Blarney Stone Pub Session Tunebook

compiled by Michael Eskin


Preface

I came to Irish session music only quite recently in my musical lifetime. It became clear to me very quickly that it can be very difficult for beginning players to bootstrap themselves into becoming participating members of a session. So often the tunes go by so quickly, and it seems that nobody knows the names.

What I felt was needed was a book of the tunes played in our session, in the order that they are commonly played. Many times I have watched beginners, (myself included) desperately flipping through books trying to find a tune being played, only to have the group move on to another tune just when its been found in the book, or worse, never finding it at all so that there isn't a chance that they will be able to play it the following week.

Using this book and some practice, new players should be able to become participating members of the session in just a few weeks.
These are the tunes we most often play at the pub, in the order that they are usually played.

Thank you to Masato "Nishi" Nishimura, Steve Glass, and Declan for giving me the list of songs that made this possible!


The tunebook in Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 format may be downloaded by clicking below:

bstunebook.pdf (4.0 Megabyte, Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 format)

Here's a few more tunes:

bstunebook2.pdf (400 kilobyte, Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 format)

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Book #1 - Table of Contents

Reels

Martin Wynne's #1 - Martin Wynne's #2

Lucy Campbell - Jolly Tinker

Lads of Laoise - Sailing into Walpole's Marsh - Hunter's Hut

Cameronian - Rakish Paddy

Merry Blacksmith - Cooley's - Mountain Road

Salamanca - Peter Street

Pigeon on the Gate - Earl's Chair - Woman of the House

Cup of Tea - Dunmore Lasses

Ashplant - Jackie Coleman's - Bag of Spuds - Bird on a Tree

Musical Priest - Jenny's Chicken

Wise Maid - Morning Dew

Bucks of Oranmore - Wind that Shakes Barley

Scholar - Teetotalor - St. Anne's

Mason's Apron - Farewell to Ireland

Sligo Maid - Pigeon on the Gate - Cooley's

Ships are Sailing - Morning Star

Jolly Tinker - Lady Montgomery

Maid of Mt. Cisco - Down the Broom - Star of Munster

Chicago - Sally Garden's - Man of the House

Tam Lin - Hand Me Down the Tackle

Pinch of Snuff

Maudabawn Chapel - The Wild Irishman - Abbey Reel

 

Jigs

Cathleen Hehir's - Lark in the Morning

Mooncoin - Langstrom's Pony

Caliope House - Banks of Lough Gowna - Orphan

Tobin's Favorite - Smash the Windows

Trip to Athlone - Tripping Up the Stairs - Connaughtman's Rambles

Market Town - Scatter the Mud - Arthur Darley's Jig

Old Favorite - Cliffs of Moher - Bill Hart's Jig

Swallowtail Jig - Road to Lisdoonvarna

Kesh Jig - Morrison's - Trip to Sligo

When Sick is it Tea - Haste to the Wedding - Off She Goes

Jig of Slurs - Athol Highlanders

Blarney Pilgrim - The Rambling Pitchfork - The Black Rogue

Banish Misfortune

Tell Her I Am - Queen of the Rushes

 

Slip Jigs

The Boys of Ballysadare - Butterfly

Rocky Road to Dublin - Another Jig Will Do - Deirde's Fancy

 

Hornpipes

Home Rule

Rights of Man

King of the Fairies

Boys of Bluehill - Harvest Home

Madame Bonaparte


Polkas

Unknown Title - Dennis Murphy's - John Ryan's


Slow Airs / Waltzes

Ashokan Farewell

Southwind

Sheebeg Sheemore

Trip to Skye


Tunes Transcribed by Steve Glass:

Jug of Punch - Maids of Mitchelstown

Cold, Haily, Windy Night - Docherty's Reel

An Suisin Ban

First Flight of Geese

Rolling Wave - Star Above the Garter

Humours of Ballyloughlin

Garrett Barry - Bryan O'Lynn - Snug in a Blanket - Calliope House

O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick

Comb Your Hair and Curl It

Elizabeth Kelly's - Fraher's - Dinny Delaney's

Humours of Whiskey - Hardiman the Fiddler

Sock in the Hole - Hole in the Sock

My Rovin' Eye - Blackwell Court

Mrs. Carroll's Strathspey

Rogues in a Nation - Cam Ye O'er Frae France

Morgan Magan

Lord Mayo's March

The Hunt

Suil Ghorm

The Trees They Do Grow High

The Trowie Burn

The Sound of Sleet



Revision History

 

8 July 1999 - Major update

Added Steve Glass transcribed tunes
Changed Pinch of Snuff to version closer to what I've heard Peter Damachek play.
Changed Madame Bonaparte to key of A

3 July 1999

Added Maudabawn Chapel set

7 June 1999 - Major update

Reformatted most songs for easier readability.
Fixed harmonies on several tunes.
Replaced Smash the Windows reel with jig.
Replaced Battering Ram with Black Rogue.
Replaced Yellow Tinker with Drunken Tinker as per Nishi's suggestion.
Replaced Farewell to Ireland with correct version.
Repaginated for proper left/right orientation for bound tune books.
Added hornpipes: Home Rule, Rights of Man, King of the Fairies, Boys of Bluehill, Harvest Home
Added Ashokan Farewell, Southwind, Sheebeg Sheemore, Tell Her I Am.

5 June 1999

Added Tam Lin, Hand Me Down the Tackle, Queen of the Rushes, Pinch of Snuff
Also added Preface page.
Fixed problem with The Battering Ram formatting.

3 June 1999

Fixed problems with Lucy Campbell and Teetotaller's. Both had extra parts.

31 May 1999

First release for review


Blarney Stone Tunebook Backup MIDI Files

My next project is to take the current tunebook, figure out all the chords, and using Band-in-a-Box 7.0, build MIDI files that everyone can use to practice the tunes in context complete with piano backup.

Click here to download the latest MIDI backup files as a 60K .zip file.

After unzipping the file, you should be able to open the individual MIDI files simply by double clicking on them.

If you don't have a high-end sound card or external synthesizer and want extremely high quality software-based wavetable General MIDI playback, considering downloading and installing Quicktime 4.0 from the Apple website (its for both Mac and Windows) at:

http://www.quicktime.com

Here is the list of tunes in the current MIDI collection:

Tunebook page 7
Martin Wynne's #1 / Martin Wynne's #2 - Three times each
Tempos: 90, 120, 150, 170, 190, and 210

Tunebook page 12
The Cameronian Reel / Rakish Paddy - Three times each
Tempos: 90, 120, 150, 170, 190, and 210

Tunebook page 36
Maid of Mt. Cisco / Down the Broom / The Star of Munster - Two times each
Tempos: 90, 120, 150, 170, 190, and 210

Tunebook page 40
Tam Lin (D minor) / Tam Lin (A minor) / Hand Me Down the Tackle - Two times each
Tempos: 90, 120, 150, 170, 190, and 210