Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tonight's Sessions was FUN!

Bet You Wish You Were There...

But...chances are, you weren't! There were seven of us chickens in the hen house playin' tunes. It was kickin'! There's room if you want to come next month on November 20th.

Tonight's Tune List:

We played our three learning tunes
Humours of Glen (Cuillin) (Jig)
Knotted Cord (Reel)
O'Malley Waltz.

Our Round Robin included:
Anthony Frawley's Jig
Father Kelly's Reel
Boys of Bluehill / Harvest Home Hornpipes
Limerick Lasses Reel
Out on the Ocean Jig
Whinny Hills of Leitrim Slip Jig

A good time was had by all...

See you next month!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Slow Session Wednesday 10/16

Hi, Friends!

photograph of an autumn meadow's edge with tall trees in the splendor of full autumn color

What a beautiful fall this has turned out to be! I hope you've had a chance to get out and wander in it. And perhaps even hear or play some tunes...

I hope you'll come out and play some tunes with me on Wednesday evening, October 16 from 7:30-9:00 PM. We'll work on some of our "Learning Tunes" and then go around the table and pick tunes/sets - you can use the list below and the Sets Lists on the Set Lists Page to choose if that helps. 

I encourage you to print that page out - I've linked to a PDF. I also encourage you to bring a recording device so you can capture pieces of a tune you don't know.

I've put some recordings of some of the tunes below on our Tunes page from last month's session.

As we sat around the tables last month, we discussed what tunes we might like to learn for the season. Below is the suggested list. Links to printable PDFs of these tunes are (or will be) on the Tunes page.

Learning Tunes for October/November 2013 - Beginner/Intermediate Tunes, Advanced Tunes

Last month we went over the tunes in the learning list (see the Tunes page for printable PDFs). I also handed out a bonus tune, O'Malley Waltz, by a Massachusetts composer, Tom O'Hare (known to his friends as "Rabbit"). Eric and I had the pleasure and challenge of playing his compositions for a one-woman story-play by Marni Gillard a couple of years ago. (Marni's really good people - and an awesome story-teller!) I really liked this piece and thought it might be a nice little brain twister for us to try.

You won't be surprised when I tell you that last month's stuff got all shuffled in with a pile of papers. In my case, they happen to be campaign materials. You see, I'm doing my civic duty (not without a firm push from friends, of course), and my campaign letters and voter lists are all over my desk! So, this morning I woke up and realized that HOLY CANNOLI! Tomorrow is Slow Session and I'd better get the tunes up on the blog. And then I ran off to work and didn't get back here until about 8:30 pm.

Well, hey! Better late than never, and you should always bring your suggestions (and sheet music if you have it) to the session.