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

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