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SMG Slow Session Class

SMG Slow Session Class

The Slow Session class was started by me many years ago 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.

I seek 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.

The next term begins on Wednesday 14th September 2016. Details of what music will be covered during the coming term can be found below.

Special Tune for Wednesday 28th September:

The Davidsons of Cardrona


For the first time, we're looking at a special project which will last for the whole of the first term. I have picked a number of important Scottish composers from the past 300 years, and each week will feature a different one. All the tunes are available in advance using the links below (you may also download all the tunes in a single document, also linked below). If you require any specific notation, please let me know.

Term A (September - December 2016)
Date No. Tunes PDF MP3
Download all Term A's tunes in one PDF file: [STD] [TAB]
14/9 A1 1. Niel Gow
Drunk at Night, Dry in the Morning
21/9 A2 2. William Marshall
The Farewell
28/9 A3 3. Nathaniel Gow
Lady Mary Ramsay
5/10 A4 4. The Lowes
The Warlocks/Mrs Col Bailie
12/10 A5 5. Peter Milne
J O Forbes of Corse/Brig o' Feugh
19/10 XX Mid Term - No Class
26/10 A6 6. Scott Skinner
MacKenzie Hay/Kirrie Kebbuck
2/11 A7 7. John McLellan
Lochanside and My Home Town
9/11 A8 8. Angus Fitchet
Jim Broon of Kintillo/Miss Mary McGill
16/11 A9 9. Donald MacLeod
Flett from Flotta/Crossing the Minch
23/11 A10 10. Bobby MacLeod
Rock on the Clyde/Charlie Hunter
30/11 A11 11. Ronnie Cooper
Gordon's Favourite/Chadwick's Bog
7/12 A12 End of term Stramash
Term B (January - March 2017)
Date No. Tunes PDF MP3
18/1 B1 Lucy Farr's Polka/The Top of the Maol
25/1 B2 12. Gordon Duncan
Blow My Chanter/The High Drive
1/2 B3 Scalloway Lasses/Underhill/Galley Watch
8/2 B4 Earl of Dunmore/The Ale is Dear
15/2 XX Mid Term - No Class
22/2 B5 Fire In the Hearth/Colgrave Sound
1/3 B6 Dunkeld Volunteers/Lady MacKenzie of Coul
8/3 B7 Islay Ranters/The Barrowburn
15/3 B8 The Three Sea Captains and The Dark Island
22/3 B9 Miss Gayton's Hornpipe/Cooper's Hornpipe
29/3 B10 End of Term Session
Term C (April - June 2017)
Date No. Tunes PDF MP3
19/4 C1
26/4 C2
3/5 C3
10/5 C4
17/5 C5
24/5 C6
31/5 C7
7/6 C8 End of Term Session
Name: Slow Session Class
Location: Boroughmuir School
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7 - 9pm
Last updated: 27th Sep 2016 12.30pm
SMG Slow Session class photo

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |