Frequently Asked Questions: Your Involvement

2020 Support So Far

  • 1 people donated 1 albums and 0 books.
  • 2 people gave $33 directly
  • Shoppers who started at links directed $0 to .
  • 0 albums and 0 tunebooks purchased.
  • Current available balance for expanding coverage, after subtracting basic operating costs: -$275.

How can I show my support for this site?

is an educational project that has bills to pay but has neither funding nor institutional support. Please help!

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Just start your purchase of any CDs or tunebooks by using any of the "Available" links throughout this site. Or simply start any sort of shopping trip right here, and these companies will donate around 5% of the price to , all at no extra cost to you:

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By helping you find out where you can get recordings of traditional Irish music, I hope to also be rendering a service not only to the musicians who made the recordings but also to the tradition at large, which can only benefit when more people find out about great music.

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If you would like to make a direct donation to , you may send items or checks to: c/o Alan Ng
1214 Colby St.
Madison WI 53715

Please also indicate whether (and in what manner) I may list you among the contributors to (see below). Please make checks payable to "Alan Ng."

To date your shopping trips and donations have paid a much-appreciated portion of the Web server fees I pay. In recent years there has even been enough left over to acquire a few CDs to fill coverage gaps, and those are legally the property of (which may someday get non-profit tax status). I have filed US tax forms for since tax year 2003 in order to show that I do not personally profit or get paid from any of the income to If you would like a copy before you make a donation, just let me know. In case you wonder how on earth I find time to do all this unpaid work: I support my family with a less-than-full-time day job so that I have time for music and

More ways you can support are listed further below on this page.

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Who has supported this site?

I would like to gratefully acknowledge the following individuals for making donations directly to . Any unexplained codes are albums detailed in the Discography.



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Would you be interested in help from other musicians?

Sure, that would be wonderful! Here's my wish list:

  1. Support financially or by donating Irish CDs and tunebooks that are missing in the index.
  2. "Marketing" assistance, of this sort:
    1. Making clever, clear YouTube videos demonstrating cool features of
    2. Writing reviews, blog posts, tweeting about qualities and features.
    3. Talking up (and proposing partnership ideas) to relevant organisations such as ITMA, CCE, TunePal, Journal of Irish Music, etc.
    4. Proposing research projects to musicology graduate students that would make use of data.
  3. New or used CD issues of the following now-rare albums:
    • Music from Sliabh Luachra, RTE CD183, 1995
    • Paul O'Shaughnessy, Harry Bradley, Born for Sport
    • Carberry/Quinn, Memories from the Holla
    • DeDannan, Anthem
    • Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection
  4. A copy of these books:
    • The Waltz Book III by Bill Matthiesen
  5. Get some company to issue a commercial remastering on CD of Bobby Casey's Casey in the Cowhouse.
  6. Do the organizational and legal work necessary to get registered as (or included under) an IRS-recognized non-profit educational organization.
  7. Help me write a grant application so that I can spend more time working on the Tunography.

If you want to check out my employment situation (or lack thereof), see my personal homepage.

Why do you need to have and keep an original physical CD package?

It's necessary for me to have permanent access to the original physical objects because for every new item I later work on (such as a tune on a CD, or a tune in a tunebook), I compare it against all other items that are already in the database. That's not possible to do - and to absolutely verify - if I no longer have all the objects at hand. This is an established practice in quality bibliographical work generally, called the "autopsy" method.

Another reason is that occasions arise later when I wonder if I made a data-entry error or a tune-identification error, so I need to pull out the original item again to make sure. Also sometimes sharp-eyed visitors such as yourself challenge my work find errors in my data?

Who has helped find errors in my data?

Out of the hundreds of thousands of readers of over the years, and out of the hundreds who have written me for various reasons, there have been a handful of alert and careful musicians who have found the following real errors or omissions in my work. I was able to independently confirm their discoveries and then corrected my data accordingly. Here I would like to gratefully acknowledge their assistance: