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

Kerry Polka

Tune 1: Kerry Polka


Level 1 | Melody

Join Kirsten as she introduces the challenge and teaches the first tune in the series,…

Polka

FREE

The Rattling Bog

Tune 2: The Rattlin' Bog


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson, Steph will teach a simple tune in the key of D major called ‘The…

Polka

FREE

Maggie in the Woods

Tune 3: Maggie in the Woods


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson, Niamh will teach a simple Polka in the key of G major called 'Maggie…

Polka

FREE

The Balllydesmond Polka

Tune 4: Balllydesmond Polka


C Major | Level 2 | Melody

A lively polka is taught in this first lesson. Daire pays particular attention to…

Polka

FREE

Britches Full of Stiches

Tune 5: Britches Full of Stitches


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Another lively Polka will be taught in this lesson, called 'Britches Full of Stitches'.…

Polka

FREE

Geese in the Bog

Tune 6: Geese in the Bog


C Major | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson is the first from the 'Clare Fiddle Styles' course. Tola Custy teaches…

Jig

The Ten Penny Bit

Tune 7: Ten Penny Bit


Level 1

The Ten Penny Bit' is the jig taught in this lesson. Kirsten will use the tune to…

 

Connacht Man’s Rambles

Tune 8: The Connaught Man's Rambles


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

The jig, 'The Connaught Man's Rambles' is featured in this lesson...

Jig

John McKenna’s Jig

Tune 9: John McKenna's Jig


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson, Kevin will continue his study of articulation with the use of the…

Jig

The Clare Jig

Tune 10: The Clare Jig


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach "The Clare Jig". Majella introduces 'ti-ka-ta' tonguing in…

Jig

The Butterfly

Tune 11: The Butterfly


B Minor | Level 1 | Melody

The popular Slip Jig 'The Butterfly' will be taught in this lesson. Kirsten will…

Slip Jig

Na Ceannabhain Bhána

Tune 12: Na Ceannabhain Bhána


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Another Slip Jig called 'Na Ceannabhain Bhána will be taught in this lesson. The…

Slip Jig

Pigtown

Tune 13: Pig Town


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson Kirsten will teach the reel, 'Pig Town'. She will demonstrate an…

Reel

Rolling in the Ryegrass

Tune 14: Rolling in the Ryegrass


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson, Niamh will teach a Reel in D major called 'Rolling in the Ryegrass'.…

Reel

Garrett Barry’s Jig

Tune 15: Garret Barry's


D Mixolydian | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson the jig, "Garret Barry's" will be taught. Cranns and ornaments of…

Jig

The Rolling Wave

Tune 16: The Rolling Wave


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach the jig, "The Rolling Wave". The focus of this lesson will…

Jig

The Boys of Bluehill

Tune 17: The Boys of Bluehill


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson, Steph will be introducing the ‘triplet’. She will teach the Horpipe…

Hornpipe

Harvest Home

Tune 18: Harvest Home


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson the Hornpipe 'Harvest Home' will be taught. The study of rolls will…

Hornpipe

Sporting Paddy

Tune 19: Sporting Paddy


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson the tune 'Sporting Paddy' will be taught. This is a well known traditional…

Reel

The Coach Trip to Sligo

Tune 20: Coach Trip to Sligo


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach the jig, 'Coach Trip to Sligo'. The roll on the note of G…

Jig

Whelan’s Jig

Tune 21: Whelan's Jig


E Minor | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson the jig "Whelan's Jig" will be taught. Rolls and their ability to…

Jig

The Wandering Minstrel

Tune 22: The Wandering Minstrel


D Major | Level 3 | Melody

After teaching this tune slowly, phrase by phrase, Mikie focuses on the ornament…

Jig

The Tulla Reel

Tune 23: The Tulla Reel


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach 'The Tulla Reel'. Dáire will continue his study of cuts and…

Reel

Drowsy Maggie

Tune 24: Drowsy Maggie


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach the reel "Drowsy Maggie". Ornamentation and variation will…

Reel

Sally Garden’s

Tune 25: Sally Gardens


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson, Kirsten teaches the well known reel 'Sally Gardens'. She will continue…

