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Title 
Type of Piece (Included pieces for medleys & tune sets) 
Authorship 
Nationality 
Notes 
 

 
Acano Mlada Nevesto 
Dance in 11/8 
Trad. 
Macedonia 
Played by itself and in medley with "Gas-Nign" and "New York Girls." 
 
Altfrangg 
Carnival march 
C. Walliser 
Switzerland 
In medley with "When I Was A Fair Maid," replacing "Bottom of the Punch Bowl." 
 
An Dro 
Dance in 2/4 
Trad. 
Brittany 
Title unknown. Played in medley with "Nonesuch." 
 
Another Jig Will Do 
Slip jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In early versions of "Town of Ballybay." 
 
Ar Fa La La Lo 
Song [Irish Gaelic] 
Trad. 
Ireland 
arr. Rhoads (a capella). 
 

 
As I Roved Out 
Song 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Occasionally included "Stairway to Heaven" quote (see "Matty Groves"). 
 
Babylon 
Song 
Trad. 
Newfoundland 
Originally British (probably from Scotland). 
 
The Bank of Ireland 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Spinning Wheel..." 
 
Barham Down 
Playford dance 
Trad. 
England 
In "Clyde's Water." 
 
Barrett's Privateers 
Song 
Stan Rogers 
Canada 
arr. Rhoads (a capella), based loosely on Rogers' arrangement. 
 

 
Belasicko Oro 
Dance in 2/4 
Trad. 
Macedonia 
In "Lord Bateman." 
 
Black & Grey / Coleraine 
Tune set (Black & Grey / Coleraine) 
Trad. 
Various 
  
 
Black & Grey 
Playford dance 
Trad. 
England 
Originally played in medley with "Coleraine," later by itself. 
 
Blackleg Miner 
Song (Pigs in Space) 
Trad. 
Scotland 
Accompanying reel "Pigs in Space" by Hall. 
 
Boar's Head Carol 
Song 
Trad., arr. Martin Shaw 
England 
A capella; from Oxford Book of Carols. 
 

 
Bog an Lochain 
Strathspey 
Trad. 
Scotland 
In "Simmering Teapot..." 
 
Bonnie Susie Clelland 
Song 
Trad. 
Britain 
Based on arrangement by the Oyster Band. 
 
Bonny Portmore 
Song (Caidé Sin Don té Sin) 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Inspired by a version by Bert Jansch. 
 
Bottom of the Punch Bowl 
Hornpipe 
Trad. 
England 
In medley with "When I Was A Fair Maid." 
 
The Braes of Tullymet 
Strathspey 
Trad. 
Cape Breton 
  
 

 
The Bride's Favorite 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Marital Jigs." 
 
Bruton Town 
Song (Final Advance on Reykjavik) 
Trad. 
England 
"Reykjavik" by Speer. 
 
Bucimis 
Bucimis [dance in 15/16] 
Trad. 
Bulgaria 
Title unknown. 
 
Caidé Sin Don té Sin 
Irish air 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Tune of an Irish song. 
 
Cliffs of Moher 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In various arrangements, mainly "Town of Ballybay." 
 

 
The Clumsy Lover 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 
Clyde's Water 
Song (Barham Down) 
Trad. 
Scotland 
  
 
Cold Frosty Morning 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "15 Bricks..." 
 
Coleman's Favorite 
Slip jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Resurrection Jigs." 
 
Coleraine 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In medley with "Black and Grey." 
 

 
The Connaughtman's Rambles 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Town of Ballybay" and "Extra Spray Gun." 
 
Cottage in the Grove 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Title uncertain; may be called "Lad O'Byrne's." In "Rat in her Pocket." 
 
Cruel Mother 
Song 
Trad. 
Britain 
"Looping" arrangement. 
 
Dark Eyed Sailor 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
  
 
Dearg Doom / The Four-Poster Bed 
Instrumental set (Dearg Doom / Four-Poster Bed) 
Various 
Various 
"Dearg Doom" is a song by Horslips, based on "O'Neill's March." Our version was an instrumental. "Four-Poster Bed" is a fiddle tune of unknown origin (Anglo-American?). 
 

 
The Deserter 
Song 
John Richards 
England 
From Simon Nicol's album Before Your Time... 
 
Different Germany 
Song 
Ian Anderson 
England 
From Ian Anderson's album Walk Into Light. 
 
Dixon's Delight 
Morris dance 
Mark Simos 
USA 
  
 
Donald MacLean of Lewis 
Jig 
Trad. 
Cape Breton 
In "Hovercraft Full Of Eels." 
 
