Bonnie DundeeBonnie Dundee (trad Scottish) Bonny Dundee is a very old Scottish folk-tune used for at least fifteen songs, A simpler version of the tune appears in the Skene manuscript around 1630 under the title Adew, Dundee. Bonnie Dundee is the of title of a poem and a song written by Walter Scott in 1825 in honour of John Graham, 7th Laird of Claverhouse, who was created 1st Viscount Dundee in November 1688, then in 1689 led a Jacobite rising in which he died, becoming a Jacobite hero.
Trasna na dTonnta (trad) Across the Waves is a traditional Irish song often taught to primary school children. It is sung to the same tune as "Westering Home". The upbeat song is a narration of a rover who is returning to Ireland following his travels abroad. The song originates from the Gaoth Dobhair area of County Donegal.
Carolan's ConcertoCarolan's Concerto (Turlough O'Carolan) Turlough O'Carolan (1670 – 1738) was a blind Irish harper, composer and singer considered by many to be Ireland's national composer.
Dawning of the DayDawning of the day/Fainne Geal An Lae (trad) An old Irish air composed by the blind harpist Thomas Connellan in the 17th Century.
WindBroke (Micheal McGoldrick ) Micheal McGoldrick is a well known flute and whistle player from Manchester.
Donegal Lass (Brian Finnegan) This is supposedly Brian Finnegan's first Composition.
East of GlendartConnaughtman's Rambles
East of Glendart
Escapade in A Minor
Fiolas CriollasHespèrion XXI is an international early music ensemble. The group was formed in Basel, Switzerland in 1974 as Hespèrion XX by Spanish musical director Jordi Savall (bowed string instruments, particularly the viola da gamba), his wife Montserrat Figueras (soprano), Lorenzo Alpert (flute, percussion), and Hopkinson Smith (plucked string instruments). The group changed its name to Hesperion XXI at the beginning of the 21st century. The name "Hespèrion" is derived from a word in Classical Greek which referred to the people of the Italian and Iberian peninsulas.
Golden EagleThe Flatbush (Andy Statman) A waltz in the Klezmer tradition we learnt from the mandolin playing of Paul Kelly
Golden Eagle (trad)
Hare in the cornDan O'Keefe's (trad)
Hare in the Corn (trad) A set of bog standard traditional Slides!
Kings Of Kerry
I'll Tell Me Ma
Jig JungleJig Jingle (Robbie Harris)
John Stenson's (trad) This set is an arrangement of two Irish reels that Jason had the privilege of performing for president Mc Aleese at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.
Kelly The Boy From Killane
Last Thing On My Mind
Lonesome BoatmanThe Lonesome Boatman (Finbar Furey) this air was writted by Finbar when he was only 19.
March of the Kings of LaoisThe March of the Kings of Laois (trad) Ruairí Óg Ó Mórdha was the King of Laois. He had over 180 members of his family killed by the English at a feast in Kildare in 1577 and became a lifelong enemy of Queen Elizabeth I. His son Ruairí Ó Mórdha was the principle organizer of the 1641 rebellion, and his grandson was James Moore, California's first govenor.
New Custom HouseNew Custom House
Flavour of the Month
Norwegian Slip JigDen Store Paipolsen/The Great Pie Pols (Asmund Reistad) Chateau Neuf Spelemannslag is a Norway folk music band that is experimenting with different musical styles. The band was formed in 1994 at the University of Oslo, and consists of some nineteen odd instrumental players and vocalists. We call it a slip jig because it's in 9/8 timing, although its technically in (2+2+2+3)/9 timing unlike an irish slip jig which is in (3+3+3)/9 timing. Difficult to tap your foot to!
Down The Lane (Niall Vallely) A tune from the now disbanded Cork band NOMOS composed by the Armagh concertina player Niall Vallely.
Paddy Fahy'sPaddy Fahy's (trad)
PolkasThe Ballyvourney (trad)
The Race Classic (Willie Hunter) Actually a Shetland Reel, composed by Willie Hunter..and, in fact probably called called "Ray's Classic" to commemorate a car rather than the Race Classic!
Ceilidh House Polka No.1 (Willie Coyle) Composed by Accordian player Willie Coyle, Kirkubbin, Co. Down.
RiverDanceRiverDance (Bill Whelan) This was interval act for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin.
Scotland the braveWill Ye No Come Back Again
Scotland the Brave
Singing StreamSinging Stream (Niall Vallely) Composed by Niall Vallely well known concertina player from Armagh now based in Cork
Tartar Frigate (Matt Seattle) We originally heard this tune from the Cork Band NOMOS but it was made famous by Rodrigo y Gabriela. Click here for a video of us playing this set on the deck of the Julia in Cork Harbour.
