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The Joy of Sets series of books are suitable for sessions or ensembles. This fine collection has some standards and some not so well known tunes which should please learners and experienced musicians alike.
The tunes were learned from sessions or recordings, and include notes on the sources and backgrounds of the selections. The books are small enough to fit into a fiddle or mandolin case, and have useful indexes on the back. Clear standard notation for any instrument, with guitar chords for every selection.


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The Joy of Sets Volume 1

Joy of Sets 1

Published: Sept 2004
Pages: 20
Tunes: 30
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume One:

  • Mary Young and Fair
  • Cenneag Mhor
  • Moulin Dhu
  • Mairi's Wedding
  • Fear a Figue
  • Hector the Hero
  • Marquis of Huntly's Highland Fling
  • Lass o' Patie's Mill
  • Auld Graden Kirn
  • Home Farm Waltz
  • Stronsay Waltz
  • The Rope Waltz
  • Island Dance
  • Alastair of the Dun
  • The Peat Fire Flame
  • Over the Border
  • Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre
  • The Stool of Repentance
  • When the Battle Is O'er
  • Donal Dhu
  • Tormaid
  • The Knock
  • Out On the Ocean
  • Bill Collins
  • Coleman's Cross
  • Wee Morag
  • Back of the Change House
  • Nuala's Jig
  • Anna-Wendy's Jig

For more information about the tunes and the sources in the book, click here.

Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).


The Joy of Sets Volume 2

Scottish Slow Session 2

Published: Oct 2004
Pages: 20
Tunes: 30
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume Two:

  • Johnny McIljohn's No.1
  • Johnny McIljohn's No.2
  • Far From Home
  • Staten Island
  • Jenny Nettles
  • Lord Randall's Bride
  • Eight Men of Moidart
  • Snouts and Ears
  • The Old Polka
  • Highland Polka
  • Angus Polka No.1
  • Calum Beg
  • The Shetland Fiddler
  • Hey Ho My Bonnie Lass
  • Da Ferry Reel
  • Lay Dee At Dee
  • Miss Spence's Reel
  • Far O'er Struy
  • McEwan's Barn
  • Highland Skip
  • The Piper's Cave
  • Teribus
  • Short Cut to the Pub
  • The Banks of the Allan
  • Peggy's Jig
  • A Scarce o' Tatties
  • Logan Water
  • The Haughs of Cromdale
  • Sweet Molly
  • Lochaber No More

For more information about the tunes and the sources in the book, click here.

Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).


The Joy of Sets Volume 3

Scottish Slow Session 3

Published: Oct 2007
Pages: 20
Tunes: 28
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume Three:

  • Bill Sullivan's Polka
  • Boy's Lament for Dragon
  • Brig, Da
  • Brose and Butter
  • Clean Pea Strae
  • Cold Winds from Ben Wyviss
  • Dornoch Links
  • Drummond Castle
  • Duncan Davidson
  • Dunse Dings A'
  • Fairy Dance, The
  • Fields o' Foula, Da
  • Garster's Dream
  • Graemsay Jig
  • Hoch Hey Johnnie Lad
  • J F Dickie's Delight
  • James F Dickie
  • Jessie's Hornpipe
  • Kirks Hornpipe
  • Little Diamond
  • Lord Drummond
  • Mo Chailin Dileas Donn
  • My Ain Hame
  • New Rigged Ship, The
  • O'Connor's Polka
  • Oyster Wives' Rant
  • Queen's Welcome to Invercauld
  • Shepherd's Wife, The
Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).

The Joy of Sets Volume 4

Scottish Slow Session 4

Published: April 2010
Pages: 20
Tunes: 34
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume Four:

  • Bonnie Isle o' Whalsay
  • Bonnie Lass Come Ower
  • Cape North Jig
  • Church Street Polka
  • Cowan Road
  • Donald Blue
  • Down Home Waltz
  • Elizabeth's Big Coat
  • Gie Me a Lass
  • Gorgie Farm
  • Happy We've Been
  • Highlandman Kissed
  • Jack Broke da Prison Door
  • John Brown's
  • Johnny Lad
  • Lasses Trust In Providence
  • Lord Dalhousie
  • Major Malley's
  • Meeting of the Waters
  • Navvy On the Line, The
  • Night We Had the Goats
  • Oidche Mhath Leibh
  • Periwig, The
  • Rachel Rae
  • Salmon Tails Up the Water
  • Seneca Square Dance
  • Showman's Fancy, The
  • Sleep Soond ida Moarnin
  • St Mary's Polka
  • Tailor-Made Jig, The
  • There Cam a Young Man
  • Uist Dance
  • Waiting for the Federals
  • West Kilbride
Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).
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