Notes from an Attic



Play along with me
It's time for action! The recordings below provide a selection of popular tunes – 12 reels and 12 jigs.
You can adjust the playback speed of each tune by altering the little number to the right of the player – by default, the speed of each tune is set to 1.
If you are starting a tune for the first time, I suggest that you reduce this number to, say, 0.6 and you can then speed it up as you improve. A tempo of 1 represents an average playing speed, although some session players may go a bit faster than this (perhaps 1.2).

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12 Reels to play along with
Sligo Maid
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Maid behind the Bar
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Drowsy Maggie
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Sally Gardens
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Red Haired Boy
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Bank of Ireland
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Saint Anne's Reel
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Star of Munster
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Wind that Shakes the Barley
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Cooley's
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The Silver Spear
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The Fairy Dance
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Reels: ABC versions
"REELS"

X: 1
T: The Sligo Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: "Am" A2 BA B/c/d ef | "Am"gedB AGEF |"G" G2 BG dGBG | DEGA BAdB |
"Am" A2 BA B/c/d ef | "Em"gedB AGEG | "G" ~B3G "D"ABGE | "G"DEGA "Am" BAA2:||
|: "Am" ea a/a/g a2ga | bgab ged2 |"Em" eg g/g/f g2 ge | "G"dega bgag |
"Am" ea a/a/g a2ga | bgab ge d2 |"Em" eg g/g/f edBc | "G"dBgB "Am"BA A2 :||

X: 2
T: The Sally Gardens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|"G"G2DG B2GB|dBeB dBAB|"Bm"d2Bd "Em"efge|"Am"dBAB "D"GEDE|
"G"G2DG B2GB|dBeB dBAB|"Bm"d2Bd "C"efge|1 "D7"dBAB "G"G2BA:|2 "D7"dBAB "G"G4||
"G"dggf g2dg|g2bg ageg|"A7"eaag a2ea|"D"a2bg ageg|
"G"dggf g2dg|g2bg "Am"ageg|"Bm"d2Bd "C"efge|1 "D7"dBAB "G"G4:|2 "D7"dBAB "G"G4||

X: 3
T: The Maid Behind The Bar
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D"FAAB AFED|FAAB A2de|"Bm"fBBA Bcde|"Em"f2gf "A"edBd|
"D"FAAB AFED|"D"FAAB A2de|"Bm"fBBA "G"BcdB|[1"A"AFEF "D"D2zE:|[2"A"AFEF "D"D2de|]
|:"D"fgag fdde|fdad fdd2|"Em"efga beef|gebe "A"gee2|
"D"faaf bfaf|defd "A"e2de|"Bm"fBBA "G"BcdB|[1"A"AFEF "D"D2de:|[2"A"AFEF "D"D4|]

X: 4
T: Drowsy Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: "Em" E2 BE dEBE | E2 BE "D" AFDF | "Em" E2 BE dEBE |1"G" BABc "D" dAFD:|2 "G" BABc "D" dAFA||
|"D"d2 fd "A"c2 ec |"D" de fg "D"af "Em"ge |"D" d2 fd "A"c2 ec |"G" BA Bc "D"dA FA |
"D"d2 fd "A"c2 ec |"D" de fg "D"af "Em"ge |"D" af"Em"ge "D"fd"Em"ec |"G" BA Bc "D"dA FD|]

X: 5
T: The Red Haired Boy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
AG|"A"E2A2 ABcd|efec "D"d2cd|"A"e2A2 ABcA|"Em"BGEF G2 AG|
"A"E2A2 ABcd|efec "D"d2cd|"A"eaab ag"Em"ed|"A"c2A2A2:|
|:ef|"Em"gfga gfef|gfec "G"d2cd|"A"edcB ABcA|"Em"BGEF G2AG|
"A"E2AG A2 cd|efec "D"d2cd|"A"eaab ag"Em"ed|"A"c2 A2 A2:|

X: 6
T: The Bank Of Ireland
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
z2AB|:"Am"=c2AB c2AG|"Em"EGDG EGAB"Am"|=c2AB c2 AG|"D"Addc dfed|
"Am"=c2AB c2AG|"Em"EGDG EGAB|"Am"=c2AB c2AG|1"D"Addc d2AB:|1"D"Addc d3e|
|:"D"f3d "A"e3c|"Bm"dfed "A"cA Ae|"D"f3d "Em"e2 fg|"A7"afge "D"d2 (3Bcd|
"A7"eaag efge|"Bm"dfed "A"cAGE|"D"Addc defg|1"A"afge "D"d2e2:|2"A"afge "D"d4|

X: 7
T: Saint Anne's Reel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:z2de|:"D"fedf edcB|A2FA DAFA|"Em"B2GB EBGB|"D"A2FA DAFA|
fedf edcB|A2FA DAFA|"Em"Beed "A"cABc|"D"eddc d2 de:|
|:"D"f2fg fedc|"Em"Bggf g2gf|"A"edcB ABce|baa^g aba=g|
"D"f2fg fedc|"Em"Bggf g2gf|"A"edcB ABcd|1"D"eddc d2 de:|2"D"eddc d4|

X: 8
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|ed|:"Am"c2Ac "G"B2GB|"F"AGEF "Em"GEDG|"Am"EAAB cBcd|"Am"eaaf "Em"gfed|
"Am"cBAc "G"BAGB|"F"AGEF "Em"GEDG|"Am"EAAB cded|[1"G"(3cBA BG "Am"A2ed:|[2"G"(3cBA BG "Am"A2de|]
|:"Am"eaab ageg|"Am"agbg agef|"G"gfga gfef|"G"gfaf gfdf|
"Am"eaab ageg|"Am"agbg agef|"G"g2gf "F#m"a2ga|"Em"bgaf [1gedf:|[2gedB |A4]

X:9
T: The Wind That Shakes The Barley
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|"D"A2AB AFED|"G"B2BA BcdB|"D"A2AB AFED|"Em"gfed "G"BcdB|
"D"A2AB AFED|"G"B2BA BcdB|"D"A2AB AFED|"Em"gfed Bcde|
|"D"f2fd "Em"g2ge|"D"f2fd "G"Bcde|"D"f2fd "Em"g2fg|"D"afed "G"Bcde|
"D"f2fd "Em"g2ge|"D"f2fd Bcde|"Bm"defg a2-ab|"Em"afed "G"BcdB|

X: 10
T: Cooley's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|"Em"EBBA B2 EB|"Em"~B2 AB dBAG|"D"F/E/D AD BDAD|"D"F/E/D FA dAFD
"Em"EBBA B2 EB|"Em" ~B2 AB defg|"D" afec dBAF|1"D"DEF/E/D "Em"E3D:|2"D"DEF/E/D "Em"E2gf|
|:"Em"eB~B2 eBgd|"Em"eB~B2 gedB|"D"A/A/A FA DAFA|"D"A/A/A FA defg|
"Em"eB~B2 eBgd|"Em"eB~B2 defg|"D"afec dBAF|1"D"DFE/D "Em"E2gf:|2"D"DE/FD "Em"E4|

X:11
T: The Silver Spear
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D"FA ~A2 BAFA | dfed "G"BcdA | "D"FA ~A2 BAFA | dfed "G"~B2 AG |
"D"FA ~A2 BAFA | dfed "D7"Bdef | "G"~g3 e "D"~f3 e | "G"dfed "A"~B2 A2 :||
|: "D"fa ~a2 bfaf | "G"gfed "Em"Bcde | "D"fa ~a2 bfaf | "Em"gfed "G"~B2 A2 |
"D"fa ~a2 bfaf | gfed "D7"Bdef | "G"~g3 e "D"~f3 e |[1 "Em"dfed "A"~B2 A2 :|[2 "Em"dfed "A"~B2 AG|]

X: 12
T: The Fairy Dance
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: "D"f2fd f2fd | f2fd "A"cdeg | "D"f2fd "G"gfed |1"A"cABc defg :|2"A"cABc d3f
|: "D"a2af "Bm"b2ba "G"agaf "A"a2ag | "D"f2fd "G"gfed |1 "A"cABc defg :|2 "A"cABc "D"d4 ||



12 Jigs to play along with
Tripping up the Stairs
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The Cliffs of Moher
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Geese in the Bog
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Three Little Drummers
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Lark in the Morning
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Donnybrook Fair
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Austin Barrett
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Kesh Jig
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Morrison's Jig
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Shores of Lough Gowna
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The Tar Road to Sligo
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The Connaughtman's Rambles
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Jigs: ABC versions
"JIGS"

X: 1
T: Tripping Up The Stairs
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D"FAA "G"GBB|"D"FAd fed|"A"cBc ABc|"D"dfe "G"dAG|
"D"FAA "G"GBB|"D"FAd fed|"A"c2c ABc|"D"dfe d2A:|
|:"Bm"dBB fBB|dBB fed|"A"cAA eAA|efe edc|
"Bm"dBB fBB|fgf fed|"A"cBc ABc|"D"dfe d3:|

X: 2
T: The Cliffs Of Moher
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:"Am" ~a3 bag| eaf "G"ged| "F"c2A "Em"BAG| EFG "Am"AB/c/d|
"Am"e2a bag| eaf ged|"F"c2A "Em"BAG| EFG "Am"A3 :|
|"Am"~e3 dBA| e/f/ge dBA| "G"G2B dBA| G2B dBd|
"Am"efe dBA| efe dBA| "G"G2B dBA| "Em"EFG "Am"A3|
"Am"~e3 dBA| e/f/ge dBA|"G"G2B dBA| G2B dBd|
"Am"efe "D"dee| "C"cee "Em"Bee| "C"EFG "G"BAG| "E7"EDB, "A"A,3|

X: 3
T: The Geese In The Bog
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|"C"cEE GEE|cEE "G"GAB|"C"cEE "Em"GED|"Am"EAA A2B|
"C"cEE GEE|cEE "G"GAB|"F"cBA "Em"GED|"Am"EAA A2:|:B|
"C"cde ged|"Am"eaf ged|"D7"cde "G"ged|"Am"eag ~a3|
"C"cde ged|"Am"eaf ged|"F"cBA "Em"GED|"Am"EAA A2:|

X: 4
T: The Three Little Drummers
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: zg/f/ |"Am"eAA eAA | "Em"BAB "G"GBd | "Am"eAA eAA | "Em"def "G"gfg |
"Am"eAA eAA | "Em"BAB "G"GBd | "Em"def "G"gdB |1BAG "Am"A2g/f/ :|2BAG "Am"A2 d|
|: "Am"eaa eaa | "Em"egg "G"egg | "Am"eaa eaa |"Em"def "G"gfg |
"Am"eaa eaa | "Em"egg "G"egg | "Em"def "G"gdB | BAG "Am"A2 :|
|: d |"Am"eaa aga | "Em"bab "G"ged | "Am"eaa aga | "Em"bab "G"g2 d |
"Am"eaa aga | "Em"bab "G"ged | "Em"def "G"gdB | BAG "Am"A2 :|

X: 5
T: The Lark In The Morning
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D"AFA AFA|"G"BGB BdB|"D"AFA Ade|"Bm"fed "G"BdB|
"D"AFA AFA|"G"BGB BdB|"D"def "A"afe|"Bm"fdB BAB:|
|:"D"def afa| "G"bab "D"afe|"D"def "A"afe|"Bm"fdB "G"BAB|
"D"def afa|"G"bab "D"a2f|"Em"gfg "D"fgf|"Bm"edB BAB:|
|:"D"d2f fef|fef fef|def fef|"Bm"edB "G"BAB|
"D"d2f fef|fef fef|"G"gfg "D"fgf|"Bm"edB BAB:|
|:"D"Add fdd|edd fdB|Add fdd|"Bm"edB "G"BAB|
"D"Add fdd|"A"ede "D"fef| "G"gfg "D"fgf|"Bm"edB BAB:|

X: 6
T: Donnybrook Fair
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: "G"GFG "D"AGA | "Em"Bee dBA | BAB GAB | "Am"AGE DED | "G"G2G "D"A2A |
"Em"Bee dBA | B2B "C"GAB | "D"AGF "G"G3 :| "Em"gfe fed | e/f/ge dBA |
| Bee dBA | Bee e2f |1 gfe fed | e/f/ge dBA | "Am"BAB GAB |
"D7"AGF "G"G2f :|2 "Em"gfg "D"aga | "Em"bge dBA | "Am"B2B GAB | "D7"AGF "G"G3 |]

X: 7
T: Austin Barretts
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:"Am"A2B cBA|"Am"eAB cBA|"G"GAG FGG|"G"EGG EFG|
"Am"A2B cBA|"Am"e2d efg|"G"age dBG|"G"ABA "Am"A3:|
|:"Am"a3 age|"G"dBd g3|"G"gag "C"gfe|"G"dBA GAG|
"C"EGG "G"DGG|"C"EFG "Am"ABc|"G"Bee dBG|"G"ABA "Am"A3:|
|:"Am"A2A gAf|"Am"A2A "Em"gAf|"G"G2G eGd|"G"G2G "Em"edB|
"Am"A2A gAf|"Am"A2d "Em"efg|"Am"age "G"dBG|"Am"ABA A3:|

X: 8
T: The Kesh
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: "G"G3 GAB|"D"ABA ABd|"C"edd gdd|edB "D"dBA|
"G"GAG GAB|"D"ABA ABd|"C"edd "G"gdB||"D"AGF"G" G3:|
|:"G"BAB dBd|"C"e/f/ge "G"dBA|"G"BAB dBG|"Am"ABA "D"AGA|
"G"BAB "Bm"dBd|"Em"e/f/ge dBd|"C"gfg "D"aga|"G"bgg g3 :|

X: 9
T: Morrison's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:"Em"E3 B3|EBE "D"AFD|"Em"EBE B2 c|"Bm"dcB "D"AFD|
"Em"EDE BEB|E2 B "D"AFD|"G"GBG "D"FGA|1"Bm"dAG "D"FED:|2"D"dAG FGA|
|:"Em"Bee fee|aee "D"fed|"Em"Bee fee|"D"fag fed|
|1"Em"Bee fee|aee "D"fed|"G"gfe d2A|BAG "D"FED:|2
|"G"g2g gfe|"D"def "G"gfg|"A"edc "D"d2A|"Bm"BAG FED||

X: 10
T: The Shores Of Lough Gowna
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
A|"Bm"~B3 BAF|"D"FEF DFA|"Bm"BcB BAF|"D"d2e fed|
"Bm"~B3 BAF|"D"FEF DFA|"Bm"def "Em"gfe|"Bm"fdB B2:|
A|"D"def ~a2b|afb afe|dFA def|"Em"gfe "Bm"fdB|
"D"def ~a2b|afb afe|"Bm"def "Em"gfe|"Bm"fdB B2:|

X: 11
T: The Tar Road To Sligo
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:e|"Bm"fdB Bcd|"A"ecA BAG|"D"FAA ABc|"Em7"dcd efg|
"Bm"fdB Bcd|"A"ecA BAG|"D"FAA "A"Aag|"D"fdd d2:|
|:B|"D"Aff Aff|"Em"gfg "A7"efg|"D"afd "Bm"dcd|"E7"Bed "A"cBA|
[1 "D"Aff Aff|"Em"gfg "A7"efg|"D"afd "Bm"bge|"E"edc "F#7"d2:|
[2 "Bm"fdB "A"gec|"D"afd "Em"bge|"A7"aga bge|edc "D"d2||

X: 12
T: The Connaughtman's Rambles
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D"FAA dAA|"G"BAB dAG|"D"FAA Afe|"G"dBB BAG|
"D"FAA dAA|"G"BAB def|"Em"gfe "Bm"dfe|1"G"dBB BAG:|2 "G"dBB B3||
|:"Bm"fbb faa|fef def|fbb faa|fed "A"e2g|
"Bm"fbb faa|"D"fef def|"Em"gfe "Bm"dfe|1 "G"dBB B3:|2 "G"dBB BAG||



Requested Tunes during Lockdown
During the Covid Lockdown 2020, several people requested that I add to the 12 Jigs and 12 Reels listed above. Here are some of the tunes they requested (a slowly growing list).
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Pigeon on the Gate Reel
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X: 1
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
dc|"Em"BE ~E2 BEdE|BE ~E2 dBAF|"D"D2 (3FED ADFE|DEFA "Bm"BAFA|
"Em"BE ~E2 BEdE|BE ~E2 B2 AF|"D"D2 FA dfec|"Bm"dBAF "Em"E2:|
FA|"Em"Beed "Bm"efed|"Em"(3Bcd ef gedB|"D"Addc d3 B|"Bm"A2 FE "D"DEFA|
"Em"Beed "Bm"efed|"Em"(3Bcd ef g2 fg|"D"af (3gfe fd ec|"Bm"dBAF "Em"E2:|
The Boys of Bluehill Hornpipe
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X: 2
T: The Boys Of Bluehill
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FA|: "Bm"BAFA "D"DA FA| "Bm"BA (3Bcd "A" e2 de| "D"fa gf "A7"egfe| "D"dfed "Bm"B2dA|
"Bm"BAFA "D"DAFA| "Bm7"BA (3Bcd "Em"e2 de| "D"fagf "A7"egfe|[1"D"d2 f2 d2 FA:|[2"D"d2 f2 d2 fg|]
|: "D"afdf a2gf| "G"efga b2 ag| "D"fagf "A7"egfe| "D"dfed "Bm"B2 dA|
BA FA "D"DA FA| "Bm7" BA (3Bcd "Em"e2de| "D"fagf "A7"egfe| [1"D"d2 f2 d2 fg:|[2"D"d2 f2 d2 z2|]