Sheet Music: Celtic Music

What is “Celtic music”? Obviously, the term doesn't describe the music of the ancient Celts, which hasn't survived in any recognizable form to modern times. The term is actually a rather loose one; it covers the traditional music of the Celtic countries: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (in France), Galicia (in Spain) and areas which have come under their influence, such as the USA and the maritime provinces of Canada. It is also used for some newer music based on the tradition from these countries.

This music has evolved over a long period of time. Much of the repertory is known to have been current in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some is earlier in origin, and it is likely that some very old melodies and lyrics survive, adapted to modern forms.

Traditionally Celtic music had a solo form, but group performances have become dominant in the past 60 years. The most commonly used instruments include tin whistle, Irish flute, fiddle, uilleann pipes, concertina and accordion; with guitar, Irish bouzouki (a sort of mandolin), banjo and bodhrán (a kind of drum) playing a support role.

TitleComposerInstruments
79th's Farewell to Gibraltar J. MacDonaldFlute solo
A Scottish Soldier J. MacLeodFlute solo
All the Blue Bonnets Are Over the Border Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Allan Ramsay Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Ar Hyd y Nos Trad. WelshFlute duet
As Black As a Coal Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Avondale D. BehanFlute & Chords
Babby's Fancy Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Balcomie House Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Banjo Breakdown Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Be Thou My Vision Trad. IrishFlute duet
Beauty in Tears T. CarolanFlute solo
Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms TraditionalFlute solo
Biddy's Wedding Posad BrigidinTrad. IrishFlute solo
Bill Black's Hornpipe Trad. IrishFlute solo
Bold Captain Freney Trad. IrishFlute solo
Bonnie Banchory J.S. SkinnerFlute solo
Bonnie Dundee Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Bovaglie's Plaid J.S. SkinnerFlute solo
Brian Boru's March Trad. IrishFlute solo
Brodie House Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Caddam Woods A. RennieFlute solo
Cahirciveen Trad. IrishFlute solo
Callaghan's Reel Trad. IrishFlute solo
Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Canty Jean Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Captain Campbell Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Carrickfergus Trad. IrishFlute solo
Cold Frosty Morning TraditionalFlute solo
Colonel Robertson Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Come by the Hills Trad. IrishFlute solo
Cooley's Reel Trad. IrishFlute solo
Corn Riggs Are Bonnie Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Crossing the Minch D. MacLeodFlute solo
Cucanandy Trad. IrishFlute solo
Da Full Rigged Ship Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Da New Rigged Ship Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Dan Mac's Polka Trad. IrishFlute solo
Danny Boy Trad. IrishFlute & Piano
Dargason Trad. EnglishFlute solo
Dovecote Park J. BraidwoodFlute solo
Drowsy Maggie Trad. IrishFlute solo
Drunken Sailor Trad. IrishFlute solo
Duncan Gray Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Dunphy's Hornpipe Trad. IrishFlute solo
Eight Men of Muidart Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Father John MacMillan of Barra N. MacDonaldFlute solo
Finnegan's Wake Trad. IrishFlute solo
Flowers of the Forest Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Follow Me Down to Carlow Trad. IrishFlute solo
For Ireland I Won’t Say Her Name Trad. IrishFlute solo
For These Are My Mountains Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Frazer's Jig Trad. IrishFlute solo
Garey Cottage Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Garryowen Trad. IrishFlute solo
Ger the Rigger Trad. IrishFlute solo
Gillian the Drover Trad. IrishFlute solo
Gillie Callum Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Glen Lyon's Rant Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Gray's Hornpipe Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Harbour Lights Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Haste to the Wedding Trad. IrishFlute solo
Hayden Fancy Trad. IrishFlute solo
Hector the Hero J.S. SkinnerFlute solo
Hobble About Trad. ScottishFlute solo
I'll Tell Me Ma Trad. IrishFlute solo
John Ryan's Polka Trad. IrishFlute solo
Johnnie Cope Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Johnny I Do Miss You Trad. IrishFlute solo
Kate Dalrymple Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Kenmure's On and Awa' Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Kinfanns House N. GowFlute solo
King George V's Army G.S. McLennanFlute solo
King of the Fairies Trad. IrishFlute solo
Lady MacKenzie of Coull Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Last Night's Fun Trad. IrishFlute solo
Leaving Lismore Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Lilliburlero Trad. IrishFlute solo
Loch Lomond Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Lochaber No More Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Lochrynach Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Lord Seaforth Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Lough Erne's Shore Trad. IrishFlute solo
Luss Road Trad. ScottishFlute solo
MacPherson's Lament Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Mairi's Wedding Trad. ScottishFlute solo
March of the King of Laois Trad. IrishFlute solo
Mary Do It Again Trad. IrishFlute solo
McMahon's Reel Trad. IrishFlute solo
Michael Finnegan Trad. IrishFlute solo
Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey W. MarshallFlute solo
Moggy Lawther Trad. IrishFlute solo
Molly Malone J. YorkstonFlute solo
Monymusk D. DowFlute solo
Morning Has Broken Trad. ScottishFlute & Chords
Morrison's Jig Trad. IrishFlute solo
My Darling Asleep Trad. IrishFlute solo
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose Trad. ScottishFlute & Chords
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet Trad. ScottishFlute solo
My Own Dear Maid Trad. IrishFlute solo
Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife N. GowFlute solo
North Americay Trad. IrishFlute solo
O, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad Trad. ScottishFlute solo
O'Carolan's Lament TraditionalFlute solo
O'Donnell Abú Trad. IrishFlute solo
O'Reilly's Fancy Trad. IrishFlute solo
Off to California Trad. IrishFlute solo
Orange and Blue Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Óró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile Trad. IrishFlute solo
Paddy from Cork Trad. IrishFlute solo
Pet of the Pipers Trad. IrishFlute solo
Raggle Taggle Gypsy Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Rakes of Mallow Trad. IrishFlute solo
Reel of Tulloch Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Rocky Road to Dublin Trad. IrishFlute solo
Saint Patrick's An Dro Trad. BretonFlute solo
Scotland the Brave Trad. ScottishFlute solo
Scots Wha Hae Trad. ScottishFlute solo
She Moved Through the Fair Trad. IrishFlute solo
Sir Roger de Coverley Trad. EnglishFlute solo
Smash the Windows Trad. IrishFlute solo
Son ar Chistr Trad. BretonFlute solo
Speed the Plough TraditionalFlute solo
Star of the County Down Trad. IrishFlute solo
Summer Evening Trad. IrishFlute solo
Sweet Portaferry Trad. IrishFlute solo
Tady's Wattle Trad. IrishFlute solo
Tam Lin D. ArthurFlute solo
Tell Her I Am Trad. IrishFlute solo
Tha Mi Sgith Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Antrim Lasses Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Ash Grove Trad. WelshFlute solo
The Atholl Highlanders Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Balmoral Highlanders A. MacKayFlute solo
The Belfast Hornpipe Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Black Bear Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Boy's Lament for His Dragon Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Boys of Malin Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Braes o' Killiecrankie Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Bragging Man Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Bungalow Jig Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Butterfly Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Cat in the Fiddle Case G.M. PietrasantaFlute solo
The Cliffs of Doneen Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Colosseum Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Contradiction Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Dashing White Sergeant H. BishopFlute solo
The Dawning of the Day T. ConnellanFlute solo
The Deceitful Stranger Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Devil in the Kitchen W. RossFlute solo
The Donegal Reel Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Drunken Piper Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Dublin Porter Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Dunmore Lasses Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Earl of Mansfield Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Eavesdropper Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Empty Purse Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Fair Branch Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Fairhaired Boy Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Firefly Hornpipe Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Fisherman's Frolic Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Flowers of Edinburgh Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Foggy Dew Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Four Poster Bed Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Frog in the Well Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Frost is All Over Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Galway Hornpipe Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Garb of Old Gaul J. ReidFlute solo
The Gentle Maiden Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Girl I Left Behind Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Gold-Haired Maid Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Gravel Walk Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Green Fields of America Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Green Glens of Antrim K. NorthFlute solo
The Groves Hornpipe Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Hawk That Swoops On High J. MacKayFlute solo
The Heights of Dargai Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Hen's March to the Midden Trad. IrishFlute solo
The High Road to Gairloch Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The High Road to Linton Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Highlanders in Paris Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Hills of Glenorchy Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The House of Cluny W. MarshallFlute solo
The Irish Washerwoman Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Jig of Slurs G.S. McLennanFlute solo
The Kesh Jig Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Laird o’ Drumblair J.S. SkinnerFlute solo
The Lark in the Clear Air Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Lonesome Boatman F. FureyFlute solo
The Longford Collector Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Lucky Number Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Maid Behind the Bar Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Midlothian Pipe Band F. BeatonFlute solo
The Minstrel Boy Trad. IrishFlute & Piano
The Morning Dew Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Muckin' O' Geordie's Byre Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Natal Day Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The New Rigged Ship Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Noon Lassies Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Parting Glass Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Parting Kiss Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Piper's Bonnet Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Red-Haired Girl of Tulloch Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Rights of Man Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Roads of Kildare Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Rose of Allendale Trad. EnglishFlute solo
The Sailor's Bonnet Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Skye Boat Song Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Soldier's Cloak Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Sound of Sleat Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Spey in Spate J.S. SkinnerFlute solo
The Sporting Irishman Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Star of Munster Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Sweet Maid of Glendaurel Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Tarbolton Reel Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Wexford Carol Trad. IrishFlute quartet
The White Cockade Trad. ScottishFlute solo
The Wild Rover TraditionalFlute solo
The Wind that Shakes the Barley Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Wind that Shakes the Barley Trad. IrishFlute solo
The Wren Trad. IrishFlute solo
Toutouic Trad. BretonFlute solo
Tri martolod Trad. BretonFlute solo
Two Mile Bridge Trad. IrishFlute solo
Whiskey Before Breakfast Trad. IrishFlute solo
Whiskey in the Jar Trad. IrishFlute solo
Willie Coleman's Jig Trad. IrishFlute solo
Y Deryn Pur Trad. WelshFlute solo