Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January Slow Session Tonight 1/15/20 at 7:30 p.m.

Happy New Year! Time for Tunes!

Hey everyone! New Year's resolution to get out and play Irish traditional music with friendly folks? Tonight's your night! If you're new to Irish or new to your instrument, have we got the place for you! Old Songs Irish Slow Session at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main St., Voorheesville, NY tonight from 7:30-9:00 pm. $4 for heat/lights/photocopies. 

Bring a recording device (or your phone) to record tunes so you can practice at home by ear. We play slowly, so while bodhrans are welcome, you may not find it fun to play dead slow as we work on tunes. We are playing in Irish style, which is generally in unison. People with an orchestral background can work on pulling back from their full classical training to the more vernacular Irish style - using ornaments such as rolls, cuts, bowed triplets on fiddle, etc. 

We go "round robin" and each member of the circle gets to pick an Irish tune for the group to play. Check out the link to the old lists in the sidebar for information on what we have played in the past. This is a repertoire building and slow practice session, great for beginners and intermediates. 

Hope to see you tonight!

Hilary Schrauf
Irish fiddle
Session Leader

Here is December 2019's play list:

Christy Barry's No. 1
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Swallowtail Jig
Planxty Fanny Power
Saddle the Pony
Out On the Ocean
Kesh Jig
Back to Skibbereen
Planxty Irwin
Silver Spear
Tobins Favourite
The Sally Gardens
Anne Walshe's Reel
The Spotted Dog
The Kilavil Jig
Kid On the Mountain
Maggie In the Wood

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Gary's Your Host at Slow Sesh on Wednesday!

Hey Y'all!

Gary M. has graciously agreed to lead the group tomorrow night! Thanks Gary!

A NOTE FROM JOY: The driveway and walks will all be plowed and shoveled for you all. PLEASE leave your wet boots and shoes on the carpets by either end of the wood floor outside of the main room. Mud and snow are murder on the wood the floor!  Thanks - Joy

Please consider bringing some slippers or indoor shoes to wear for the session.

As always, Gary and I will decide at 6:00 pm on Wednesday if we need to cancel due to weather and I will send out a notice to your email, place a note on the Old Songs Facebook Page, and one on the blog.

Have a great time and I'll see you in January if not before!

- Hilary


Alisdair Fraser and Natalie Haas are back with more amazing music on January 11 at 7:30 p.m.   More info & Tickets:

Location: Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main,  Voorheesville, NY 12186

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

#Melissa Says Stay Home - Slow Sesh Cancelled 10/16/19

Hey music buddies,

We're cancelling for tonight. I just don't trust the weather. We'll see you in November on the 20th for our regularly scheduled session. It's a busy weekend though. Read on for more info:

1. there's a great concert scheduled for this Friday at Old Songs: Shannon Heaton (song, flute, accordion) and Keith Murphy (singer, multi-instrumentalist) perform on 10/19 at 7:30 p.m. Check for info and tickets! Hope to see you there!

2. the Northeast Tionol will be happening this weekend (Fri-Mon) at Gavin's Irish Country Inn in Durham NY. World class uilleann pipers, fiddlers and more. Classes, lectures, demos, concerts, and sessions. for more info. There are concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings in Gavin's Pub.

3. Albany CCE hosts its monthly meeting and session at the Capital District Irish American Association (Ontario St., Albany). Slow session begins at 2:30, followed by regular speed session at 3:30. for more info.

Cheers and hope to see you out somewhere along the road!


Monday, October 14, 2019

Slow Session this Wednesday, Oct. 16!

Hey music buddies,

We're back on our regular third Wednesday schedule for the moment! This Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. we'll be meeting somewhere in the building -- most likely upstairs in the main concert hall area - to play Irish tunes.

Hope to see you there!



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