Top 25 Celtic Session Tunes for Ukulele : SUPERPACK (PDF, FINALE, MUSICXML)

SUPERPACK : Aside from the book in PDF format, this superpack also contains editable/playable files for Finale and MusicXML (which can be opened using the free MuseScore editor available for download at ). ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Campanella-style arrangements of 25 of the most popular Celtic session tunes, including:
  • Banish Misfortune
  • Banshee
  • Blarney Pilgrim
  • Boys of Bluehill
  • Conaughtman's Rambles
  • Cooley's
  • Drowsy Maggie
  • Gravel Walks
  • Harvest Home
  • Jimmy Ward's
  • Kesh
  • Kid on the Mountain
  • King of the Fairies
  • Lilting Banshee
  • Maid Behind the Bar
  • Mason's Apron
  • Morrison's
  • Mountain Road
  • Musical Priest
  • Out on the Ocean
  • Rights of Man
  • Silver Spear
  • Tam Lin
  • Wind that Shakes the Barley
I began listening to Celtic music in the early 90’s when a friend introduced me to Fiona Ritchie’s NPR radio program, The Thistle and Shamrock. I’d already become aware of some session tunes through the pennywhistle primer my father had given me in the 80’s (when he was still a well, active musician and would play duets with me at family Christmas parties), but I had never before heard recordings of the masters of the whistle, fiddle, harp and uilleann pipes. Needless to say, it was a revelation. Shortly thereafter it seemed like the entire world was listening to the lilting jigs and high-stepping dance tunes in the wake of 1995’s Riverdance phenomenon.
I loved most everything I heard in that period, from the very traditional, but incredibly virtuosic playing of The Chieftains to the dreamy Celtic-inspired pop of Enya, to the amazing blend of the two extremes by artists like Loreena McKennitt. 
Fast forward to 2010s . . . Ever since I started writing and arranging for the ukulele I’ve been planning this book; one that combines my love of traditional Celtic music with my love of the re-entrant ukulele (gCEA), which sounds fantastic on solo dance tunes played in the campanella-style (where you try to avoid playing two consecutive notes on the same string to give the sonic illusion of playing on a harp). I’d like to acknowledge Alistair Wood for introducing me to this style of playing as well as three other inspiring arrangers of Celtic tunes for uke: Jonathan Lewis, Rob MacKillop and Wilfried Welti (though I’ve avoided their books while working on this title to avoid any unintentional borrowing). If you love this style, please check out their work as well!How were the ‘Top 25’ Celtic session tunes chosen out of the thousands of tunes and variations that are available? Quite simply, I went to the top two sites for traditional tunes and chose to arrange the 25 most bookmarked tunes. Hardly scientific, but a good measure of tune popularity nonetheless. I hope you enjoy the results! Sláinte mhaith (good health)! M. Ryan Taylor
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