Corpus of Annotated Irish Traditional Dance Music

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Computer Sciences, Musicology


This repository contains annotations of Irish Traditional Dance Music recordings. The publication accompanying this dataset is A Corpus of Annotated Irish Traditional Dance Music Recordings: Design and Benchmark Evaluations, presented at ISMIR 2016.



Each line of the csv file is to be read as (onset, duration, MIDInote).

Annotations have been made with the software Tony.

They can be imported easily with the software Sonic Visualiser.


Recordings come from three different sources, as indicated in the file, info.csv:

  • session recordings accompanying the Foinn Seisiún books published by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, available with Creative Common licence
  • Grey Larsen's MP3s for 300 Gems of Irish Music for All Instruments, commercially available
  • personal recordings of Bryan Duggan

Obtaining the audio files

Grey Larsen's recordings can be purchased here

The other recordings annotated in this dataset can be fetched by running the script sh The mp3 files will be downloaded in a new audio directory.

BallydesmondPolkaNo1.csv (2 kB)
Ballydesmond Polka No. 1

BallydesmondPolkaNo3.csv (4 kB)
Ballydesmond Polka No. 3

BrosnaSlide.csv (5 kB)
Brosna Slide

CorkHornpipe.csv (10 kB)
Cork Hornpipe

DinTarrants.csv (3 kB)
Din Tarrants

DownTheBroom.csv (4 kB)
Down the Broom

FromGalwayToDublin.csv (5 kB)
From Galway to Dublin

GetUpOldWoman.csv (3 kB)
Get Up Old Woman

HauntedHouse.csv (7 kB)
Haunted House

HumoursOfGlendart.csv (7 kB)
Humours of Glendart

JackieColemans.csv (9 kB)
Jackie Colemans

JackRegans.csv (3 kB)
Jack Regans

Jacksons.csv (9 kB)

JimMorrisons.csv (6 kB)
Jim Morrisons

JoeCooleys.csv (9 kB)
Joe Cooleys

JohnJoeLynch.csv (3 kB)
John Joe Lynch

LiltingBanshee.csv (6 kB)
Lilting Banshee

MaidsOfMountCisco.csv (10 kB)
Maids of Mount Cisco

MorningStar.csv (2 kB)
Morning Star

MunsterBacon.csv (3 kB)
Munster Bacon

MusicInTheGlen.csv (5 kB)
Music in the Glen

OutOnTheOcean.csv (6 kB)
Out on the Ocean

OverTheMoorToMaggie.csv (12 kB)
Over the Moor to Maggie

ReturnFromFingal.csv (3 kB)
Return from Fingal

Skylark.csv (8 kB)

TheHumoursOfBallyconnell.csv (11 kB)
The Humours of Ballyconnell

TheMunsterBank.csv (3 kB)
The Munster Bank

TheOrphan.csv (3 kB)
The Orphan

TuamgraneyCastle.csv (4 kB)
Tueamgrney Castle (1 kB)
Audio Script File

info.csv (1 kB)
List of recordings

File Format

csv, sh

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 4.0 International License.


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