Ceol Rince na hÉireann Vol. 4
The Ceol Rince na hÉireann series of books are regarded as one of the major collections of Irish traditional music and remain an important source of tunes for traditional musicians today. All of the tunes contained within the five volumes of Ceol Rince na hÉireann were collected and transcribed by the great collector, scholar and authority on Irish traditional music, Breandán Breathnach and form a major part of the legacy which he left to his fellow musicians. Breandán Breathnach, a piper himself, was a founder member of Na Piobairí Uilleann and was chairman of this organisation until his death in 1986. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Irish Traditional Music Archive and his own extensive personal collection is now housed within the archive.

Many of the original recordings of the tunes found in the Ceol Rince na hÉireann collection can be accessed in the archive. Ceol Rince na hÉireann Vol 1 was published in 1963 and contains 214 tunes which were mainly collected in the 1950’s from some of the greatest players of that era. The book contains many beautiful settings of tunes which differ slightly from the versions played by traditional musicians today. Each volume of Ceol Rince na hÉireann contains extensive notes giving valuable information on the source of the tunes, the different titles by which the tune was known and the of other collections of music in which the tune was published.