Challenge Yourself To Learn More

Understanding the psychology of learning an Irish music instrument and the value of goal setting, we decided to create a challenge for you to help take your playing to the next level. We call it the 50 Irish Session Tunes Challenge.

Why 50? Well, we figured the challenge would be to learn a new tune each week for a year and allowing for 2 weeks off, that left us with the magic number of 50.

So if you’re up for the challenge, you simple take this course and progress from tune to tune each week. You will be learning the tunes from lots of different instruments, which is the real beauty, and challenge, of session playing. So not only will you be learning new tunes for your repertoire, you’ll be a savvy session player by the end of the course.

We warn you, this is not for the faint of heart. This challenge is for those really serious about progressing with their Irish music journey. Who knows, maybe you’ll be drawn to pick up another instrument while you’re at it;-)

50 Irish Session Tunes Challenge Lessons

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Kerry Polka

Tune 1: Kerry Polka

  • D Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

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

Polka

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The Rattlin’ 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 Rattlin’ Bog&#…

Polka

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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 in the Woods&#82…

Polka

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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 the ‘cut’. Polka


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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’. Kirsten…

Polka

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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 the tune phr…

Jig

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The Ten Penny Bit

Tune 7: Ten Penny Bit

  • A Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody

The Ten Penny Bit’ is the jig taught in this lesson. Kirsten will use the tune to demonstrate and tea…

Jig

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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

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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 glottal-stop. He teaches …

Jig

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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 this les…

Jig

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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 introduce the …

Slip Jig

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Na Ceannabhain Bhána

Tune 12: Na Ceannabhain Bhána

  • G Major
  • Level 1
  • Melody

Another Slip Jig called ‘Na Ceannabhain Bhana’ will be taught in this lesson. The ornament &#82…

Slip Jig

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Pigtown

Tune 13: Pig Town

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody

In this lesson Kirsten will teach the reel, ‘Pig Town’. She will demonstrate an valuable exerci…

Reel

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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’. She will c…

Reel

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Garrett Barry’s Jig

Tune 15: Garret Barry's

  • Level 2
  • Melody

In this lesson the jig, Garret Barry’s” will be taught. Cranns and ornaments of the note C shar…

Jig

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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 be on accompaniment …

Jig

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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 ‘The …

Hornpipe

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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 continue wit…

Hornpipe

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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 …

Reel

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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 will be introd…

Jig

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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 create rhythmic…

Jig

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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 ‘bounce’ and v…

Jig

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The Tulla Reel

Tune 23: The Tulla Reel

  • D Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody

This lesson will teach ‘The Tulla Reel’. Daire will continue his study of cuts and triplets. Reel


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Drowsy Maggie

Tune 24: Drowsy Maggie

  • G Major
  • Level 2
  • Melody

This lesson will teach the reel Drowsy Maggie”. Ornamentation and variation will be focused upon in t…

Reel

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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 her stud…

Reel

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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 is in the key …

Reel

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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 Bheag Si Mho…

Waltz

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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 his study of …

Reel

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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 in this …

Reel

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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 will continue. Th…

Reel

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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 cuts, octave p…

Jig

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I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her

Tune 32: I Buried My Wife And Danced On Top Of Her

  • Level 2
  • Melody

Liam O’Brien will teach the Jig ‘I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her’. This tune is…


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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 Heather’. She w…

Jig

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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 using the bri…

Reel

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Reel

Tune 35: Roscommon Reel

  • E Minor
  • Level 2
  • Melody

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

Reel

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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 ‘tripl…

Reel

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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 her stud…

Jig

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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 Mist Cov…

Jig

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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 rhythmic effect…

Jig

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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 tone a…

Slip Jig

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Humours of Whiskey

Tune 41: The Humours of Whiskey

  • B Minor
  • Level 1
  • Melody

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

Slip Jig

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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 his study…

Reel

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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. Daire will introduce the ornament the…

Reel

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The Swallow’s Tail

Tune 44: The Swallow's Tail

  • A Minor
  • Melody

This lesson will teach the reel, The Swallow’s Tail”. It provides an in-depth study on how to i…

Reel

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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 of D major. Variati…

Hornpipe

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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 on melodic v…

Hornpipe

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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 will be continued in…

Hornpipe

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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 on strengthening the…

Reel

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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 in D major. S…

Reel

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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 introduce th…

Reel

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