50 Irish Session Tunes Challenge 2017

Starting this January, we invite you to join us here at OAIM for a challenge to learn 50 popular Irish session tunes in a year; that is a tune a week - with two weeks off!

 We want to enable our online learners to venture off line this year and into Irish music sessions armed with a solid repertoire of tunes known by Irish music players across the globe.  The first six lessons are free, so start learning today!

These 50 tune tutorials have been picked  from  OAIM’s broad range of courses and tutors.  Sample different lessons and teachers,  and challenge yourself to learn from instruments different to your own.  You can use the ABC notation or staff notation to guide you as the tutor breaks down each phrase of the tune.

Let’s create a common repertoire of tunes we can all play together!

 


Lessons

free Tune 1: Kerry Polka
Tune 1: Kerry Polka

Join Kirsten as she introduces the challenge and teaches the first tune in the s [.. Read More]

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free Tune 2: The Rattlin' Bog
Tune 2: The Rattlin' Bog

In this lesson, Steph will teach a simple tune in the key of D major called ‘T [.. Read More]

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free Tune 3: Maggie in the Woods
Tune 3: Maggie in the Woods

In this lesson, Niamh will teach a simple Polka in the key of G major called 'Ma [.. Read More]

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free Tune 4: Balllydesmond Polka
Tune 4: Balllydesmond Polka

A lively polka is taught in this first lesson. Daire pays particular attention t [.. Read More]

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free Tune 5: Britches Full of Stitches
Tune 5: Britches Full of Stitches

Another lively Polka will be taught in this lesson, called 'Britches Full of Sti [.. Read More]

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free Tune 6: Geese in the Bog
Tune 6: Geese in the Bog

Tola will teach the jig 'The Geese in the Bog' in this lesson. He discusses the [.. Read More]

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Tune 7: Ten Penny Bit
Tune 7: Ten Penny Bit

The Ten Penny Bit' is the jig taught in this lesson. Kirsten will use the tune t [.. Read More]

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Tune 8: The Connaught Man's Rambles
Tune 8: The Connaught Man's Rambles

The jig, 'The Connaught Man's Rambles' is featured in this lesson. The ornament [.. Read More]

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Tune 9: John McKenna's Jig
Tune 9: John McKenna's Jig

In this lesson, Kevin will continue his study of articulation with the use of th [.. Read More]

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Tune 10: The Clare Jig
Tune 10: The Clare Jig

This lesson will teach "The Clare Jig". Majella introduces 'ti-ka-ta' tonguing i [.. Read More]

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Tune 11: The Butterfly
Tune 11: The Butterfly

The popular Slip Jig 'The Butterfly' will be taught in this lesson. Kirsten will [.. Read More]

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Tune 12: Na Ceannabhain Bhána
Tune 12: Na Ceannabhain Bhána

Another Slip Jig called 'Na Ceannabhain Bhána' will be taught in this lesson. T [.. Read More]

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Tune 13: Pig Town
Tune 13: Pig Town

In this lesson Kirsten will teach the reel, 'Pig Town'. She will demonstrate an [.. Read More]

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Tune 14: Rolling in the Ryegrass
Tune 14: Rolling in the Ryegrass

In this lesson, Niamh will teach a Reel in D major called 'Rolling in the Ryegra [.. Read More]

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Tune 15: Garret Barry's
Tune 15: Garret Barry's

In this lesson the jig, "Garret Barry's" will be taught. Cranns and ornaments of [.. Read More]

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Tune 16: The Rolling Wave
Tune 16: The Rolling Wave

This lesson will teach the jig, "The Rolling Wave". The focus of this lesson wil [.. Read More]

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Tune 17: The Boys of Bluehill
Tune 17: The Boys of Bluehill

In this lesson, Steph will be introducing the ‘triplet’. She will teach the [.. Read More]

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Tune 18: Harvest Home
Tune 18: Harvest Home

In this lesson the Hornpipe 'Harvest Home' will be taught. The study of rolls wi [.. Read More]

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Tune 19: Sporting Paddy
Tune 19: Sporting Paddy

In this lesson the tune 'Sporting Paddy' will be taught. This is a well known tr [.. Read More]

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Tune 20: Coach Trip to Sligo
Tune 20: Coach Trip to Sligo

This lesson will teach the jig, 'Coach Trip to Sligo'. The roll on the note of G [.. Read More]

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Tune 21: Whelan's Jig
Tune 21: Whelan's Jig

In this lesson the jig "Whelan's Jig" will be taught. Rolls and their ability to [.. Read More]

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Tune 22: The Wandering Minstrel
Tune 22: The Wandering Minstrel

After teaching this tune slowly, phrase by phrase, Mikie focuses on the ornament [.. Read More]

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Tune 23: The Tulla Reel
Tune 23: The Tulla Reel

