Session Tunebook Collection – Books 1-4 with CD

Session Tunebook Collection - Books 1-4 with CDMike Jackson is proud to present a superb collection of tunes for session and folk-dance musicians everywhere. There are over 300 of the most popular traditional tunes presented in four volumes:

  1. Essential Jigs
  2. Essential Reels
  3. Essential Polkas & Ceilidh Tunes
  4. Essential Hornpipes, Marches, Strathspeys & Airs
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The Session Tunebook Collection is a superb compedium of tunes for session and folk-dance musicians everywhere, with

  • 306 of the most popular traditional tunes presented in 4 volumes;
  • each book in a convenient A5 size: perfect for your fiddle, guitar or banjo case;
  • all tunes are suitable for fiddle, tin whistle, squeezebox, flute, tenor banjo, mandolin and many other instruments;
  • every melody has carefully crafted chords for guitar, piano or bass accompaniment;
  • the boxed set includes a data CD containing both MIDI and MP3 samples of each tune with a basic guitar and bass accompaniment (N.B. this is not an audio CD for a standard HiFi or stereo system.);
  • tin whistle parts have been modified for the standard ‘D’ whistle for melodies that are out of range or in awkward keys;
  • MIDI files can be played on your computer or laptop using any MIDI player – vary the tempo or change key;
  • MP3s can also be installed in your iTunes or Media Player centre and downloaded to your iPod or other MP3 players.

These books perfectly compliment our Bush Dance!, Social Dance! and Rig-a-Jig-Jig! kits by providing a massive range of alternative tunes for dancing.

Each Session Tunebook can be purchased individually, or as part of a boxed collection. The boxed set contains a CD with both MIDI and MP3 samples of each tune with a basic guitar and bass accompaniment. The MIDI files can be played on your computer or laptop using any MIDI player (most computers come with one installed, but there are good low-cost and free ones available on the Internet). This format allows you to vary the tempo or change the key.

The MP3s can also be installed in your iTunes or Media Player centre and downloaded to your iPod or other MP3 players: so you’ll be able to take your tunes with you everywhere you go! Find out how to install your MIDI and AAC* files: on a Mac, or on a PC.

Go here for information on installing your CD.

Listen to Some Samples

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Here are the songs you’ll find in the Session Tunebook Collection:
SESSION TUNEBOOK 1: Essential Jigs
Atholl Highlander’s Jig (A) Kesh Jig (Em) Cock of the North (A)
Banish Misfortune (G) Kilfenora Jig (D) Denis Murphy’s Slide (D)
Battering Ram (G) Lannigan’s Ball (Em) Dingle Regatta (G)
Behind the Haystack (D) Lark in the Morning (Bm) Fiery Clockface (D)
Bill Harte’s Jig (Am) Larry O’Gaff (G) Hag at the Churn (D)
Blackthorn Stick (G) Merrily Kissed the Quaker (G) O’Keefe’s Slide (Am)
Blarney Pilgrim (D) Miller of Glanmire (Am) Peeler and the Goat (Am)
Bride’s Favourite (G) Mist Covered Mountain (Am) Road to Lisdoonvarna (Em)
Clare Jig (G) Mooncoin Jig (A) Royal Charlie (D)
Cliffs of Moher (Am) Morrison’s Jig (Em) Smash the Windows (D)
The Cobbler (D) Mug of Brown Ale (Am) Star Above the Garter (D/G)
Come Under My Plaidie (Em) O’Gallagher’s Frolics (Em) Sweets of May (D)
Connaughtman’s Rambles (Bm) Over the Ocean (G) Three Sea Captains (G)
Cook in the Kitchen (G) Rakes of Kildare (Am) SLIP JIGS (9/8)
Donnybrook Fair (G) Saddle the Pony (G) A Fig for a Kiss (D)
Drummond Castle (Am) Shandon Bells (D) Another Jig Will Do (D)
Elsie Marley (G) St Patrick’s Day (G) Brannigan’s Jig (D)
Fasten the Leg in Her (D) Stool of Repentance (A) The Butterfly (G)
Frost Is All Over (D) Tatter Jack Walsh (D) Choice Wife (D)
Gallowglass Jig (Am) Tenpenny Bit (Am) Drops of Brandy (G/A)
Haste to the Wedding (D) Top of Cork Road (D) Foxhunter’s Jig (D)
Hills of Glenorchy (D) Tripping Up Stairs (D) Hardiman the Fiddler (D)
Hot Punch (D)   Humours of Whiskey (Em)
Irish Washerwoman (G)   Kid on the Mountain (Em)
Jackson’s Morning Brush (D)   Rocky Road to Dublin (Am)
Jig of Slurs (D/Em)   Sir Roger de Coverley (G)
Joe Burke’s Jig (Am)   Will Come Down to Limerick? (G)

