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The Wednesday Slow Session: Repertoire

The Wednesday Slow Session

Pinning down a repertoire from any session is a tricky task; sessions are best when spontaneous. However, we try to give anyone coming to the Wednesday Slow Session as much chance to join is as possible, so Nigel Gatherer has prepared some lists to help. Many of the tunes played at the session are found in the three Scots Music Group Session Books (to obtain these books, contact the Scots Music Group) and Nigel's own books of session tunes, The Joy of Sets (available from his on-line store).

Remember, nobody knows all the tunes. Learning just a few common tunes is the place to start. Find out what tunes are played at your local session and aim to learn some of them.

The following list is at an early stage, and will expand in time. Keep watching this space!


Slow Session Sets
  • Hornpipes
    Harvest Home/Off to California/Boys of Bluehill
  • Shetland Reels
    Spootiskerry/Willafjord
  • 2/4 Marches
    Teribus/Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle/Barren Rocks of Aden
  • Air &Reel
    Hills of Glenorchy/The Old Grey Cat
  • Jigs
    A Scarce o' Tatties/Stool of Repentance
  • Waltzes
    Margaret's Waltz/Midnight On the Water
  • Strathspeys
    The Burning of the Piper's Hut/The Smith's a Gallant Fireman
  • Shetland Reels
    Da Ferry Reel/Lay Dee At Dee/Miss Spence's Reel
The First 10 Tunes You Should Know
  • Calum's Road
  • Memories of Fr Angus MacDonnell
  • Harvest Home
  • Boys of Blue Hill
  • Spootiskerry
  • Willafjord
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Mrs MacLeod
  • Atholl Highlanders
  • Margaret's Waltz
The Second 10 Tunes You Should Know
  • Burning of the Piper's Hut
  • Smith's a Gallant
  • Da Slockit Light
  • A Scarce o' Tatties
  • The Hut on Staffin Island
  • Teribus
  • Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle
  • Tail Toddle
  • The High Road to Linton
  • The Hills of Glenorchy
The Third 10 Tunes You Should Know
  • Egan's Polka
  • Ryan's Polka
  • Midnight On the Water
  • Flowers of Edinburgh
  • Staten Island
  • Farewell to Fiunary
  • Morag of Dunvegan
  • Freedom Come-All-Ye
  • The Peat Fire Flame
  • Farewell to Whisky
Last update: 15th September 2011

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