (2/4), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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. Listen…

The German Beau Set Dance (2/4), G Major. Further information here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hag At The Churn, The Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Unusual among jigs in that it’s effectively a 16-bar tune as opposed to the standard 32-bar pattern. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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 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. Listen…

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

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

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

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

Haunted House, The Jig (6/8), G Major. By Vincent Broderick, who composed many a fine tune which made its way into “the canon”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Hearty Boys Of Ballymote Jig (6/8), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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

Her Lovely Golden Hair Flowed Down Her Back Hornpipe (4/4), A Minor. A beautiful minor key hornpipe by the late and much missed Junior Crehan. No-one seems to know what exactly Junior called this tune, hence its myriad of vaguely similar names in various sources. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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

The Highlandman That Kissed His Granny Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Hole In The Hedge, The Jig (6/8), C Major. Martin Hayes has made this version of the tune in C Major very popular. However I have heard the tune played in G Major by musicians who said that they learned the tune prior to to Hayes’ recording(s) and that G Major was the commonly-accepted key when they learned it. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hunting The Squirrel March (6/8), D Major. This tune is common to the English and Irish musical traditions and is played in G and A as well as D. D is the key in which I learned it as sessions in South East London many years ago… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

I Buried My Wife And Danced On Her Grave Jig (6/8), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

I Have A Bonnet Trimmed In Blue Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

I Will If I Can Jig (6/8), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Junior Crehan’s Jig Jig (6/8), D Major. Also known as An Luathradain, which roughly translates as a sort of mythical being, like a leprechaun or such. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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. Listen…

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

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. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Killavil Jig, The Jig (6/8), E Dorian (i.e. two sharps – although there is no “c” in the tune, so the mode is a little academic). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

Little Stack Of Wheat, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. There’s some controversy over the title of this tune. Some call it simply The Stack Of Wheat and reserve the “Little” for an alternative title of a tune which I know as The Bantry Bay Hornpipe. Big? Little? Who cares? It’s a grand tune… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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…

Lurgan Hornpipe, The Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. Lurgan is my hometown in County Armagh. Hence I just had to tab and record this… Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

Maho Snaps, The Jig (6/8), G Major. For a long time I was under the impression that this jig was written by Tyrone fiddler Mick Hoy. However it appears it’s derived from a traditional Scottish jig. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Market Day Reel (4/4), D Major. One of Ed Reavy’s many compositions. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Martin Wynne’s Reel (4/4), B Minor (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Mason’s Apron, The Reel (4/4), A Major. Often played with many, often idiosyncratic, versions as a “party piece”. This is a bare-bones two-part version. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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…

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

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. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Minstrel Boy March (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Love 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. Listen…

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O’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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Old Maid Of Galway Reel (4/4), B Minor. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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.

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. Listen…

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 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. Listen…

Over The Hill Reel (4/4), D Major. I haven’t been able to locate this tune on thesession.org Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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…

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

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

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

Planxty Hewlett Planxty (3/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Return To Camden Town Reel (4/4), C Major. This reel has a personal significance for me in that I lived in Camden Town for many years before moving south of the river. This is quite a difficult tune to play (in my experience, anyway – you might find it easier to navigate!). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Riding On A Load Of Hay Polka (2/4), E Dorian Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocky Road To Dublin, The Slip Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saint Ruth’s Bush Reel (4/4), A Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to the tune played at session speed (more or less) on my G&O #34 mandolin. Listen to the tune played slightly more slowly on my Ashbury AT-40 tenor guitar.

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

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

Sarah Hobbs Reel (4/4), D mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… (As a bit of fun, I have also set this tune out as a jig. Mandolin tab for the jig version here. Listen…)

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

The Scholar Reel (4/4), D Major. A reel which almost demands to be played very straight (I tend to play with quite a bit of swing normally – but this tune doesn’t really allow for that). I associate it with box, flute and whistle player Danny Mackay – it’s a great favourite of his. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Sean Ryan’s Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp). Also known as The Castle. A very wide range for an Irish tune. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Showman’s Fancy, The Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Listen to The Showman’s Fancy played in 4/4 march rhythm Listen to version of tune played as a “virtual duet” – i.e. we recorded our individual inputs at a considerable distance of time and space(!) – by Jill McAuley (banjo) and Aidan Crossey (mandolin)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smash The Windows Jig (6/8), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to original version played on my Eastman MD304… Listen to an alternative version (January 2021) played on my G&O #34

