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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.

During the following year (starting September 2014) 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 22nd April 2015. Details of what music will be covered during the coming term can be found below.

[STD] = standard notation; [TAB] = mandolin tab; [WHI] = whistle notation; [CEL] = cello; [BJO] = banjo
Date Tunes MP3
2015 Term C Apr-Jun
22/4 C1 The Rabbit/The Soup Dragon [STD] [TAB]
29/4 C2 Da Auld Five (1)
6/5 C3 Da Auld Five (2)
(as above)
13/5 C4 Farley Bridge [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
20/5 C5 Maguire and Patterson's [STD] [TAB] [WHI]
27/5 C6 Leaving Friday Harbor [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
3/6 C7 The Downfall of Paris [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
10/6 C8 End-of-Term session (bring a tune to play)
Previous terms:
2015 Term B Jan-Mar
14/1 XX Parents' Night - No Class
21/1 B1 Cameron's Got his Wife Again/Highland Whisky [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
28/1 B2 Wha'll Be King but Charlie/The Campbells Are Coming [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
4/2 B3 The Lark in the Morning [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
11/2 B4 My Cape Breton Home
[STD] [TAB] [MP3]
18/2 XX Mid Term - No Class
25/2 B6
4/3 B7
11/3 B8
18/3 B9 Linda & Neil's Waltz/The Gathering Waltz [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
1/4B10 Leaving Lochboisdale [STD] [TAB]
2014 Term A Sep-Dec
10/9 A1 The Chanter's Song
Shove That Pig's Foot Further In the Fire
[STD] [TAB] [MP3 1]
[MP3 2]
17/9 A2 Whistle O'er the Lave O't/Green Grows Rashes O [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
24/9 A3 Wee Tod/The Corner House [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
1/10 A4 The Kirks/The Victoria Hornpipe [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
8/10 A5 Consolidation & recap
15/10 XX Mid Term - No Class
22/10 A6 Lord Seaforth/Primrose Girl [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
29/10 A7 The Ballydesmond Polkas [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
5/11 A8 Haughton House [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
12/11 A9 Rev J MacFarlane/Wee Man at the Loom [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
19/11 A10 French Canadian Tune Set
[STD] [TAB] [MP3]
26/11 A11
2/12 XX End of term Stramash:
Name: Slow Session Class
Location: Boroughmuir School
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7 - 9pm
Last updated: 1st June 2015 3.40pm
SMG Slow Session class photo

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |