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Gordon Tyrrall's Irish Choice Book - Gordon Tyrrall

If you've ever walked eagerly into an Irish music session, your flute under your arm, your whistle in your top pocket, then felt the smile drain from your face as one tune after another swept by you into oblivion... don't despair! With this repertoire of tunes, you will no longer find yourself trapped at the bar with the resident conversationalist, or forced into drinking far more than you intended. The great majority of the tunes in this book are popular session tunes. The selection of tunes found here should enable players of any melody instrument to contribute to music sessions; it is also a sound base for building a personal repertoire.
Irish music sessions have been a feature of the traditional music scene for years now and show no signs of abating. Many players have honed their skills among them first before bringing what they have learned to the concert platform.
Irish music is not a static, it is constantly changing. The influence of recordings by Matt Molloy, The Bothy Band, Planxty etc. has had a major impact in recent years however, the tunes in this book have stood the test of time and fashion and they're sure to remain firm favourites for many years to come.
Gordon Tyrrall is an accomplished player of the wooden flute, tin whistle and the guitar, this book and its accompanying recordings are are his selection of personal favourite Irish tunes; it reflects his maturing as a musician being involved in the phenomenal number of sessions that have taken place in and around Leeds over the last three decades.
The book contains 101 tunes, chords, drawings by Gordon, notes on the tunes, a discography, a biography, explanation of technique and a discourse on the wooden flute.





Belles of Tipperary 
Bird in the bush 
Boyne hunt 
Christmas eve 
Craig's pipes 
Cup of tea 
Dogs among the bushes 
Dublin reel 
Duke of Leinster 
Fairy reel 
First house in Connaught 
Fisherman's island 
Five mile chase 
Flowers of Edinburgh 
Gilbert Clancy's reel 
Gol & gaire na hÉireann 
Green mountain 
Humours of Lissadel 
Hunter's purse 
Ivy leaf 
Jack McGuire's 
Jenny's chickens 
Kerry reel 
Killavel fancy 
Knotted cord 
Maid behind the bar 
Maid of Mount Cisco Man of Aran 
Maple leaf 
Maud Miller 
Morning dew 
Morning star 
Old blackthorn 
Pigeon on the gate 

A Rainy day 
Rakish Paddy 
Road to Knock 
Rolling in the ryegrass 
Roaring Mary 
Seán McGuire's 
Seán McKenna's no. 1 
Seán McKenna's no. 2 
Sligo maid 
Sligo reel 
Tarbolton lodge 
Tie the bonnet 
Tom Billy's 
Toss the feathers no. 1 
Trip to Birmingham


Banish misfortune 
Bank of turf 
Battering ram 
Blarney pilgrim 
Cliffs of Moher 
Cornelius Curtin's balloon 
Ducks and the oats
Dusty windowsills 
Langstrom's pony 
Lark on the strand 
Leitrim fancy 
Maid in the meadow 
Monaghan jig 
Paddy Taylor's 
Queen among the rushes

Rose among the heather 
Scotsman over the border 
Tom Billy's jig no. 1 
Tone Rowe's 
Tune the fiddle 
Up Sligo! 
Willie Clancy's 
Willie Coleman's
Fairies' hornpipe 
Flowing tide 
Joe Burke's 
Fort of Kincora 
Friendly visit 
Horse and jockey 
Kitty's wedding 
Rights of man 
Seán Ryan's 
Smell of the bog 


Barnacle redowa 
Branch line 
Drops of brandy 
Foxhunter's jig 
Kerry no. 2 
Man from Skye 
March of King of Laoise 
Mick Coen's 
Over the hills to glory 

Gordon Tyrrall's Irish Choice Book - Gordon Tyrrall

SKU: AP105
  • Gordon Tyrrall, an accomplished player of the wooden flute, tin whistle and guitar, presents a selection of his personal favourites reflecting his maturing as a musician, playing at the phenominal number of sessions occuring in Leeds. Included are Chords and a discourse on wooden flute.

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