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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 coverJohnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II
2album coverJohn Vesey. Sligo Fiddler
Michael 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 coverEddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician
7album coverPublic House Ceili Band. Go Figure
8album coverMickey Doherty. Garvan Hill - The Fiddle Music of Mickey Doherty. Traditional Fiddle Music from Donegal
The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside
10album coverAggie Whyte. Aggie Whyte
Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point
12album covervarious. In the Smoke
13album coverWilliam Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music
14album coverPeter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929
15album covervarious. Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands
16album coverWillie Clancy. The Gold Ring
17album covervarious. Taisce Luachmhar (Valuable Treasure) - The Fiddle Album
18album coverJohn McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'
19album coverMichael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band
20album coverJohnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach
21album coverMáirtín Byrnes. The Inimitable Máirtín Byrnes
22album coverChris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo
23album covervarious. The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition
24album coverThe Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin
25album coverBrendan Power. New Irish Harmonica
26album coverElizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare
27album coverJohn Whelan. Celtic Roots
28album coverNa Connerys. Celtic Sessions
29album covervarious. Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail
30album covervarious. Wooden Flute Obsession
31album covervarious. The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo
32album covervarious. Irish Dance Music
33album coverThe Bothy Band. Live in Concert
34album coverTom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns
35album covervarious. Past Masters of Irish Dance Music
36album coverMarcus Hernon and Johnny Connolly. Seoda na n-Oileán. Island Treasures
37album coverThe Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years
38album covervarious. Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music
39album coverSéamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping
40album covervarious. The Coleman Archive Vol. 2: The Home Place