Bill Black's Irish Traditional Tune Archive
ALPHABETICAL TUNE INDEX
Index pages are now in PDF format.
Clicking on a letter in the table below will start a
download of the file to your browser.
You can locate any tune on the page quickly by using
your browser's search or find command.
To increase the screen scale for easier reading,
click on the "+" in the upper left corner of the page.
STRUCTURE OF THE INDEX PAGES
REMINDER: once you open a tune index page,
"Tune title + link" column
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The tune titles are linked to "Plus" files (I had to call them something!).
Clicking on the title will open the page, which contains standard
notation, an ABC file, and a sound file (accessed by clicking on the
underlined tune title on the page).
Any "notes and comments" on
the tunes (including sources, composers, original keys where
transposing has occurred, etc etc) are part of the ABC files attached to
NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that the
ABCs are not visible or do not open in certain browsers, namely Chrome
and Safari. They do seem to work in Firefox and SeaMonkey. If you
have problems, remember that all ABCs are available in files wth the
format www.capeirish.com/webabc/working/source.folders/[folder name]/[folder name]_ABC.txt.
Titles followed by an
asterisk have been supplied (in the case of "gan ainm" [= nameless]
tunes) or corrected by me. Following the example of my illustrious
predecessors Francis O'Neill and Breandán Breathnach, I have taken this
liberty in recognition of the fact that it is impossible to archive
anything without a name (the result of "a lamentable heedlessness," in
the Chief's great phrase).
the tables I have tried to correct various collectors' attempts at
spelling Gaelic names. The original versions are in the ABCs attached to
each PDF. (Some remain mysteries - please share any ideas you might
All the links have been
tested and should work. If you find a bad one, please let me know via
email@example.com so I can repair it.
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If the captioned tune isn't clearly a dance tune, I have placed its time signature in the "type" column.
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Contents of the webabc site are arranged by folders, each of which contains additional helpful files.
Click here for a key to folder abbreviations.
- Frank Weaver for his guidance with regards to the intricacies of HTML etc.
- Dave MacAdam and Pat Black for their suggestions and patience as "beta testers"
- Michael Pavan and John Chambers for their support
you can use a Search or Find function
(command-F in Mac) to speed up your search!