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.
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 with mandolin or violin.
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
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
The Dying Ploughboy
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
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!