Reel

Maid Behind The Bar

Tune 26: The Maid Behind the Bar


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson, the well known reel 'The Maid Behind the Bar' will be taught. It…

Reel

Si Bheag Si Mhor

Tune 27: Si Bheag Si Mhor


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

Kirsten will teach an O'Carolan composition in this lesson. The tune is called 'Si…

Waltz

The Glen of Aherlow

Tune 28: The Glen of Aherlow


E Minor | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson, the reel 'The Glen of Aherlow' will be taught. Tola will continue…

Reel

Martin Wynne’s

Tune 29: Martin Wynne's Reel


G Major | Level 3 | Melody

The tune "Martin Wynne's Reel" will be taught in this lesson. Mike focuses on variation…

Reel

West Clare Reel

Tune 30: The West Clare Reel


A Mixolydian | Level 2 | Melody

The reel "The West Clare Reel" will be taught in this lesson and the study of cranns…

Reel

The lilting Banshee

Tune 31: The Lilting Banshee


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson teaches the jig 'The Lilting Banshee'. Ernestine begins her study of…

Jig

Tune 32


Level 1

 

The Rose in the Heather

Tune 33: The Rose in the Heather


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson, Niamh will teach another Jig in D major called 'The Rose in the…

Jig

The Galway Rambler

Tune 34: The Galway Rambler


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson the reel 'The Galway Rambler' will be taught. The focus will be on…

Reel

Reel

Tune 35: Roscommon Reel


E Minor | Level 2 | Melody

The "Roscommon Reel" is the tune featured in this lesson. Majella will focus on…

Reel

The Silver Spear

Tune 36: The Silver Spear


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson the reel 'The Silver Spear' will be taught. Tola will introduce the…

Reel

John McHugh’s

Tune 37: John McHugh's Jig


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

This lesson will feature the tune 'John McHugh's Jig'. In it, Edel will continue…

Jig

The Mist Covered Mountain

Tune 38: The Mist Covered Mountain


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Derek introduces the ornament 'The Roll' in this lesson. He teaches the Jig 'The…

Jig

Trip to the Cottage

Tune 39: Trip to the Cottage


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will feature the jig 'Trip to the Cottage'. Aidan will focus on the…

Jig

Fig for A Kiss

Tune 40: A Fig for a Kiss


E Minor | Level 2 | Melody

The slip jig, 'A Fig for a Kiss' will be taught in this class. An exercise to strengthen…

Slip Jig

Humours of Whiskey

Tune 41: The Humours of Whiskey


B Minor | Level 1 | Melody

In this lesson Steph will teach the Slipjig ‘The Humours of Whiskey’. Throat articulation…

Slip Jig

The Drunken Landlady

Tune 42: The Drunken Landlady


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

'The Drunken Landlady' is the reel taught by Kevin in this tutorial. He will continue…

Reel

The Red Haired Lass

Tune 43: The Red Haired Lass


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson 'The Red Haired Lass' reel will be taught. Dáire will introduce the…

Reel

The Swallow’s Tail

Tune 44: The Swallow's Tail


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach the reel, "The Swallow's Tail". It provides an in-depth study…

Reel

The Plains of Boyle

Tune 45: The Plains of Boyle


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach the hornpipe "The Plains of Boyle". This tune is in the key…

Hornpipe

Off to California

Tune 46: Off to California


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

The Hornpipe 'Off to California' will be taught in this lesson. Kirsten will focus…

Hornpipe

The Derry Horpipe

Tune 47: Derry Hornpipe


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson, the Derry Hornpipe will be taught. Kirsten's study of intonation…

Hornpipe

The Ashplant

Tune 48: The Ashplant


E Minor | Level 2 | Melody

This lesson will teach the reel, "The Ashplant". The focus of this lesson will be…

Reel

Lady Ann Montgomery’s

Tune 49: Lady Ann Montgomery's


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson, Kirsten will teach a well know Reel called 'Lady Ann Montgomery's…

Reel

The Crosses of Annagh

Tune 50: The Crosses of Annagh


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

In this lesson, Steph will teach the reel ‘The Crosses of Annagh’. In it, she will…

Reel

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