Sporting PaddySporting Paddy (trad) Our own arrangement of this popular trad tune. Click here for a video of us playing this set on the balcony of the river lee hotel in the pouring rain!.
Take a message to Julie
The CongressThe Congress
The Fields of Athenry
The Teabag's Revenge
Violette CaviarViolette Caviar (Jason Turk) Named after Creme De Violette, a French Violet based alcohol. Very difficult to obtain in the U.S. until 2007. It's a key Ingredient in the Aviator Cocktail. To make caviar you mix Violette with gelatin and drop it into cold oil. It sets into perfect little spheres as it falls through the oil. A perfect garnish to a martini :-)
Wise MaidSally Gardens
Brian Boru'sBrian Boru's March is a traditional Irish clan march. Brian Boru was a High King of Ireland who founded the O'Brien dynasty. This tune was recorded by The Chieftains in 1969.
Dick Spring SwingDick Spring Swing (Martin Murray) This is a tune we learn't from banjo player Martin Murray's album "A Dark Horse", we couldn't resist appropriating his excellent bass riff for this tune as well.
The Mason's Apron (trad) This tune is so popular that many musicians add their own parts. We play a five part version starting with a first part we heard from guitar player and flute player Seamus Egan.
Eternal WindAn tSíor-Ghaoith (Flaithri Neff) Jig by Cork Cork Piper player Flaithri Neff
Sunnyside (Niall Vallely) Jig written by Armagh concertina player Niall Vallely now based in Cork. According to the liner notes "the sunnyside jig was written after a particularly enjoyable week in Sunnyside in New York."
Hall of the Mountain KingSonny's Mazurka (trad)
The Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg) "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (Norwegian: I Dovregubbens hall) is a piece of orchestral music composed by Edvard Grieg for the sixth scene of act 2 in Henrik Ibsen's 1867 play Peer Gynt.
Boys of Malin (trad) The piece is played as the title character Peer Gynt, in a dream-like fantasy, enters "Dovregubben (the troll Mountain King)'s hall". The scene's introduction continues: "There is a great crowd of troll courtiers, gnomes and goblins. Dovregubben sits on his throne, with crown and sceptre, surrounded by his children and relatives. Peer Gynt stands before him. There is a tremendous uproar in the hall."
Haste to the Wedding
Jig of SlursJig of Slurs(George Stewart McLennan) This was originally a march, written for the Duke of Atholl’s regiment, which still is the only private army in Britain. The Boys Of The Lough recorded it a long time ago on their album; The Piper’s Broken Finger.
The Atholl Highlander (trad) Composed by Pipe Major George Stewart McLennan this is a classic Scottish tune which has crossed over into the Irish repertoire. It was composed to highlight the technique Highland pipers call a "slur", which is what uilleann pipers call a "pat", that is, a lower gracenote used to seperate a quarternote into two eighth-notes.
KilliecrankieBraes of Killiecrankie (trad Scottish) The Braes o' Killiecrankie is the name of four distinct folk songs, all originally from Scotland. The Battle of Killiecrankie was fought in 1689, as part of the Jacobite rebellion. James Hogg made a collection of songs relating to the battles and campaigns. It was published as Jacobite Reliques in 1819. He lists this song simply as "Killiecrankie". The first three verses and the chorus were written by Robert Burns and set to an older melody. Hogg may have had a hand in writing the additional verses.
Bonnie lass of Fyvie (trad scottish) This is a Scottish folk song about a thwarted romance between a soldier and a girl. Like many folk songs, the authorship is unattributed, there is no strict version of the lyrics, and it is often referred to by its opening line There once was a troop o' Irish dragoons. The song is also known by a variety of other names, the most common of them being "Peggy-O."
Leslie's MarchLeslie's March (trad) This highland march is part of the ballet "Oscar and Malvina" written by Maria de Caro and produced before 1793. It Is believed that "Oscar and Malvina" came from the largely spurious Ossianic literature created by James MacPherson in the late 18th century. Oscar was one of his characters as in our "Tales of Fionn MacCumhail." The opera Oscar and Malvina, or the Hall of Fingal, was a long-running pantomime staged several times in London in the last decade of the 18th century into the early years of the next. It featured for a few years the playing of uilleann piper O’Farrell.
