Tune Circle

If you play an instrument and like fiddle tunes, come join us at 6 p.m. for the Tune Circle, every 3rd Saturday at the Hyattstown Mill.

If you’ve been to fiddle jams, you know they come in many varieties, and with different customs and unwritten rules (or sometimes written).  We never know exactly sure how our Tune Circle will shake out (it depends who shows up — come and help shape it!), but it’s always relaxed and friendly for all abilities and all ages, and most of all a good time.

Irish? Old Time? Bluegrass? Something else?  All play all-the-time, or take turns?  Fast/slow? Allowed instruments?

We’ll start out by going around the circle and each player will suggest a tune (passing is OK).  If enough people know it, we’ll play it.  See the list below for a starter (reading is just fine if you don’t know the tune).  We’ll add to this as we go. The person calling the tune sets the tempo, and gets to call whether it’s all-play or hybrid (all-play through once, then trade to who wants to take one).  We’ll adjust based on how many are in the circle.

Non-traditional instruments are OK, as long as you can play with the group and aren’t louder than the rest (electrics must be turned down, percussion played quietly). We’re not going for purity, but we want to have fun playing music we love.

If you have a copy of the Fiddler’s Fakebook, bring that, but if not don’t worry. We don’t have to stick with only tunes from that book.

Tunes (Updated September 2018)

Here are a few tunes to start out with.  I’ll have some printed copies to share.  If you have some tunes you’d like to play, it’s good to bring some copies in case not everyone knows them (and send them to me and I’ll put them up here).

Got a lot more tunes in the book now.  I’ll bring a few copies but if you want your own, you can print one for yourself.

Single Tunes

  • Amelia’s Waltz
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Ashgrove
  • Ashokan Farewell
  • Blackberry Blossom
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains
  • Carolan’s Welcome
  • Devil’s Dream
  • Dill Pickle Rag
  • The Eighth of January
  • Fisher’s Hornpipe
  • Harvest Home / Haste to the Wedding
  • Hole in the Wall
  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • Jerusalem Ridge
  • The King of the Fairies
  • The Kesh Jig
  • Lark in the Morning
  • Liberty
  • The Lover’s Waltz
  • Mayden Lane
  • Midnight on the Water
  • Morgan Magan
  • My Cape Breton Home
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Ookpik Waltz
  • Over the Waterfall
  • Pig Ankle Rag
  • Planxty George Brabazon / Planxty Irwin
  • Ragtime Annie
  • Red Wing
  • The Rose Tree
  • Sailor’s Hornpipe
  • Sellenger’s Round
  • Sheebeg and Sheemore
  • Sonny’s Mazurka
  • Spanish Waltz
  • The Star of Muenster
  • Staten Island
  • Steciak’s
  • Stone’s Rag
  • Vals-Clog Gillemette
  • Wagoner

Sets

  • Balsam Breeze / Moonbird Waltz
  • The Banshee / Cooley’s Reel
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine / John Ryan’s Polka (Dum Dum)
  • Chinquapin Hunting / Benton’s Dream / Sadie at the Back Door
  • Coleraine / One-Horned Sheep / Old Favorite
  • Deidre’s Fancy / The Butterfuly / Foxhunter’s Jig
  • Evalina / Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
  • Julia Delaney / Saint Anne’s Reel / Growling Old Man and Grumbling Woman
  • To Keep the Sea Orc Fed / The Quarry Cross / Ballydesmond
  • Maggots in a Sheep’s Hide / Raccoon Ate the Snake / The Girl I Left Behind Me
  • March of St. Timothy / Mairi’s Wedding / Scotland the Brave
  • Poppies & Corn / Nixon’s Farewell / Nail That Catfish to the Tree
  • Red-Haired Boy / Catharsis / Drowsy Maggie
  • Saute de Lapin / Doctor Doctor
  • Seneca Square Dance / Squirrel Hunter / Dancing Bear
  • Shenandoah Falls / Whiskey Before Breakfast / Old Joe Clark
  • Swallowtail Jig / Swinging on a Gate / Gallopede
  • Swallowtail Jig / Tenpenny Bit Jig / Lilting Banshee
  • Waterbound / Ice House

Here’s the whole book to print.

Handy Chord Chart of lots of tunes