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Slow Sessions

(All ages welcome)

Irish music slow sessions are gatherings where musicians, both novice and experienced, come together to play and enjoy Irish traditional music at a slower pace than the fast paced nature of many Irish music sessions.  Players of all levels enjoy favourite session tunes, along with the all-important warmth of connection that shared music brings into our lives.  

 

Known for their welcoming and supportive atmosphere, advanced musicians are encouraged to participate, playing and sharing their talents with others, helping to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all.  At times a song will be sung or a tune played by a single musician or small group between sets.  Advanced players are encouraged to perform and inspire, honing their own session skills.

 

Less experienced players benefit from the inclusive and supportive environment where they can comfortably participate without the pressure of keeping up with a fast-paced session.

 

Participants have access here (the button below)  to the main tunes we will be playing, so they can prepare.  Unlike many traditional Irish Sessions, players can bring music stands and read the tunes. Ultimately, the goal of Slow Sessions is to help and inspire beginners to start the journey of playing the music in the aural tradition and feel confident to join other Irish music sessions.

 

We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and Irish appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e. wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). Only unamplified instruments are used in the session – no microphones or amplified instruments. 

Listen to practice recordings

The Butterfly

Inisheer

Kesh Jig

King of the Faeries

Margaret's Waltz

Molly Malone

Piper's Weird

Shoe the Donkey Mazurka

Spootishkerry

Ward's Jig

00:00 / 00:45
00:00 / 01:06
00:00 / 00:52
00:00 / 01:14
00:00 / 01:09
00:00 / 00:39
00:00 / 02:03
00:00 / 00:46
00:00 / 01:12
00:00 / 00:54
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