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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 coverEddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician
8album coverPublic House Ceili Band. Go Figure
9
 
The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside
10
 
Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point
11album coverWilliam Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music
12album covervarious. In the Smoke
13album coverPeter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929
14album covervarious. Taisce Luachmhar (Valuable Treasure) - The Fiddle Album
15album coverWillie Clancy. The Gold Ring
16album covervarious. Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands
17album coverMichael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band
18album coverJohn McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'
19album coverJohnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach
20album coverChris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo
21album covervarious. The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition
22album coverBrendan Power. New Irish Harmonica
23album coverElizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare
24album coverThe Abbey Céilí Band. Bruach an tSuláin
25album coverNa Connerys. Celtic Sessions
26album covervarious. Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail
27album coverJohn Whelan. Celtic Roots
28album covervarious. Wooden Flute Obsession
29album covervarious. The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo
30album covervarious. Irish Dance Music
31album coverThe Bothy Band. Live in Concert
32album coverTom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns
33album covervarious. Past Masters of Irish Dance Music
34album covervarious. Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music
35album coverMarcus Hernon and Johnny Connolly. Seoda na n-Oileán. Island Treasures
36album coverThe Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years
37album coverSéamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping
38album coverRonan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare
39album covervarious. Best of Irish Ceili Music. Disc 5 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music
40album covervarious. The Coleman Archive Vol. 2: The Home Place