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Best Session-Tune Albums

These are the top 40 Irish traditional albums which offer, in one package, the most session tunes. They give you the most "bang for the buck" in terms of number of tunes played in traditional Irish music sessions around the world. I hope this list is especially helpful to players new to the tradition who want to know which CDs to buy first in order to start learning the repertoire.

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RankAlbum (and link to details)
1album coverJohn Vesey. Sligo Fiddler
2album coverJohnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II
3album coverMichael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo
4album coverMichael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945
5album coverShaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening
6album coverMickey Doherty. Garvan Hill - The Fiddle Music of Mickey Doherty. Traditional Fiddle Music from Donegal
7album coverPublic House Ceili Band. Go Figure
8album coverEddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician
9
 
The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside
10album covervarious. In the Smoke
11album coverWilliam Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music
12
 
Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point
13album coverPeter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929
14album coverMichael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band
15album coverWillie Clancy. The Gold Ring
16album covervarious. Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands
17album coverJohn McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'
18album coverJohnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach
19album coverChris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo
20album coverBrendan Power. New Irish Harmonica
21album covervarious. The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition
22album coverElizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare
23album coverThe Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin
24album coverNa Connerys. Celtic Sessions
25album coverJohn Whelan. Celtic Roots
26album covervarious. Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail
27album covervarious. Wooden Flute Obsession
28album covervarious. The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo
29album covervarious. Irish Dance Music
30album coverTom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns
31album coverThe Bothy Band. Live in Concert
32album covervarious. Past Masters of Irish Dance Music
33album covervarious. Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music
34album coverThe Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years
35album coverSéamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping
36album covervarious. Musique et Musiciens d'Irlande (Killorglin and Miltown, Co Kerry). Music and Musicians of Ireland. Musik und Musiker aus Irland
37album covervarious. Best of Irish Ceili Music. Disc 5 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music
38album coverRonan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare
39album coverMicho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993
40
 
various. An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area