**** Tune Index all Muddled up ****
I've just posted a tune here for the first time in months. While I was on the site I noticed that the tune names are no longer in alphabetical order. I think they are now in chronoligical order. If you just type Ctrl +F and then put in the tune name, or part of the name,  it will take you to the link for that tune if it is on the site.

newpic.jpg flutess.jpgdevil_and_flute2.jpg Hello. This site contains recordings I have made as a source of tunes for people who play the flute, or other instruments for that matter. They are just versions of tunes as I remember them. My memory isn’t the best so some of the versions and the titles might be a bit astray but hopefully they’ll be of some use. I usually play the tunes once through slowly to make them easier to learn, then I have a bit of a run at them to give another view of them. I hope this approach is OK. If anyone has any comments, or tune suggestions, please get in touch ( At this stage tune suggestions are particularly welcome as my "isn't the best" memory has started to resist my attempts to plunder it for any more material. Thanks, Michael. (The tunes are split over a number of pages to stop the pages being too slow to load. To go to the next page, please click on Previous Entries at the bottom of the page, otherwise use the index on the left of the screen to navigate to a specific tune). These tunes are now available via iTunes so you don't even have to go through the displeasing process of accessing this site directly to hear them. Hearing the tunes may be hardship enough in itself.  I don't really know what the iTunes caper means but a search for "Irish Flute Tunes" will point to where this stuff lives in iTunesville.  The URL via which to subscribe is .  If that all made no sense to you then welcome to my world.


Slowing Down Tunes


Just in case the tunes on this site aren’t dull enough, you can slow them down using recent versions of Windows Media Player (I’m sure there are plenty of other ways of doing this too).


In Windows Media player click Now Playing at the top of the screen then pick Enhancements and then Play Speed Settings. There is a nice range of speeds displayed but I can only get the half speed one to work. That’s probably enough to be getting on with in any case.

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  • Rob

    hello. Just a not to say I’m enjoying your blog. I’ve been playing mandolin and guitar in Celtic sessions for about 2 years now and have just taken up the tin whistle too. You’ve got some great old tunes here I’ve not heard before. I’ll have to learn some and take to the sessions! Don’t worry about the washing machine either. It’s barely noticeable. ;) Cheers!

    May 7, 2007 at 9:46 pm
  • pbar03

    Hi Michael Incredible site indeed. And so helpful for for a tentative fluteplayer like me. And I love your style of playing (and Harry Bradley’s, and Marcas O’Murchu’s , and Colm O’Donnell’s…). I’ve known your site for just about a week but I’m already addicted to it : several times a day I log in to check for new tunes and new (informative and most of the time hilarious) comments. Keep going. How could we thank you, Michael? Best. Pierre

    May 11, 2007 at 7:28 pm
  • irish flute tunes

    Thanks for these comments. I’m glad that people are getting some use from this site. I’ll keep going as long as my tune supply allows me. If I run out then I’ll just have to learn some more. It’s about time I did anyway. I’ve spent too much time forgetting them so the tide is bound to turn (is it?)



    May 11, 2007 at 8:18 pm
  • billy

    Been lurking a little ( a little like flunking, just less pressure to perform) - and learning myself a new tune or two every day or so, just finished up with your King of the Clans, which I’d never heard before and liked that hook in both parts the starts with a C nat. By the way > if you’re the Michael with the group of tunes from some distance away, (or the remote badger’s lair?) so to speak, then: did buy. well impressed. Cheers Billy

    Wanted to learn “Sweeney’s dream” but kept heading off on the Old Road to Garry, one of tem’s got to go!

    May 12, 2007 at 6:22 am
  • mary vollmert

    Michael!!!! I love the pictures! Thanks for the Banshee, I just started learning it….


    May 16, 2007 at 1:25 am
  • Andy from Belfast


    Great tunes, nice style and great sound.

    I’m on the long learning road and it’s really nice to have a source of tunes in ‘D’ that can help me learn., I like listening to different versions of tunes and it’s nice to hear your versions too.

    Currently learning Maids of Mount Cisco and Galway Rambler set from the Michael McGoldrick CD, although I think he’s got them in Eb.

    Well done keep er lit.

    Jun 8, 2007 at 9:03 pm
  • john may

    Thank You!

    Sep 25, 2007 at 3:18 pm
  • Meghart from Nashvegas

    Wow! Now this is what the internet should be made of. I am sick to death of midis. Well done and thank you for all the beautiful tunes.

    Sep 28, 2007 at 1:28 am
  • John May

    Hello Michael

    I tried to get this message to you, but I’m not sure where it went. It is obvious from the hundred or so hits that each of your tunes gets that you have a lot of people interested in what you are doing. I’m from Australia and I play whistle and flute and I really like your site. I have a few friends who are into Irish tunes who are also very impressed. I feel I would like to talk to you. If you feel like sending me your phone no at: (I have taken a note of the email address and removed it from here to keep it private - Michael) I will phone you sometime.

    Thanks for the tunes!

    Dec 6, 2007 at 2:34 pm
  • Jonathan Michaels

    Hi Michael, If you need ideas: all the Paddy Fahys (jigs and reels) and the Martin Wynnes; that should keep you going for a while and educate the rest of us! Take care, Jonathan

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:32 am