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Learning Traditional Irish Music in San Diego

As a beginner in playing traditional Irish music, I've found some wonderful teachers and great places to hear and play the music in San Diego, as well as helpful web sites for listening to particular tunes or finding free sheet music. 

Here are tune recordings from Michael Eskin and Elaine Thompson's traditional Irish music class here in San Diego.  In updates coming soon, I'll list web sites I've found helpful as well as venues for listening and playing in seisiun in San Diego.


Tune Recordings


At Acoustic Expressions from late 2004 to early 2006, Michael Eskin and Elaine Thompson taught San Diego seisiun tunes in the traditional way -- by ear.

 
Michael Eskin
 

 





Elaine Thompson



Recordings were made with a Sony ICD-ST25 digital recorder and converted to 11 kHz 16-bit monaural WAV format using Digital Voice Editor V. 2.27.  Michael Eskin provided the mp3 versions.
  
Tune Type/TitleKey MusicianInstrument

Recording (WAV)

Recording
(mp3)

Jigs




Banish Misfortune

G

Michael

Whistle

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Blarney Pilgrim

G

Michael

Whistle

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Cheer Up Old Hag

G

Michael

Concertina

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Listen

Cliffs of Moher

A Dor

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Connaughtman's Rambles

D

Michael

Mandolin

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Listen

Gallagher's Frolics

E Dor

Michael

Whistle

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Listen

Humours of Lisheen

G

Michael

Whistle

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Listen

Kesh

D

Elaine    

Flute

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Listen

Jimmy Ward's

G

Michael

Whistle

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Listen

The Lark in the Morning

D

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Merrily Kiss the Quaker's Wife

G

Michael

Whistle

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Listen

Morrison's

E Dor

Elaine

Flute

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Munster

G

Michael

Whistle

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My Darling Asleep

D

Michael

Whistle

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Rambling Pitchfork

D

Elaine Michael

Flute Whistle

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Listen

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Listen

Rose in the Heather

D

Elaine

Flute

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Sport

D

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Sporting Pitchfork

D Mix

Michael

Whistle

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St. Patrick's Day

D

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Tatter Jack Walsh

D Mix

Michael

Whistle

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Listen

Trip to Athlone    

D    

Michael

Mandolin

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Tripping Up the Stairs

D

Michael

Mandolin

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Listen

Walsh's Favourite, aka Bill the Weaver's

 

Michael

Concertina

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Listen

     
Jig Sets    

Trip to Athlone/Tripping Up the Stairs/Connaughtman's Rambles

D

Michael    

Mandolin

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Listen

     
Slip Jigs    

Butterfly

Em

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

A Fig for a Kiss

E Dor

Michael

Mandolin

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Listen

The Kid on the Mountain 

Em

Michael

Mandolin

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Listen

Marla's    

 

Michael

Concertina

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Listen

Snowy Path

D

 

 

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Listen

Wheels of the World (Maire Rua)

G

Michael

Banjo

Listen

Listen

     
Hornpipes    

Alexander's Hornpipe

D

Michael    

Whistle

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Listen

Boys of Bluehill

D

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Kitty's Wedding

D

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

     
Reels    

Ah, Surely

G

Michael

Whistle

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Listen

Banshee

G

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Cameronian

D

Michael

Guitar

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Christmas Eve

G

Michael

Whistle

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Listen

Cooley's

E Dor

 

 

Listen

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Copperplate

 

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Craig's Pipes

 

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

The Earl's Chair

D Maj

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Frank's Reel by John McCusker

A

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

For another recording of Frank's Reel, visit Michael Eskin's San Diego Traditional Irish Tune Swap Recordings page

George White's Favorite

G

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Gravel Walk

A Dor

Elaine Michael

Flute Whistle

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Listen

High Reel

A Mix

 

 

Listen

Listen

Hunter's Purse

A Dor

Michael

Mandolin

Listen

Listen

  

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Lad O'Byrnes

G

Elaine    

Flute

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Listen

  

Michael

Mandolin

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Listen

Maids of Mt. Cisco

A Dor

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Mason's Apron

A Maj

Elaine

Flute

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Listen

Merry Blacksmith

D

Elaine

Flute

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Old Copperplate

 

Elaine

Flute

Listen


Pigeon on the Gate

E Dor

Michael    

Whistle

Listen


Providence

D

Elaine

Flute

Listen


Rakish Paddy

A Dor

Elaine

Flute

Listen


Silver Spear

D Maj

Michael

Whistle

Listen


Sligo Maid    

A Dor

Elaine

Flute

Listen


Tom Billy's (Speed the Plough)

D

Elaine

Flute

Listen


     
Polka Set    

Babes in the Woods/ John Ryan’s/Dennis Murphy’s

 

Michael    

Mandolin

Listen  

Listen