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Trad Group

Traditional Music Group

The trad group meets on Thursdays at lunchtime in the Audio-visual room downstairs in the first year corridoor at about 1.10 pm. Currently it is led by Mr O`Connell though many other teachers and students from all years are actively involved. We have people who play all instruments including people who are just learning. So feel free to come along and enjoy the music. If you have any ideas for anything else including links we should add to this page please e-mail the Web Editor as in Contact above.

The following is a list of tunes we are playing at the moment or trying to learn. We will add links to many of these tunes giving the music notation, ABC notation or sound files to enable you to learn them the way that suits you best. Until then look them up on

Tunes we often play together are grouped together. We play a lot more tunes that are not listed below including recently a few composed or arranged by members of our Music department. Music software tips to help you learn tunes are given below under Top Tips. The first few notes of some tunes are given after the title in ABC notation to get you started.

Tunes we play currently

The Boys of Blue Hill (Hornpipe)
Cork Hornpipe / Harvest Home (Hornpipe)

Off to California (Hornpipe)
Cronin`s Hornpipe (Hornpipe)

Tripping Up the Stairs (Jig) 
Kesh Jig (Jig)
Out on the Ocean (Jig)

Merrily Kissed the Quaker (Slide) - See Setting 8 (X:8) (Close to the version we play)
Star above the Garter (Slide) - See X:1

Joe Cooley's (Reel)
Drowsy Maggie (Reel)
Man of the House (Reel)

Rolling in the Rye Grass (Reel)
The Sligo Maid (Reel)

Sonny`s Mazurka (Mazurka) - |:DF|A2 AG FA|d2 - See X:1
Gan ainm (Mazurka) 
Gan ainm (Mazurka)

Blarney Pilgrim (Jig)
Battering Ram (Jig)

Kerry Polka 1 (in A) (Polka)
Kerry Polka 2 (Polka) 
John Ryan`s Polka (Polka)

The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Reel) 
Silver Spear (Reel)
Maid Behind the Bar (Reel)

Wheels of the World (Jig) 
The rolling wave (Jig) 
My Darling Asleep (Jig)

The Gold Ring (Piping Version) (Jig - 7 parts) - See Setting 3 (X:3)

Strike the Gay Harp (Jig)
Sporting Pitchfork (Jig)
Rambling Pitchfork (Jig)

The Lark in the Morning (Jig - 4 part)

(Jig le Brónagh Barnes)
Súile Lonracha (Jig le Brónagh Barnes)

Inis Oirr (Carolan)

Fanny Power (Carolan)
Sí Bheag Sí Mhór/Sheebeg Sheemor (Carolan)

Planxty Irwin (Carolan)

The Three Sea Captains (Set Dance) 

Madame Bonaparte (Long Dance)

Sport - Peadar O'Riada (Jig)
The Cat's Miaow (Jig)

Liverpool Hornpipe
Glenbeigh Hornpipe

Kid on the Mountain (Slip Jig) 
An Phis Fliuch (Slip Jig)

Tunes we often play

Paul's polkas (3)

St. Anne`s Reel (Reel)

Lilting Banshee (Jig)

Blackthorn Stick (Jig)

The Old Favorite (Jig)

Galway Hornpipe (Hornpipe)
Fischer's Hornpipe

Kildare Fancy (Hornpipe)
Alexander`s (Hornpipe) 

Give me Your Hand/Tabhair dom do Lámh (Carolan Waltz)

Tunes we play sometimes

Boyne Hunt (Reel) 
Merry Blacksmith (Reel) 
Rolling in the Ryegrass (Reel)

Knocknaboul Polka 1 (Polka) 
Knocknaboul Polka 2 (Polka)

Haste to the Wedding (Jig) - A|:"D"AFA Agf| - See Setting 4 (X:4) 
Saddle the Pony (Sackow`s) (Jig) - D|:GBA G2B| - See X:1 
Father O'Flynn's (Jig) - |: A |dAF DFA | Bed cBA | - See Setting 2 (X:2) (Close to the version we play)Tobin`s favourite (Jig)

The foxhunter (Slip Jig) 
She was the proud one (Slip Jig)

Peeler`s Jacket (Reel)
Reavy`s (Reel)

Top Tips and Useful Software Apps

On Windows computers when you click on the MIDI button in it opens up Windows Media Player to play the tune. In Windows Media Player if you want to play the tune a little slower right click in the window and select Enhancements and then Play Speed Settings. Then click on e.g. 0.5 to play the tune at half speed. This works for most types of sound files e.g. .wma, .cdr but not .wav for some reason. You can always download a file converter to convert your music file to a format that works.

If a tune is in the wrong key for your instrument you can download Audacity for free. Then use a converter as above to convert the file to .wav or other suitable format for Audacity. Then look up on you tube how to change the key to change a tune that is in B flat for example to D.

Any more tips? Please e-mail them to the Web Editor as in Contact above. There is an App that recognises the name of a tune if you input the first few notes.

Links to Traditional Music

Google: Comhaltas

Google various groups and artists e.g. Planxty, Chieftains, Clannad, De Danann, Donal Lunny.


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