Links and pointers to useful information on the subject of Irish music, dance, and playing a musical instrument.
- “121 Favorite Irish Session Tunes” by L.E.McCullough
- Has sheet music and a CD with the tunes played relatively slowly, with no ornamentation, then faster with ornaments.
- Steps for Sets, by Mick Mulkerrin.
- Shows the fancy footwork you can use in different set dances. A must for anyone who likes the rhythmic, percussive side of dance. Doesn’t teach the set dances themselves. (For that, it’s best to find a teacher or get a multi-volume video series.) Available from Ossian, below.
Music and Dance Camps
- For information on the Gaelic Roots music and dance camp. (Here is a review.)
- For information on the Lark in the Morning music and dance camp.
Bay Area Slow Sessions
- Session run by JoAnn Rees in the Sunnyvale/San Jose area.
- Session run by Michael Duffy and Greg Douglas in the San Mateo area.
- A cool site that lists a number of slow-play sessions in the Bay Area.
- The abc music format and software
- Celtic Mouth Music, Elipsis Press, NY.
- A small booklet that describes the traditional Irish art of diddling. Includes a CD with a wide range of examples. Available from Ossian, below.
- Field Guide to the Irish Music Session
- A short, funny book that takes you inside an Irish music session, shows you what’s there, and gives you some idea of the etiquette involved.
- Chris Smith, Celtic Back-Up for All Instrumentalists, published by Mel Bay (http://www.melbay.com/)
- A great book that explains pretty much what there is to know about the musical structure of Irish music, and seventeen different ways to go about accompanying it tastefully.
- Chris Smith’s booklet on running a slow session
- A nice little gem with thoughts about how to start and run a slow session. Available at cost by contacting Chris at
- The Ossian store of Irish music and dance. They have an astonishingly deep collection of books, CDs, and music that they keep focused on traditional material.
- The Gryphon music store. A fantastic guitar shop that also stocks fiddles and tin whistles. The place where Carol McComb (among others) gives her singing and instrument workshops.