Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Old Songs Slow Session - Wed., August 16 at 7:30

It's Not "Fair" - Summer's Almost Over!

Making your own music in summer is magic! (photo credit: rivertunes.net)
We'll be holding our monthly slow session tomorrow, Wednesday, August 16. Join us for a "learn by ear" tune and our round robin. Pick some Irish tunes for us to play in the group! Review the popular tune list  or the Comhaltas/Old Songs tune lists for ideas.

Hope to see you on Wednesday evening upstairs at Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main, Voorheesville.



Wednesday, July 12, 2017



So, hey there music buddies! I'm just taking a brief respite from fiddle and concertina classes to pop my head up for air and say that next week we will have our first ever July slow session (or maybe we've had one in the past, but I honestly don't remember).

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 PM for a fun evening of Irish tunes. 

Send me some ideas of tunes you'd like to learn: hilary (dot) schrauf (at) gmail (dot) com.

Click over to the Google Drive to pick up the last two learn by ear tunes:

MAY: Spotted Dog Jig (A)
JUNE: Mickey Callahan's Hornpipe (Em)

In the meantime, I'm at Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham. It is a wonderful week chock full of music and dance and art and language classes, lectures, dances, sessions, CD launch parties, and main stage concerts - all capped off with a day-long music and dance festival on Saturday, July 15.


Hope to see you next week!



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June Slow Session NEXT Week

Come to the Old Songs Festival this Weekend! June 24-25-26, 2017

Next Slow Session Wed., June 28

Hiya lads! Long time no talk. I've been all over the East Coast playing music and meeting people. I'm back now and it's time to prep for the Old Songs Festival. 

In the interest of keeping the chaos to a minimum, we decided to hold the slow session next Wednesday instead of this Wednesday. We have too much going on out at the Altamont Fairgrounds getting ready for this year's Old Songs Festival - the slow session would fall right in the middle of our set-up shift.

Want to Help Out the Festival? Volunteer!

On the plus side, if you're thinking of coming to the festival, can lift moderately heavy things and are willing to volunteer this Wednesday or Thursday evening (from 6-9 PM) or Sunday afternoon/evening, our Old Songs Grounds Crew could really use you. In an unusual turn of events, we are down to half of our regular crew size. Many hands make light work, so if you're interested in helping out, give me a call at 518-424-8701 (mobile). Bonuses? You get an awesome festival t-shirt at a discounted cost, and you get into the festival in exchange for your help on our crew.

See You Next Wednesday, if not before!


To volunteer on Grounds Crew or get more info, call 518-424-8701 (mobile)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tunes Tomorrow...

Let's Play Some Tunes at Old Songs!

Festival Season is Coming! Yay - Outdoor Music!
The May Old Songs Slow Session will be held on Wednesday evening, May 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. We'll be starting off as always with a teaching tune (learn-by-ear), and we'll play a few of the tunes we had on the list from earlier this month. Then we'll be doing Round Robin. New folks should check out our lists (click on "recent tunes" and "get all the tunes" on the menu above) and pick out a few tunes for us to play together. You are always welcome to send me ideas for new tunes for us to add! You can reach me at hilary.schrauf [AT] gmail-dot-com.

Hope to see you on Wednesday evening!