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