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The Scottish Slow Session Series

Latest update:
25th June 2023

The Slow Session Series

The tunes listed below are suggestions for a session repertoire - tunes which might be heard at a Scottish session. Not everyone will agree with my choices; there will be as many different opinions on this subject as there are musicians, but you've got to start somewhere, and hopefully my list contains some worthwhile choices. Most tunes are traditional, and most are arranged in sets. The tunes below have been published in handy-sized books, available from my online store (click on the cover images for more info). Scottish Slow Session vol.1
Scottish Slow Session vol.2
Scottish Slow Session vol.3
Scottish Slow Session vol.4
Glasgow Slow Session vol.1
Glasgow Slow Session vol.2
Irish Slow Session vol.1
Crieff Slow Session vol.1
Crieff Slow Session vol.2
Edinburgh Slow Session v.1
SSS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 1
The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.1
01 The Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance 11 The Stronsay Waltz/The Rope Waltz
02 Boys of Blue Hill/Harvest Home 12 The Glenside Polkas
03 Memories of Fr Angus MacDonnell/Braes of Dunvegan 13 Soldier's Joy/Mrs MacLeod of Raasay
04 Egan's Polka/Britches Full of Stitches 14 Fear a Phige/Oovie Avie
05 Snug In a Blanket/Scarce of Tatties 15 The Barnyards o' Delgaty/The Hopeful Lover
06 Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside 16 Oyster Wives' Rant/Clean Pea Strae/Dunse Dings A'
07 Hector the Hero 17 Battle of the Somme/The Boy's Lament for his Dragon
08 Spootiskerry/Willafjord 18 Ronas Voe/Starry Nights o' Shetland
09 Barren Rocks of Aden/79th's Farewell to Gibralter 19 Cock o' the North/Muckin' o Geordie's Byre
10 Banks of the Allan/Kenmure's On and Awa'    
SSS Book 2 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 2 The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.2
20 Wee Murdie/Lochiel's Welcome to Glasgow 30 The Shepherd's Wife/The Stool of Repentance
21 Salmon Tails Up the Water/The Reel of Tullochgorum 31 Leaving Stornoway/Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa
22 Corriechoillie's Welcome/Campbell's Farewell 32 The Lilting Banshee/Haste to the Wedding
23 The Fairy Dance/Jumping Geordie 33 Pulling Bracken/Happy We've Been A'thegither
24 Off to California/The Liverpool Hornpipe 34 Loch Ruan/The Headlands
25 Denis Murphy's Polka/John Ryan's Polka 35 High Road to Linton/Wind That Shakes the Barley
26 The Music o' Spey 36 Uist Tramping Song/Thistle of Scotland
27 Cameron's Got his Wife Again/Highland Whisky 37 The Rowan Tree
28 Dingle Regatta 38 Faroe Rum/Aandowin' at da Bow/Forefit o' da Ship
29 Flowers of Edinburgh/Staten Island 39 Freedom Come-All-Ye
SSS Book 3 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 3 The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.3
40 The Dark Island 50 Jacqueline Waltz
41 Sweet Maid of Glendaruel/Teribus 51 The Kirks/Victoria Hornpipe
42 King of the Fairies 52 Wee Tod/The Corner House
43 Mrs Crawford's Favourite/Money in Both Pockets 53 Mrs Forbes's Farewell to Banff/Lass o' Patie's Mill
44 Wha'll Be King But Charlie/The Campbells Are Coming 54 Rev J MacFarlane/Wee Man at the Loom
45 Ballydesmond Polkas 55 The Three Sea Captains
46 Reel Pays d'en Haut/St Antoine/St Joseph 56 Duke of Perth/Lady MacKenzie of Coull
47 Doun the Burn Davie 57 The Periwig/The Night We had the Goats/Elizabeth's Big Coat
48 Lord Seaforth/Primrose Girl 58 My Name is Jock Stewart
49 Farewell to the Creeks    
SSS Book 4 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 4 The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.4
59 Farewell to the Tay/Midlothian Pipe Band 69 The Hills of Glenorchy/Walking the Floor
60 Glenburnie Rant/Loch Earn 70 MacGregor of Ruara/The King's House
61 Haughton House 71 The Yellow Haired Laddie
62 Whistle O'er the Lave O't/Green Grow the Rushes O 72 Jessie Smith/Rachel Rae
63 I Lost My Love/Lads of Dunse 73 The Battle of Waterloo/The Wee Highland Laddie
64 The Gay Gordons/Lord Huntly's Cave 74 The Ale is Dear/Sandy Duff
65 Jackie Tar/The Breakdown 75 Wi' a Hundred Pipers/Drummond Castle
66 Atholl Highlanders/The Jig of Slurs 76 Castles in the Air/Orange and Blue
67 Burning of the Piper's Hut/Smith's a Gallant Fireman 77 Leaving Lismore/Fil O Ro
68 The Earl of Mansfield 78 The Farewell Air
GSS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Glasgow Slow Session Book 1 The Glasgow Slow
Session Vol.1
g01 Ger the Rigger/We Won't Go Home/Rakes of Mallow g13 Liberty
