About This Site
This site is not for listening to polished, professional recordings. It is intended as a resource for traditional musicians wanting to learn a tune or remember how particular tunes are played. How to Use It
Short MP3 audio clips, sheet music and ABC notation for most of the tunes are posted, and can be downloaded for use in other software for learning purposes.
Musical forms include jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, marches, walking tunes, quadrilles, slow airs, laments, polskas and even a rant (a Northumbrian dance form similar to a reel).
The North Atlantic Tune List is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit site for educational purposes only. It is literally a kitchen-table operation–OK, a computer desk operation, with a one-person part-time volunteer staff. But the collaborative nature of the site results in many site visitors contributing tunes, comments and corrections via the Suggestion Form.
The site focuses on dance and fiddle tunes from several regions around the North Atlantic: Scandinavia, the British Isles, Quebec, Maritime Canada including Cape Breton, Métis (Saskatchewan & Manitoba), New England, Appalachia, and more (even a tune from Texas, but which has obvious Irish influences).
Welcome! Go ahead, explore. Select any tune from the alphabetical links at right, or use the Search box, (recommended, since there are over 410 tunes posted as of this writing). Scroll down if you’re using a smartphone to find the Search box. Search by all or part of a tune title or by any general term such as reel, waltz, strathspey, Sweden, Quebec, etc. Then click on the desired tune. If you don’t find a tune you’re looking for, please suggest it here.