Irish Fiddle Solos

By Pete Cooper

  1. Lament For O’Donnell
  2. Julia Clifford’s
    Sean Healy’s
  3. Tom Billy’s Favourite
    The Bank Of Turf
  4. Scully Casey’s
    Dan O’Keefe’s #1
    Dan O’Keefe’s #2
  5. Nell O’Sullivan’s
    The Gullane
  6. Toormore Polka #1
    Toormore Polka #2
  7. Knocknaboul
    Ballydesmond Polka #3
  8. Fergal O’Gara
    Green Fields Of Ros Beigh
  9. The Humours Of Ennistymon
    The Cliffs Of Moher
  10. Lament For Owen Roe O’Neill
  11. The Porthole Of The Kelp
    Farewell To Miltown
  12. The Plains Of Boyle
  13. Ballyhoura Mountains
    Lucy Farr’s
  14. Andy Davy’s
    The Pullet And The Cock
  15. Music On The Wind
    The Lonesome
  16. The Home Brew
    Galway Bay
  17. Michael O’Connor
  18. The Princess Royal
  19. Fanny Power
  20. The Dusty Miller
    A Fig For A Kiss
  21. O’Farrell’s Welcome To Limerick
    The Wandering Minstrel
    Donnybrook Fair
  22. The Coach Road To Sligo
    The Trip To Sligo
    Coleman’s Cross
  23. Martin Wynne’s #1
    Martin Wynne’s #2
    Martin Wynne’s #3
  24. The Coulin
  25. Swinging On The Gate
    Over The Moor To Maggie
  26. The Sligo Maid
    The Star Of Munster
  27. The Christmas Eve
    The Fermoy Lasses
    Craig’s Pipes
  28. Paddy’s Rambles Through The Park
  29. Rósie Bheag Rósie Móire’s
    Francie Mooney’s
  30. The Boys Of Malin
    The Gravel Walks
  31. The Oak Tree
    The Flogging
    The Glory
  32. Coming Home

Three comments

Irish Fiddle Solos (Pete Cooper)

This CD accompanies Pete Cooper’s book "Irish Fiddle Solos" (Schott ED12734), a collection of 64 tunes representative of the 32 Counties of Ireland, and played by Pete Cooper himself on the fiddle. The CD doesn’t appear to be available separately from the book.
The book gives the "dots" for each tune, with detailed bowing and ornamentation, much as Mr Cooper would teach the tune himself. The book has a concise but detailed introduction to dance tune structures and types, ornamentation, bowing, the modes and key signatures, and chords. As such it is very useful to the beginner and intermediate player, and the advanced players also will find much herein to benefit them.
Each tune in the book is preceded by a brief history, and each, as is the Introduction, is usefully trilingual, in English, French, and German.
The only tune on the CD and in the book that is not of the "tradition" (but will surely become so in due course) is Mr Cooper’s own composition "Coming Home", a slow air that he wrote in 1994 for a TV film of the same name.


Irish fiddle solos

This book helped me immensely when I was beginning to learn to play the fiddle. Even though the tunes are played quickly, the history notes are interesting and the selection of tunes is great.

Pete Cooper’s other book ‘The Complete Irish fiddler’ is even better as the tunes are played slower. This book has been invaluable to my learning of trad. I’ve had this book from when I first began to learn the fiddle - six years ago- and i still refer to it regularly now. Thanks, Pete Cooper!

"Pete Cooper: Irish Fiddle Solos" ~ Book & CD - 64 tunes

Europe ~ English / French / German
Schott Music Ltd., London,140233.html
ISMN: 979-0-2201-2233-0
ISBN: 978-1-902455-41-9

North America ~
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
ISBN-10: 0786627891
ISBN-13: 978-0786627899

The same contents, different publishers and covers…