The Ballyvourney (trad)
Willie's Trip to Toronto(Jerry Holland) Also Called Stan Chapman's. Apparently Stan was touring Cape Breton with some young fiddlers and dropped in to see Jerry Holland. Jerry played him a jig and Stan liked it so much he asked if he could have the dots so he could teach it to his students. He toured/played/taught for the next year or so and then met a fiddler who played him the same tune. When Stan identified it by the name he’d been given (Willie’s Trip to Toronto?), the fiddler looked at him funny and told him it was called Stan Chapman’s… that was the first time he found out it had been renamed in his honour!
Out on the Ocean (trad.)
Marino WaltzMarino Waltz (John Sheahan) Composed by John Sheahan of the Dubliners, first played in on the Late Late Show in the late eighties when the Dubliners were celebrating 25 years. This the tune used in the ‘Bord na Mona’ ads on TV.
Harry Potter theme (John Williams)
Waltz 2 (Shostakovich) Waltz 2 from Shostakovich's Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra. This was used for the opening music to Stanley Kubrick's film "Eyes Wide Shut". For many years the Suite for Variety Orchestra was misidentified as the "lost" Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 (1938), a different work in three movements that was lost during World War II
Micho RusselsMicho Russels
Maid Behind The Bar
New Mown MeadowNew Mown Meadow
Dogs Among The Bushes
OokpikTradition has it that the Inuit people believed that the Ookpik was an owl who carried the souls of the dead away.
Paddy Rainey'sPaddy Rainey's
Queen of ShebaArrival of the Queen of Sheba (G.F. Handel) An arrangement of the famoust tune from Act 3 of Handel's "Solomon". Unfortunately we're not the first traditional Irish band to think of playing this. De Dannan also recorded it on their 1983 album "Song for Ireland".
Roddy Mc CorleyRoddy Mc Corley
Boys of the Old Brigade
Scots Wha HaeScots Wha Hae
Merrily Kiss the Quaker
The Parting of FriendsSgarúint na gCompánach (trad)
Waterman'sWaterman's (Micheal McGoldrick) A tune in 7/8 influenced by eastern European folk music and written by Micheal McGoldrick a well known flute and whistle player from Manchester
Waterman's 8/8 our own 8/8 version where we add an extra note in every bar
Admiral Gordon'sAdmiral Gordon's (trad) This strathspey, composed c. 1775, is one of the most famous tunes by Scots fiddler William Marshall who wrote it in honor of Margaret Gordon, daughter of Admiral William Gordon.
Farewell to London (Brendan McGlinchey)
Dogs Among The Bushes (trad) This tune was originally a strathspey, it was played both slow and fast (as a reel) by the Cheiftains. It was also played by Planxty.
Ba' RagThe Ba' Rag (Jennifer Wrigley) composed by Orcadian fiddler Jennifer Wrigley, learnt From Liz Doherty's album "Quare Imaginiation"
Cissies (Niall Vallely) This tune is named after the pub at the top of Barrack St. Cork City
Betty GluaisteánBetty Gluaistean (Niall Vallely)
Ciel D'Automne (André Brunet) We learned this tune from the French Canadian band "La Bottine Souriante"
Brian's ReturnHumours of Westport
Brian's Return (Jason Turk)
Creole SunsetCreole Sunset (Max Cherry) Composed by Max Cherry from the Carribean steel band called the Cherry Pickers. The Cherry Pickers Steel Band is based in Manchester and is an institution within the UK entertainment industry having already celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The band is founder Trinidadian Max Cherrie's gift to lovers of steel bands that play traditional Caribbean folk music- and indeed to his own family- as it has developed into a family band over the years.
Mountain Road (trad) A traditional single reel.
Down by the Sally Gardens
Eleanor PlunkettEleanor Plunkett (O'Carolan)
Vincent Campbell's (trad) Turlough O'Carolan (1670 – 1738) was a blind Irish harper, composer and singer considered by many to be Ireland's national composer.
Flying to the FleadhFlying to the Fleadh (Patrick Davey) This slip jig is one of the compositions of uilleann piper Patrick Davey, from Belfast. It was composed in August 1995, on the occasion of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil held in Listowel, Co. Kerry.
Hardiman The Fiddler (trad) ‘Hardiman The Fiddler’ is thought to have been named in honour of James Hardiman, first librarian of Queen’s College in Galway and author of Irish Minstrelsy, Or Bardic Remains, published in 1831.
Glasgow ReelBraes Of Castle Grant (Duncan MacDonald) Castle Grant stands a mile north of Grantown-on-Spey and was the former seat of the Clan Grant chiefs of Strathspey in Highlands, Scotland.
