The common tunes in Milwaukee/Madison (that I know) are:
Jigs: Scatter the Mud, Cliffs of Moher, Tripping up the Stairs
Reels: Drowsy Maggie, The Merry Blacksmith, St. Anne's Reel
Hornpipes: The Harvest Home
Polkas: Denis Murphy's, Charlie Harris'
Slip Jig: The Foxhunter's Jig (slip jigs a bit rare though)
Strathspey: Stirling Castle (probobly because it sounds like a hornpipe)
'American': Whiskey Before Breakfast, The Arkansas Traveller
Of these, the sinlge most well known ANYWHERE is The Harvest Home. I don't
think I have ever been to a session that it hasn't been played as a tune
that it is assumed that everyone will know.
Well golly goodness- we could create a "session tunes" book of our own with
further info. I would classify all of the above tunes as fairly pan-
instrumental as well (Stirling Castle probably sounds a litle funny on the