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