It is said among the Irish that musicians who spend time out on the Raths (forts)
of the Fair Folk might be granted the gift of a tune if they're lucky.

Irish traditional music, and to a lesser extent the traditional music of the rest of the Celtic lands and Britain, is an important part of our daily lives - it keeps us going, picks us up when we're down, and urges us to dance (metaphorically, anyway) for joy.

Song Resources - [Les says] As a singer, I'm always on the lookout for a new and interesting song, or for the lyrics to a song I heard in passing during a session.
Tune Resources - There's really no substitute in Irish music for learining tunes (or songs, for that matter) by ear from other players. Dots (i.e. sheet music) and ABC notation at best provide the base pattern for a tune. At their worst, they can mislead you with wrong notes or a version of the tune that conflicts with the version played in your area. Recordings by popular bands often contain arranged versions of tunes that might or might not correspond to something played in a session. If you use anything other than other players when learning tunes, use them as backup resources only whenever possible. Ranting lecture out of the way, the above-listed dots and ABCs are out there and can prove useful on occasion.

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