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The Scottish Slow Session series of books are are a part of a project to encourage people to start playing music with others, and are targeted at people learning an instrument who want to start playing in sessions. Sessions can be confusing and seemingly hostile environments, and it's partly for those reasons that "slow sessions" exist: to create a friendly, inclusive space for the enjoyment of playing music with others. I'm passionate about introducing people to the joys of playing music, but if you're not lucky enough to have a more experienced musician willing to lead your session, you're going to have to organise things for yourselves. These books, and additional material on my website, aim to help. They would be of interest to anyone wishing to play Scottish music in sessions.
If you have any specific enquiries, email me directly.


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The Scottish Slow Session Volume 1

Scottish Slow Session 1

Published: March 2014
Pages: 20
Tunes: 40
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format

Digital version (tab) £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume One:

  • 72nd's Farewell to Aberdeen
  • 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar
  • Banks of the Allan
  • Barnyards o' Delgaty
  • Barren Rocks of Aden
  • Battle of the Somme
  • Boy's Lament for his Dragon
  • Boys of Blue Hill
  • Braes of Dunvegan
  • Britches Full of Stitches
  • Clean Pea Strae
  • Cock o' the North
  • Dornoch Links
  • Dunse Dings A'
  • Egan's Polka
  • Fear a Figue
  • Glenside No.1
  • Glenside No.2
  • Greenwoodside
  • Harvest Home
  • Hector the Hero
  • Hopeful Lover, The
  • Island Dance
  • Jack Is Yet Alive
  • Kenmure's On and Awa'
  • Memories of Fr Angus
  • Mrs MacLeod
  • Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre
  • Oovie Avie
  • Oyster Wives' Rant
  • Peat Fire Flame, The
  • Ronas Voe
  • Rope Waltz, The
  • Scarce o' Tatties
  • Snug In a Blanket
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Spootiskerry
  • Starry Nights o' Shetland
  • Stronsay Waltz, The
  • Willafjord
Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).

The Scottish Slow Session Volume 2

Scottish Slow Session 2

Published: May 2014
Pages: 20
Tunes: 37
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume Two:

  • Aandowin' at da Bow
  • Cameron's Got his Wife
  • Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa
  • Campbell's Farewell
  • Corriechoillie
  • Denis Murphy's Polka
  • Dingle Regatta
  • Fairy Dance
  • Faroe Rum
  • Flooers o' Edinburgh
  • Forefit o' da Ship
  • Freedom Come-All-Ye
  • Happy We've Been
  • Haste to the Wedding
  • Headlands
  • High Road to Linton
  • Highland Whisky
  • John Ryan's Polka
  • Jumping Geordie
  • Leaving Stornoway
  • Lilting Banshee
  • Liverpool Hornpipe
  • Loch Ruan
  • Lochiel's Welcome
  • Music o' Spey
  • Off to California
  • Pulling Bracken
  • Reel of Tullochgorum
  • Rowan Tree
  • Salmon Tails Up the Water
  • Shepherd's Wife
  • Staten Island
  • Stool of Repentance
  • Thistle of Scotland
  • Uist Tramping Song
  • Wee Murdie
  • Wind That Shakes the Barley
Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).

The Scottish Slow Session Volume 3

Scottish Slow Session 3

Published: Jan 2015
Pages: 20
Tunes: 35
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume Three:

  • Ballydesmond Polka No.1
  • Ballydesmond Polka No.2
  • Campbells are Coming
  • Corner House Jig, The
  • Cota Mor Elasead
  • Dark Island, The
  • Doun the Burn Davie
  • Duke of Perth
  • Elizabeth's Big Coat
  • Farewell to the Creeks
  • Jacqueline Waltz
  • Jock Stewart
  • King of the Fairies
  • Kirks, The
  • Lady MacKenzie of Coull
  • Lass o' Patie's Mill
  • Lord Seaforth
  • Money In Both Pockets
  • Mrs Crawford's Favourite
  • Mrs Forbes Farewell to Banff
  • My Name is Jock Stewart
  • Night We Had the Goats
  • Periwig, The
  • Primrose Girl
  • Reel Pays d'en Haut
  • Rev John MacFarlane
  • St Antoine
  • St Joseph
  • Sweet Maid of Glendaruel
  • Teribus
  • Three Sea Captains
  • Victoria Hornpipe
  • Wee Man at the Loom
  • Wee Tod
  • Wha'll Be King but Charlie?
Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).

The Scottish Slow Session Volume 4

Scottish Slow Session 4

Published: March 2015
Pages: 20
Tunes: 36
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Volume Four:

  • Ale Is Dear, The
  • Atholl Highlanders
  • Battle of Waterloo
  • Breakdown, The
  • Burning of the Piper's Hut
  • Castles in the Air
  • Drummond Castle
  • Earl of Mansfield
  • Farewell Air, The
  • Farewell to the Tay
  • Fil O Ro
  • Gay Gordons, The
  • Glenburnie Rant
  • Green Grow the Rashes O
  • Haughton House
  • Hills of Glenorchy
  • I Lost My Love
  • Jacky Tar
  • Jessie Smith
  • Jig of Slurs
  • King's House, The
  • Lads o' Dunse
  • Leaving Lismore
  • Loch Earn
  • Lord Huntly's Cave
  • MacGregor of Ruara
  • Midlothian Pipe Band
  • Orange and Blue
  • Rachel Rae
  • Sandy Duff
  • Smith's a Gallant Fireman
  • Walking the Floor
  • Wee Highland Laddie
  • Wi' a Hundred Pipers
  • Whistle O'er the Lave O't
  • Yellow Haired Laddie
Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).

The Irish Slow Session Volume 1

Iish Slow Session 1

Published: March 2015
Pages: 20
Tunes: 34
Size: A5


Print version £5.00
plus P&P

Digital version £3.50
PDF Format


 Tunes in Irish Slow Session Volume One:

  • Banshee, The
  • Bill Collins
  • Boy in the Gap, The
  • Chief O'Neill's Favourite
  • Church Street Polka
  • Denis Murphy's Slide
  • East at Glendart
  • Eavesdropper, The
  • Eibhlin
  • Father Kelly's Reel
  • Foxhunter's, The
  • Gander in the Pratie Hole
  • Green Fields of America
  • Her Mantle So Green
  • If I Had Maggie in the Woods
  • Kesh Jig, The
  • Lark in the Morning, The
  • Maid Behind the Bar
  • Merrily Danced the Quaker
  • Merry Blacksmith, The
  • Miss McLeod's Reel
  • O'Keeffe's Slide
  • Piper's Chair, The
  • Rights of Man
  • Road to Lisdoonvarna
  • Rocky Road to Dublin
  • Rolling in the Rye Grass
  • Sally Gardens, The
  • Shoe the Donkey
  • Si Beag, Si Mhor
  • Silver Spear, The
  • Sonny's Mazurka
  • St Mary's Polka
  • Tralee Gaol
Also available as part of a bundle (see the bundles page).
 Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire | nigelgatherer@mac.com