Henrik Norbeck's Top Irish Session Tunes
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28 July 2013

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This is my selection of 40 basic session tunes for beginner players of Irish traditional music. These 40 tunes were selected because they are in my experience tunes that most players would know and also some of the most frequently played at Irish sessions all over the world. Irishtune.info also has a list of the most common session tunes, which more or less coincides with my list.

Numbers refer to my ABC tune collection.

Only the "bare bones" of the tunes are given here. You'll also have to learn the playing style - ornamentation, rhythmisation, variation.

Chords are my suggestions - feel free to improve them.

Download Henrik Norbeck's Top 40 Irish Session Tunes (pdf file, 418 kb).

Happy playing and see you at a session some day!

The Banshee
Drowsie Maggie
The Mountain Road
Farewell to Erin
The Fermoy Lasses
The Maid behind the Bar
The Foxhunter's Reel
The Merry Blacksmith
Mrs McLeod's
The Sally Gardens
The Musical Priest
Saint Anne's
The Star of Munster
Banish Misfortune
The Blarney Pilgrim
The Cliffs of Moher
The Connaughtman's Rambles
Jimmy Ward's
The Kesh Jig
The Lilting Banshee
The Lark in the Morning
Out on the Ocean
Saddle the Pony
Tripping Up the Stairs
Merrily Kiss the Quaker's Wife
Slip Jigs
The Kid on the Mountain
The Foxhunter's Jig
Harvest Home
The Boys of Bluehill
The Rights of Man
Ballydesmond Polka #1
Ballydesmond Polka #2
Britches Full of Stitches
Egan's Polka
John Ryan's
Maggie in the Wood
Carolan Tune
Sheebeg Sheemore

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Henrik Norbeck's Top Session Tunes / © 2013 Henrik Norbeck / henrik@norbeck.nu