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.

  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. Give Us a Drink of Water (has a high C but substitution should be easy enough)
  10. Keelman Ower the Land (G# that can probably be played as G or left out entirely)
  11. Kennet’s Dream
  12. Loch Lomond
  13. MacArthur Road
  14. MacKinnon’s Other Rant
  15. Mo Ghile Mear
  16. Molly Rankin’s
  17. O’Keeffe’s (slide)
  18. Paddy Cronin’s
  19. Pipemaker’s Hornpipe
  20. Return Home, The
  21. Rookery, The
  22. Taim in Arrears
  23. 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:

  1. Air Tune (some low F# and low D to substitute) – reel
  2. Bill Sullivan’s – polka
  3. Britches Full of Stitches – polka
  4. Calliope House (substitute low A for low F#) – jig
  5. Condon’s Frolic’s (requires C natural bottom thumb hole, or a lot of tape) – jig
  6. Continental, The – polka
  7. Curragh, The (for the low note sequences, play up an octave) – jig
  8. Dinky Dorian’s – reel
  9. Dick Gossip’s – reel
  10. Eagle’s Whistle, The (turn your A drones off, this tune is in G) – waltz
  11. Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight – slip jig
  12. Ger the Rigger – polka
  13. Glass of Beer, The – reel
  14. Gravel Walks, The (requires C natural bottom thumb hole if you’re gonna play all 4 parts, instead of just the first 2 we usually play) – reel
  15. High Reel, The – reel
  16. Humours of Tulla (if they play it in D) – reel
  17. Humours of Whiskey, The (9/8 and 6/8) – slip jig/jig
  18. Irish Giant – jig
  19. Jig of Slurs (pipe tune that’s popular in Irish sessions) – jig
  20. Kerry Polka – polka
  21. Kesh, The (requires a high B key or substitution, also turn off your drones as you need to play it in G not A: so the tune starts on low G instead of low A, the whole tune is one note down from where you’re used to playing it) – jig
  22. Lark in the Morning (substitute low A for low F#, requires a high B key or substitution) – jig
  23. MacArthur Road (requires a high B key or substitution) – reel
  24. Miss McLeod’s (requires C natural bottom thumb hole, this tune has many versions) – reel
  25. Old Copperplate, The (substitute E and D for the low E and low D, respectively) – reel
  26. Old Favourite, The (requires C natural bottom thumb hole, or a lot of tape; probably best to turn off your drones as the tune is in G, not A) – jig
  27. Paddy O’Rafferty (substitute low A for low F#) – jig
  28. Patrick O’Connor’s – polka
  29. Return Home, The (requires a high B key or substitution) – jig
  30. Silver Spear, The (will have contend with low F# and high B) – reel
  31. Ten Penny Bit (some versions have high B, probably best to turn off your drones as the tune is in G, not A) – jig
  32. Tralee Goal – polka