100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes CD
Edited by Dave Mallinson, 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes contains what are arguably the one hundred most widely-played and -known Irish jigs and reels. The layout is exceptionally clear and the chords are straightforward and flexible.
When embarking on the task of learning a set of tunes in order to join in the Irish pub sessions, one major problem is deciding which tunes to learn first. This book will help because it presents 100 of the most widely known and most regularly played of those tunes. With these under your belt you will be able to go along to virtually any session and know that the musicians will most likely be able to play a fair few tunes from your repertoire. Also you will be able to start any of these tunes safe in the knowledge that someone will know it and may join in to give moral support.
It would be untrue to say and open to dispute that this book contained the exact top 100 - but it would probably be true to say that these pages contain a selection of 100 tunes from the top 150. Learn these tunes and you will have a good foundation on which to build a more specialist pool of tunes according to the particular sessions you most regularly frequent.
With 75 reels and 25 jigs, chords, classified and alphabetical (with alternative titles) indexes, this book will give you the knowledge to make a significant contribution to most Irish sessions.
Important note from Mally
The tune settings in this book are all 'session friendly', i.e. you can learn them exactly as written and know that you will have a perfectly acceptable version. However, I consider it unwise to learn a tune from only one source and I would suggest strongly that, when learning a new tune, you pay heed to settings in other books, on recordings and what you hear down the pub. It is important to note that the settings in this book are greatly influenced by the instrument I play, the D/G melodeon. I've made a conscious effort to allow this to happen in order to give the book its own unique character. The list below would constitute an excellent nucleus towards forming a valuable Irish music library, many of them are available from mally.com. When choosing books, take care not to be put off by the title; some of the best sources of tunes are from tuition books. Just because the book cover says 'Learn to Play the Banjo', don't think it's of no use if you play the tin whistle.
Books will only help you to learn the notes of a tune. To pick up the rhythm of Irish music you must devote a large amount of time listening to both recordings and live musicians. Of greatest importance, you must practise; the value of these books is directly proportional to the number of hours a day you spend practising.



Contents



Reels


All Around the World
Bank of Ireland
Bird in the Bush
Bobby Casey's
Boyne Hunt
Boys of Ballysodare
Bucks of Oranmore
Buttermilk Mary
Chicago
Christmas Eve
Concertina Reel
Congress
Convenience
Cooley's
Cup of Tea
Dick Gossip
Doon
Drunken Landlady
Earl's Chair
Faral O'Gara
Farewell to Connaught
Farewell to Ireland
Father Kelly's
Flogging
Foxhunter's Reel
Glass of Beer
Gravel Walk
Green Fields of Rossbeigh
Green Gates
High Reel
Humours of Ballyconnell
Humours of Tulla
Hunter's Purse

Jackie Coleman's
Jenny's Chickens
Killarney Boys of Pleasure
Knotted Cord
Lady Anne Montgomery
Longford Collector
Longford Spinster
Maid Behind the Bar
Martin Wynne's no. 1
Martin Wynne's no. 2
Maud Miller
McMahon's
Miss Monaghan
Morning Dew
Mountain Road
Musical Priest
Nine Points of Roguery
Old Bush Old Copperplate
Over Moor to Maggie
Pigeon on the Gate
Pinch of Snuff
Providence
Rakish Paddy
Roaring Mary
Sailor's Bonnet
Saint Anne's Reel
Salamanca
Sally Gardens
Shaskeen
Ships are Sailing
Silver Spear
Silver Spire
Skylark
Sligo Maid

Star of Munster
Tarbolton
Tom Billy's
Toss the Feathers 1
Toss the Feathers 2
Trip to Durrow
Wind that Shakes Barley


