Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Irish Slow Session Tonight 11/17/2021 - Masks & Vaxx Required


Tunes are Back if

you're vaxxed.

a wednesday afternoon look at something to do with music
Hey Y'all!

We're ready if you are vaccinated (both doses) and wear a mask due to the continued highly contagious nature of COVID-19. A small group of us has continued to meet online for much of the pandemic, and since summer have been meeting in person. We're ready to open it up to more of you, if you'd like to join us. 
The session is held on third Wednesdays at the Old Songs Community Arts Center
37 South Main St.,
Voorheesville, NY 12186
7:30-9:00 PM
Cost: $5 donation to Old Songs, Inc.
Leader: traditional Irish fiddler Hilary Schrauf
We'll be in the big upstairs room and we will spread our chairs out. Feel free to bring a music stand. There are some available to use. Learning by ear is preferred but over the years we've found that using sheet music to give everyone a jump start helps tremendously.

Below you'll find links to tune pages, and the three set lists we've been using. You're welcome to join us at 7:30 tonight (Wednesday, November 17) to play tunes off of the lists.
Cost is $5. Led by Hilary Schrauf, Irish Fiddle.
Please all stay safe and wash your hands.

Best Regards,


FOINN SEISUN BOOK #1 - pdf of the main tunebook we are using
These are the previous two lists of tunes we've been working on: 
Here is List #1:
Butterfly / Fig for a Kiss
Anne Walshe's / Man of the House - see folder of sheet music
PAGE 9 & 14 - Father Kelly's (Pg 9 Book 1)/ Merry Blacksmith (Pg 14 Book 1)/ Sally Gardens (Pg 14 Book 1)
PAGE 36 & 39 - Peg Ryan's (Pg 36 Fionn Book 1) / John Brosnan's / Maids of Ardagh (in Fionn Book 1 as Maids of Ardath or Toormore No. 2 on page 39) (see attached set on one page)
PAGE 19 Out on the Ocean / Black Rogue / Saddle the Pony 
Boys of Bluehill / Off to California
Southwind / Fanny Po'er / Tommy McGuire's (see folder of sheet music)
Planxty Irwin (in D)
PAGE 24 - Lilting Banshee /Haste to the Wedding / Maid on the Green 
PAGE 28 & 22 - Kilavil Jig (Pg 28 of Fionn Book 1) / Haunted House (Pg 22 of Fionn Book 1) 
PAGE 22 - My Darling Asleep (Pg 22 of Fionn Book 1) / Road to Lisdoonvarna 
John Brennan's Fancy (reel) - see folder of sheet music

Here is List #2:
PAGE 12 - St Anne's Reel 
Connaughtman's Rambles 
PAGE 23 - Blarney Pilgrim (Page 23 of Fionn Seisun Book 1 PDF)/ Behind the Haystack (jig)
PAGE 24 - Morrison's Jig/ Kid on the Mountain 
Peeler's Jacket (reel) - see folder of sheet music
The Friendly Visit Hornpipe - see folder of sheet music
PAGE 18 - Humours of Tulla/ Skylark / Roaring Mary 
Christy Barry's #1 / Christy Barry's #2 - see folder of sheet music
Banish Misfortune

SEE ATTACHED PDF OF THE FULL SET LIST (7 PAGES) plus Hundred Pipers and The Spotted Dog
Hundred Pipers / The Spotted Dog (pdfs attached)
PAGE 12: Teetotaller (aka The Temperance Reel) / St. Anne's Reel / London Lasses 
PAGE 20: Geese in the Bog / Connaughtman's Rambles / Out on the Ocean -- Also, John's set of Geese in the Bog with Behind the Haystack
PAGE 33: Sonny Murray's - most commonly known as The Wicklow / Home Ruler / Kitty's Wedding Hornpipes
PAGE 35: Brosna's Slide / O'Keefe's Slide / Dennis Murphy's Slide
PAGE 36: Ballydesmond Polka #1/Ballydesmond #2/Peg Ryan's
PAGE 38: Sweeny's /Dennis Murphy's Polka / Maggie in the Wood
PAGE 41: Doherty's Mazurka / Sonny's Mazurka / Shoe the Donkey 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Old Songs Session Cancelled for 3/18

Tunes on Hold.

a monday afternoon look at something to do with music
Hey Y'all!

On Friday of this past week, Old Songs announced that they would be suspending all person-to-person events, classes, and programs in the building for the foreseeable future due to the highly contagious nature of COVID-19. That means that we won't be meeting this week, this month and possibly even next month depending on when we have a bead on the spread of the virus.

I will let everyone know when things get moving again! We'll pick up right where we left off, I hope.

Please all stay safe and wash your hands.

Best Regards,


To read a statement by Old Songs, click this link

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tunes Tonight 2/19/20

Hiya! There will be Irish tunes tonight, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Old Songs Community Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. $4/person. Come join us!


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