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!