Free Celtic Music Links

The Virtual Tunebook
Several dozen short jigs, gavottes, hornpipes, reels, etc. Online GIF's, plus several midi's. Hear the tune while you try to play it!

Free Celtic Sheet Music
Free downloads (PDF and MIDI)
of Francis O'Neill's "Music of Ireland", "Dance Music of Ireland", and "Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melodie" -- over 3,000 tunes!

Lutheran Hymnal -- Midi Hymns
Very very nice -- even versions of Celtic tunes done as organ midi hymns. "These are the traditional songs of worship and praise from Lutheran Hymnals presented in midi, in mp3, in lyrics and in sheet music. "

Otter's abc Music Links
Links to several dozen "abc" sites

Bits Plucked from the Air
ABC Tunes; A nice, large selection of ABC's. Organized nicely, then presented in text form so you can cut and paste easily.

Celtic Guitar
Glenn Weiser's site, offers free GIF's of guitar and harmonica arrangments from his series of Mel Bay books. (A new tune each month!)

Wild Dismay!
Check out "Wild Dismay's" set list in ABC format!

Northumbrian Traditional Music
"This webpage will examine the unique traditional music of Northumbria, an area encompassing the modern counties of Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. The site includes sheet music, guitar tabulature, abc notation and midi files. There is also a page which looks at the issue of performance anxiety."

Stephen Klein's Fiddle Web Page
Nice site dedicated to Canadian Celtic fiddlers. Contains a number of ABC tunes.

Celtic Midi Links
A "links" page to many celtic midi sites

Introduction to ABCs
Great Cape Breton tunes in ABC format

Cape Breton Music
Lots of Cape Breton Links

Cranford Publications
Lots of Cape Breton / Celtic tunes. Many free GIF's.

Scottish Music Pages
ABC's of a few dozen Scottish tunes

Traditional-style tunes by contemporary composers in abc format
Links to original composers who've put their compositions in "abc" format.

John Sherman's Celtic Guitar Page
"Celtic guitar, simply put, is that body of music arranged for guitar that includes the traditional musical repertoire of the Celtic regions of Europe (primarily Ireland and Scotland, but also including Wales, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Galicia)
or that can claim to be influenced by it." Describes modal tuning, offers jpg's of sample tunes (hey, it's treble clef -- try it with your fiddle!)

Northumbrian Traditional Music
Fiddle, Guitar, and Song! Sheet music, tabs, and ABC's of "the unique traditional music of Northumbria, an area encompassing the modern counties of Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland."

Eric Foxley's Searchable Music Database
"We maintain a database of over 1000 traditional British related folk dance tunes. All are stored using the Nottingham ASCII format. They arose from an original core forming the repertoire of Freds Folks Ceilidh Band. The music is now available as PDF files. "

The Virtual Tunebook
A nice collection of tunes. All stored as Gif's. Also has some Midi clips -- helps if you're still learning to read musical notation.

Kitchen Musician
"Historical Celtic, English and American Tunes``Hammered Dulcimer Friendly and also playable on fiddle, mandolin, tinwhistle, recorder, flute, etc. ``Downloadable as sheet music GIF files or as MIDI files"

John Chambers' ABC music collection
If you are a musician who is interested in a simple, portable, plain-text music notation with software that will run just about anywhere, you might be at one of the right sites.

Ishmael's Music Page.
What it says. Check out his Sheet Music link and the Morris Tunes.

An ABC Library of Morris Tunes
More Morris style tunes; a library in ABC format. Sorted by English village (What a clever idea!)

"Welcome to Ceolas, the home of celtic music on the internet, since 1994. Ceolas houses the largest online collection of information on celtic music, and has links to hundreds of related sites. "

TuneIndex search
Massive Book Index - No downloadable sheet music, but a massive index of tunes and books. IF you need to find a tune (and haven't found it to download), the search index here can help point you to the right book.

Turlough O'Carolan
Page devoted to the famous folk musician.

acoustic music ,dominique riviere
Celtic guitar and bouzouki.tablatures"pdf""tef" mp3,video clips.

Peter Bird. Words and Music
celtic influences in a variety of original and modified pieces for guitar. Incl. midi and guitar pro tabs

Scottish Fiddle Tunes
Nice collection of Scottish Fiddle/Violin tunes in standard notation and also in audio files (Great to help you play along with the notation!)
Nice collection, nicely done!

