Links

Resources and connections to all things Irish in Columbus, in the Central Ohio region, and around the World Wide Web.

Columbus Comhaltas >

Central Ohio’s own branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the worldwide organization promoting traditional Irish music.

The Drone News >

Ireland’s finest traditional music news source, this is The Onion of Irish Traditional Music. Essential.

The Session Shoppe >

Session-related gimcrack, gewgaws, trifles and trinkets for all serious players of traditional Irish music.  And for not-so-serious players as well. 

TUNES

Ceol Álainn >

The name means ‘beautiful music’ and indeed it is. This site is a treasure trove of rare, out-of-print Irish music albums that you can download for free. 

The Roots Music Listening Room >

Free downloads of Irish musicians from the early days of recording technology up till the 70s. Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, The Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players and more.

Irish Traditional Music Tune Index >

Alan Ng’s Tunography. Obsessive-compulsive fixation in the service of traditional Irish music. Exhaustive, cross referenced discography. Need to find a recording of a tune that has ten different names? Look here.

The Fiddler’s Companion >

Andrew Kuntz has packed this site with fascinating information and backgrounds to tunes. This is the sort of lore that makes the tradition live.

 

The Session >

Thesession.org is the discussion board for traditional Irish music. The discussion forum can be informative and a great source of craic. The user-created Tunes database is probably the most extensive in the world.

 

MUSIC NOTATION

 

ABC notation homepage >

This the home of ABC notation, the text-based music notation system and the de facto standard for folk and traditional music on the internet. Super simple. Super handy. This site explains it all to you.

Henrik Norbeck’s ABC Tunes >

A treasure trove of high-quality transcriptions of over 2315 Irish tunes. Indexed source of ABCs for traditional Irish and Scandinavian tunes, organized by title, song type and key.

JC’s ABC Tune Finder >

An extremely handy web search machine that compiles results from all the major tune ABC databases. An updated, work-in-progress 2.O version of the engine can be found here >

The Reverend’s ABC Tune Search >

A Flash-based fuzzy search engine. You can only remember the first measure of the B part of a tune? It goes something like “eB B efge…”? Well, this search engine can help you find it.

 

The Session >

An online community dedicated to Irish music. Find tunes, recordings, sessions and events.

ORGANIZATIONS

 

Columbus Comhaltas  >

Central Ohio’s own branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the worldwide organization promoting traditional Irish music. 

http://columbusirish.com

 

Columbus Bardic Circle >

Bardic Circle is a session group with a long history in the Cental Ohio region, meeting  regularly at The Shamrock Club. Join the Yahoo! Group for email news of sessions and other events here in town.

Columbus Slow Session >

Join the Yahoo! Group for email news about the Columbus Slow Monday Session.

 

Columbus East Side Sessions >

Join the Yahoo! Group for Columbus's Far East Side Friendly Celtic Music Slow and Regular Sessions (welcoming the Newark, Zanesville, Lancaster and surrounding areas).

Shamrock Club >

Central Ohio’s largest Irish organization, established in 1936. The Shamrock Club is an irreplaceable supporter of Irish music in our area, hosting sessions, bands, ceilis and other events.

Ancient Order of Hibernians, Columbus >

Established in 1982, Tara Hall is the headquarters for the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Columbus Ohio. They are an Irish Catholic cultural organization dedicated to a united Ireland, the memory of St. Patrick, Patrick Pearse, Irish Music, Culture & Heritage. The Hall is located at 274 East Innis at the corner of 8th Street in the heart of Hungarian Village on the South Side of Columbus between the major streets of High Street (US 23) & Parsons Ave. 

EVENTS

 

Dublin Irish Festival >

The Dublin Irish Festival is one of the largest Irish festivals in the United States. It takes place during the first weekend of August, and attracts over 100,000 visitors to eight entertainment stages on 29 acres  in Dublin, Ohio.

Listen to 2 great

Irish music programs.

 

"The West Wind"

Traditional music podcasts

from Clare FM here >

"The Trip to the Cottage"

Traditional music programme

from Radio Kerry here >