IRISH TRADITIONAL TUNE LIBRARY
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Welcome to the Irish Traditional Tune Library (successor to webABC).
The purpose of this website is to preserve in digital format Irish traditional dance tunes that have
(1) appeared in printed sources
(2) been transcribed from recordings
(3) been submitted to me by the composers
The files included are all in PDF format and include links to MP3 sound
files. (Your browser may be capable of opening both the PDF and the
sound link concurrently, which is handy for following the music.)
There is also a link to the ABC file in which the tune is contained. The
ABC file will include any "liner-note"-type material (e.g. tune
history, alternate versions). ABC also allows a user to change the
tune's playback speed, which can come in handy if my standard settings
(180 for reels, 160 for jigs, 150 for hornpipes, and so forth) are not
suitable for the user's needs. I'm a firm believer in the value of ABC
and will be happy to share information on it with anyone requesting same.
Note that the links work ONLY after the page on which they appear has been downloaded. The links do NOT work online.
The material included here is all "public domain" traditional music
unless noted differently. My thanks to the composers who have allowed me
to include their efforts on this site. In those cases, copyrights and
associated permissions belong to them.
There are two ways to access the material on this site, Browse and Search.
BROWSE provides access to the individual folders in which the material
is contained. These folders often correspond to the printed volumes
(e.g. O'Neill's, O'Farrell, Bulmer & Sharpley, Roche). Clicking on
the folder link will open the table of contents listing all the tunes in
that folder. The tune titles are linked to the corresponding PDF.
BROWSE is useful for getting an overview of what tunes appear where,
basically a "quick look" at what's on the site. Any particular title of interest can be clicked on for further examination.
SEARCH provides direct links to the tunes and is designed for those
users who need to go to a particular tune without needing any other
The best way to understand all this is to try it for yourself. Remember
that you can't affect any website contents - what's on my server will
always be there in the same form. What you do with the downloaded file
once you get it on your hard drive is pretty much up to you.
(Note that there's a way of combining PDF's in the event that - for
example - you want to put all versions of "Silver Spear" in one file.
You can get details on this in whatever program you use to open/edit
PDFs - Mac Preview, Adobe, etc.)
Work on this version of the website (aside from corrections) will be completed by 24
September 2023. It will however remain open for new material, which will be included in a
"Supplement". If at some point in the
future you're looking for a folder or a tune that doesn't appear in the
original site, please check the Supplement (there will be a link to it from this page).
Comments, criticisms, suggestions: all welcome. Additional contributions always welcome - submissions in ABC, PDF, or XML only please (no sound files).
Contact me at email@example.com at any time.
There's a wealth of great material on this site - I've been collecting it for over 30 years. Have fun expanding your repertoire!
And finally, thanks to the many musicians and composers who have
supported this effort over the years. There are too many to name here
but I'm grateful to all of you.
Bourne MA (Canal-side)
23 Sept. 2023