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A Brief History

Byrne's Pub in the Square, Kilcock, hosted our Thursday night traditional music session for nearly 10 years. Aidan and Rita kindly set us up in the little snug on the left of the bar. Unfortunately this made it difficult to gain the attention of bar staff. Not a problem - we attached an old push bell to the wall using BluTak and underneath was affixed the legend - "Push for Porter". Rita was surprised on spotting this new fixture and enquired as to when it had been installed. The bould Jolley declared that it wasn't bloomin' working anyway and promptly moved the contraption onto another wall! Rita could only laugh and returned with a tray of porter - on the house! We were never left dry after that. Aidan and Rita retired after Halloween 2002.

Brady's Bar in Maynooth opened its doors to us rambling minstrels and Declan and Tony welcomed us in. When they started to renovate the entire place it was time to go rambling again.

The Dowdstown was our next Thursday Home - it was renamed Straffan Lodge and finally Straffan Court. We had many happy times there until they turned it into a nursing home but we managed to escape in time.

The Newtown Inn with its lovely snug is our current venue.

Thursday night is Trad Session night in the Newtown Inn, Maynooth

Here are some of the sets we commonly play, depending on who is in! Just select one of the buttons on the left to view the sets

The tunes are in MIDI format, although I have been adding some .mp3 versions lately. Trouble with audio files is that they can be slow to download and render the website sluggish.
If you are on an Apple device - iPhone or iPad, you will find that Apple does not support MIDI - BUT - there is a way around that difficulty - You will first need to download and install Sweet Midi Player.
You may then click on the individual tune to play it at normal speed or click on the SET : button. This will bring you to a separate page where the tunes in that set are given in sheet-music format and also in .abc format.
I have provided 3 or more playing speeds for each to suit the Banjo Learner (Moi!).

I use ABCNavigator to convert the .abc files to sheet music.

A far greater selection of Irish Traditional Tunes can be found at Henrik Norbeck`s abc site and if you wish to play them or convert them to MIDI you may do so using his ABCMUS program.