About This Site

This site is not for listening to polished, professional recordings.  It is intended as a resource for traditional musicians wishing to learn a tune or remember how particular tunes are played.  How to Use It

Short MP3 audio clips, sheet music and ABC notation for most of the tunes are posted, and can be downloaded for use in other software for learning.
If you can’t find a particular tune, please suggest itEven if you only know its name, I’ll try to find more information and add it to this site.

NOTE: This site is designed primarily for use on a computer,  It can be viewed on smartphones but is easier to use on devices with larger screens; computers and larger tablets.

The site focuses on dance and fiddle tunes from several regions around the North Atlantic: Scandinavia, the British Isles, Québec, Maritime Canada including Cape Breton, Métis (Saskatchewan & Manitoba), New England, Appalachia, and more (even a tune from Texas, but with obvious Irish influences).

Musical forms include jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, marches, walking tunes, quadrilles, mazurkas, slow airs, laments, polskas and even a rant (a Northumbrian dance form similar to a reel).

The North Atlantic Tune List is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit site for educational purposes only. It is literally a kitchen table operation–OK, a computer desk operation– with a one-person part-time staff. But the site is collaborative and site visitors are actively encouraged to contribute tunes, comments and corrections via the Suggestion Form.  Can’t find a tune on this site? Suggest it!

Your donation will help keep this website growing and advertising-free.

Why? I started this site about eight years ago largely for my own convenience, but it quickly grew to be useful for a number of other musicians in my area.  Since then it has grown far beyond my original vision, with over 950 tunes posted and around 3500 user sessions per month from more than 30 countries.  Until now I have built and maintained the site out of my own pocket but its increasing size and complexity is requiring more outside resources and costs; hence this appeal. So if this site is helpful to you, please consider a small contribution.


Go ahead, explore. Select any tune from the alphabetical links at right (scroll down if you’re using a smartphone), or use the Search box. (Smartphones; scroll down to find the Search box). Search by all or part of a tune title or by any general term such as reel, waltz, strathspey, Sweden, Quebec, etc. Then click on the desired tune’s title.