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SMG Slow Session Class

SMG Slow Session Class

The Slow Session class was started by Nigel Gatherer and has now existed for fifteen years. The main idea was to build up a repertoire and learn to play with other people. The classroom activities are just that: tunes are learned, sets are compiled and music is played. The point of action is when the class is finished and we adjourn to The Wednesday Slow Session where we are joined by others and our music is played in a pub setting.

Nigel Gatherer seeks out suitable tunes for the class course, and each year a possible list of new tunes is proposed and worked through. Inevitably, some of these tune "stick" while others don't.

During the following year (starting September 2013) we're going to continue learning sets (groups of tunes which are played together), so three or four tunes will be learned and developed in blocks.

The new term begins on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Details of what music will be covered during the coming term can be found below.


Date Tunes
2014 Term C
23/4 C1 Session Set 32: Banshee Wedding
[STD] [TAB] [MP3]
30/4 C2
7/5 C3
14/5 C4
21/5 C5
28/5 C6
4/6 C7
11/5 C8
Previous terms:
2013 Term A
11/9 A1 2/4 marches: Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside
18/9 A2 Shetland waltzes: Ronas Voe/Starry Night in Shetland
25/9 A3 pipe march: Heights of Cassino
2/10 A4 jigs: Stan Chapman's/Lisnagun
9/10 A5 pipe tunes: The Battle of Waterloo/My Braw Highland Laddie
16/10 XX MID TERM - no classes
23/10 A6 Gaelic waltzes: Farewell to Glasgow
30/10 A7 Cape Breton reel: The Mortgage Burn
6/11 XX PARENTS NIGHT - No class
13/11 A8 jigs: Wee Murdie/Lochiel's Welcome to Glasgow
20/11 A9 pipe retreat & reel: The Heights of Dargai/The Kilt Is My Delight
27/11 A10 Recap
4/12 A11 Slow air: Leaving Stoer and Irish dance tune: Sonny's Mazurka
11/12 A12 End-of-term Stramash:
Heights of Dargai/Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside [STD] [TAB]
Cullen Bay [STD] [TAB]
2014 Term B
8/1 B1 Shetland reels: Peerie Hoose Ahint da Burn/Mirrie Boys of Greenland
15/1 B2 reels: The Ardvasar Blacksmith/The Black Haired Lad
22/1 B3 Scottish waltz: Come O'er the Stream Charlie/Logie o' Buchan
29/1 B4 hornpipe: Crossing the Minch
5/2 B5 schottisches: Calum Beag/Loudon's Bonnie Woods
11/2 XX MID TERM - no classes
18/2 B6 waltzes: Will Ye No Come Back Again
26/2 B7 1) Hamnataing
2) Will Ye No Come Back Again - new sheets 3/3/14
5/3 B8
12/3 B9
26/3 B10
28/3 Students' Concert: Will Ye No Come Back Again
Name: Slow Session Class
Location: Boroughmuir School
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7 - 9pm
Last updated: 22nd Apr 2014 1.45pm
SMG Slow Session class photo

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |