Irish Music Collection

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  1739 tunes, 190 musicians, 973 pages of hand written Irish traditional music performances from 117 albums and several field recordings. Album release dates from 1920 to 1992. See: Tunes by category

I collected these albums and transcribed the performances over a ten year period using standard music notation. As the project progressed, I included ornamentation into the music scores.

The best way to use this site is to listen and follow along with the written music. Start with the Samples page which has written music and links to MP3s. See: All media

On the Search page you can filter by Title, Type, Musician, Instrument, Group, or Album. Click on a tune title to open a page of music. See: How to use

The Black 47 Archive consists of press, photos, links, gig tapes, and charts starting from 1989.

Online since 2005

transcriptions by Fred Parcells