Donald McGillavry 
Song (O'Neill's Cavalry March) 
Trad. 
Scotland 
Based on arrangement by Silly Wizard. 
 

 
Dr. Norman Carpet 
Jig 
Tom Rhoads 
USA 
In "Green Mountain Cookie Dough." 
 
Drive the Cold Winter Away 
Playford dance 
Trad. 
England 
Also the tune of an English spring carol. In medley with "Wild Mountain Thyme" (2nd lineup). 
 
Drowsy Maggie 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Scrape the Parrot" and "40 Lbs. of Yarn." 
 
The Dusty Windowsill 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 
Easter Eve 
Playford dance 
Trad. 
England 
A one-off for a concert the night before Easter... 
 

 
The Eel in the Sink 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Hovercraft Full Of Eels." 
 
Eppie Morrie 
Song 
Trad. 
Scotland 
One-off for 1991 Bryn Mawr May Day. 
 
Extra Spray Gun 
Jig set (Larry O'Gaff / Cliffs of Moher / Connaughtman's Rambles) 
Trad. 
Ireland 
The jigs from "Town of Ballybay" turned into an instrumental set. 
 
Eyli 
Song [Hebrew] 
w: Hannah Senesh / m:David Zehavi 
Israel 
A one-off for a Rosh Hashanah concert. 
 
False Sir John 
Song (La Rotta) 
Trad. 
Britain 
  
 

 
15 Bricks at the Bottom of the Pond 
Reel set (Old Grey Cat / Oyster Wives' Rant / Miner's Night Out / Cold Frosty Morning) 
Various 
Various 
Title by audience competition. 
 
The First House in Connaught 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Spinning Wheel..." 
 
Flowers of Bermuda 
Song 
Stan Rogers 
Canada 
The first song we ever rehearsed. Based on Rogers' arrangement. 
 
40 lbs. of Yarn 
Reel set (Sligo Maid / Growling Old Man & Cackling Old Woman / Red-Haired Boy / Kitchen Girl / Drowsy Maggie) 
Trad. 
Various 
  
 
The Four-Poster Bed 
Reel 
Trad. 
Unknown 
In "Dearg Doom" medley. 
 

 
Frejlex 
Klezmer tune 
Trad. 
Jewish 
In later versions of "New York Girls." 
 
Fylingdale Flyer 
Song 
Ian Anderson 
England 
arr. Rhoads (a capella); from the Jethro Tull album A. 
 
Galitzianer Tansel 
Klezmer tune 
Trad. 
Jewish 
Usually played at the end of "New York Girls." 
 
Garrett Barry's 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 
Gas-Nign 
Klezmer tune (Gas-Nign) 
Trad. 
Jewish (Ukraine) 
Title unknown. Played in medley with "Makedonsko Devojce" or (recently) "Acano Mlada Nevesto." 
 

 
Gathering Peascods 
Playford dance 
Trad. 
England 
Arrangement transformed the tune into various meters. 
 
Gloucestershire Wassail 
Song 
Trad., arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams 
England 
A capella; from Oxford Book of Carols. 
 
Golden Vanity 
Song (King of the Fairies) 
Trad. 
Anglo-American 
  
 
The Gravel Walk 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Three Pounds Ten." 
 
Green Mountain Cookie Dough, Brown and Trembling 
Jig set (Dr. Norman Carpet / Juice of Barley / Morrison's Jig) 
Trad. 
Various 
Title by audience competition. 
 

 
Greenland Whale Fisheries 
Song 
Trad. 
Anglo-American 
  
 
Growling Old Man & Cackling Old Woman 
Reel 
Trad. 
Quebecois 
In "40 Lbs. of Yarn." 
 
Hal-an-Tow 
Song 
Trad. 
Cornwall 
arr. Hall (a capella), later additions Rhoads. 
 
Haste to the Wedding 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Marital Jigs." 
 
Hastily Improvised Tune Set 
Tune set (Road to Lisdoonvarna / Braes of Tullymet / Dusty Windowsill / Garrett Barry's / Cliffs of Moher) 
Trad. 
Various 
  
 

 
Henry Martin 
Song 
Trad. 
Britain 
  
 
Here Comes the Flood 
Song 
Peter Gabriel 
England 
Loosely based on the version on Robert Fripp's album Exposure. 
 
The Hiring Fair 
Song 
Ralph McTell & Dave Mattacks 
England 
Based on arrangement by Fairport Convention. 
 
Horse's Branle 
Branle 
Trad. 
France 
An instrument-switching festival. 
 
The Hunt is Up 
Song (Burning Down Borders Bookshop) 
Trad. 
England 
A one-off for May Day celebrations at Bryn Mawr College. 
 

