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It's not easy knowing what tunes to learn for sessions, as each session is different and even within each session tunes com in and out of fashion. For the Wednesday Slow Session we've tried to compile a common repertoire so that people can learn a few tunes and know that if they start them, others will join in.

I have also prepared three books of session tunes which contain the bulk of the tunes which form the repertoire of the Wednesday Slow Session. For further details and how to obtain these books, visit www.alpscotsmusic.org.

Below is a list of sets I've compiled to help you guard against drying up when it comes to choosing the next tune. If you have any other questions or problems, let me know (email me).

Nigel Gatherer
Last updated: 18th July 2002.

Hills and Cats:
Hills of Glenorchy (x2); The Old Grey Cat (x3)
The Donegal Goat:
The Goat On the Hill (x3); Donegal Lass (x3)
The Shores of Pakistan:
Trip to Pakistan (3); Shore Bar (3); Mishie's Jig (2); Morrison's Jig (3)
Shetland Reels 1:
Spootiskerry (3); Willafjord (3); Sleep Soond Ida Moarnin (3)
Shetland Reels 2:
St Anne's Reel (3); Oliver Jack (3); Donald Blue (3); Mirrie Boys o Greenland (3)
Jig of Slurs:
Jig O' Slurs (2); Atholl Highlanders (2)
Irish Reels:
Dick Gossip's Reel (x2) Johnny McIljohn's No.1 (x6)
Rigged Ships:
Full Rigged Ship (2); New Rigged Ship (2)
Scottish Reels Marathon 2:
Primrose Girl (x3); Short Coated Mary (x3); Tail Toddle (x3); High Road to Linton (x2); The Ale is Dear
Far From Sleat:
Far From Home (x3); The Sound of Sleat (x2)
March, Strathspey & Reel:
Barren Rocks of Aden (x3); Cutting Ferns (x3); Wind That Shakes the Barley (x4)
March, Strathspey & Reel:
72nd's Farewell to Aberdeen (x3); Captain Campbell (x2); Brenda Stubbert's Reel (x2)
The Sailor's Wife (x3); Charlie Hunter (x3); The Stool of Repentance (x3)
Scottish Reels Marathon 2:
Back o' Benachie (x2); Barnyards o' Delgaty (x2); Davie, Davie Knick Knack (x2); Soldier's Joy (x2); Mrs MacLeod (x2)
Irish Polkas:
Denis Murphy's Polka (x2); Egan's Polka (G) (2); Egan's Polka (D) (2); O'Connor's Polka
Burning of the Piper's Hut (2); Smith's a Gallant Fireman (2); Keel Row, The (3)
I Hae a Butterfly:
I Hae a Wife o My Ain (3); O'Keeffe's Slide (3); Butterfly, The (2)
Calum Angus:
Calum's Road (3); Hut on Staffin Island (3); Memories of Father Angus (3)
Harvest Home (2); Boys of Blue Hill (2); Trumpet Hornpipe, The (2)
Crossing the Minch (1); Off to California (2)
Edinburgh to New York:
Flowers of Edinburgh (x3); Staten Island
Solo Pieces:
click here for a general list of tunes.