Irish Music Collections Online
|1724||John & William Neal||A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes||Dublin|
|1726||John & William Neal||A Choice Collection of Country Dances||Dublin|
|1727||Daniel Wright||Aria di Camera||London|
|1743||John Geoghegan||Compleat Tutor for the Pastoral or New Bagpipe||London|
|1745-06||Burk Thumoth||Forty Eight English, Irish and Scotch Airs||London|
|1774||Walker Jackson||Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes||Dublin|
|1786||Joseph Cooper Walker||Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards||Dublin|
|1804||O'Farrell||Collection of National Irish Music for the Union Pipes||London|
|1804||John Macpherson Mulhollan||A Selection of Irish and Scots Tunes||Edinburgh|
|1805||Smollett Holden||Collection of Old Established Irish Slow & Quick Tunes||Dublin|
|1805-09||Richard Fitzmaurice||New Collection of Irish Tunes||Edinburgh|
|1805-10||O'Farrell||Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes||Dublin|
|1809||John Murphy||A Collection of Irish Airs & Jiggs with Variations||Edinburgh|
|1810||John Mulholland||A Collection of Ancient Irish Airs||Belfast|
|1810-15||J. MacLean||The Amateur's Companion||Dublin|
|1813||Charles O.F. O'Hara||The Gentleman's Musical Repository||New York|
|1815||Alex.r Monro Kinloch||One Hundred Airs (Principally Irish)||London|
|1818||Joseph Cooper Walker||Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards, 2nd Ed.||Dublin|
|1818||Smollett Holden||A Collection of Favorite Irish Airs||London|
|1820||S. T. Colclough||New and Complete Instructions for the Union Pipes||Dublin|
|1829||Thomas Crofton Croker||Legends of the Lakes||London|
|1841||John Clinton||Gems of Ireland||Dublin|
|1842-81||Hughes||Gems of the Emerald Isle||London|
|1858||Richard Michael Levey||A Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland||London|
|1860||Patrick O'Flannagan||The Hibernia Collection||Boston|
|1873||Richard Michael Levey||The Second Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland||London|
|1873||Patrick Weston Joyce||Ancient Irish Music||Dublin||Added December 2012|
|1902||Charles V. Stanford||The Complete Collection of Irish Music as noted by George Petrie (Vol 1)||London||Added August 2012|
|1914||Arthur Darley & P. J. McCall||Feis Ceoil Collection of Irish Airs||Dublin|
|1936||Tadhg Crowley||How to play the Irish Uillean Pipes||Cork|
|1936||Leo Rowsome||Leo Rowsome's Tutor for the Uileann Pipes||Dublin|
|1961/2||Breandán Breathnach||Tacar Port||Clare|
|1963/86||Breandán Breathnach||Ceol||Dublin||Added September 2012|
When preparing the material for placing online, our primary object was to provide easily readable settings of the tunes without alteration from the originals. This proved possible in the vast majority of cases. However a number of the original settings contain musical errors. In some cases these are obvious typographical mistakes and are corrected here. In other cases the correct reading could not be guessed at so the mistake is left un-corrected.
In some collections the use of bar-lines is completely inconsistent. Parts of tunes that would be repeated in modern practice are shown as single, and vice versa. Even within individual tunes there can be indications that some parts are repeated and others not. These inconsistencies have been left as they are, in accordance with our basic aim of providing un-edited access to the original versions. As it is not our intention to produce forensically-accurate editions of the original publications, the few editorial interventions we have made will not be listed here. We are confident that the settings have been reproduced to a high degree of accuracy, and that any mistake you may encounter will be one that is also in the original.
The entire body of tunes is listed alphabetically in the Full Index page of this site, along with such cross-references as occurred to us as we were preparing it. Should users identify information that would be of use – especially alternative tune titles – we would be delighted to receive it and incorporate it into the index.
Along with the alphabetic listing the Full Index contains a reference to the time signature of each tune. For want of a suitable symbol in commonly used fonts the ‘¢’ symbol has been used to indicate cut-time. Also included, under the heading ‘Fl’, is a reference to the number of the tune in Aloys Fleischmann’s Sources of Irish Traditional Music c. 1600-1855 (Garland Publishing, New York 1998), the standard reference work on this subject.
Please note that the toolbar options at the top of each tune screen allows the user to speed up or slow down the tune, to change the key and pitch and to save or print it out. Many of the tunes run to two or more pages. Playback of a tune can be started from any point by double-clicking the appropriate note.
It is intended to add additional material to this site on a regular basis.