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101 Session Tunes for Flute

Essential Jigs and Reels for any Irish Session

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“A lovely collection”

Beth Penny Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a wonderful array of popular traditional tunes, perfect to bring along to a session. The presentation is excellent, with the tunes being helpfully categorized. They are in a range of keys and are notated very clearly, complete with chord symbols. The provided music can be embellished according to ability, so this book is appropriate for both beginners and advanced players.

From the Publisher

101 Session Tunes is an essential collection of the most popular traditional tunes found in Irish sessions, perfect for new players or those looking to expand their repertoire.

This book aims to provide readers with a complete resource they can take to a folk music gathering anywhere in the world and be certain they'll have lots to play that others there will know.

It's suitable for all, from a beginner to an intermediate or more advanced standard and can be played on any instrument. Making it a great collection for fiddle players, flute and whistle players, box players and banjo players alike!

With a focus on jigs and reels as the most commonly played tunes, it includes a range of key signatures for variation. Chords are also added to each tune so the collection can be used as a complete manual for playing Irish music and traditional tunes with others.

Compiled by husband and wife duo Ali Barnes - Fiddle (Licence to Ceilidh) and Philippe Barnes - Flute, Whistles, Pipes, Guitar (Crossharbour, The Dave Munnelly Band, The Wilderness Yet), the couple have used their collective experience as traditional musicians to both catalogue their favourite popular tunes, but also the most common phrasing and variations of these tunes too. In the hope of creating a useful companion for any musician looking to play in a folk music session for the first time, or those just looking to increase their database of trad tunes.

We hope you enjoy! 

Difficulty guide: 5-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).



  • Connaughtman's Rambles
  • Mist Covered Mountain
  • Willie Coleman's
  • The Banks of the Newfoundland
  • Sliabh Russell
  • Rose in the Heather
  • Out on the Ocean
  • Finbarr Dwyer's Favourite
  • Jimmy Ward's
  • Tenpenny Bit
  • Old Favourite
  • Morrison's
  • The Lilting Banshee
  • The Banks of Lough Gowna
  • The Kesh
  • Hag at the Churn
  • The Blackthorn Stick
  • Lannigan's Ball
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Garret Barry's
  • Hole in the Hedge
  • Father O'Flynn
  • The Rambling Pitchfork
  • Old John's
  • Anthony Frawley's 
  • Old Hag You have Killed Me
  • Carraroe
  • The Rakes of Kildare
  • My Darling Asleep
  • The Hag with the Money
  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • The Killavil
  • The Lark in the Morning
  • Pipe on the Hob
  • Dusty Windowsills
  • Banish Misfortune
  • The Blarney Pilgrim
  • The Monaghan Jig
  • Spórt
  • Langstrom's Pony
  • The Hag at the Spinning Wheel
  • The Gold Ring

Slip Jigs

  • Drop of Brandy
  • The Rocky Road to Dublin
  • A Fig for a Kiss
  • Peacock Follow the Hen
  • The Butterfly
  • Foxhunter's Jig
  • Elizabeth Kelly's Delight
  • Kid on the Mountain
  • O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick


  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley
  • The Banshee
  • The Salamanca
  • The Mountain Road
  • The Silver Spear
  • The Earl's Chair
  • The Star of Munster
  • Rakish Paddy
  • Over the Moor to Maggie
  • Castle Kelly
  • The Green Mountain
  • The Tarbolton
  • The Road to Lisdoonvarna
  • Mrs McLeod's
  • The Fermoy Lasses
  • Juila Delaney's
  • The Musical Priest
  • The Bucks of Oranmore
  • The Old Copperplate
  • Lad O'Bierne's
  • Paddy Fahey's
  • Fred Finn's
  • Maid of Mount Kisco
  • Maud Miller's
  • Dinkey's
  • Sally Gardens
  • Christmas Eve
  • Sporting Paddy
  • The Flogging
  • Gravel Walks
  • Toss the Feathers
  • Otter's Holt
  • The Maid Behind the Bar
  • Swallowtail Reel
  • Lucy Campbell's
  • The Pigeon on the Gate
  • The Old Bush
  • Foxhunter's Reel
  • The Humour's of Tulla
  • Colonel Fraser's
  • Temple an Ghleantáin
  • The Hollybush
  • The Porthole of the Kelp
  • The Boys of the Lough
  • The Mason's Apron
  • The Morning Dew
  • A Cup of Tea
  • Bunker Hill
  • Jenny's Welcome to Charlie
  • Farewell to Ireland

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Irish Folk Flute Music
Publisher: Philippe Barnes
Publisher's reference: PB05
Our Stock Code: 1476194
Media Type: Paperback (66 pages [score])

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