TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

Terry Teehan's Polka (The Newmarket Polka) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Terry Teehan’s

“Terry Teehan’s” is a polka associated with Terry “Cuz” Teehan, one of Sliabh Luachra’s great musicians who actually spent most

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The Laurel Tree (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Laurel Tree (The)

“The Laurel Tree” is the second reel I have ever learned! I learned it from my friend Tom Delany during a lovely afternoon back in 2006 in the garden of Magnetic Music Café, where I used to work back then. I had this tune stuck in my head as it was the opening tune on Hugh and Colm Healy’s album “Macalla na hÓige”.

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Last Night's Fun (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Last Night’s Fun

One the great session reels, “Last Night’s Fun” is a tune I have learned through different sessions over the years. I associate it with Mary Bergin in particular, as I have always loved her version on “Feadóga stáin”. Noel Hill also recorded it on “The Irish Concertina”.

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Larry's Favourite (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Larry’s Favourite

“Larry’s Favourite” is a composition of Paddy O’Brien from Tipperary. I learned this great reel from my friend Johannes Perritaz, a great flute player from Switzerland. I also associate this tune with Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan, who recorded it on their album “Time on our Hands”.

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Larry The Beer Drinker (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Larry The Beer Drinker

I learned “Larry The Beer Drinker” from Terry Bingham during a concertina workshop at the Russell Memorial Weekend 2014. Andrew MacNamara recorded this tune on his album “Dawn”, he plays it after one of my favourite jigs, “Contentment is Wealth”.

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Tatter Jack Walsh (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Tatter Jack Walsh

“Tatter Jack Walsh” is a tune I learned from the playing of Micho Russell and his brother Gussie. They recorded it as a tin whistle duet on the LP “The Russell Family” back in 1975. There is also a nice variation of the second part that I learned from Noel O’Donoghue.

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Random Tunes

Gaelic Club (The)

“The Gaelic Club” is not a common session tune, but I’ve loved playing it for many years now. I learned it from Hugh & Colm Healy’s album “Macalla na hÓige” and it was also recorded in 2015 by my friends Tom Delany and Caroline Keane with their band FourWinds.

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Collier’s (The)

“The Collier’s” is a common session tune and one of my favourite reels. I associate this tune with the great Tommy Peoples, but also with my friend John Fitzgerald, who is a great local whistle player here in Doolin with a style that reminds me very much of Micho Russell.

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