SESSION TUNEBOOK 2: Essential Reels
Ashplant (Em) Jackie Coleman’s Reel (D) Pinch of Snuff (D/A)
Bird in the Bush (G) Jenny’s Chickens (Bm) Providence Reel (D)
Bonnie Kate (D) Jenny Dang the Weaver (D) Reconciliation Reel (A)
Boys of the Lough (D) John Cheap the Chapman (Em) Road to Rio (G)
Bucks of Oranmore (D) Kilt Is My Delight (D) Salamanca Reel (D)
Caber Feidh (Bm) Knotted Cord (Am) Sally Gardens (G)
Castle Kelly (Am) Lady Anne Montgomery(D) Silver Spear (D)
Clean Pea Strae (D) Larry Redican’s Reel (G) Sligo Maid (Am)
Cooley’s Reel (Em) Loch Leven Castle (Am) Speed the Plough (A)
De’il Among the Tailors (A) Maid Behind the Bar (D) St Anne’s Reel (D)
Down the Broom (Am) Marquis of Tullibardine (A) Swallowtail Reel (Am)
Drowsy Maggie (Em) Mason’s Apron (A) Swinging on the Gate (G)
The Drummer (Am) Master Crowley’s (Em) Tarbolton Lodge (Em)
Dunmore Lasses (Em) McMahon’s Reel (G) Teetotaller’s Reel (G)
Fairy Dance (D) Merry Blacksmith (D) Templehouse Reel (Em)
Farewell to Ireland (Am) Miss Shepherd (Am) Timour the Tartar (A)
Fermoy Lasses (Em) Morning Dew (Em) Toss the Feathers (D)
Flogging Reel (G) Mountain Road (D) Trip to Durrow (D)
Foxhunter’s Reel (G) Musical Priest (Bm) WInd That Shakes the Barley (D)
Glen Allen (G) Music in the Glen (G) Wise Maid (D)
Glenlivet Reel (Am) My Love Is in America (D) Within a Mile of Dublin (D)
Gravel Walk (Em) Nine Points of Roguery (D) Woman of the House (G)
Green Fields of America (G) Old Copperplate (Am)  
High Reel (A) Pigeon on the Gate (Em)  

SESSION TUNEBOOK 3: Essential Polkas & Celidh Tunes
POLKAS (2/4) Rakes of Mallow (G) East Neuk of Fife (G)
Bill Sullivan’s (A) Riding on a Load Hay (Em) Flop-Eared Mule (D)
Bluebell Polka (G/D) Royal Scots Polka (D) Flowers of Edinburgh (G)
Britches Full of Stitches (A) Scan Tester’s Polka (G) Four-Poster Bed (D)
Church Street Polka (G) Scartalglen Polka (G) Jamie Allen (G)
Corriechoille’s Welcome (D) Sean Ryan’s Polka (D) Kate Dalrymple (A)
Dalaigh’s Polka (Am) Spanish Lady Polka (G) La Russe (G)
Davy, Davy Knick-Knack (G) St Mary’s Polka (G) Lass of Patie’s Mill (D)
Denis Murphy’s Polka (D) Sweet Maid of Glendaruel (A) Meg Merrilees (A)
Dorset Four-Hand Reel (D) Teribus (D) Morpeth Rant (D)
Finnish Polka (Bm) Winster Galop (G) Mrs McLeod of Raasay (A)
Forty-Two Pound (£42) Cheque (D) Yarmouth Reel (G) My Love Is but a Lassie Yet (D)
Galway Belles (Am) CEILDIH TUNES (Measures/Rants) New-Rigged Ship (Am)
Gneeveguilla Polka (Am) Aberarder Rant (D) Perth Assembly (D)
Green Cottage (Em) Arkansas Traveller (D) Petronella (D)
Isle of Harris Polka (D) Astley’s Ride (D) Pigtown Fling (G)
Jenny Lind (D) Balquidder Lasses (Em) Pretty Peg (D)
Lass o’ Gowrie (D) Banks of Inverness (G) Rachael Rae (D)
Leather Away the Wattle (D) Bottom of the Punchbowl (D) Reel of Tulloch (A)
Liberton Pipe Band Polka (D) The Breakdown (A) Roll Her on the Hill (D)
Linhope Lope (D) Cairdin O’t (A) Rose Tree (D)
Maurice Manley’s Polka (Am) Callum Beg (G) Roxburgh Castle (A)
Munster Bank (G) Circassian Circle (A) Soldiers’ Joy (D)
Pat Horgan’s No. 1 Polka (Em) Corn Riggs are Bonnie (D) Staten Island (D)
Pat Horgan’s No. 2 Polka (G/Am) Cuckoo’s Nest (D) Torryburn Lasses (G)
Peg Ryan’s Polka (D) Dashing White Sergeant (D) The Triumph (G)
Portsmouth (G) Duke of Perth (G) Turkey in the Straw (G)
Princess Royal (G) Dumbarton’s Drums (Bm) White Cockade (G)

