Friday, September 1, 2017

Dance Workshop, Slow Sesh and More...

It is dance music, after all...                                                      photo by Neal Warshaw
Hey, Hi, Howdy, friends! Can you believe it is already September 1st? I'm in denial, or I would be if the weather didn't absolutely insist that it is fall in full swing.

I'm just checking in here with a few beginning-of-the-month announcements! Most important of all - there is a sean-nos (old style Irish) dance workshop being held in Albany on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The teacher is amazing and it will be a ton of fun! Please check it out, print a flyer and share!

I hope that those visiting the blog through Old Songs will take a moment to consider coming to any of the following events:


Friday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: Sean-nos Dance Workshop

Irish wooden flute player Sue Bippus has coordinated to bring Rebecca McGowan, her Sean Nos dance teacher from Boston, to Albany to give a workshop this month. Comhaltas and the Irish American Association are sponsoring the sean-nos dance workshop on Friday, September 22, from 7:00-8:30 pm at 375 Ontario Street, Albany.

As Sue explained to us at the August session, sean-nos dancing is more like improvisation than set- or step-dancing where the steps are choreographed. You learn several types of "steps" and then put them together in the way that suits you and the music to make your own dance. She suggests that you wear comfortable shoes with smooth soles. You don't need to buy tap shoes or have anything special. If you have questions, feel free to contact Sue directly at



Sunday, Sept. 3: Hooley on the Hudson, Memorial Park on the Rondout, Kingston, NY

Our friends Toss the Feathers (Amy Schoch, Dave "Banjo" Smith, and Liam O'Neill will be on the trad stage at 2:30 pm followed by Dylan Foley and Dan Gurney at 5:00 pm at the Hooley on the Hudson in Kingston, NY. Go see them if you can! It's a FREE event! for more info.


Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m.: CCE Slow Session 

CCE will be starting up their regular meetings again in September on Sunday, Sept. 16. They hold their meetings/sessions on the third Sunday of each month at the Capital District Irish American Association (formerly known as the Albany Hibernian Hall) at 375 Ontario Street, Albany, NY.

In the hope of getting some more slow session participants to stay a little longer to join the regular session, they will be playing some of the tunes that have been played in the slow session. For September, the "transitional" set of tunes is Father Kelly's/Silver Spear! Give it a practice and stay for the start of the regular session. And hey - the gang in the regular session plays most of the tunes we have played in the Old Songs Slow Session! You can play Spotted Dog, or Ships are Sailing or Mickey Callahan's! Or any of the tunes in our folders on Slow Session Google Drive!

The Slow Session is led by Colleen O'Sullivan and runs from 2-3 p.m. and the regular session runs from 3-6 p.m. It's free and all are welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.: Old Songs Slow Session

The Old Songs Irish Slow Session is held at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main, Voorheesville on the third Wednesday of every month, weather permitting. We start the evening at 7:30 p.m. with a Learn-by-Ear tune of the month. Even if you don't learn well or quickly by ear, the best thing for developing your ear is to come and listen and give it a try. 

We then move on to a round robin - pick a tune from the lists (go to the link to the Google Drive) or a common session tune and we'll play it through all together a bunch.

Led by fiddler Hilary Schrauf. $4 to Old Songs for heat/air/lights/copies. 

To look at lists and past tunes: Slow Session Google Drive

Hope to see you all soon! Enjoy your long weekend...

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