The Greater Washington Ceili Club

(created  Apr 2015)

GWCC Library for Music and Dance  --  BJ's Bookshelf 

When our dear friend and long-time member BJ Altschul passed away in 2014, she bequeathed her collection of sheet music to the Greater Washington Ceili Club. This collection comprises several books of traditional Scottish, Cape Breton, and Irish tunes, along with a collection of Irish set dances. The Board agreed that the best way to honor her intentions for this bequest would be to make these books available to our members that have an interest in this music and dance; thus, I have created the GWCC lending library for music and dance books and named it BJ’s Bookshelf.

 

These books are not especially rare, but for someone interested in a particular dance, tune, or tune type who has already determined that what they seek has been collected in one of these books, this repository provides an easy access to that material rather than searching for a copy of the book to purchase. Most of these books are from the 1980s and 1990s, but a couple are reprints of books first published in the 1890s. Several of them have hundreds of tunes.

The music librarian (currently Paul O’Donnell) will keep the materials and make them available to GWCC members in good standing.  The club will lend members up to two books for one month at a time, renewable for one month if no other member requests are outstanding. The club will not lend materials to anyone but those whose membership is current and will be current for the entire time the borrower has the materials.

         Members may request books by sending an email to info@gwcc-online.org and we will arrange for the books to be picked up (e.g. at a ceili or dance class). There is no charge for the loan of these books unless the borrower loses or damages any part of the materials. The librarian will monitor the condition of the books and report any loss or damage to the board. The board will decide how much the borrower must pay for any loss or damage, and the librarian will notify the borrower of the decision by email.  

Damage includes any writing or highlighting in the books or torn or missing book pages.



 

ID# Title Author / Collector Publisher last
edition
orig.
edition
  Description format pages
                   
01 Set Dances of Ireland Larry Lynch Seadna Books -
San Francisco
1991

Set  Dances of Ireland - Traditions & Evolution  - dance notes paper bound  323
                   
02 The Harp and the Claymore J. Scott Skinner Scotpress -
Morgantown, WV
1984 1890
Pastorals, Marches, Strathspeys and Reels, Hornpipes, Laments, Songs, etc for Voice, Violin, Bagpipe, Pianoforte, etc paperbound 182
                   
03 The Gow Collection of
Scottish Dance Music
Richard Carlin Oak Publications -
New York
1986

The Gow Collection of Scottish Dance Music paper bound ~200
                   
05 The Fiddle Music of
Prince Edward Island
Ken Perlman Mel Bay -
Pacific, MO
1996

Celtic and Acadian Tunes in Living Tradition paper bound 212
                   
07 The Kilted Fiddler Alan Werwick Centerstream Pub. -
Fullerton, CA
1985

A Collection of Scottish Fiddle Tunes paper bound 80
                   
08 The Skye Collection of the
Best Reels & Strathspeys
Kieth Norman
MacDonald
Scott's Highland Services Ltd -
London, ON
1986 1897
Over 400 tunes collected…compiled & arranged for violin & piano spiral bound 196
                   
09 The Scottish Violinist J. Scott Skinner Bayley & Ferguson Ltd -
Glasgow
xxxx xxxx
strathspeys, reels, pibrochs, marches, hornpipes, pastoral airs, violin solos, slow airs, etc paper bound 50
                   
20 Allan's Reels, Strathspeys….
New Edition

Mozart Allan -
Glasgow
xxxx 1890
Reels, Strathspeys and General Dance Music.  Country Dances paper bound 48
                   
21 Irish Tunes for Piano
Ossian Pub -
1991

Irish Tunes for Piano   also suitable for keyboards, harp or any melody instrument
80
                   
22 Soldiers of Erin Victor Herbert Irish Industries Depot -
New York City
1917

The Rallying Song of the Irish Volunteers song sheet 4
                   
23 Irish All Time Hits Song Album M Whitman & Sons -
New York
1951 1898

paper bound 38
                   
24 Prince Edward Island Music Rollie Mac Kinnon &
Gordon Belsher
Garden Music Enterprises Pub 1991

words, music and guitar chords for 32 of PEI's best songs paper bound
                   
25 Irish Pub Songbook
Ossian Pub -
Cork, Ireland
1993

36 of the very best Irish Pubsongs paper bound  55
                   
26 Heartbeat of Irish Music Christy McNamara &
Peter Woods
Roberts Rhinehart Pub 1997

text and photographs paper bound  150
                   
27 Beauties of Niel Gow Niel Gow Charles Jefferys -
London
xxxx xxxx
262 Strathpeys, Reels and Jigs for pianoforte, harp, violin, and violincello spiral bound 114
                   
28 Soodlums Irish Ballad Book
Oak Pub -
New York
1982

songs - words & music paper bound  96
                   
29 Irish Collection  vol 2  TC Kelly Ossian Pub -
Cork, Ireland
1984

Irish Tunes arranged for Violin and keyboard paper bound  16
                   
30 Irish Songbook Clancy Brothers &
Tommy Makem
Oak Pub -
New York
1979

75 songs - words & music paper bound  186
                   
31 Ceol Rince na hEireann  #2 Brendan Breathnach an Gum -
Dublin
1976


paper bound  200
                   
32 Ceol Rince na hEireann  #5 Brendan Breathnach an Gum -
Dublin
1999


paper bound  138
                   
33 Scottish and Cape Breton
Fiddle Music in NH
Jason C Little
1984

for violin and guitar spiral bound  42
                   
34 Crossroads Dance as played by
Shaskeen
Dave Mallinson Pub - 1992

65 tunes for dance paper bound  52
                   
35 Through the Half-Door as played by
Shaskeen
Dave Mallinson Pub - 1992

75 tunes for dance paper bound  52
                   
36 Seinn an Piano Geraldine Cotter Ossian Pub -
Cork, Ireland
1996

Playing the piano Irish style paper bound  76
                   
37 Irish Session Tune Book Cari Fuchs Mel Bay -
Pacific, MO
1997


paper bound  128
                   
38 Allan's Irish Pianist  part 1
Mozart Allan -
Glasgow



reels. Jigs. Hornpipes & set dances selected from all sources paper bound  48
                   
39 Allan's Irish Pianist  part 2
Mozart Allan -
Glasgow



reels. Jigs. Hornpipes & set dances selected from all sources paper bound  48
                   
40 O'Neill's Music of Ireland Miles Krassen Oak Pub -
New York
1976

over 1000 tunes paper bound  250
                   
41 Hidden Fermanagh Cyril Maguire Fermanagh Traditional
Music Society
2003

traditional music and song from County Fermanagh paper bound  168










 42  The Story of Irish Dance
Helen Brennan
 Mt Eagle Publications Ltd
1999
   
history and background of Irish Dance
 hard bound
 188











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