SESSION TUNEBOOK 4: Hornpipes, Marches, Strathspeys & Airs
HORNPIPES (4/4) Brian Boru’s March (Am) Rose Among the Heather (D)
Alexander’s Hornpipe (D) Centenary March (D) Smith’s a Gallant Fireman (D)
Belfast Hornpipe (D) Dornoch Links (A) Sweetness of Mary (G)
Boys of Bluehill (D) Drunken Piper (Am) AIRS & WALTZES
Chief O’Neill’s Favourite (D) Dumbarton Castle (A) Blooms of Bon Accord (A)
Greencastle Hornpipe (G) Glendaruel Highlanders (A) Bovaglie’s Plaid (A)
Harvest Home Hornpipe (D) Glengarrry’s March (A) Cailin Mo Run-sa (G)
Jack’s the Lad (G) Haughs of Cromdale (Am) Cradle Song (A)
King of the Fairies (Em) Heights of Alma (A) Flower o’ the Quern (A)
Lass on the Strand (G) Highland Laddie (A) Give Me Your Hand (G)
Liverpool Hornpipe (D) Inverness Gathering (A) Hector the Hero (A)
Manchester Hornpipe (D) Lord Mayo (Am) Lord Lovat’s Lament (G)
Miss Gayton’s Hornpipe (G) March of the Kings of Laois (D) Morag of Dunvegan (D)
Off to California (G) Meeting of the Waters (D) Mrs Keel (Dm)
Red-Haired Boy (A) Pikeman’s March (Am) Mull of the Cool High Bens (A)
Redesdale Hornpipe (G) STRATHSPEYS (4/4) Munster Cloak (G)
Rights of Man (Em) Athole Brose (Am) Music o’ Spey (A)
Shan Van Vocht (Am) Brochan Lom (D) My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose (D)
Sunshine Hornpipe (A) Comin’ Thro’ Rye (A) My Mother (D)
Trumpet Hornpipe (G) Green Grow the Rushes, O (Em) Neil Gow’s Lament (D)
Wonder Hornpipe (G) Highland Whisky (A) O’Carolan’s Concerto (D)
MARCHES (2/4, 4/4 & 6/8) The Keel Row (A) Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore (D)
79ths Farewell to Gibraltar (A) Laird o’ Drumblair (A) Planxty Fanny Power (G)
Barren Rocks of Aden (D) MacBeth’s Strathspey (Am) Planxty Irwin (G)
Battle of Aughrim (Am) Maggie Cameron (A) Si Bheag Si Mhor (D)
Black Bear March (D) Maid of Islay (D) South Wind (G)
Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (Am) Marquis of Huntly’s High. Fling (D)  
Bonnie Dundee (G) Miss Lyall (Am)  

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* AAC stands for Advanced Audio Coding, and is the successor to the MP3 format – it comes with a .m4a extension. This audio format is generally of a higher quality than the MP3 standard, and has smaller file sizes. The following are some of the devices that support AAC: All Apple products (iPod, iPad, iPhone, Mac computers), DivX Plus Web Player, Sony PlayStation 3/Portable, Sony Walkman, Sony Ericsson phones, Nokia S40 & S60, Android phones, Nintendo Wii and the MPEG-4 video standard.

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