Celtic Music

Whether you're looking to incorporate some Irish or Scottish music into your wedding to honor your heritage, or hosting a St. Paddy's Day party and want to hear the more upbeat pub songs, I've got loads of instrumental and vocal pieces to choose from.

 

Notes

  • Use "Command-F" to quickly see if a song you're after is already in my repertoire.
  • Some songs and tunes are available with bouzouki accompaniment - let me know if you want me to play both instruments! I'm happy to if time and space allow.
  • All selections listed below can be performed solo or as a duo or trio with violin, mandolin, concertina, or accordion.

 

Instrumental Tunes

Irish and Scottish waltzes, slow airs, jigs and other instrumental tunes make beautiful wedding ceremony processionals, and are great background music for wedding preludes, memorial services, and other quieter affairs. Here are the ones I play solo on fingerstyle guitar:

  • Blarney Pilgrim - Traditional
  • Bunyan’s Hymn - Traditional
  • Byrn's March - Traditional
  • The Eagle's Whistle - Traditional
  • Fisherman’s Lilt - Traditional
  • Give Me Your Hand (Tabhair dom do Lámh) - O’Cathain
  • I Saw Three Ships - Traditional
  • The Island of Woods - Liz Carroll
  • Laureen’s Tune - Shooglenifty
  • Lindsay – Archie Fisher, arr. John Renbourn
  • Planxty Irwin - O’Carolan
  • Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór (Sheebeg and Sheemore) - O’Carolan
  • The South Wind - Traditional
  • Tramps & Hawkers - Traditional
  • Twisting of the Rope (Casadh An tSúgáin) - Traditional

Booking with a fiddle or concertina player opens up a much larger world of reels, hornpipes, jigs and beyond, appropriate for cocktail hours, parties, concerts, and more. If this is something you're interested in, be sure to ask!

 


Songs with Vocals 

Songs that are bolded are wedding ceremony-appropriate. 

  • Ae Fond Kiss - Robert Burns

  • Agricultural Irish Girl - J.F. Mitchell

  • Awake, Awake - Traditional

  • Be Thou My Vision - Traditional

  • Biddy McGrath - Unknown
  • Black Velvet Band - Traditional
  • The Blackest Crow - Traditional

  • Bonny Light Horseman - Traditional
  • Boys of Barr Na Sraide - Sigerson Clifford
  • Celtic Alleluia - Fintan O’Carroll & Christopher Walker

  • Danny Boy - Frederic Weatherly/Trad.

  • Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl

  • Down by the Salley Gardens - W.B. Yeats

  • Dublin in the Rare Old Times - Pete St. John
  • Far Over the Forth - Traditional

  • Farewell, Farewell - Richard Thompson/Trad.

  • The Fields of Athenry - Pete St. John
  • Follow the Heron - Karine Polwart

  • Foreign Lander - Traditional (arr. Tim O'Brien)

  • Galway Bay - Arthur Colahan (Bing Crosby)
  • (My Own Dear) Galway Bay - Francis Fahy
  • Galway Girl - Steve Earle

  • The Galway Shawl - Traditional

  • High On A Hill - Kate Rusby

  • I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen - MacDonald/Westendorf
  • I'll Tell Me Ma - Traditional
  • The Irish Rover - Traditional
  • The Irish Wedding Song - Ian Betteridge

  • Lakes of Pontchartrain - Traditional

  • Lily of the West - Traditional
  • Lovely Molly - Traditional
  • Lurgy Stream - Traditional
  • Mairi’s Wedding - Traditional

  • Molly Malone - Traditional
  • A Mother's Love's A Blessing
  • Mountain Dew - Traditional
  • My Wild Irish Rose - Chauncey Olcott

  • The Night Visiting Song - Traditional

  • On Raglan Road - Patrick Kavanagh/Trad.
  • Out of the Window - Traditional
  • The Parting Glass - Traditional
  • Red Is the Rose - Traditional

  • She Moved Through the Fair - Traditional

  • Skye Boat Song - Traditional

  • Star of the County Down - Traditional
  • Too Ra Loo Ra (That's An Irish Lullaby) - James Royce Shannon
  • The Town I Loved So Well - Phil Coulter
  • The Unicorn (song) - Shel Silverstein/The Irish Rovers
  • The Water is Wide - Traditional
  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Olcott/Ball
  • Whiskey in the Jar - Traditional
  • Whiskey, You're the Devil - Traditional
  • Wild Mountain Thyme (Blooming Heather or Will Ye Go, Lassie) - McPeake

  • Wild Rover - Traditional
  • Willy O'Winsbury - Traditional

My repertoire of traditional Irish and Scottish songs goes way beyond this, but many of those songs wouldn’t be appropriate for a party (by most people’s standards). If you’re the sort of person who’d like to have some murder ballads or tales of the supernatural played at your event, though, let’s chat about the myriad possibilities!