Music for St. Patrick’s Day

Welcome to our “Build Your Gig Book” series, featuring music for St. Patrick’s Day! In each installment we’ll recommend to you a curated set of music about an hour in length. Choose what you want, or buy the entire set with a 10% discount. (Scroll down for discount!)

Inisheer Reverie

Becky Baxter

The melody of this piece is so beautifully reflective! To me, it portrays a sense of longing. Baxter uses Irish-inspired nuances throughout to embellish her melodic lines, and boy—they sing out on the harp!

Danny Boy

Deborah Henson Conant

You simply cannot go to a Celtic gig without playing “Danny Boy” (a.k.a. “Londonderry Air”). It’s probably one of the most widely recognized Irish tunes that exists and I am in love with this fresh take of the tune. This version uses jazzier chords and lots of arpeggios to breathe new life into it. If you are wanting a more traditional arrangement of “Danny Boy,” see my next suggestion.

50 Irish Melodies

Sylvia Woods

This collection is amazing! It has so many classic Irish tunes—what’s even better is that they are tunes that many people know. A few of my favorites in this book are “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Danny Boy,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “Cockles and Mussels,” and “Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms.”

Irish Coffee

Meg Robinson

This upbeat original Irish jig is so much fun to play! Glissandos and grace notes add to the playful, driving melody. For another fun jig, be sure to also check out “Jody’s Jig” by Meg Robinson.

Captain O’Kane

Grainne Hambly

I had never heard this tune before, but was instantly drawn to it upon playing the first measure. It is a slower, more solemn tune, but this arrangement is stunning on the harp. I will say this arrangement is very short—only about a minute long —but you could play it through a few times. You’ll want to anyways to hear the pretty melody again!

40 O’Carolan Tunes

Sylvia Woods

You can’t go wrong with O’Carolan tunes during the month of March! Turlough O’Carolan is one of the most famous Irish harpers-composers to ever live. What I love most about this collection is that chord symbols are included for each tune. So, if you’re taking this out to sight-read at a gig, you are easily able to manipulate the accompaniment as needed.

Down By The Salley Gardens

Jodi Ann Tolman

This tune was always a favorite of mine growing up. I really appreciate this relaxed, more peaceful arrangement of it. It sounds beautiful on the harp!

Sea and Sky

Sunita Staneslow

I love the variety in this collection of healing and relaxing Celtic music. My personal favorites are “Wild Mountain Thyme,” “The Water is Wide,” “Brigid Cruise,” and “Jock O’Hazeldean.”

Purchase this entire set and get 10% off the total!

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40 O'Carolan Tunes$19.95
50 Irish Melodies$19.95
Captain O'Kane$5.95
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)$5.95
Down by the Salley Gardens$7.00
Inisheer Reverie$5.00
Irish Coffee$5.50
Sea and Sky$20.00

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