Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Slow Session & Old Songs Festival

Happy Summer! 

Hiya, Music Buddies!

What's up? Festival season started this past weekend for us with a trip down to the Clearwater Revival in Croton-on-Hudson, where we played a farewell set for the Mystic Whaler and Captains Pat and John, who are hoping to retire. (If anyone wants to buy a beautiful sloop, talk to Eric and he'll put you in touch with them...)

Old Songs Irish Slow Session

We're going to have an Irish slow session tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main Ave., Voorheesville, NY.

Meet us upstairs for tunes. There are plenty of chairs, but I'm not sure how many music stands there will be, if any., so if you need one, you should bring it. I know I'm woefully behind on updating the Google Drive with the most recent tunes, but that's on the list for the summer...

Irish/"Celtic" Music at the 38th Annual Old Songs Festival

Friends, if you don't know, this weekend is the annual Old Songs Festival of folk music, song and dance. There will be folk traditions from all over the world, and some of the best Irish traditional musicians will be there as well. Award-winning Fiddler Dylan Foley and Flute Player/Uilleann Piper Isaac Alderson with amazing singer/accompanist Alan Murray will be there, as will world-renowned duo Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, and multi-genre phenoms Low Lily. 

For families with kids, I highly recommend Roger the Jester and Arm of the Sea Theatre and the amazing Children's Area at the festival. It's not too late to get tickets - you can come for an evening, a day, or the whole thing! I hope you do if you've never been before...

Get more information about the festival, the schedule, and the performers here: https://festival.oldsongs.org/schedule/.

Hope to see you Wednesday night AND this weekend!

Best, Hilary

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Make-up Slow Sesh Tonight 5/23

We're Good To Go!

It's All Sunshine and Roses Again...
The majority of folks couldn't make it this week, but we will still get together tonight at 7:30 to play a few tunes. I know of two people for sure who will show up, but join us DOWNSTAIRS in the Old Songs building tonight if you want to! Contradance Tunes jam is upstairs, so just come down into the office.

Maybe see you tonight?



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May Session Cancelled

Possibly Postponed

Hiya Music Buddies,

I'm sorry. I'm sick. I'm going to cancel for tonight. I'd like to reschedule to next week, but have to check with Old Songs to see if the space is available next Wednesday. Are you free for next Wednesday? Email me and let me know - hilary.schrauf@gmail.com.

I'll be in touch. In the meantime, you might be interested to know that two of our new friends from Slow Session, Ralf and his daughter Lyra will be playing some period and Irish music at opening weekend at Fort Klock: http://www.fortklockrestoration.org/calendar.html. It's a fun weekend event for the whole family on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The weekend will feature a muster, demonstrations and many hands-on activities. Experience the sights and sounds of 1776 with beer brewing, bread making, weaving, blacksmithing and much more. 

Enjoy Spring!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Let's Kick Spring in the Butt and Play Some Tunes!

Will Spring Never Come?

Hi, Music Buddies!

Last month was awesome with a bunch of new folks and some cool tunes! Remember that our Learn By Ear tune was the simple polka Britches Full of Stitches? I've got another fun simple tune for this month. 

Just a reminder of the March Tune Playlist:

Kesh JigRakes of Mallow (polka), Harvest Home (hornpipe), Mountain Road (reel), When the Cock Crows it is Dawn (slide), The Butterfly (slip jig), Sporting Paddy (reel) , The Torn Jacket (reel), Miller of Drohan (reel), Saddle the Pony (treble jig). 

We will most likely play Kitty's Rambles (which is also known as Kitty's Rambles to the Saucepan or The Rambles of Kitty). You can check out the sound file of Paul playing it HERE. I'll bring some sheet music for it tomorrow as well.

Next events: Old Songs Slow Session for May on Wed., May 16. Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirann slow session on Sunday, May 20.

Hope to see you somewhere around soon!