Glasgow Reel/Tamlin (Davey Arthur) The composition of this reel is credited to Donegal singer Davey Arthur, former member of the group The Furey Brothers who is now following a solo career. Rumor has it that it was later renamed as “The Howling Wind” by accordion player Paddy O'Brien because he liked the tune, but not the name, which derives from a legendary ballad originating from the Scottish Borders. In fact, O'Brien's version is a somewhat altered development of Arthur's original. Currently the melody has currency with many musicians who play for Irish step-dancing competitions, and is also referred to as “The Glasgow Reel”.
Hand Me Down Me Bible
Highland CathedralThis is a popular melody for the Great Highland Bagpipe. It was composed by German musicians Ulrich Roever and Michael Korb in 1982 for a Highland games held in Germany. It has been proposed as the Scottish national anthem to replace unofficial anthems Scotland the Brave and/or Flower of Scotland. It has subsequently undergone various orchestrations and had lyrics added in English and in Scottish Gaelic.The song has been performed at numerous Scottish cultural events, including Scotland's Rugby Union games.The tune was the Royal Hong Kong Police Anthem under British rule which ended in 1997.
Johnny Leary'sJohnny Leary's
Dennis Murphy's These are all traditional Polkas
Madame BoneparteMadame Boneparte (O'Carolan) This is a Renaissance period Set Dance, recognisable by the fact that the first half is longer than the second half.
The Coridinio (trad) A tune made famous by Sharon Shannon on her album "A Woman's Heart".
Miller of Sunday's WellMillar of Sunday's Well (Jason Turk) one of our own compositions with a french accordion influence.
Fleur De Mandragore (Michel Bordeleau) French Canadian tune from Quebec, composed by Michel Bordeleau, the few extra notes leading into second half make this tune very different to Irish dance music traditions.
Nomos JigsLisnagun (Brendan Ring) Composed by Piper Brendan Ring probably named after the Ringfort near Clonakilty
Tyrell's Pass (Brendan Ring)
Over the Moor to MaggieOver the Moor to Maggie
Flash Away the Pressing Gang Although we often mistakenly announce this tune as "Press Away the Flashing Gang" (which brings an amusing vision to mind!) the title of this tune refers to Impressment. Colloquially, "the press" or the "press gang", refers to the act of taking men into a navy by force and with or without notice. Navies of several nations used forced recruitment by various means. The large size of the British Royal Navy in the Age of Sail meant impressment was most commonly associated with Britain. It was used by the Royal Navy in wartime, beginning in 1664 and during the 18th and early 19th centuries as a means of crewing warships, although legal sanction for the practice goes back to the time of Edward I of England. British impressment ended, in practice but not law after 1814, at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. In 1835 legislation was passed exempting seaman who had been pressed and subsequently served for more than five years from further impressment. The practice had however fallen into abeyance well before that date, although the opportunity was taken to state that the Crown still had the right of impressment if necessary. In 1853 a new system of fixed-term engagements gave the Royal Navy a sufficient number of volunteer recruits to meet its manpower needs until World War I, when conscription was used for all the military services.
Rakes of Mallow
Sweets of May
Terry Teehan'sSliabh Luachra Polka (trad)
Terry Teehan's (trad)
The Dark Isle
The Great EscapeFermoy Lassies(trad)
The Great Escape(Elmer Bernstein) The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough.The film is based on Paul Brickhill's 1944 book of the same name, a non-fiction first-hand account of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland), in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany. The characters are based on real men, and in some cases are composites of several men.
Ceilidh House Polka No.1 (Willie Coyle) Composed by Accordian player Willie Coyle, Kirkubbin, Co. Down.
The Red Abbey WaltzThe Red Abbey Waltz (Jason Turk) One of our own composition, named after the Red Abbey Tower in Cork city.
TullycrineComposition 3.14 (Jason Turk)
The Humours of Tullycrine (trad)
Will Ye Go Lassie Go
Áine DhuilÁine Dhuil (Turlough O'Carolan) Turlough Carolan famous blind Irish Harper who wrote a number of notable compositions in the early 18th century
Britches Full Of StitchesGurteen Cross
Britches Full Of Stitches
Cúil AodhaCúil Aodha Jig (Ceoltóiri Laigheann) This tune tune started as a single-strain song air. The song was Amhran an Tae or The Song of the Tea. The arrangement by Ceoltoiri Laigheann is the source of the tune now played.
Humours of Tullycrine (trad)
Ellin PolkkaEllin Polkka (trad Finnish) a trad tune from Finland.We know very little about this tune except that Seany likes to play it very fast!
Father KellyFather Kelly
Ships Are Sailing
Glen AllenGlen Allen
Happy JigsShort Journey 1 (Eamon McElholm)
Humours of EnnistymonTroy's Wedding (Colin Magee) Composed by Canadian piper and drummer Colin Magee.
Humours of Ennistimon (trad) Ennistimon is a country market town in County Clare, near the west coast of Ireland. A popular tourist spot, it has a typical Irish main street, with many traditional pubs. The River Inagh, which has some small rapids known as "the Cascades" runs through the town, behind the main street.
Japanese HornpipeJapanese Hornpipe (trad.) Apparently this tune originally came from a travelling circus which frequented Donegal. As one of the circus acts, a troupe of performers, together with a fiddler, would act a comic skit to the first part of the tune, but when the second part came around they would stop the action and perform a comic dance. This structure was repeated until the conclusion of the skit. The tune was remembered by local Donegal musicians in attendance, and comes down to the present generation of Donegal fiddlers via John Doherty.
The Navigator (trad.) This simple little tune is also known as "The Navvie On The Line"
Josefin'sJosefin's Waltz (Roger Tallroth) We learn't this tune from Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas' fiddle and cello album "Fire and Grace."
King Of The FairiesEamonn a' Chnoic The song concerns Éamonn Ó Riain (Edmund O'Ryan), an Irish aristocrat who lived in County Tipperary from 1670–1724 and led a bandit or rapparee gang. Although there is no positive proof of O'Ryan's existence, he is mentioned in a pamphlet of 1694, in which he and four other raparee leaders called for the overthrow of William of Orange in favour of the Catholic James II.The background to Ryan's career was the confiscation of Irish Catholic land in the Act of Settlement 1652 after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland when many dispossessed landowners became outlaws, known as "tories" or "rapparees". Their ranks were swelled after the Williamite War of 1689-91, when many of the defeated Catholic Jacobites turned to banditry. It is likely that Ryan himself served in the Jacobite army.It is said that Ryan became a rapparee or outlaw after shooting a tax collector dead during a quarrel over the confiscation of a poor woman's cow. Various other stories are told in which Ó Riain plays the role of the rebel hero who battles authority in the mode of Robin Hood and countless others.
The King Of The Fairies
Maids Of Ardagh
Merrily Kiss The QuakerAlso known as Merrily Kiss The Quaker's wife!
Music For a Found HarmoniumGer the Rigger (trad)
Music for a Found Harmonium (Simon Jeffes) The Penguin Cafe Orchestra (PCO) was a collective of performing musicians created by classically trained British guitarist, composer and arranger Simon Jeffes. This is a piece he wrote on a harmonium that he had found dumped in a back street in Kyoto, where he was staying in the summer of 1982 after the ensemble's first tour of Japan. He wrote that after installing the found harmonium "in a friend's house in one of the most beautiful parts at the edge of the city," he "frequently visited this instrument during the next few months, and I remember the time fondly as one during which I was under a form of enchantment with the place and the time."
Pinch of snuffPinch Of Snuff
Sos BeagTake 5 (Paul Desmond) Take 5 (Paul Desmond) From the 1959 Dave Brubeck Quartet album "Time Out".
Sos Beag (Jason Turk) Take Away (Jason Turk) our own attempt at a trad tune inspired by Take 5's unusual 5/4 meter.
Sí Bheag Sí Mhór, Muinera De CasuTurlough O Carolan
The Arms Dealer's DaughterThe Arms Dealer's Daughter (Angus Grant) Written by Angus Grant, fiddler for the Scottish celtic-punk band Shooglenifty. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Shooglenifty is a six-piece band that combines traditional Scottish instrumental folk with a wide assortment of modern styles, including blues, rock, ambient, trance, electronica, and others. They take a leading role in the recent Celtic Fusion movement.
The Clumsy LoverLad O'Beirn's (trad)
The Clumsy Lover (Neil Dickie)
The Dull Chisel(Garry Harrison) Harrison was widely known as a leading authority on the music of his native region. Individually and with friends and bandmates, he made many field recordings in the 1970s and ‘80s of traditional musicians, especially fiddlers in the Downstate region of Illinois.
The Killavil PostmanThe Killavil Postman (Fred Finn) The area of Killavil deserves notice in its own right, but is mostly remembered and referred to in association with a fiddler born there, Michael Coleman (1891-1945), whose talents were born there and then exported to America in 1914, and then imported back in the form of 78 rpm recordings and airtime on the wireless (radio).
Venus In TweedsVenus In Tweeds (Angus R Grant) Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Shooglenifty is a six-piece band that combines traditional Scottish instrumental folk with a wide assortment of modern styles, including blues, rock, ambient, trance, electronica, and others. They take a leading role in the recent Celtic Fusion movement.