Once you’ve located audio, videos, & sheet music to learn, see if you recognize any tunes that you already play & include those on your tune list. Also note the tempos (bpm) & dance levels for the tunes.
Printed sheet music
There are a couple of feis specific tune books floating around out there. I believe that both are currently out of print, but you may be able to find used copies.
The Feis Musicians Handbook by Tom Hastings
All the Competition Set Dances by David James
Online Sheet Music
Tunebooks that have been digitized:
Pete Braccio’s links to Tunebooks (pdfs)
Kingston Irish Session Tunebook (Interactive, click on tune titles)
Bernie Stocks’ The Microphone’s Rambles Book 1 & Book 3
Individual tunes can be found at websites such as:
Nigel Gatherer’s Traditional Music
O’Neills Dance Music of Ireland (works best in horizontal view)
YouTube has videos & recordings that you can listen to, slow down, & play along with. A search for ‘feis music’ will return playlists such as these. I would recommend watching all of the NAFC learning videos made by Ryan G. Duns, then move on to other lists:
Online Feis Music
Gerry Conlon’s Online Feis Music (streaming tracks)
Irish Dance Music Apps
Other Subscription Music Apps
Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, & Soundcloud may also have recordings of Irish dance music. You’ll just need to search in the app for ‘Irish dance music’ or ‘Feis music’. If you’re lucky, you may find playlists that other people have compiled.
MP3s, CDs, Albums, Cassettes
Some recordings commonly used by dance schools that you can purchase: