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