About This Site

This site is not for listening to polished, professional recordings.  It is intended as a resource for traditional musicians wishing 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.

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 staff. But the site is collaborative and site visitors are actively encouraged to contribute 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, Québec, Maritime Canada including Cape Breton, Métis (Saskatchewan & Manitoba), New England, Appalachia, and more (even a tune from Texas, but with obvious Irish influences).

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).

Go ahead, explore. Select any tune from the alphabetical links at right, or use the Search box, (recommended, since there are over 450 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.

Is your favorite tune missing? Suggest it!