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Corpus of Annotated Irish Traditional Dance Music
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This repository contains annotations of Irish Traditional Dance Music recordings. The publication accompanying this dataset is A Corpus of Annotated Irish Traditional Dance Music Recordings: Design and Benchmark Evaluations, presented at ISMIR 2016.

Each line of the csv file is to be read as onset, duration, MIDInote.

Annotations have been made with the software Tony:

They can be imported easily with the software Sonic Visualiser:

List of tunes

Name Type Key Source
Ballydesmond Polka No 1 polka D Grey Larsen
Ballydesmond Polka No 3 polka G Comhaltas
Brosna Slide slide G Comhaltas
Cork Hornpipe hornpipe D Comhaltas
Cronins Hornpipe hornpipe G Grey Larsen
Din Tarrants polka Am Grey Larsen
Down The Broom reel Am Grey Larsen
From Galway To Dublin hornpipe Em Grey Larsen
Get Up Old Woman slide Em Grey Larsen
Haunted House jig G Comhaltas
Humours Of Glendart jig D Comhaltas
Jackie Colemans reel D Comhaltas
Jack Regans slide Bm Grey Larsen
Jacksons reel Em Bryan Duggan
Jim Morrisons jig Em Comhaltas
Joe Cooleys reel Em Comhaltas
John Joe Lynch jig Am Grey Larsen
Lilting Banshee jig Am Comhaltas
Maids Of Mount Cisco reel Am Comhaltas
Morning Star reel Bm Grey Larsen
Munster Bacon jig D Grey Larsen
Music In The Glen reel G Grey Larsen
Out On The Ocean jig G Comhaltas
Over The Moor To Maggie reel G Comhaltas
Return From Fingal other Em Grey Larsen
Skylark reel G Comhaltas
The Humours Of Ballyconnell jig D Bryan Duggan
The Munster Bank polka G Grey Larsen
The Orphan jig Em Grey Larsen
Tuamgraney Castle hornpipe Am Grey Larsen


Recordings come from three different sources, as indicated in the table above:

  • session recordings accompanying the Foinn Seisiún books published by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, available with Creative Common licence
  • Grey Larsen's MP3s for 300 Gems of Irish Music for All Instruments, commercially available
  • personal recordings of Bryan Duggan

Obtaining the audio files

Grey Larsen's recordings can be purchased at

The other recordings annotated in this dataset can be fetched by running the script sh The mp3 files will be downloaded in the audio directory.

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