 
I Will Go 
Song 
Trad. 
Scotland 
Found on the Afterhours album Hung Up and Dry. 
 
If I Was A Blackbird 
Song 
Trad., adapted by Andy M. Stewart 
Ireland 
Based on arrangement by Silly Wizard. 
 
The Internationale 
Song 
Eugene Pottier & Pierre Degeyter 
France 
One-off for 1991 Bryn Mawr May Day - sung in 4 languages. 
 
Isabeaux S'y Promène 
French air 
Trad. 
France 
In "Winifred." 
 
J'ai Vû Le Loup 
Song [French] (J'ai Vû Le Loup / J'ai Vû Le Loup, le Rénard et la Bellette) 
Trad. 
France 
Two variations of the same song, the second played as an instrumental. 
 

 
Jack Hall 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
Based on arrangement by Steeleye Span. 
 
Jenny Lind 
Polka 
Trad. 
England 
In first version of "New York Girls." 
 
John the Gun 
Song 
Sandy Denny 
England 
arr. Rhoads (3 voices & viola). 
 
Juice of Barley 
Playford dance 
Trad. 
England 
Played in a fairly jig-like style in "Green Mountain Cookie Dough." 
 
King of the Fairies 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Golden Vanity." 
 

 
Kitchen Girl 
Reel 
Trad. 
USA 
In "40 Lbs. of Yarn." 
 
Klez-Rawhide 
Song (Oyfn Pripetshik / Theme from "Rawhide") 
Various 
Various 
"Oyfn Pripetshik" is a Klezmer song from the Ukraine (played as an instrumental). "Rawhide" by Tiomkin and Washington, played Klezmer-style.  
 
L'Incoronazione di Poppea (act II, scene xiii) 
Song (recitative & aria) (Italian) 
Claudio Monteverdi 
Italy 
Excerpt from Baroque opera. 
 
La Rotta 
Renaissance dance 
Anonymous 
Italy 
In medley with "False Sir John." 
 
Langstrom's Pony 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Hovercraft Full Of Eels." 
 

 
Larry O'Gaff 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In later versions of "Town of Ballybay." 
 
Little Beggar Man 
Song (Kitchen Girl) 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Partly based on arrangement by Arlo Guthrie. 
 
Little Sir Hugh 
Song 
Trad., adapted by Steeleye Span 
England 
Based on arrangement by Steeleye Span. 
 
Looks Like Mona Lisa 
Song 
Michelle Shocked 
USA 
From Shocked's album Captain Swing. 
 
Lord Bateman 
Song (Belasicko Oro) 
Trad. 
USA 
Appalachian version of an English ballad. 
 

 
Magellan 
Song (Snow on the Hills) 
Music: Trad.; lyrics: Paul Rugg & John P. McCann 
USA 
From the Animaniacs. 
 
Makedonsko Devojce 
Dance/song in 7/8 
Trad. 
Macedonia 
Also a song, but we don't sing it. 
 
Marital Jigs 
Jig set (Bride's Favorite / Haste to the Wedding) 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 
The Mason's Apron 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 
Matty Groves 
Song (Stairway to Heaven) 
Trad. 
Britain 
"Stairway to Heaven" (by J. Page & R. Plant) quoted at the end of later versions of the arrangement. 
 

 
The Merry Blacksmith 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Scrape the Parrot." 
 
Miner's Night Out 
Reel 
John McEuen 
USA 
In "15 Bricks..." 
 
Minka 
Dance in 7/8 
Trad. 
Bulgaria 
  
 
Morrison's 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Simmering Teapot..." and "Green Mountain Cookie Dough." 
 
Mosé Salió de Misrayim 
Song [Ladino & Hebrew] 
Trad. 
Sephardic Jewish (Morocco) 
Found on an album by Voice of the Turtle. 
 

 
My Dungannon Sweetheart 
Jig 
Graham Townsend 
Unknown 
In medley with "Snow on the Hills." 
 
Hovercraft Full Of Eels 
Tune set (Langstrom's Pony / Donald MacLean of Lewis / Eel in the Sink) 
Trad. 
Various 
Title taken from a Monty Python sketch. 
 
Mynah Bird 
Tune 
Cliff Stapleton 
England 
From a Blowzabella collection. 
 
New Nign 
Nign 
Trad. 
Jewish 
Klezmer tune - title unknown. 
 
The New St. George 
Song 
Richard Thompson 
England 
arr. Rhoads (a capella). 
 

