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Indexed Books

This bibliography explains the book codes used throughout this site. It may also serve on its own as a useful bibliography of Irish traditional music tune books.

Current status: 60 books are covered in this database. A total of 10,009 transcriptions from those books have been included. This is a result of my work musically matching 2,789 (41%) of the distinct tunes in the database to one or more transcriptions in these books. This does not mean that my indexing of the books below is incomplete – I have read all the tunes in the books below in search of relevant transcriptions to include in the index, and as new tunes are added to the index, I constantly check to see if any so-far-excluded transcriptions match. Bear in mind that this database is recording-oriented, not book-oriented, and I encourage you to use recordings, not books to learn this music. Therefore I only include transcriptions of tunes which have also been recorded. A mere 77 of the tunes in the database, selected for various reasons, are included from these books despite the fact that they were not recorded in any of the indexed recordings.

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Book
Code
Editors. Title. Publication information. Notes
1001 Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. Dublin: Walton's, n.d. [available]
    Photoreproduction of Chicago 1907 edition. David Moulton has prepared a spreadsheet containing all tune titles in this book, available here: <https://www.irishtune.info/public/oneill.htm>. A free digital copy of this book is available at <http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Dance_Music_of_Ireland_%28O%27Neill,_Francis%29>. 34 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 702 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
1850 Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. Newton, New Jersey: Rock Chapel, 1979. [available]
    Photoreproduction of Chicago 1903 edition. David Moulton has prepared a spreadsheet containing all tune titles in this book, available here: <https://www.irishtune.info/public/oneill.htm>. 84 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 883 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
A Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." Glasgow: Mozart Allan, n.d. [available]
    Based on IRTRAD discussions I have estimated the date of publication conservatively to be between Roche's (1927) and Breathnach's (1963) books. It may well be from earlier. 123 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
B&S D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols. Louth: Celtic Music, 1974.
    Vol. 1 is "Second Edition." For an on-line index see <http://www.nigelgatherer.com/books/mfi.html>, but beware of various errors there. 2 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#B&S>. 326 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Ba Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. New York: Music Sales, 1977. [available]
    A significant fraction are Irish tunes. Page numbers cited here refer to the violin part. 24 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
CITM Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. New York: New York University, 1999. [available]
    This encyclopedia includes a few pieces of music here and there. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#CITM>. 29 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Cobb Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. Madison, Wisconsin: Dan Cobb, [1999-]. [available]
    An abc collection at <http://cobb.ece.wisc.edu/irish/Tunebook.html> since 1999. The tune numbers cited here refer to the permanent tune id code in the Z: field. I can't cite Cobb's X: numbers because he changes those numbers occasionally. Keep in mind that Cobb's versions of tunes are adapted to his own banjo playing. I have chosen to index Cobb's collection because of its reflection of Wisconsin session repertoire. 4 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 736 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Cr Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. New York: Mercier, 1993. [available]
    This 1993 edition was preceded by a first edition (Cork: Mercier, 1988). Note that only the tunes after p. 124 have tune numbers. The remainder are indexed here with page numbers. 6 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 165 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
CRE 1 Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. Dublin: An Gúm, 1963. [available]
    1991 reprint used here. Paul de Grae's translation of this volume's endnotes, available at <http://www.nigelgatherer.com/books/CRE/>, allowed me to interpret Breathnach's title references correctly. I do not, however, use de Grae's own additional remarks about the tunes (I may add those as a separate source in the future). 4 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 199 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
CRE 2 Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. Dublin: An Gúm, 1976. [available]
    1992 reprint used here. See note to CRE 1 above regarding my use of Paul de Grae's translation. 20 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#CRE+2>. 289 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
CRE 3 Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. Dublin: An Gúm, 1985. [available]
    2012 reprint used here. Paul de Grae's translation of this volume's endnotes, available at <http://www.nigelgatherer.com/books/CRE/>, allowed me to interpret Breathnach's title references correctly. I do not, however, use de Grae's own additional remarks about the tunes (I may add those as a separate source in the future). 8 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#CRE+3>. 226 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
CRE 4+ Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 4/5. Source?
    Volumes 4 and 5 are not indexed here. I know of these tunes only from photocopies given to me. 1 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Crln The Complete Works of O'Carolan. Cork: Ossian, 1989. [available]
    This is the second edition, the first was published in 1984. With a foreword by Gráinne Yeats. 12 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#Crln>. 80 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Cuz Terence "Cuz" Teahan with Josh Dunson. The Road to Glountane. Chicago: n.p., 1980.
