Tune Lists: 1. High B 2. Irish Session

Tunes that take advantage of high B. Many of them must be transposed up from the keys the other traditions (e.g. Irish) play them in. ABC notation and the program EasyABC are your friend. Some of these tunes are available in the Irish Tune book linked in the Irish Session list below.

  1. Boys of Malin (if you ignore that the high Gs need to be sharps, G#)
  2. Brother’s (Jig)
  3. Child in the Manger (Bunessan)
  4. Cock and the Hen, The
  5. Come by the Hills
  6. Comin’ Thro’ The Rye
  7. Cumberland Waltz
  8. Delaney’s
  9. Dinky Dorian’s
  10. Eel in the Sink
  11. Give Us a Drink of Water (has a high C but substitution should be easy enough)
  12. Hughie Traver’s
  13. Islay Rant
  14. Keelman Ower the Land (G# that can probably be played as G or left out entirely)
  15. Kennet’s Dream
  16. Loch Lomond
  17. MacArthur Road
  18. MacKinnon’s Other Rant
  19. McKenna’s reel
  20. Mo Ghile Mear
  21. Molly Rankin’s
  22. Mooncoin Jig (low E are easily made low A)
  23. O’Keeffe’s (slide)
  24. Paddy Cronin’s
  25. Pipemaker’s Hornpipe
  26. Pipe on the Hob
  27. Ravelled Hank of Yarn – reel
  28. Return Home, The
  29. Rookery, The
  30. Taim in Arrears
  31. Tenpenny Bit
  32. Tom Martin’s
  33. Uist Tramping Song

Tunes that can be played in Irish Sessions on A smallpipe chanters in the same key signature the Irish musicians will (likely) be playing the tune in. Many will require a note or two substitution (e.g. E or high G for high B, low A for low F#, etc.). Some tunes are in G requiring G drones or just turn your A drones off. Some tunes require C natural. These last two are noted in the list below. Copyrighted tunes are in bold italics and the non-copyrighted tunes are available on my Free Tune Books page:

  1. Air Tune – reel
  2. Bill Sullivan’s – polka
  3. Bo Mhin Na Toitean – march(ish)
  4. Britches Full of Stitches – polka
  5. Calliope House – jig
  6. Cock and the Hen – slip jig
  7. Condon’s Frolic’s (C natural) – jig
  8. Congress, The (C natural) – reel
  9. Continental, The – polka
  10. (Seumas/Joe) Cooley’s – jig
  11. Curragh, The (for the low note sequences, play up an octave) – jig
  12. Dick Gossip’s – reel
  13. Dinky Dorian’s – reel
  14. Drummond Caste (C natural) – jig
  15. Eagle’s Whistle, The (G drones) – waltz
  16. Eel in the sink – reel
  17. Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight – slip jig
  18. Fasten the Leg in Her – jig
  19. Ger the Rigger – polka
  20. Glass of Beer, The – reel
  21. Glenside (requires C natural) – polka
  22. Gravel Walks, The (C natural) – reel
  23. High Reel, The – reel
  24. Hughie Traver’s – jig
  25. Humours of Derrycrossane (C natural) – slip jig
  26. Humours of Tulla – reel
  27. Humours Of Tullycrine (C natural) – hornpipe
  28. Humours of Whiskey, The (9/8 and 6/8) – slip jig/jig
  29. Irish Giant – jig
  30. Islay Rant – reel
  31. Jig of Slurs (pipe tune that’s popular in Irish sessions) – jig
  32. Jim Ryan’s (C natural, G drones) – polka
  33. Kerry Polka – polka
  34. Kesh, The (G drones) – jig
  35. Lark in the Morning – jig
  36. MacArthur Road – reel
  37. Mayo Lasses (G drones, C natural) – reel
  38. McKenna’s – reel
  39. Miss McLeod’s (G drones, C natural) – reel
  40. Mooncoin – jig
  41. Mug of Brown Ale – jig
  42. Nellie Donovan (C natural) – reel
  43. Old Bush, The (requires both C natural and C#) – reel
  44. Old Copperplate, The – reel
  45. Old Favourite, The (G drones, C natural) – jig
  46. O’Keeffe’s (C natural) – slide
  47. Paddy O’Rafferty – jig
  48. Patrick O’Connor’s – polka
  49. Pipe on the Hob – jig
  50. Priest in his Boots, The – jig
  51. Ravelled Hank of Yarn (C natural) – reel
  52. Return Home, The – jig
  53. Scatter the Mud – jig
  54. Silver Spear, The – reel
  55. Swallow’s Tail – (C natural) reel
  56. Sweet Biddy Of Ballyvourney (G drones, C natural) – reel
  57. Tenpenny Bit – jig
  58. Tie the Bonnet (C natural) – reel
  59. Tom Billy’s Polka – polka
  60. Tom Martin’s – reel
  61. Tralee Goal – polka
  62. Wild Irishman, The – reel