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. Donnie Nolan’s (turn off A drones as the tune is in G)
  11. Eel in the Sink
  12. Give Us a Drink of Water (has a high C but substitution should be easy enough)
  13. Hughie Traver’s
  14. Islay Rant
  15. Keelman Ower the Land (G# that can probably be played as G or left out entirely)
  16. Kennet’s Dream
  17. Loch Lomond
  18. MacArthur Road
  19. MacKinnon’s Other Rant
  20. McKenna’s reel
  21. Mo Ghile Mear
  22. Molly Rankin’s
  23. Mooncoin Jig (low E are easily made low A)
  24. O’Keeffe’s (slide)
  25. Paddy Cronin’s
  26. Pipemaker’s Hornpipe
  27. Pipe on the Hob
  28. Ravelled Hank of Yarn – reel
  29. Return Home, The
  30. Rookery, The
  31. Taim in Arrears
  32. Tenpenny Bit
  33. Tom Martin’s
  34. 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. Donnie Nolan’s (high B, G drones) – reel/barndance
  15. Drummond Caste (C natural) – jig
  16. Eagle’s Whistle, The (G drones) – waltz
  17. Eel in the sink – reel
  18. Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight – slip jig
  19. Fasten the Leg in Her – jig
  20. Ger the Rigger – polka
  21. Glass of Beer, The – reel
  22. Glenside (C natural) – polka
  23. Gravel Walks, The (C natural) – reel
  24. Halting (Pikeman’s) March, The – march
  25. High Reel, The – reel
  26. Hughie Traver’s – jig
  27. Humours of Derrycrossane (C natural) – slip jig
  28. Humours of Tulla – reel
  29. Humours Of Tullycrine (C natural) – hornpipe
  30. Humours of Whiskey, The – slip jig
  31. Humours of Whiskey, The – jig
  32. Irish Giant – jig
  33. Islay Rant – reel
  34. Jig of Slurs (pipe tune that’s popular in Irish sessions) – jig
  35. Jim Ryan’s (C natural, G drones) – polka
  36. Kerry Polka – polka
  37. Kesh, The (G drones) – jig
  38. Lark in the Morning – jig
  39. MacArthur Road – reel
  40. Mayo Lasses (G drones, C natural) – reel
  41. McKenna’s – reel
  42. Miss McLeod’s (G drones, C natural) – reel
  43. Mooncoin – jig
  44. Mug of Brown Ale – jig
  45. Nellie Donovan (C natural) – reel
  46. Old Bush, The (requires both C natural and C#) – reel
  47. Old Copperplate, The – reel
  48. Old Favourite, The (G drones, C natural) – jig
  49. O’Keeffe’s (C natural) – slide
  50. Paddy O’Rafferty – jig
  51. Patrick O’Connor’s – polka
  52. Pipe on the Hob – jig
  53. Priest in his Boots, The – jig
  54. Ravelled Hank of Yarn (C natural) – reel
  55. Return Home, The – jig
  56. Ride a Mile (C natural, high Bish) – slip jig
  57. Salmon Tails Up the Water/Cuil Aodha (needs substitution of low E and F#) – polka
  58. Scatter the Mud – jig
  59. Silver Spear, The – reel
  60. Swallow’s Tail – (C natural) reel
  61. Sweet Biddy Of Ballyvourney (G drones, C natural) – reel
  62. Tenpenny Bit – jig
  63. Tie the Bonnet (C natural) – reel
  64. This is my love, do you like her? (C natural) – jig/slide
  65. Tom Billy’s Polka – polka
  66. Tom Martin’s – reel
  67. Top of the Maol (has one high B) – polka
  68. Tralee Goal – polka
  69. Wild Irishman, The – reel