This lesson will teach 'The Tulla Reel'. Dáire will continue his study of cuts [.. Read More]

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Tune 24: Drowsy Maggie
Tune 24: Drowsy Maggie

This lesson will teach the reel "Drowsy Maggie". Ornamentation and variation wil [.. Read More]

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Tune 25: Sally Gardens
Tune 25: Sally Gardens

In this lesson, Kirsten teaches the well known reel 'Sally Gardens'. She will co [.. Read More]

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Tune 26: The Maid Behind the Bar
Tune 26: The Maid Behind the Bar

In this lesson, the well known reel 'The Maid Behind the Bar' will be taught. It [.. Read More]

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Tune 27: Si Bheag Si Mhor
Tune 27: Si Bheag Si Mhor

Kirsten will teach an O'Carolan composition in this lesson. The tune is called ' [.. Read More]

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Tune 28: The Glen of Aherlow
Tune 28: The Glen of Aherlow

In this lesson, the reel 'The Glen of Aherlow' will be taught. Tola will continu [.. Read More]

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Tune 29: Martin Wynne's Reel
Tune 29: Martin Wynne's Reel

The tune "Martin Wynne's Reel" will be taught in this lesson. Mike focuses on va [.. Read More]

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Tune 30: The West Clare Reel
Tune 30: The West Clare Reel

The reel "The West Clare Reel" will be taught in this lesson and the study of cr [.. Read More]

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Tune 31: The Lilting Banshee
Tune 31: The Lilting Banshee

This lesson teaches the jig 'The Lilting Banshee'. Ernestine begins her study of [.. Read More]

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Tune 33: The Rose in the Heather
Tune 33: The Rose in the Heather

In this lesson, Niamh will teach another Jig in D major called 'The Rose in the [.. Read More]

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Tune 34: The Galway Rambler
Tune 34: The Galway Rambler

In this lesson the reel 'The Galway Rambler' will be taught. The focus will be o [.. Read More]

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Tune 35: Roscommon Reel
Tune 35: Roscommon Reel

The "Roscommon Reel" is the tune featured in this lesson. Majella will focus on [.. Read More]

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Tune 36: The Silver Spear
Tune 36: The Silver Spear

In this lesson the reel 'The Silver Spear' will be taught. Tola will introduce t [.. Read More]

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Tune 37: John McHugh's Jig
Tune 37: John McHugh's Jig

This lesson will feature the tune 'John McHugh's Jig'. In it, Edel will continue [.. Read More]

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Tune 38: The Mist Covered Mountain
Tune 38: The Mist Covered Mountain

Derek introduces the ornament 'The Roll' in this lesson. He teaches the Jig 'The [.. Read More]

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Tune 39: Trip to the Cottage
Tune 39: Trip to the Cottage

This lesson will feature the jig 'Trip to the Cottage'. Aidan will focus on the [.. Read More]

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Tune 40: A Fig for a Kiss
Tune 40: A Fig for a Kiss

The slip jig, 'A Fig for a Kiss' will be taught in this class. An exercise to st [.. Read More]

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Tune 41: The Humours of Whiskey
Tune 41: The Humours of Whiskey

In this lesson Steph will teach the Slipjig ‘The Humours of Whiskey’. Throat [.. Read More]

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Tune 42: The Drunken Landlady
Tune 42: The Drunken Landlady

'The Drunken Landlady' is the reel taught by Kevin in this tutorial. He will con [.. Read More]

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Tune 43: The Red Haired Lass
Tune 43: The Red Haired Lass

In this lesson 'The Red Haired Lass' reel will be taught. Dáire will introduce [.. Read More]

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Tune 44: The Swallow's Tail
Tune 44: The Swallow's Tail

This lesson will teach the reel, "The Swallow's Tail". It provides an in-depth s [.. Read More]

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Tune 45: The Plains of Boyle
Tune 45: The Plains of Boyle

This lesson will teach the hornpipe "The Plains of Boyle". This tune is in the k [.. Read More]

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Tune 46: Off to California
Tune 46: Off to California

The Hornpipe 'Off to California' will be taught in this lesson. Kirsten will foc [.. Read More]

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Tune 47: Derry Hornpipe
Tune 47: Derry Hornpipe

In this lesson, the Derry Hornpipe will be taught. Kirsten's study of intonation [.. Read More]

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Tune 48: The Ashplant
Tune 48: The Ashplant

This lesson will teach the reel, "The Ashplant". The focus of this lesson will b [.. Read More]

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Tune 49: Lady Ann Montgomery's
Tune 49: Lady Ann Montgomery's

In this lesson, Kirsten will teach a well know Reel called 'Lady Ann Montgomery' [.. Read More]

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Tune 50: The Crosses of Annagh
Tune 50: The Crosses of Annagh

In this lesson, Steph will teach the reel ‘The Crosses of Annagh’. In it, sh [.. Read More]

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