> From: Stephanie Steely [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> You're correct that traditional musicians tend to
> pick up songs by ear from the playing of other people
> rather than from sheet music. Nevertheless, such music
> does exist. You might want to try the Ceolas Web site
> (www.ceolas.org/ceolas.html) which has links to tunes
> on the Web. Some links will undoubtably only have the
> words but others will have music and/or guitar tablatures.
> Another source might be Tayberry Music. They sell
> mostly recorded music but do have some books. Their
> Web address is tayberry.com.
To add to this: not all music that is played in traditional settings
is very old or without attribution. For example, "Four Green Fields" was
composed by Tommy Makem and he's still alive.