This exceptionally well-conceived and executed book contains extensive performance notes, historical essays sprinkled with Irish literary quotations, notes on regional and personal playing styles, photos of the major Irish fiddlers and musical groups incorporating the fiddle, plus a wealth of Irish fiddle tunes. All 79 jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes, reels, polkas, mazurkas, highlands, marches, waltzes and airs are recorded on the two CD "Learning Discs" exactly as written in the book. Chords for guitar accompaniment are provided. The author thoughtfully includes a list of useful addresses and a "Recommended Listening" list of audio recordings. 157 pp.
Titles Include: The Irish Washerwoman, My Darling Asleep, Harvest Home, Jackie Tar, The Merry Blacksmith, The Banshee, The Britches Full of Stitches, Bill Sullivan's Polka, Tobin's Jig, Old Joe's Jig, Off to California, Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, The Rights of Man, The Teetotaller's Reel, Sonny Brogan's Mazurka, Lark in the Morning, Paddy Clancy's Jig, Polly Put the Kettle On, Cup of Tea Reel, Morning Star, O'Carolan's Draught, The Wounded Hussar, The Heart is True, Toormore, Cullen Slide, Tailor's Twist, Rocky Road to Dublin, The Pipe on the Hob, Star of the County Down, Reel of Mullinavat, Lad O'Beiren's Reel, Jug of Punch, Jenny's Chickens, and many, many more.