Jigs


Banish Misfortune
Battering Ram
Behind the Haystack
Blarney Pilgrim
Cliffs of Moher
Connaught Man's Rambles
Donnybrook Fair
Dusty Windowsills
Humours of Glendart
Kesh
Langstrom's Pony
Lannigan's Ball
Lark in the Morning
Lilting Banshee
Morrison's
Mug of Brown Ale
My Darling Asleep
Out on the Ocean
Paddy Clancy's
Scotsman over the Border
Ship in Full Sail
Shores of Lough Gowna
Sixpenny Money
Tar Road to Sligo
Tripping UpstairsThis book of Irish session tunes diverges from the usual pattern in that the emphasis is not on the reels. Loosely speaking, the jigs and reels found in this book are the next most popular after those found in 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. Another major feature of this book is the prominence given to the various other types of tune, such as slides, set dances, hornpipes etc. They always come a poor third to reels and jigs, but they constantly crop up in the sessions with such a significant frequency that they cannot be ignored. There are hornpipes, marches, a strong selection of jigs, some slip jigs and one or two other well-known melodies to spice up your repertoire.
100 tunes (14 hornpipes, 15 slides, 34 jigs, 23 reels and 14 miscellaneous tunes) with chords, classified and alphabetical (with alternative titles) indexes.
Important note from Mally
The tune settings in this book are all 'session friendly', i.e. you can learn them exactly as written and know that you will have a perfectly acceptable version. However, I consider it unwise to learn a tune from only one source and I would suggest strongly that, when learning a new tune, you pay heed to settings in other books, on recordings and what you hear down the pub. It is important to note that the settings in this book are greatly influenced by the instrument I play, the D/G melodeon. I've made a conscious effort to allow this to happen in order to give the book its own unique character. The list below would constitute an excellent nucleus towards forming a valuable Irish music library, many of them are available from mally.com. When choosing books, take care not to be put off by the title; some of the best sources of tunes are from tuition books. Just because the book cover says 'Learn to Play the Banjo', don't think it's of no use if you play the tin whistle.
Books will only help you to learn the notes of a tune. To pick up the rhythm of Irish music you must devote a large amount of time listening to both recordings and live musicians. Of greatest importance, you must practise; the value of these books is directly proportional to the number of hours a day you spend practising.



Contents



Reels


Anything for Jonjo?
Blackthorn Reel
Cloone
Craig's Pipes
Croghan Hill
Fermoy Lasses
Flowers of Edinburgh
Green Groves of Erin
High Road to Linton
Hills of Clogher
Hunter's House
Johnny Cronin's Fancy
Johnny Macclejohn
Lad O'Beirne's
Lucy Campbell
Mason's Apron
New Copperplate
O'Rourke's
Otter's Holt
Reel of Rio
Sunny Banks
Swallow's Tail
Trim the Velvet


Jigs


Bill Harte's
Boys of the Town Bride's Favourite
Connie O'Connell's
Cook in the Kitchen
Eavesdropper
Fasten the Leggin'
Frieze Britches
Gander in the Pratie Hole
Garrett Barry's

Gillian's Apples
Gold Ring
Hag at the Churn
Humours of Ennistymon
Kilfenora
Knights of Saint Patrick
Legacy
Lilting Fisherman
Maid in the Meadow
Mooncoin Jig
Old Joe's
Pipe on the Hob no. 1
Pipe on the Hob no. 2
Rambling Pitchfork
Rose in the Heather
Strike the Gay Harp
Tobin's Favourite
Tommy Peoples'
Tone Rowe's
Trip to the Cottage Tune the Fiddle
Whelan's
When Sick, is it Tea
Willie Coleman's


Hornpipes


City of Savannah
Cronin's
Delahunty's
Flowing Tide
Galway
Golden Eagle
Home Ruler
King of the Fairies
Kitty's Wedding
Little Beggarman

Rights of Man
Stack of Barley
Stack of Wheat
Sunshine


Slides


Dan O'Keeffe's no. 1
Dan O'Keeffe's no. 2
Clog
Connie Walsh's
Denis Murphy's
Going to the Well for Water John Kelly's
Johnny Mickey's
Kathleen O'Hehir
Lonesome Road to Dingle
Old Favourite
Pádraig O'Keeffe's
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Siobhán Hurl's
Star above the Garter


Miscellany


Blackbird
Boys of Ballisodare
Brian Boru's March
Butterfly Carolan's Concerto
Give me your Hand
Halting March
Hardiman the Fiddler
Hewlett
Hunt Kid on the Mountain
O'Neill's Cavalcade
Sonny's Mazurka
Whinny Hills of Leitrim