Saturday, October 7, 2017

Slow Session Update October 7 Edition

Magical Evenings of Music in October and Beyond

Harvest Moon blesses the new Delmar Session...

New Delmar Slow Session Off to Great Start!

A small but upbeat group of folks gathered this past Thursday at the lovely home of flute player Gary's house in Delmar. Self-led, with lots of questions, discussion and laughter, the group played tunes from the Comhaltas, Old Songs, and Fiddler's Tour lists with and without music as desired.

The group has decided that unless the space is not available for some reason, the session will remain at Gary's house. The alternate place is also in Delmar, which seems to be central for most people in our group.

There is plenty of room for more people to attend, so if  you think you'd like to be part of this relaxed slow session, please join the email list and you'll receive the location and information about the next session. We would love to have you join us! Our next "First Thursday" slow session will be on November 2nd from 7:30-9:00 p.m..


The tune list from our first "First Thursday" slow session was as follows:


  • Planxty Irwin 
  • Kesh Jig
  • Christmas Eve/Father Kelly's (reels, as a set)
  • Fanny Po'er (Planxty Fanny Powers)
  • Swallowtail Jig/Road to Lisdoonvarna (jigs, as a set)
  • Julia Delaney (reel)
  • Man of the House/Miller of Droghan (reels, as a set)

September Slow Session Recap


The last Old Songs Slow Session was held on September 20th. We had the great delight of being joined by our Boston friend Roseanne Santucci, who happened to be in town and stopped by. She is a lovely piper, but this time had only brought her whistle. Luckily, David Pease brought an extra flute, and loaned it to her, so the group was serenaded by four flutes that night!

Our learn-by-ear tune was a great tune I learned at the Catskills from fiddler Nollaig Casey: When the Cock Crows It Is Dawn. An internet search showed lots of people playing it as a jig (6/8), but it's so much cooler when played as a slide (12/8).

Our round robin play list was as follows:

  • Spotted Dog / Kinnegad Slashers (jigs, as a set)
  • Blarney Pilgrim / Cook in the Kitchen (jigs, as a set - Boston set)
  • Miller of Droghan (reel)
  • Christmas Eve / Father Kelly's #2 (known as Rossmore Jetty) (reels, CCE set)
  • Mickey Callahan's / Humours of Tullycrine (hornpipes, as a set - East Clare set)
  • Promenade (hop jig) - Sue Bippus showed us a dance she learned from flute player/sean nos dancer Michael Turbridy to the tune
  • Lark in the Morning (big jig)

What a lovely solid evening of tunes! More of you should come and join in! We WILL play tunes from the CCE list if you introduce them.

Our Next Slow Session - Wednesday, October 18


Our next Old Songs Slow Session will be held on the third Wednesday of October from 7:30-9:00 p.m. David Pease will lead the session. As always, $4 requested donation for lights/air/heat/copies if needed/desired.

Music from the past few sessions is not loaded up to the Google Drive folder yet but it will be soon. I'll put a note up when it's there. (p.s. the November Old Songs slow session will be on Wed., November 15. Save the date.)

Hope to see you out at the next session!

My Best to the Family,

Hilary