    Tune transcriptions and copying credited to Ann and Chuck Heymann. The bulk of the tunes are Cuz's own compositions. 10 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
D&M Arthur Warren Darley and Patrick Joseph McCall. The Darley and McCall Collection of Traditional Irish Music. Cork: Ossian, 1984. [available]
    Photoreproduction of The Feis Ceoil Collection of Irish Airs, Feis Ceoil Association, 1914. One of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 25 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
DM 1 Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. Moorside: Mally, 1995. [available]
    A recording of all tunes in this book is available separately. 100 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
DM 2 Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. Moorside: Mally, 1995. [available]
    A recording of all tunes in this book is available separately. 100 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
DM 3 Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. Moorside: Mally, 1997. [available]
    A recording of all tunes in this book is available separately. 100 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
DM 4 Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. Moorside: Mally, 2006. [available]
    A recording of all tunes in this book is available separately. 96 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
ER Joseph M. Reavy (compiler). The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy. Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Ireland: Green Grass Music, n.d. [available]
    Introduction by Mick Maloney [sic for Moloney]. Dated here as 1996 according to WorldCat library record, according to which there were also previous editions as early as 1984. 60 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
F S. C. Hamilton. The Irish Flute Player's Handbook. N.p.: Breac, 1990.
    Includes plastic sheet record. This is a flute reference work, not a tune book. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#F>. 7 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
FF David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. New York: Oak, 1983. [available]
    Includes many, but not exclusively Irish tunes. 15 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 185 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
FMH Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic]. N.p.: n.p., n.d.
    I acquired this undated publication in August 2001. Also known as "the yellow book." The book lacks both page numbers and tune numbers. An IRDANCE-L posting indicated that the book existed at least by March 1999. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#FMH>. 108 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
FT Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. Alstead, New Hampshire: Fiddlecase Books, 2004. [available]
    Subtitle: "A Selection of 375 Tunes for Contra Dances, Sessions, and House Parties." 145 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
HN Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. Stockholm: Henrik Norbeck, [1998?-]. [available]
    An abc collection at <http://www.norbeck.nu/abc/> with an above-average quality of transcriptions and permanent tune numbers in the Z field. This collection is not completely indexed here, with an emphasis on tunes that had no transcriptions found in any of the other tunebooks. 14 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#HN>. 320 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
IBPS Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. Dublin: Walton, 1999. [available]
    Contains 110 transcriptions. 8 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 103 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
IFMCK Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Pacific, Missouri: Mel Bay, 2012. [available]
    Transcriptions from older, published albums of Pádraig O'Keeffe and Denis Murphy, plus contemporary field recordings of Connie O'Connell. Alternate titles given in this book were taken from The Fiddler's Companion and irishtune.info. 3 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 105 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
IMM Francis O'Neill. Irish Minstrels and Musicians. Cork: Mercier, 1987. [available]
    Photoreproduction of original 1913 edition, plus biography of O'Neill by Breandán Breathnach. This is a history book, not a tune book. 8 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 36 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
JKg 3 Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. N.p.: Josephine Keegan, 2004. [available]
    11 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 350 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
JOL Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Dublin: Lilliput, 1994. [available]
    These transcriptions are from recordings of Johnny O'Leary, except tune #16 of Denis Murphy, each individually dated between 1970 and 1993. Some tune titles in this book include a number in parentheses, which I have not included here in the tune titles cited from this book, because these numbers are Moylan's internal indexing numbers rather than part of the tune title. 13 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 326 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Krsn Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. New York: Oak, 1976. [available]
    Krassen selected most (not all) of the dance tunes and the "O'Carolan" pieces in O'Neill 1850 (see above), a few of the unique dance tunes of 1001 (see above), and at least one tune not in O'Neill's original publications. Krassen presents some tunes in their original setting, but he edited most of them to reflect his own style of fiddling. He chose not to give numbers to the tunes, so my references to this book simply give a page number. 25 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 635 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
L Alan's private loose music.
    103 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
LC Liz Carroll. Collected. N.p.: Liz Carroll, 2010. [available]
    122 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
LM L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? ? [available]
    2 cassettes accompanying a whistle tutor package. I only have a copy of a copy etc. of the cassettes, so I have no source information. 39 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
LPF Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. Armagh: Ronan Press, n.d. [available]
    Published in 1980 according to WorldCat. The reprint I work from was acquired in 2009. 47 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
LPTW Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. N.p.: Armagh Pipers Club, n.d. [available]
    Three volumes: Part 1 (my source is 7th edition 1976), Part 2 (my source is undated), Part 3 (my source is 8th edition May 1978). For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#LPTW>. 84 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
LPUP Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. Watford: Minuteman, 1998. [available]
    "First published by Armagh Pipers Club 1975". This reprint includes a CD of these tunes played by Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin. 38 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
M Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition. [Wisconsin]: [Phil Rubenzer], 1996.
    See M2. This edition only includes reels and jigs. 9 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 224 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
M2 Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition. Wisconsin: Phil Rubenzer, 2000.
    This edition includes extensive material on learning Irish traditional music, and adds hornpipes, slip jigs, and polkas. Check with the editor (plance116 at juno.com) if you would like a copy. 11 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#M2>. 371 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
MM Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music. Bronx: Martin Mulvihill, 1986.
    Transcribed by Liam S. Donnelly of Lisburn, Co. Antrim. 11 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#MM>. 463 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
MR Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell. Cork: Ossian, 1989.
    22 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
NF Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. London: Oak Publications, 1985. [available]
    This book is credited as: Allen Feldman, General Text, Music Editor; Eamonn O'Doherty: Introduction, Drawings and Photographs. This is the third edition. The first edition was published in Belfast by Blackstaff Press in 1979. Individual transcriptions are neither numbered nor dated. "The tunes transcribed in this book were taken from recordings made in the field during a two month period in the summer of 1977." 10 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#NF>. 136 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Ng Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. Wisconsin: Alan Ng, 1996-. [available]
    An abc collection at <http://www.alan-ng.net/alan/roadreco.htm>. 3 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 131 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
P50 Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. N.p.: n.p., [1982]. [available]
    50 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
R Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. New York: Oak, 1983. [available]
    Photoreproduction of 1927 edition. 42 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#R>. 357 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Raff Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. New Jersey: Lesl Harker, 2005. [available]
    Subtitle: "Traditional Irish Music on the wooden flute note-for-note as taught to me by himself." The first printing is used here, thus without consideration of changes made in later printings. 4 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 298 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
RDw Richie Dwyer. In a Creative Mood. N.p: Richie Dwyer, 2014.
    Subtitle: "90 Original Traditional Compositions." Includes audio recordings indexed here as the album RDwyr 3. 90 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
RM Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Alstead: Fiddlecase Books, 2006. [available]
    This second edition, "revised and expanded," was edited by Randy Miller. The first edition, edited by Randy Miller and Jack Perron, was published originally in 1977. This edition includes 235 transcriptions, which are not numbered, so my references are to page numbers. I have dated each transcription according to Miller's notes when he cites a particular, dated recording as his source. 11 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 217 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
RW Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. New York: Oak, 1977. [available]
    Includes a number of Irish tunes. 29 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
Sc Scottish Fiddle Tunes. Cork: Ossian, 1985. [available]
    Photoreproduction of a 1903 collection published apparently anonymously under this title. 18 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
SIMB Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. Cheshire: Halshaw Music, n.d. [available]
    3rd edition, acquired June 2009. This book (1st edition) was originally published in 1979 according to <http://lccn.loc.gov/84755193>. Note that source credits for individual transcriptions appear somewhat hidden, on p. 26. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#SIMB>. 72 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
SK Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. New York: Conway, 1990. [available]
    Includes cassette tape of Sean Keane playing all of these tunes. 50 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
SLoP Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. N.p., n.p., n.d. [available]
    The copy used here was missing front matter, back matter, and pages 64 and 65. According to other sources it was published in 1987. 7 of the indexed transcriptions are just versions of a tune found elsewhere in this book under a different title. 123 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
SR Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. N.p.: n.p., n.d. [available]
    A selection of tunes composed by Seán Ryan [Sean Ryan]. According to RM (see above), p. 168, this book was published in 1994 in Mountmellick, Co. Laois. 46 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
T Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. Milltown Malbay: Long Note, 1987. [available]
    For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#T>. 34 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
TOC Tomás Ó Canainn. Traditional Music in Ireland. Cork: Ossian, 1993. [available]
    Reprint of Routledge 1978 edition. This is not a tune book, and many of the tunes are only presented in fragmentary form for purposes of discussion. For an index of the untitled tunes in this book, see <https://www.irishtune.info/untitled-book.htm#TOC>. 19 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
TP Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. Dublin: Waltons, 1986. [available]
    Includes cassette tape of Tommy Peoples playing all of these tunes. 49 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
TS Tony DeMarco and Miles Krassen. A Trip to Sligo. A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Irish Fiddling, Sligo-Style. Pittsburgh: Silver Spear, 1978.
    Includes a cassette tape of these tunes and two texts on Irish music by L[arry] E. McCullough. Each of the 14 tunes is presented in three settings. 14 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
VB1 Vincent Broderick. Traditional Irish Flute Solos. The Turoe Stone Collection. Volume 1. Dublin: Waltons, 1990. [available]
    "A collection of 68 jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, slides, slip jibs, barn dances, marches and airs - all composed by the renowned Galway flute player Vincent Broderick." With an introduction by Séamus MacMathúna. 20 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.
WC Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. Dublin: Mercier, 1976. [available]
    Includes significant texts on Clancy's music and playing by Pat Mitchell. 5 of the transcriptions are alternate settings of a tune elsewhere in this book. 148 transcriptions from this source musically match a tune in this database.