The Sessioneer
Lots of Celtic tunes (Jigs, Reels, etc)
-- including tinwhistle! Standard notation, so nice for guitar, mandolin, or violin/fiddle!

Joseph Mitchell's ballad opera
"The music from Joseph Mitchell's ballad opera of 1731, The Highland Fair. This is a little-known and never-reprinted work, the earliest or one of the earliest sources of many Scots tunes, in simple and folk-like versions."

Sixteen Highland Dance Tunes
More ABC tunes from an early 19th century collection by Alexander McKay.

John Sherman's Celtic Guitar Page
Celtic fingerstylist John Sherman has had 20 of his pieces in D A D G A D transcribed into tablature and standard notation.

Ceud Mile Failte
BAGPIPES..MIDIS ~ and in process of adding Sheet Music on this page of Gladys' Celtic Corner website

Free Celtic Music from the Brobdingnagian Bards
The Original Celtic Renaissance with dozens of Free MP3 Downloads, and fun Celtic songs. One of the Top 30 most listened to bands on

Gentraige - The Pub Scout's Celtic Music Link
"Merrily Kiss the Quaker", an Irish Jig!

The Scottish Mandolin
"These pages contain all sorts of things which will be of interest to the mandolin player, from playing techniques and tunes to maintenance instructions, musician biogs and links to other mandolin sites around the web."

The Scottish Session
Ready to sit in on Scottish session playing? Learn session etiquette, check out tabs and standard notation of necessary tunes, learn the way it works!

Nigel Gatherer's ABC Collection
How about NINE (free)
books full of ABC tunes! Varied ABC tunes including Scottish Tunes, Shetland Tunes, American Tunes, Irish Tunes, and Miscellaneous Tunes.

The Celtic Fringe
"Welcome to Celtic Fringe a website which i hope to cater for the needs of pipers,drummers and dancers from around the world." Links, dancing, MP3's, downloads, bands and solists, and a Tune of the Day!

Hetzler's Fakebook
I have posted over 300 pieces of public domain sheet music on my site in both GIF and PDF format. These “Old Time” and Celtic fiddle tunes are free for download.``Sheet music can be found under the sheet music tab or the learn tunes tab on the navigation menu.

Michigan Music
We have a free tune of the Day, plus Gutiar Chords, Ukulele Chords, Scales for Several instruments, Manuscript paper, Glossary of musical terms, music jokes and music quotations.

Breizh Partitions
Hundreds of free Celtic scores for several instruments such as bagpipe, fiddle, flute, guitar, piano, etc.

The Session - Traditional Irish Music
"The exchange of tunes is what keeps traditional Irish music alive. This website is one way of passing on jigs, reels and other dance tunes.````Some of the tunes are well known, and some are more obscure. It's this mixture of the familiar and the new that makes for a good session." Very nicely done, both sheet music, ABC notation, AND discussion of the tune.

Breton Songs
This Web site is dedicated to these songs in Breton language, sung in the old days in Brittany, in the West of France. You will find the words in Breton and the score, sometimes a French translation and the subject (in French only, sorry). You can also listen to the tune, provided through a MIDI recording.

Celtic ViolinWorks
Attractive and very playable arrangements of Celtic Music for Violins, optional Viola, Cello, Flutes (or pennywhistle)
and ad. lib. Keyboard/Bass. FREE violin parts. FREE mp3's. FREE cover sheets with history and performance tips. Also: Classical, Folk, Ragtime/tango/jazz arrangements. Suitable for performances, receptions and high school groups. FREE Warm-ups, tips on Bowing and Fingering. Also: Fiddle section.

Collection of original Celtic type tunes (Jigs, Hornpipes, Strathspeys, etc).

Breizh Partitions - Free Celtic Music Scores
The free Celtic music scores website - standard notation, abc, and midi scores for Accordion, Bombard, Bagpipe, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Fiddle, and others.

Abacci.Com - Irish Music, Celtic Tunes, and Folk Melodies
Free scores of popular traditional music, along with a discography and bibliography for each.````Also a collection of tablature for the tin whistle, blues harp, mandolin and guitar. Plus a set of pages on the bass clef for cello players.

Whistle and Drum
Not a free music site -- but still a nice resource. Whistle & Drum is a great Tin Whistle and Bodhran Shop.

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These resources include theory lessons, ear training tools, music software, and more. A useful hub for those seeking to expand their musical knowledge and skills beyond the sheet music available on the website.