Monday, September 17, 2018

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day!

The weekend was full of fabulous music...

Altan at Fresh Grass Festival (photo by Dave Smith)

Heyya, Music Buddies! 

So...there was a lot going on this weekend, huh? Michael Eck told Eric that he did a set at Fresh Grass, played Irish 2000 and did two private gigs this weekend. I can't even begin to imagine how exhausted he is today!

I hope your last weekend of summer (half way to St. Patrick's Day too by the way) was a total blast! We...worked. Yup! That's the life. We did have a few tunes ourselves, but nothing major.

Just a quick check-in here to remind you all that we'll be having our September Old Songs Slow Session this Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Come on out and play a few tunes. If you haven't joined the mailchimp email list, you can sign up HERE. I send out the spots (sheet music) via my email newsletter, so do sign up!

And see ya Wednesday!



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

End of Summer, No End to the Tunes...

Remember When Summer Seemed Endless?

Just a few short months ago, summer seemed endless, full of potential and limitless fun. And now, in the waning days of August we can see Autumn just around the corner and the return of the school year in sight. Even though I haven't been in school for, well, decades, I still look forward to the structure that September brings.

Speaking of structure, the Irish Slow Session at Old Songs has really solidified into a nice group of folks working on tunes. Last Wednesday, August 15, 2018, we ended up our summer slow session series with a really lovely round robin.

To get the tunes, sign up for my email list in the pop-up box on this page (I use MailChimp). You might have to close and re-open the blog to see the pop-up box. If you sign up in the sidebar, you'll get this blog in your email inbox, but not the email reminders. On the email reminder list, you'll get reminders and follow-ups and announcements about Irish culture related events and activities you might be interested in.

Anyway, get ye to the MailChimp subscription to get the August tunes and tune-list! See you there...



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Irish Tunes at Old Songs on Wed., August 15

Learn by Ear and Round Robin

Hiya music buddies!

Old Songs Irish Slow Session will be held this Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Join me for tunes at 7:30 pm.



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:

Hope to see you Wednesday night AND this weekend!

Best, Hilary