Links and pointers to useful information on the subject of Irish music, dance,
and playing a musical instrument.
- Great tin whistle instruction. Many diagrams and a nice sequence of tunes.
- The best muisc tutorial I've ever seen. Has a great collection of currently-popular
old time and Irish tunes. Breaks them down into managable phrases on the CD,
making them easier to learn and play. The CD makes it possible to learn by
ear, while following along in the sheet teaches you to read at the same time.
(The only flaw is that several phrases are often combined on a single track,
making them hard to repeat. Otherwise, it would be utterly fantastic for learning
- "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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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