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The Wednesday Slow Session

The Wednesday Slow Session

The Wednesday Slow Session in Edinburgh has been going for more than twenty years, and since then it has provided an entry-level session for hundreds of people over the years, many of whom have gone on to join other sessions, or establish their own in other locations.

I started the Wednesday Slow Session in 1998 because I was concerned that while sessions were a great place for playing informally with other people, they could be elitist and unfriendly. I wanted to create a session where people would feel welcomed and included, and where they could build up confidence and repertoire and learn to play with other people. That, after all, was the whole point of learning traditional music, I reasoned. (A full history of the Wednesday Slow Session can be seen here.)

The aims of the Wednesday Slow Session have remained the same, and as long as people want to play music with others and are prepared to leave their egos at the door, everyone is welcome.

The current Slow Session is at Leslie's Bar, 45-47 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SU. An idea of the tunes played at the session can be found on the Scottish Session Repertoire Page. However, we're trying an experiment with the slow session alternating with a less structured, slightly faster session which I'm calling The Leslie's Bar Session (LBS), while the slow session is called The Wednesday Slow Session (WSS). We'll have to see how it turns out, but here's a schedule for the next five weeks:

Leslie's Bar Sessions

2019
19/2 LBS Go round the circle.
26/2 WSS
  • 1 By the Peat Fire (Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance)
  • 7 Hector the Hero
  • 14 The Bottle Man (Fear a Phige/Oovie Avie)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 15 Barnyards (Barnyards o' Delgaty/Hopeful Lover)
  • 18 Shetland Waltzes (Ronas Voe/Starry Nights o' Shetland)
  • 9 Rocks of Gibralter (Barren Rocks/79th Farewell)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 1 By the Peat Fire (Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance)
  • 4 EganŐs Britches (Egan's Polka/Britches Full of Stitches)
  • 8 Spootiskerry (Spootiskerry/Willafjord/Jack Is Yet Alive)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 1 By the Peat Fire (Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance)
  • 12 Glenside Polkas
  • 2 Blue Hill (Boys of Blue Hill/Harvest Home)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 11 Orcadian Waltzes (Stronsay Waltz/Rope Waltz)
  • 10 Shoe the Donkey (Show the Donkey/Sonny's Mazurka)
  • 17 Battle of Dragons (Battle of the Somme/Boy's Lament)
  • 19 Muck of the North (Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre/Cock of the North)
6/3 LBS Go round the circle.
13/3 WSS
  • 21 Rods and Reels (Salmon Tails/Reel of Tullochgorum)
  • 37 Rowan Tree
  • 22 Corriechoillie (Corriechoillie's Welcome/Campbell's Farewell)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 4 St Mary's Polka (St Mary's Polka/Church Street Polka)
  • 30 Repentance (The Shepherd's Wife/Stool of Repentance)
  • 31 Gaelic Waltzes (Leaving Stornoway/Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 21 Rods and Reels (Salmon Tails/Reel of Tullochgorum)
  • 36 Tramping Thistles (Uist Tramping Song/Thistle of Scotland)
  • 33 Happily Pulling Bracken (Pulling Bracken/Happy We've Been A'thegither)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 1 By the Peat Fire (Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance)
  • 29 Flowers of Edinburgh (Flooers o' Edinburgh/Staten Island)
  • 21 Rods and Reels (Salmon Tails/Reel of Tullochgorum)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 23 Dancing Geordie (The Fairy Dance/Jumping Geordie)
  • 10 Shoe the Donkey (Show the Donkey/Sonny's Mazurka)
  • 24 Off to Liverpool (Off to California/Liverpool Hornpipe)
  • 32 Banshee Wedding (Lilting Banshee/Haste to the Wedding)
20/3 LBS Go round the circle.
27/3 LBS Go round the circle.
3/4 LBS Go round the circle.
10/4 LBS Go round the circle.
17/4 LBS Go round the circle.
24/4 WSS
  • 3 Memories of Dunvegan (Memories of Fr Angus/Braes of Dunvegan)
  • 1 By the Peat Fire (Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance)
  • 21 Rods and Reels (Salmon Tails/Reel of Tullochgorum)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 10 Shoe the Donkey (Shoe the Donkey/Sonny's Mazurka)
  • 15 Barnyards (Barnyards o' Delgaty/Hopeful Lover)
  • 3 Memories of Dunvegan (Memories of Fr Angus/Braes of Dunvegan)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 1 Snug Tatties (Snug in a Blanket/Scarce of Tatties)
  • 4 EganŐs Britches (Egan's Polka/Britches Full of Stitchess)
  • 11 Her Mantle So Green
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 3 Maggie In the Woods (Memories of Fr Angus/Braes of Dunvegan)
  • 6 Dornoch (Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 7 Hector the Hero
  • 14 The Bottle Man (Fear a Phige/Oovie Avie)
  • 19 Lisdoonvarna (Road to Lisdoonvarna/O'Keeffe's Slide)
1/5 LBS Go round the circle.
8/5 WSS
  • 21 Rods and Reels (Salmon Tails/Reel of Tullochgorum)
  • 10 Shoe the Donkey (Show the Donkey/Sonny's Mazurka)
  • 3 Memories of Dunvegan (Memories of Fr Angus/Braes of Dunvegan)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 37 Rowan Tree
  • 32 Banshee Wedding (Lilting Banshee/Haste to the Wedding)
  • 31 Gaelic Waltzes (Leaving Stornoway/Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 29 Flowers of Edinburgh (Flooers o' Edinburgh/Staten Island)
  • 1 By the Peat Fire (Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance)
  • 11 Her Mantle So Green
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 14 Maggie In the Woods (If I Had Maggie/Tralee Gaol)
  • 6 Dornoch (Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside)
  • 18 Shetland Waltzes (Ronas Voe/Starry Nights o' Shetland)
  • YOUR CHOICE
  • 7 Hector the Hero
  • 23 Dancing Geordie (The Fairy Dance/Jumping Geordie)
  • 19 Lisdoonvarna (Road to Lisdoonvarna/O'Keeffe's Slide)
1/5 LBS Go round the circle.



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