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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 12th April 2016. 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
Term A (September - December 2015)
Date No. Tunes PDF MP3
Download all Term A's tunes in one PDF file: [STD] [TAB] [WHI]
9/9 A1 The Gullane Polkas [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
16/9 A2 Stan Chapman's/Calliope House [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
23/9 A3 Off to California/Flaherty's Hornpipe [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
30/9 A4 Repeal the Poll Tax/The Auld Wheel [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
7/10 A5 March to the Battlefield/The Bugle Horn [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
14/10 XX Mid Term - No Class
21/10 A6 Duncan Davidson/Glen Ogle [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
28/10 A7 The Air Tune [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
4/11 A8 Bruce's Address/Miss Girdle
Hannun Hambo
11/11 A9 Braigh Loch Iall/Mrs Campbell of Shinness [STD] [TAB] [WHI]
18/11 XX Parents' Evening - No Class
25/11 A10 McKechnie's Farewell/Rutherglen Road
2/12 A11 MacGregor of Ruara/The King's House [STD] [TAB] [WHI]
9/12 A12 End of term Stramash
Term B (January - March 2016)
Date No. Tunes PDF MP3
Download all Term B's tunes in one PDF file: [STD] [TAB]
13/1 B1 Donald Willie and his Dog/Tending the Steer [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
20/1 B2 The Gamekeeper's Cottage [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
27/1 B3 Aird Ranters/Put Me in the Big Chest [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
3/2 B4 Waltz for Kylin [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
10/2 B5 Brenda Stubbert's/Jenny Dang the Weaver [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
17/2 XX Mid Term - No Class
24/2 B6 The Burning of Crieff/The Knock [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
2/3 B7 The Centenary Jewel [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
9/3 B8 King of the Fairies [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
16/3 B9
23/3 B10 End of Term Session
Term C (April - June 2016)
Date No. Tunes PDF MP3
Download all Term C's tunes in one PDF file: [STD] [TAB]
13/4 C1 Hardiman the Fiddler/The Butterfly [STD] [TAB]
20/4 C2 Saddle the Pony/Shandon Bells [STD] [TAB]
27/4 C3 Lochaber Dance [STD] [TAB]
4/5 C4 Autumn Sky (Ciel d'Automne) [STD] [TAB]
11/5 C5 A Bright Star in Cepheus [STD] [TAB]
18/5 C6 Jane at Leslie's Bar
Belladrum House/Miss Douglas
25/5 C7 Smash the Windows/Off She Goes [STD] [TAB]
1/6 C8 End of Term Session
Name: Slow Session Class
Location: Boroughmuir School
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7 - 9pm
Last updated: 12th May 2016 5.35pm
SMG Slow Session class photo

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |