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Ryan’s Mammoth Collection – More than 1000 Irish Tunes…

Durning my holidays this year I had taken with me a book from which I like to play every now and then:

300 Fiddle Tunes – Fiddle Songbooks

published by Hal Leonard. This book is a collection of 300 Irish pieces for fiddle or mandolin, and almost every piece in this collection sounds great and is fun to play. This book is very cheap and it is niclely illustrated. It does also contain some basic introducory notes for the different styles of Irish music. If you like Irish music and want to have it in a nice book you should have a look at this collection.

When I played the music I remembered that I had already found out that this collection is based on an old collection of Irish tunes, and so I tried again to find the source for this edition. The tunes are taken from Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, a collection of more tan 1000 Irish tunes. The collection is available as free download on the following site:

I have found some videos with performances of tunes from Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, this is the band Pendragon with some of the tunes:

PENDRAGON “Ryan’s Mamouth Collection” I

An even better resource can be found on the site of the ITMA – Irish Traditional Music Archive . There you can get all the tunes as interactive scores, you can display the music and listen to the sound, change the speed and even the key. That’s great to learn the tunes and practice them. (The website has changed in the meantime since this was posted – you can find score in the “text” page, recordings on the “sounds” page)

PENDRAGON “Ryan’s Mamouth Collection” II

More videos with Pendragon in the youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/georgerd1/videos

Playlist Ryan’s Mommoth Collection

Additional Information

Website of the band “Pendragon”: http://www.pendragoncelticmusic.com/

ITMA website with interactive scores, recordings, videos, pdf downloads, and more – a great website about Irish music in general.


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Sheet Music for Mandolin and Guitar in the Library…

Today I want to present two marches by Sousa, the High School Cadets March and the Imperial Edward March.

The scans of the sheet music for those two marches is available in the Library of Congress.

High School Cadets March

For mandolin and guitar

Sousa’s Band-High School Cadets March Victor Records-VE

Imperial Edward March

for 2 mandolins and piano / guitar

John Philip Sousa – Imperial Edward March

Additional Information

Sheet music in the Library of Congress for mandolin (search):


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Sheet Music for Mandolin and Guitar in the Library…

In the Library of Congress you can find sheet music for mandolin and guitar. This includes many arrangements of marches by John Philip Sousa for mandolin and guitar, 2 mandolins and guitar or mandolin and piano. There are also severals other pieces from the period around 1900.

In this post I have compiled the first part of sheet music, enriched by some videos of marches by Sousa.

The following sheet music editions are available for free download from the Library of Congress site:

The Bride-Elect: March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

Mandolin and guitar:

2 mandolins and guitar:

mandolin solo:

(other version with piano available)

Video: American March “The Bride-Elect March”

La cantinera polka / Rosas [notated music]

mandolin and guitar:

The Charlatan: March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

Video: The Charlatan March

Debutante’s gavotte / F Abtler [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

The Diplomat March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

mandolin solo:

Cupid waltzes / William T Gery [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar – only 1st mandolin part:

The darkies’ cradle song / J. W Wheeler [notated music]

1st mandolin and mandola:

The Directorate March / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

mandolin and guitar:

2 mandolins and guitar:

(other versions with piano available)

The easy one schottische / Wm. H Fletcher [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

Emory waltz / H. P Sutorius [notated music]

2 mandolins and guitar:

Hail to the Spirit of Liberty / John Philip Sousa [sheet music]

mandolin and guitar / piano:


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Trip to Skye / The Curlews – Two great…

Some days ago I have listened to Folk Alley and heard a recording that I liked immediately. This was a medley of two Irish tunes played by Eilen Ivers (fiddle) and John Whelan (accordion): Trip to Skye by John Whelan and a tune that is called Darach DeBruns but that is actually a tune named The Curlews and was composed by Josephine Keegan

The recording I heard has been published in 1987 in the album Fresh Takes:

Fresh Takes– John Whelan, Eileen Ivers

Label: Green Linnet
Released: 1987

This recording with Eileen Ivers and John Whelan is also contained in some other collections with Irish music, and I have found several videos at youtube. I have selected the follwing video:

John Whelan & Eileen Ivers – Trip To Skye Darach DeBruns

Trip to Skye – John Whelan

I have found the sheet music for Trip to Skye at thesession.org and on some other sites, you can find the links at the end of this post.

Here is another version of Trip to Skye, played by the group Skolvan:

Skolvan – Trip to Skye

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