Tune Books

A collection of tunes played at Olympia Irish Session

What’s New:
Lots of corrections and now all of the tunes in the book now have guitar chords. The tunes are now labeled; Common – for the standard Tugboat Annie’s tunes, New – for new tunes, Set – for groups of tunes. The book is in alphabetical order to make it easier to find tunes. Sets are now at the back of the book and the tunes in the sets are duplicated so that they can still be found individually in the alphabetical section.
Current book Version 2021b – 12/05/2020

Olympia Irish Session Tunes – PDF
You can read this file with a standard PDF reader, usually there is already one installed on your phone, tablet or computer. All tunes are indexed and bookmarked.

Olympia Irish Session Tunes – ABC
This is the ultimate version of the tunes. A computer can display, play and print the tunes. If you wish you can also sort the tunes by title, type, meter or key. Or you can transpose and vary the speed of playback. A great tool for learning tunes by ear or by reading.

I highly recommend this free windows program EasyABC to use this file.

Using the Session Tunes on your Tablet, Phone or Computer

Our session books are available in two formats PDF and ABC Notation. With the PDF version you can read it with Adobe Acrobat Reader on any system just like you would read any PDF document. The tunes are indexed using bookmarks, so you can quickly find your tune and jump to that page.

With the ABC Notation format it is much more versatile. When the software is installed, you can read the sheet music and also have your phone play the tune back for you to hear the rhythm and melody, or play along with it for practice. You can slow it down or speed it up and even transpose the music with a few clicks. To use the ABC version of the Session Book first install one of the software solutions below, then download the ABC Session Book.

“EasyABC” for Windows

EasyABC for Microsoft Windows

This free program for Microsoft Windows systems displays the music on your screen. If you push the play button it will give you a count in beat then play the melody and chords. You can also adjust the speed of the tune, So you can start out slow while you are learning the tune, then pick up the pace until you can play at session speed. Each note is highlighted as it is played, making it easy to find your place. it uses ABC notation so you can easily add new tunes from thesession.org or abcnotation.com

“A La Mode” for Android Phone or Tablet

An Android app for organizing, viewing, playing and transposing ABC tunes. With this you can always have you music at hand. A new feature now displays mandolin or whistle tab for the tunes. Notes are also highlighted as they are played.

“TunePal” for Apple, Android or Web

TunePal – Web Version

An abc player and query-by-playing search engine from Bryan Duggan which runs on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad & android devices. Also a free online service.

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland
ABC Format

O'Neil's book cover
O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903), containing 1,850 Irish Tunes