A bunch of lonesome and very quarrelsome heroes

Here are some of the sets we commonly play, depending on who is in!

Just select one of the buttons on the left to view the sets

The tunes are in MIDI format. You may click on the individual tune to play it at normal speed or click on the SET : button. This will bring you to a separate page where the tunes in that set are given in sheet-music format and also in .abc format.
I have provided 3 playing speeds for each to suit the Banjo Learner (Moi!).

A far greater selection of Irish Traditional Tunes can be found at Henrik Norbeck`s abc site and if you wish to play them or convert them to MIDI you may do so using his ABCMUS program.

I use ABCNavigator to convert the .abc files to sheet music.

Thursday night is Trad Session night in the Newtown Inn, Maynooth

A Brief History

Byrne's Pub in the Square, Kilcock, hosted a Thursday night traditional music session for 10 years. Aidan and Rita kindly welcomed us into their establishment where we were delighted to set up in the little snug on the left of the bar. This location unfortunately made it difficult to gain the attention of bar staff. It wasn't long before a plan was hatched to remedy the dire situation - an old push bell was produced and attached to the wall using BluTak and underneath was affixed the legend - "Push for Porter". The Bean a'Tí expressed amazement upon seeing this fixture and enquired as to when it had been installed. The bould Jolley declared that it wasn't bloomin' working anyway and promptly moved the contraption onto another wall! Rita could only laugh and returned with a tray of porter - on the house! We were never left dry after that. Aidan and Rita retired in 2004.

Brady's Bar in Maynooth opened its doors to us rambling minstrels and Declan and Tony welcomed us in. When they started to renovate the entire place it was time to go rambling again.

The Dowdstown was our next Thursday Home - it was renamed Straffan Lodge and finally Straffan Court. We had many happy times there until they turned it into a nursing home but we managed to escape in time.

The Newtown Inn with its lovely snug is our current venue.