During Wellyfest at Brookfield 2017 we’ll be running a slow session Saturday afternoon in the Nelson Lounge from 12:30 to 2:30.

We’ll be playing tunes at a slow pace. Please come along and join Andy and Ted for some relaxed session play.

Tunes we’ll learn

This is our first Slow Session Workshop at Wellyfest so we don’t know who will turn up. We reckon some of those who’ll come will be new to playing this music and so we want to spend some time at the start on how we learn this music.

We believe the best way to learn tunes for session play is to learn them by ear. The usual way to learn tunes by ear is for someone to play the tune slowly, playing parts of the tune over and over as you play along. With that in mind we’ll spend some time at the start on some or all of these tunes and if everybody knows these we’ll tackle some others!

 Tune Name   Key   Rhythm  Audio Player
Jackie Coleman's D reel
Joe Cooley's Edor reel
Jerry's Beaver Hat D jig
Jim Ward's G jig

Slow Session Tunes

Here are some ideas for the tunes we might play at a very relaxed speed during the Slow Sessions. We probably won’t play all of the tunes and may well play some tunes that aren’t on the list, but we wanted to provide suggestions so we have some tunes in common.

Tune Name▲▼ Key
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Rhythm
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Audio Player
Boys of BlueHill D hornpipe
Derry Hornpipe D hornpipe
Murphy's Hornpipe G hornpipe
Rights of Man G hornpipe
Rose in the Heather D jig
Haunted House G jig
Out On the Ocean G jig
My Darling Asleep D jig
Ballydesmond No. 1 Ador polka
Ballydesmond No. 2 Ador polka
Ballydesmond No. 3 G polka
John Ryans D polka
Concertina Reel D reel
Merry Blacksmith D reel
Red Haired Lass G reel
Musical Priest Bdor reel

Background

Andy Linton and Ted Cizadlo started a slow session in Wellington just after the 2015 Wellington Folk Festival. We started the session because we were aware of a number of folks in the Wellington area who enjoyed Irish music, and would like to play in a session, but either didn’t know enough tunes, or were new to the scene and needed a more relaxed environment to get started. Once started we noticed that some folks were using the session as an “on ramp” to fast session playing, while others simply enjoyed playing tunes at a relaxed pace.

We believe the best way to learn tunes for session play is to learn them by ear. The usual way to learn tunes by ear is for someone to play the tune slowly, playing parts of the tune over and over as you play along. We developed a website to help people learn the tunes, , that provides tools for learning tunes by ear from MP3 recordings of session tunes. Sheet music is also provided for the tunes for folks who prefer to learn by reading music (just click the Tune Name link).