g02 The Cradle Song g14 Forneth House
g03 Loch Torridon/Whelan's Hornpipe g15 Glendaruel Highlanders/Leg of a Duck
g04 Invercauld March/Sweet Maid of Glendaruel g16 Lucy Farr's Barndance/Rocking the Baby
g05 Why Left I My Hame/There was a Lad/A Man's a Man g17 Mairi's Wedding/The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie
g06 Donachd Head/Jamie Rae g18 Rowing from Islay to Uist
g07 The Island I Left/Westering Home g19 Jeannie's Blue Een/My Lame Leg
g08 The Navvy on the Line/The Lochmaben Hornpipe g20 The Bear Dance
g09 Cawdor Fair/The Brown-Haired Lad g21 Huntingtone Castle
g10 Ballachulish Glen g22 Peerie Hoose Ahint da Burn/Mirrie Boys of Greenland/Oliver Jack
g11 The March of the GFW g23 Mist Covered Mountains of Home/Leaving Barra
g12 Johnny Will You Marry Me/Welcome, Charlie Stewart/Harris Dance    
GSS Book 2 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Glasgow Slow Session Book 2 The Glasgow Slow
Session Vol.2
g24 Roll Her On the Hill/The Glenburnie Rant g34 Laura-Beth's Polka/Jenn's Polka
g25 The Top of Ben Lomond/The Island of Mull g35 A Fig for a Kiss/Another Jig will Do
g26 Before I Marry/Morag/Hi Ho Hiram g36 Kelvingrove/The Soor Milk Cairt/The Rovin' Baker frae Milngavie
g27 O Are You Sleeping, Maggie? g37 John MacAlpine/Kate Dalrymple
g28 Johnny Todd/Far from Home g38 Hot Punch
g29 I'll Tell Me Ma/The Rattling Bog g39 Miss Gayton's Hornpipe/Cooper's Hornpipe
g30 The Isle of Mull/Mull of the Cool High Bens g40 Hamish the Carpenter/Put Me in the Big Chest
g31 Mount Stuart House/Good Night and Joy Be Wi' You g41 Dunkeld Volunteers/How Auld are Ye, My Bonnie Lass?
g32 Glasgow Highlanders/Cropie's Strathspey g42 An Ataireachd Ard/Mi'm Seo 'Nam Onar
g33 A Fisherman's Song for Attracting Seals  
ISS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Irish Slow Session Book 1 The Irish Slow
Session Vol.1
i01 The Sally Gardens/Maid Behind the Bar i11 Her Mantle So Green
i02 East at Glendart/The Kesh Jig i12 Miss McLeod's Reel/The Merry Blacksmith
i03 The Boy in the Gap/The Banshee i13 The Lark in the Morning
i04 St Mary's Polka/Church Street Polka i14 If I Had Maggie in the Woods/Tralee Gaol
i05 Eibhlin i15 The Rocky Road to Dublin/The Foxhunter's
i06 The Rights of Man/Chief O'Neill's Favourite i16 The Green Fields of America/Rolling in the Rye Grass
i07 Road to Lisdoonvarna/O'Keeffe's Slide i17 Sheebeg and Sheemore
i08 Father Kelly's Reel/The Silver Spear i18 Denis Murphy's Slide/Merrily Danced the Quaker
i09 The Piper's Chair/Gander in the Pratie Hole i19 The Evesdropper/Bill Collins
i10 Shoe the Donkey/Sonny's Mazurka  
CSS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
  Slow Session Book 1 The Crieff Slow
Session Vol.1
c01 Strathearn c11 East at Glendart/Willie Coleman's
c02 Flett from Flotta/Loch Ruan c12 MacRosty Park/Linda MacFarlane/Bonnie Kirkwall Bay
c03 Bruce's Address/Miss Girdle c13 Eleanor of Usan
c04 Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa/Leaving Barra c14 The Arran Boat Song/The Peat Fire Flame
c05 Gay Gordons/Lovat Scouts c15 Gentle Annie/Beautiful Dreamer
c06 Willafjord/Spootiskerry c16 Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre/Drummond Castle/Jeanie's Blue Eeen
c07 Mr & Mrs MacLean of Snaigow c17 St Patrick's Cathedral/Amongst Friends
c08 Way Up in Clachan/My Home c18 Horsburgh Castle
c09 Farewell to Whisky/Back o' Bennachie c19 Richard Brennan's Favourite/The Donegal Lass/Bill Collins
c10 Beware O Bonie Ann c20 Lindisfarne
CSS Book 2 No. Tunes No. Tunes
  Slow Session Book 2 The Crieff Slow
Session Vol.2
c21 Lord Lovat's Lament/51st Highland Division c31
c22 Sarah c32
c23 The Minstrel Boy/Kelly the Boy from Killane c33
c24 c34
c25 c35
c26 c36
c27 Bonnie Galloway/Annie c37
c28 c38
c29 c39
c30 c40
ESS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Edinburgh Slow Session Book 1 The Edinburgh
Slow Session
e01 Bonnie At Morn e11 Fingal's Cave/Fingal's Cave
e02 Flatwater Fran e12 McKechnie's Farewell/Rutherglen Road
e03 Trip to Pakistan/The Shore Bar e13 Bethany's Waltz
e04 North Turned South/The Road to Banff e14 Miss Rowan Davies
e05 Leaving Friday Harbour e15 The Sleeping Tune
e06 The Brolum e16 Margaret's Waltz/Midnight on the Water
e07 Calum's Road/The Hut on Staffin Island e17 Doddie's Dream
e08 O Gin I Were a Baron's Heir/When the Kye Comes Hame e18 Maggie West's Waltz/Farquhar & Hettie's
e09 The Stroopie Brae/Crossing Warness e19 Roses of No Man's Land
e10 Waltz for Kylin e20 Sarah Nelsom MBE/The Willow Street Reel

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |