This is a database of tunes. Its main interest is with various traditional forms of northern and western European music, and their north American relatives - the jigs and reels, polka, polska, schottische, bourrée, etc - but it also has many tunes that don't fit that description; whatever comes along. The material is available as conventional musical notation and in machine-useable formats (PDF, MIDI, ABC). There are no recordings.
Earlier versions of the site went under the name of 'Richard Robinson's TuneBook', but that's no longer appropriate, since it's now anybody's - if you register a name & password, you have access to handy facilities to input (edit, transpose, etc) your tunes, make up set lists and leadin-sheets, and so on. Anything you see done here, you can do yourself.
Most of the material here is known to be old enough that it's in the public domain; but it's not safe to assume it all is, many people are making new tunes in these idioms. If you were thinking of making public use of what you find here, or if you're adding material, please think about whether there might be any copyright issues.
This is a work in progress, don't be suprised if things change from time to time. If something goes wrong please let me know so I can fix it. My contact details are in the footer.
I now have recordings of some of these tunes, available here.
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This site has no funding other than what I put into it. It's taken me a lot of work to build, and the server costs money to run. So, if people were to feel like making a contribution once in a while, it would be very much appreciated. It would also enable me to buy more power for the server and make things run faster ... I thank you. Anything donated here will go towards the upkeep of this site and its author.