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Traditional Irish Music for Sets and Sessions Blue Book

During the late 1980s, Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Pipers’ Club) of Dublin, in association with Brooks Academy, produced six cassette recordings of set dance music which featured some outstanding instrumentalists playing over 200 tunes of the first water. These tunes have been accurately notated and brought together, with chords, in this, The Blue Book and its sister collection, The Yellow Book. There are 212 fabulous tunes to play for set dances and Irish music sessions, All these tunes can be heard on the Na Píobairí Uilleann website ( Search for the six recordings: Round the House, Mind the Dresser, Pay the Piper, Call the Tune, Show the Lady and Face the Hob.


Ard An Bhóthar

The Barren Rocks of Aden

Bill Sullivan’s

The Blackbird    

Bonny Ann

The Bowna

The Bride’s Favourite

Bunratty Boys

The Butchers’ March

Cailleach an Airgid

Captain Byng

Christmas Eve    

The Clare Jig

Colonel Fraser    

An Comhra Donn

Connie Walsh’s

Dan Patsy’s

The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue

Denis Doody’s    

Denis Murphy’s

Din Tarrant’s

Din Tarrant’s No. 5

The Doon

Down the Broom

The Eavesdropper

Eibhlín ní Riordáin’s

Fairy Reel

Finnegan’s Wake

Fly By Night

The Frost Is All Over

Gallope, An

Ger the Rigger    21

Give Us a Drink of Water

The Gold Ring

The Golden Eagle


The Guillane

Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part

Hardiman the Fiddler

The Humours of Drinagh

The Humours of Kesh

I Have a Bonnet

I’ll Tell Me Ma

Jack Ryan’s

Jenny’s Wedding

Jerry’s Beaver Hat


Joe Derrane’s

John Egan’s

Johnny O’Leary’s

Julia Clifford’s

The Killavil


Kimmel’s No. 1

Kimmel’s No. 2

The Ladies’ Pantalettes


The Lisheen


Maids of Mullach

Merrily Kiss the Quaker

Miss McGuinness

Miss Ramsay’s

The Mug of Brown Ale

Munster Buttermilk


My Darling Asleep

Neily Cleere’s

The Newmarket

Not for Joe


Oh! The Britches Full of Stitches

The Old Bush    

Old Hag You Have Killed Me

Old Tipperary    5

The Old Torn Petticoat

The Otter’s Holt

Over the Moor to Maggie

Paddy Fahey’s

Pádraig O’Keeffe’s

Pádraig O’Keeffe’s Favourite

Paidín Ó Raifeartaigh

Piper’s Despair

The Pullet

The Ravelled Hank of Yarn

Ride a Mile

The Road to Lisdoonvarna

The Roscommon Reel

Sergeant Cahill’s Favourite

The Ship in Full Sail

Sliabh Russell

Spike Island Lasses

Stay and Have Another

The Stoney Step

Terry Teahan’s

Tom Billy’s Favourite

Tommy Peoples’

Tony Lowe’s

Trip to Durrow

The Weaver’s

Traditional Irish Music for Sets and Sessions Blue Book

SKU: AM408
  • The Blue Book and its sister collection, The Yellow Book, contain a wealth of popular traditional Irish tunes, transcribed from recordings accurately arranged for Irish set dancing, each track being the correct length for each figure.

    These tunes represent a typical cross-section of repertoire heard in Irish music sessions and crop up regularly. They form an excellent reservoir of tunes for session players and the added aid of soundtracks, played by top performers, makes learning them very accessible, for both newbies and seasoned players.

    The tunes in this book can all be heard on the Na Píobairí Uilleann website (


    9 Set Dances

    101 Tunes

    21 Polkas

    14 Slides

    25 Double Jigs

    3 Single Jigs

    3 Slip Jigs

    28 Reels

    1 Single Reel

    6 Hornpipes

    16 Photographs

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