We meet on Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 8:30 at the Welsh Dragon Bar, 10a Cambridge Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. Players who want to play traditional Irish music at a relaxed pace are welcome.
The slow session is an opportunity for players who are starting out with Irish traditional music and want an opportunity to play tunes that they’re learning or have already learnt with others in a supportive environment.
We don’t teach tunes in this session but it’s a great chance to practice playing with others. The focus is on melody instruments, but there is some scope for accompaniment. Learning by ear, and playing tunes from memory is strongly encouraged. Please read the Learning by Ear page.
See our Guidelines for the Slow Session if you need more information. In particular, accompanists should read the Accompaniment in the Irish Session page.
Tunes to get started with
Here are some tunes that are played frequently at the slow session. If you are not sure which tunes to start with, learn some of these tunes. We’ll also be happy to take requests if there is a tune you’ve been working on.
There are 21 tunes in this archive
Scroll ↑↓ to choose from the tunes in the archive
|Ballydesmond No. 3||G polka|
|The Banshee||G reel|
|Britches Full of Stitches (whistle)||A polka|
|Connachtman's Rambles||D jig|
|Dunmore Lasses||Edor reel|
|Finnish Polka||Bdor polka|
|Gander at the Pratie Hole||Dmix jig|
|Garrett Barry's Jig||Gmaj jig|
|Jackie Coleman's||D reel|
|Joe Cooleys||Edor reel|
|Last Night's Fun||D reel|
|Little Diamond Polka||D polka|
|The Mad Piper||G jig|
|Merry Blacksmith||D reel|
|Mouse In The Mug||G jig|
|Out On the Ocean||G jig|
|Paddy's Trip to Scotland||D reel|
|Silver Spear||D reel|
|The Tenpenny Bit||Ador jig|
|Trip to Mauna Kea||Fmaj jig|