 
New York Girls 
Song (Yoshke / "James Bond" Theme / Rainbow Connection / Sailors' Hornpipe / Acano Mlada Nevesto / Frejlex) 
Trad. 
England 
Usually closes our concerts. 
 
Nonesuch 
Playford dance 
Trad. 
England 
Possibly of French origin. 
 
Nonesuch / An Dro 
Tune set (Nonesuch / An Dro) 
Trad. 
Various 
  
 
O'Neill's Cavalry March 
March 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Donald MacGillavry." 
 
Old Grey Cat 
Reel 
Trad. 
England 
In "15 Bricks..." 
 

 
Oot Be Est da Vong 
Reel 
Trad. 
Shetland 
In "Spinning Wheel..." 
 
Original Reels 
Reel set (Dancing Centipede / Top of the Head Reel / Irrational Expectations / Eat Your Lawyer) 
Broadside Electric 
USA 
A (not very successful) attempt to assemble a set from tunes composed by the band members. 
 
The Oyster Wives' Rant 
Reel 
Trad. 
Scotland 
In "15 Bricks..." 
 
Padstow 
Song 
Trad. 
Cornwall 
Inspired by the Steeleye Span arrangement. 
 
Pastures of Plenty 
Song 
Woody Guthrie 
USA 
  
 

 
Por La Tu Puerta 
Song [Ladino/Turkish] 
Trad. 
Sephardic Jewish (Turkey) 
Found on an album by Voice of the Turtle. 
 
The Queen of Argyll 
Song 
Andy M. Stewart 
Scotland 
Based on arrangement by Silly Wizard. 
 
Querpfeifer 
Marches 
Unknown 
Switzerland 
Carnival marches from Basel. 
 
Rambling Irishman 
Song 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 
Random Jig 
Jig 
Trad. 
Unknown 
Title uncertain. Part of "Resurrection Jigs." 
 

 
A Rat in Her Pocket 
Tune set (Tobin's Favorite / Trip to Durrow / Cottage in the Grove) 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Named by audience competition. 
 
Red-Haired Boy 
Reel 
Trad. 
USA 
American version; originally probably from Ireland. In "40 Lbs. of Yarn." Reels (untitled set) 
 
Reel set 
Red-Haired Boy / Kitchen Girl / Growling Old Man and Cackling Old Woman 
Trad. 
Various 
First appearance of tunes which were later used in other pieces. 
 
Resurrection Jigs 
Jig set (Random Jig / Swallowtail Jig / Coleman's Favorite) 
Trad. 
Various 
  
 
The Road to Lisdoonvarna 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 

 
Robin Hood and the Tanner 
Song (Abandoned Glue Factory) 
Trad. 
England 
"Abandoned Glue Factory" by Speer. 
 
Rocky Road to Dublin 
Slip jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Played as an instrumental (it is also well known as a song). 
 
Rufford Park Poachers 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
From the Martin Carthy album Out of the Cut. 
 
Sailors' Hornpipe 
Hornpipe/reel 
Trad. 
USA 
Probably derived from a British tune. 
 
Scrape the Parrot 
Reel set (Merry Blacksmith / Drowsy Maggie / Sheehan's) 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 

 
Sheath and Knife 
Song 
Trad. 
Britain 
First live arrangement was bluegrass style; now played in a rock arrangement resembling the version on our album More Bad News. 
 
Sheehan's 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Scrape the Parrot." 
 
Silkie 
Song 
Tom Rhoads 
Based on Scottish ballad 
  
 
The Simmering Teapot, or, The Unhatched Egg 
Tune set (Dixon's Delight / Bog an Lochain / Morrison's) 
Various 
Various 
Named by audience competition. 
 
Six Grey Men 
Song 
Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer & John L. Jones 
Britain 
From the Oyster Band album Liberty Hall. 
 

 
The Six Questions 
Song 
Trad. 
Britain 
  
 
Skating Away (On The Thin Ice of the New Day) 
Song 
Ian Anderson 
England 
From the Jethro Tull album Warchild. 
 
Skewball 
Song 
Trad. 
Ireland 
Based on arrangement by Steeleye Span. 
 
Sleep Soond ida Moarnin' 
Reel 
Trad. 
Shetland 
In "Spinning Wheel..." 
 
Sligo Maid 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "40 Lbs. of Yarn." 
 

 
The Snow it Melts the Soonest 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
Based on arrangement by Horslips. 
 
Snow on the Hills 
Jig 
Aina Egan 
USA 
In medley with "My Dungannon Sweetheart" and "Magellan." 
 
Snow on the Hills / My Dungannon Sweetheart 
Jig set (Snow on the Hills / My Dungannon Sweetheart) 
Various 
Various 
"My Dungannon Sweetheart" is by Graham Townsend. 
 
