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

The Killarney Boys of Pleasure (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Killarney Boys of Pleasure (The)

I learned “The Killarney Boys of Pleasure” a good few years back on the tin whistle from my good friend Johannes Perritaz, a great flute player from Switzerland. This reel is quite common in sessions around Clare.

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The Kilfenora Lass (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Kilfenora Lass (The)

I learned “The Kilfenora Lass” from Tommy Peoples, it is on the “Fiddler’s Fancy” CD. When I learned this jig I thought it would be a common Kilfenora tune, but the truth is I actually never heard it in sessions.

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The Kilcummin (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Kilcummin (The)

“The Kilcummin” is a tune I learned from a session in McGann’s Pub with Yvonne Casey and Terry Bingham. They played it as a jig, but I think it is also played as a slide.

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The Kerryman's Daughter (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Kerryman’s Daughter (The)

“The Kerryman’s Daughter” is one of my favourite tunes. I associate this reel with Sean Vaughan (and learned it from a recording I made of a gig I played with Sean and Noel O’Donoghue). Anytime he plays this tune feels like it’s party time! Great tune, thanks Sean!

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The Jolly Tinker (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Jolly Tinker (The)

I learned “The Jolly Tinker” from Yvonne Casey and Terry Bingham at a session in McGann’s Pub. It is a great 5-part session tune and lately I’ve heard it a lot as part of a set that Kevin Griffin, Noel O’Donoghue and Sean Vaughan play together : Colonel Frazer, The Bucks of Oranmore & The Jolly Tinker.

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Random Tunes

Jack Rowe’s

“Jack Rowe’s” is an old Clare reel that I associate with the playing of Peader O’Loughlin and Maeve Donnelly, it is the opening tune on their classic album “The Thing Itself”.

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Father Kelly’s

“Father Kelly’s” is quite a common session reel. I learned it after a Sunday evening session at Gus O’Connor’s Pub with Hugh Healy, Noel O’Donoghue and Kevin Griffin.

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Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part

I learned “Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part” from James Cullinan & PJ Crotty’s CD “Happy To Meet”, one of my favourite albums ever. This jig is the first of a set from the album that we play regularly around Doolin. The two jigs that follow are “Dooney Rock” and “The Humours of Ballingarry“.

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