Thursday, March 29, 2018

First Thursday Slow Session is Coming...


April Flowers Bring...TUNES!
Dear Music Buddies,

Just a quick reminder that Slow Session fun starts up again next Thursday evening in Delmar. Sign up for the MailChimp email reminders to get the directions and info. Or email me at

Hope to see you next week!

Tunefully Yours,


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wednesday in Review

Thursday March 21, 2018 Recap

Hi, Music Buddies!

We had a really fun time last night with plenty of tunes and some new folks joining us. Thanks to everyone for making our March Slow Session a special one!

Our Learn By Ear tune was the simple polka Britches Full of Stitches. Everyone managed to learn it pretty well because we finished in only a half an hour. Very quick for a learn-by-ear.

March Tune Playlist:

Kesh Jig - great job, Mary!
Rakes of Mallow (polka) - great job, Ralf and Lyra!
Harvest Home (hornpipe) - nice work, Karen! (Hear piper Willie Clancy playing it.)
Mountain Road (reel)
When the Cock Crows it is Dawn (slide) (Learn by Ear tune) (Hear fiddler Nollaig Casey play it.)
The Butterfly (slip jig) - good job, Paula (so sorry to hear about your eyes...) (Hear fiddler Kevin Burke play it.)
Sporting Paddy (reel) - last month's "Learn by Ear" (Hear concertina player Jacqueline McCarthy play it.)
Liverpool Hornpipe - Paula, could you copy the version you have and send it to me? (hilary.schrauf (at) gmail (dot) com)
The Torn Jacket (reel)
Miller of Drohan (reel) - We play it in G (Hear a stunning arranged version in a different key by Lunasa.)
Saddle the Pony (treble jig) - Hear the Comhaltas version from Fionn book 1

Let me know if I missed anything!

For next month, we'll be working on Kitty's Rambles (which is also known as Kitty's Rambles to the Saucepan or The Rambles of Kitty). You can check out the sound file of Paul playing it HERE.

Sheet music links for a few of the tunes coming soon!

Next events: First Thursday slow session at Gary's House on Thursday, April 5. Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirann slow session on Sunday, April 15. Old Songs Irish Slow Session on Wednesday, April 18.

Hope to see you somewhere around soon!



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happy Spring! Slow Session on March 21!

Spring Feels Like Winter!

Irish Slow Session - Come in from the Cold and play some tunes...

OK, Music Buddies,

Happy Spring that Feels Like Winter... BRRRRR!

Let's see... You survived St. Patrick's Day on Saturday. You went to the Comhaltas Slow Session on Sunday. You're all geared up for more tunes! Well, hey then - the Slow Session of trad Irish music at Old Songs Community Arts Center is this Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm. What have you been playing since I last saw you in February? Looking forward to seeing you again! 

See you Wednesday night!