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Frank Lennon's

  "IRISH MIDI FILES" 

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"Some of these songs sing of the 'terrible beauty' Yeats wrote about. Others sing of love, homesickness, emigration, the music and the craic. All of them are sung in Irish homes, halls and pubs and reflect the spirit, traditions and history of the Irish people."     Frank Lennon

Enjoy them!

ALL TITLES ARRANGED BY FRANK LENNON

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(while some of these songs may not be of Irish origin, they will be heard played in Irish bars)

(NB: Midi Files are like Karaoke without the words. If you click on a midi file it should use your soundcard to play. If you have a good soundcard and the midi file is well arranged it should sound realistic like music on a CD. Midi files may be song tracks, symphonies, jingles etc.)

All the following MIDI files were arranged using the 128 GM sounds and settings on a Korg  NS5R Sound Module and Roland's "Virtual Sound Canvas". As your sound source may be different, these MIDI files may require tweaking. For example, instead of using the mandolin sound from one of the many NS5R sound banks, I chose instead to "create" the sound using one of the GM guitar sounds as these GM sounds can be found on almost all sound sources. While this is acceptable on my sound source, some changes may be required on your sound source. My tenor banjo sound may also need fixing. Other settings such as reverb, chorus, transpose etc may need re-aligning. These files were all arranged to closely resemble a typical Irish ballad group (I used to play in one called "Folklore" many years ago) with a possible selection of guitar, 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, flute, tin whistle, bodhran and bass - no uileann pipes sound is possible as not even the GM bagpipes  sound is anywhere near realistic. I have used poetic licence to enhance many of the songs to sound the way I would love to have them sound. These files may be used in the teaching or learning of Irish songs or "ballads" as they're called here in Ireland or indeed may be used as backing tracks in a "live" performance situation. As a matter of fact you will find that most of them have intros, endings, key changes, additional instrumental verses etc. for use as "live" backing tracks so haul out that guitar, hitch your sound source to a PA system, crank up the volume, open the "lyrics" page and a bottle of Guinness and pretend you're in your favourite Irish singing pub in Dublin and you're the singer!!!!!!!!

(Check the "Lyrics" page for arrangements of these songs)

TABLE 1

TITLE

TITLE TITLE TITLE
1. The Mountains of Mourne 26.The Nightingale 51.The Rare Oul Mountain Dew 76. The Bold O Donoghue
2. Roisin Dubh 27.I'll Tell Me Ma 52.Teddy O Neill 77. Three Score And Ten
3. An Irish Blessing 28.Love Is Pleasin' 53.The Bard Of Armagh 78.The Connemara Cradle Song
4. The Irish Rover 29.Carrickfergus 54.The Whistlin' Gypsy 79. When I Was Single
5. Raglan Road 30.The Rose Of Clare 55.The Wild Colonial Boy 80. The Mermaid
6. A Nation Once Again 31.The Cliffs Of Dooneen 56. Arthur Mc Bride 81. I Never Will Marry
7. The Sally Gardens 32.The Moonshiner 57. Danny Boy 82. Grace
8. The Spanish Lady 33.The Fields Of Athenry 58. Down By The Glenside 83. All For Me Grog
9. Black Velvet Band 34.Only Our Rivers Run Free 59. The Green Glens of Antrim 84. The Streams of Bunclody
10.Whiskey-Medley 35.Boolavogue 60. The Jolly Beggarman 85. Brennan on the Moor
11.The Wild Rover 36.Kevin Barry 61. The Lonely Woods of Upton 86. The Rose of Tralee*
12.Molly Malone 37.The Galway Shawl 62. The Patriot Game 87. Quare Bungle Rye
13.Slievenamon 38.Maggie 63. Kelly the Boy from Killane 88.The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee *
14.The Star Of The County Down 39.Little Town In The Old County Down   * 64. Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry 89. Easy and Slow
15.Spancil Hill 40.Amhran na bhFiann 65. Irish Soldier Laddie 90. I Know Where I'm Going
16.A Bunch Of Thyme 41.The Soldier's Song 66. My Singing Bird 91. Red is the Rose
17.Whiskey In The Jar 42.The Foggy Dew 67. The Parting Glass 92. The Green Fields of France*
18.Follow Me Up To Carlow 43.The Minstrel Boy 68. Weile Waile 93. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda*
19.The Dawning Of The Day 44.My Irish Molly 69. Avondale 94. The Cobbler *
20.The Rising Of The Moon 45.Joe Hill 70. Fiddler's Green 95. Do You Want Your Oul Lobby Washed Down
21.Dicey Riley 46.The Butcher Boy 71. Courtin' In The Kitchen 96. Flower of Scotland
22.Mary From Dungloe 47.The Curragh Of Kildare 72. Rosin The Bow 97. Sweet Carnlough Bay
23.Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye 48.Come To The Bower 73. The Juice Of The Barley 98. The Banks of Claudy
24.Will Ye Go Lassie Go 49.Finnegan's Wake 74. The Banks Of The Roses 99. The West's Awake
25.The Leavin Of Liverpool 50.Old Maid In A Garret 75. She Moved Through The Fair 100.The Rocky Road To Dublin

TABLE 2

TITLE

TITLE TITLE TITLE
101. Love Thee Dearest      
102. The Dutchman      
103. The Lark in the Morning      
104. The Town I Love So Well      
105. Galway Bay      
106. Noreen Bawn      
107. O'Donnell Abu      
108. Peggy Gordon      
109. The Boys From The County Armagh      
110. The Croppy Boy      
111. The Isle Of Innisfree      
112.Dirty Old Town      
113. Dublin In The Rare Old Times      
114.Four Green Fields      
115. Immigrant Eyes *      
116. Red Rose Cafe      
117. Roddy Mc Corley      
118.Sam Hall      
119. Jug Of Punch      
120. The Lakes Of Ponchartrain      
121. The Galway Girl      
122. The Travelling People      
       
       
       

*(39)Thanks to Phil Rooney, Castlewellan  whom I first heard sing this song:  *(88) For Roisin, an Irish poet in Zambia (see Websites page):   * (115) Written by Guy Clarke

*(94) Dedicated to the memory of my cousin MIchael Milligan:  *(86) For the Tralee O Keeffes:  *(92,93) For Jim and Wynne Cummings, the finest Irish-Americans and friends to all wandering Irish musicians:

Download  the ZIP Collections of above Midi Files  

(Files 1 - 43)

(Files 44 - 80)

(Files 81 - 104)

For Lyrics and Chord Arrangements to all the  songs go to "Lyrics" page

 

To download a MIDI file, ZIP file, lyric sheet or image, right click on the object and then click on one of the options offered ( save picture as; save target as etc.) and download it to a place where you know you will find it. Also give it a name you'll remember. Prior to going on the Internet it is always advisable to open a new folder, preferably on your desktop to download to and maybe give it a name associated with what you're downloading eg. "Midi Files".