This site began in September 2005 as a collection of tunes for the Wednesday night session at what was O'Regans, then Fiddler's Green pub and most recently McLean's. Rather than put together a collection of paper, it made more sense to make it available on the web. It is now possible to try to remember a tune in the session, take out an phone, search this site and retrieve the sheet music so that you can remember how it starts.
This website has long been hosted by the Web design company, Aboreta, owned by Gord Fisch. Gord is a guitarist and mandolin player in Montreal and very generously donated the space and resources that make this site possible and provides a very stable server.
Site design and programming by Robin Beech, Associate Professor of the Institute of Parasitology, McGill University. Robin plays the English concertina and B/C, C#/D and quebec style button accordion.
The software to convert tunes in abc format into an image of the sheet music and midi files is freely available. With a little work it was easy to automate the process of generating a web page listing the tunes with links to the generated files. The result is a site where the most difficult part of adding new tunes is transcribing the tune into abc format in the first place. For those interested, the conversion software includes