Tune Book Search for Irish, Scottish and English Dance Melodies.

Back in the early 1980s, when I playing and learning a lot of the time, I had lots of music books and lots of printed tunes in them, but no easy quick way of finding which tune was in what book and whether it was the tune that I wanted. It may be that I would go and look up the desired title only to find that it was a reel and not the jig that I thought it was. So I slowly typed in all the titles that I had with reference to the book, what page it was on and what type of tune it was.

This was all done on a Video Genie running the LDOS operating system. This PC was a Tandy TRS80 look alike, with 2 x 750k 5.25" floppy disks and maybe one other smaller floppy disk. Naturally I lost most of data one time due to the vagaries and unreliability of that media. A lesson well remembered ever since, as I had to spend hours retyping what I had already done.

The end result was that this database contains 8649 tune titles.

So take a look and see if this is of any use to yourself.


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The Books covered are:-

1000 ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE TUNES
50 OLD ENGLISH AIRS
6 DANCES FROM THE YORKSHIRE DALES
AG DEANAMH CEOIL
ALLANS IRISH FIDDLER (PIANIST)
APTED BOOK OF COUNTRY DANCES
ARMAGH PIPERS 2
B & S 1
B & S 2
B & S 3
B & S 4
BAGPIPE MCFAYDEN
BAGPIPE MUSIC FOR DANCING
BAND CALL
BOBBY MCLEOD
BOYS OF THE LOUGH
CALLERS CHOICE
CALLERS CHOICE VOL 2
CANOW KERNOW
CHARLTON MEMORIAL TUNE BOOK
COMMUNITY DANCE MANUAL 1
COMMUNITY DANCE MANUAL 2
COMMUNITY DANCE MANUAL 3
COMMUNITY DANCE MANUAL 4
COMMUNITY DANCE MANUAL 5
COMMUNITY DANCE MANUAL 6
COMMUNITY DANCE MANUAL 7
DORCHESTER HORNPIPE
EIGHTY ENGLISH FOLKSONGS
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE TUNES RMS35
EVERYDAY DANCES
FEADOG STAIN
FIDDLE TUNES
FIDDLERS TUNE BOOK 1
FIDDLERS TUNE BOOK 2
FIFTY OLD AIRS AND DANCES 1
FIFTY OLD AIRS AND DANCES 2
GLENDARUEL COLLECTION
GREAT GAELIC TUNES
HARDINGS
HIGH LEVEL RANTERS
HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS
IRISH SONG BOOK
IRISH SONGBOOK CLANCY
KERRS 1
KERRS 2
KERRS 3
KERRS 4
KERRS CALEDONIAN
KERRS COLLECTION OF REELS AND SY'
KERRS MODERN DANCE ALBUM
KERRS PIANO COLLECTION
LOGANS TUTOR
MARR & COS ROYAL
MCNULTY
NEW NATIONAL SONG BOOK
NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS
NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS 2nd BOOK
O CAROLAN
O NEILLS WAIFS AND STRAYS
O'NEILLS 1000
O'NEILLS 1001
O'NEILLS 1850
PEACOCKS TUNES
PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH FOLK SONG
PIPERS DELIGHT
PLUA'S BOOK M1
PLUAS BOOK MIII
PLUAS BOOK N
PLUAS BOOK P
PLUAS BOOK S
POPULAR SELECTION BOOK 1
POPULAR SELECTION BOOK 2
POPULAR SELECTION BOOK 3
POPULAR SELECTION BOOK 4
RALPH PAGE BOOK OF CONTRAS
RINGING STRINGS
ROCHE COLLECTION BOOK 1
ROCHE COLLECTION BOOK 2
ROCHE COLLECTION BOOK 3
ROLY NO 1
ROLY NO 2
ROLY NO 3
RON GONNELLA FIDDLE
SCOTS GUARDS
SCOTS GUARDS VOL 2
SCOTTISH AIRS
SCOTTISH CDM 1
SCOTTISH CDM 2
SCOTTISH CDM 3
SCOTTISH CDM 4
SCOTTISH SONGS
SCOTTISH VIOLINIST (SCOTT SKINNER)
SKYE COLLECTION
SOODLUMS TUTOR VOL 1
SOODLUMS TUTOR VOL2
SULLIVAN 1
SWING PARTNERS
SWORD AND CEREMONY
TIN WHISTLE TUTOR
TRADITIONAL DANCE AIRS
TREBLES DELIGHT
TUNES FOR THE BAND
TUNES FOR THE DANCING MASTER
TWELVE COUNTRY DANCES
WESSEX TUNE BOOK 1
WESSEX TUNE BOOK 2
WHISTLERS POCKET COMPANION

PLUAS book were notes that Paul Stanbrook had made, maybe they were thrown away after he died.

I guess that ROLY 1 2 & 3 are somewhere in my loft.

B & S 1-4 ? I have not a clue now!

Interestingly for me, it seems to have taken almost as much effort in formatting the original data into a MySql database.
Sending the database content to the Internet server.
Figuring out forms - sort of.
Figuring out Perl - even more sort of.
Figuring out how to create a web page on the fly.

My methods may not be elegant but they finally worked!  
Thanks to David my son who decided that some more elegance was required.

 

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