Thanks for the book tip. I'm not sure if it is available in the States.
I am going to record some of my own Irish Tunes. The good thing about having midis or Technic files on hand is, you can hear the various ways the song is played. To get an idea of the flow of the song helps, especially with a song you may be unfamiliar with.
It's amazing how various artist's play the same song at such different versions. An example is "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town" I have heard it played as a waltz to dixie style and even a boogie.
Ultimatly, it's the personal touch that makes it "your" song.
" Always Do Whatever's Next "