So Selfish Runs the Hare 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
Found on Albion Country Band album Battle of the Field. 
 
South Wind 
Waltz 
Trad. 
Ireland 
  
 

 
Sovay 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
Loosely based on arrangement by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. 
 
The Spinning Wheel and the Bronze Axe 
Reel set (First House in Connaught / Oot Be Est da Vong / Sleep Soond ida Moarnin' / Bank of Ireland) 
Trad. 
Various 
  
 
Staines Morris 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
Loosely based on an arrangement by Fairport Convention. 
 
Sugar Trade 
Song 
James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett & Tim Mayer 
USA 
arr. Rhoads (a capella). 
 
The Summer Before the War 
Song 
Huw Williams 
England 
Based on an arrangement by Fairport Convention. 
 

 
Swallowtail Jig 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Resurrection Jigs." 
 
Tam Lin 
Song 
Trad. 
Scotland 
  
 
Terk in Amerika 
Klezmer tune 
Trad. 
Jewish 
Based on an older Greek/Turkish melody. In "Wake of the Medusa." 
 
Ternovka Sher 
Klezmer tune 
Dave Tarras 
USA 
Probably based on older Eastern European source. In "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm." 
 
There But For Fortune 
Song 
Phil Ochs 
USA 
After a disastrous first outing the arrangement was swiftly canned. 
 

 
Three Crows 
Song 
Trad. 
England (Lancashire) 
arr. Rhoads (a capella). 
 
Three Drunken Maidens 
Song 
Trad. 
England 
  
 
Three Pounds Ten 
Song (with Gravel Walk / Virginia) 
Trad. 
Britain 
One verse excerpted from Moby Dick.  
 
Time to Ring Some Changes 
Song 
Richard Thompson 
England 
arr. Rhoads (a capella). 
 
Tobin's Favorite 
Jig 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "A Rat in her Pocket." 
 

 
The Town of Ballybay 
Song (Larry O'Gaff / Another Jig Will Do / Cliffs of Moher [Blues Jig] / Connaughtman's Rambles) 
Trad. 
Ireland 
From the Boiled in Lead album Orb. 
 
The Trip to Durrow 
Reel 
Trad. 
Ireland 
In "Rat in her Pocket." 
 
Virginia 
Shape-note hymn 
w:Isaac Watts / m:Oliver Brownson 
USA 
From the Sacred Harp collection. 
 
Wake of the Medusa 
Song (Terk in Amerika) 
Jem Finer 
Ireland 
A song by a London/Irish band, with a Klezmerish feel, about a French painting... From the Pogues' album Hell's Ditch. 
 
The Weaver and the Factory Maid 
Song (When I Was a Weaver) 
Trad., adapted by Steeleye Span 
England 
Based on arrangement by Steeleye Span. 
 

 
Wheel of Jigs 
Jig set (Bride's Favorite / Cliffs Of Moher / Clumsy Lover / Coleraine / Connaughtman's Rambles / Dr. Norman Carpet / Haste To The Wedding) 
Various 
Various 
One-off gag for a St. Patrick's Day show - spin the wheel and play the tune... 
 
When I Was A Fair Maid 
Song (Bottom of the Punch Bowl / Altfrangg) 
Various 
England 
First version of the arrangement followed the song with "Punch Bowl;" "Altfrangg" was later substituted. 
 
Wild Mountain Thyme 
Song (Drive the Cold Winter Away) 
Trad. 
Scotland 
  
 
Winifred 
Tune set (Isabeaux S'y Promène / Not "Salmon Tails..." / Drowsy Maggie) 
Trad. 
Various 
Sometimes referred to as "Winifred's Bass Cabinet." The second tune is a (possibly Scottish?) variation of "Salmon Tails Down the Water," found on a Pogues album. 
 
Wir Fahren Mit Der SBB 
Song [German] (SBB Landler / Ein Neue Alte) 
Walter Wild 
Switzerland 
How sweet it is to ride on the Swiss national railways! 
 

 
The Witch of the Westmorland 
Song 
Archie Fisher 
Scotland 
Loosely based on Stan Rogers' arrangement. 
 
With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm 
Song (Ternovka Sher) 
R. P. Weston & Bert Lee 
England 
Arranged Klezmer style. 
 
The World Turned Upside-Down [The Diggers] 
Song 
Leon Rosselson 
England 
Inspired by Dick Gaughan's rendition. 
 
Yoshke 
Klezmer song/tune 
Trad. 
Jewish 
In some earlier versions of "New York Girls." 
 

 
 
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