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

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

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

Sord Cholmcille Polka (2/4), D Major. Further info here Sord Cholmcille (polka) on The Session Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

The Spirits Of Wine Reel (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen to a duet version played on my G&O #34 and my Eastman MD304 here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stenson’s No. 2 Reel (4/4), A Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Swallowtail, The Jig (6/8), A Dorian (i.e. one sharp) and also in E Dorian (i.e. two sharps). Further info here. Mandolin tab for the A Dorian version here. Listen to the A Dorian version… Mandolin tab for the E Dorian version here. Listen to the E Dorian version…

Sweeney’s Polka Polka (2/4), A Major. I came across some scribbled ABC for this tune ion an old notebook. I haven’t been able to track down a polka on “thesession” called Sweeney’s with this setting and have no memory of where the ABC came from. It happens some times! Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

The Templeglantine Slide Slide (12/8), D Major. Further info The Templeglantine (slide) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

The Tettegouche Polka Number 1 Polka (2/4), D Major. This is one of two tunes composed in 2015 by Michael Gregory, a good friend, one of nature’s gentlemen, a player of music, a maker of instruments (including G&O #34 on which this is recorded) and a composer of some outstanding tunes. This is as fine a polka as I have heard – and in over 20 years of immersion in Irish traditional music I have heard a few, believe me! I am delighted that Michael has given me permission to include this tune and its accompanying Number 2 in G Major among my tune learning resources. I hope you enjoy the tunes as much as I have. If you fancy adding them to your session repertoire, please remember to give Michael due credit. If you’d like to hear Michael himself play The Tettegouche Polka set, head on over here. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Aidan Crossey play the tune on his G&O #34 mandolin.

The Tettegouche Polka Number 2 Polka (2/4), G Major. The sister tune to The Tettegouche Polka Number 2 and, like Number 1, composed by Michael Gregory. Mandolin tab by Michael Gregory here. Listen to Aidan Crossey play the tune on his G&O #34 mandolin.

The Thornton Jig Jig (6/8), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). I’m indebted to John Cradden of thecelticmandolin.co.uk for introducing me to this graceful Scottish jig. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

Tom Busby’s Jig (6/8), E Dorian. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Tom Keane’s Reel (4/4), A Mixolydian (i.e. two sharps). I haven’t been able to track this one down at thesession.org. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

Tom Ward’s Downfall Reel (4/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toss The Feathers (D Mixolydian version) Reel (4/4), D Mixolydian (i.e. one sharp). Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… New sound file featuring my G&O #34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Up In The Air Jig (6/8), B Minor. Composed by the legendary fiddler, Kevin Burke. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

We’ll Drink Good Health Hornpipe (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

The White Cockade March (2/4), G Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

The Wild Irishman Reel (4/4), D Major. A reel which has a very distinct tang of Donegal about it! Further info The Wild Irishman (reel) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Reel (4/4), D Major. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen… Listen to an alternate version recorded February 2021 on my G&O #34 mandolin.

The Winter Night Schottische Barndance (4/4), G Major. Further info The Winter Night Schottische (barndance) on The Session. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

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

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

The Woodcock Jig (6/8), G Major. I was inspired to include this lovely (but, be warned – fairly tricky!) jig after listening to a version played by Belfast mandolinist Lawrence Molloy. Written by Hammy Hamilton, who also composed the lovely Kerfunten jig, also on this page. See The Maid At The Well for a traditional jig which, to my ears, shares some of the melodic “hooks” of this one. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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

The Worcester Hornpipe Hornpipe (4/4), G Major. I came across this tune recently and, since my partner hails from Worcester, I decided to try playing it on my recently-acquired tenor guitar (which I joking refer to as “an maindilín mór”). Not a bad little tune and it plays quite nicely on tenor guitar on account of the fact that the range doesn’t extend above the high “a” and therefore it’s manageable to play without shifting position. The tune appears in O’Neill’s as “Paddy Mack”. Further info here. Mandolin tab here. Listen…

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

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