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The Scottish Slow Session

The Slow Session Series

The tunes listed below are suggestions for a session repertoire - tunes which might be heard at a Scottish session. Not everyone will agree with my choices; there will be as many different opinions on this subject as there are musicians, but you've got to start somewhere, and hopefully my list contains some worthwhile choices. Most tunes are traditional, and most are arranged in sets. The tunes below have been published in handy-sized books, available from my online store (click on the cover images for more info). Scottish Slow Session Vol.1
Scottish Slow Session Vol.2
Scottish Slow Session Vol.3
Scottish Slow Session Vol.4
Glasgow Slow Session Vol.1
Glasgow Slow Session Vol.2
Irish Slow Session Vol.1
Latest update: 5th Sept 2020
SSS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 1
The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.1
01 The Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance 11 The Stronsay Waltz/The Rope Waltz
02 Boys of Blue Hill/Harvest Home 12 The Glenside Polkas
03 Memories of Fr Angus MacDonnell/Braes of Dunvegan 13 Soldier's Joy/Mrs MacLeod of Raasay
04 Egan's Polka/Britches Full of Stitches 14 Fear a Phige/Oovie Avie
05 Snug In a Blanket/Scarce of Tatties 15 The Barnyards o' Delgaty/The Hopeful Lover
06 Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside 16 Oyster Wives' Rant/Clean Pea Strae/Dunse Dings A'
07 Hector the Hero 17 Battle of the Somme/The Boy's Lament for his Dragon
08 Spootiskerry/Willafjord 18 Ronas Voe/Starry Nights o' Shetland
09 Barren Rocks of Aden/79th's Farewell to Gibralter 19 Cock o' the North/Muckin' o Geordie's Byre
10 Banks of the Allan/Kenmure's On and Awa'    
SSS Book 2 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 2 The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.2
20 Wee Murdie/Lochiel's Welcome to Glasgow 30 The Shepherd's Wife/The Stool of Repentance
21 Salmon Tails Up the Water/The Reel of Tullochgorum 31 Leaving Stornoway/Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa
22 Corriechoillie's Welcome/Campbell's Farewell 32 The Lilting Banshee/Haste to the Wedding
23 The Fairy Dance/Jumping Geordie 33 Pulling Bracken/Happy We've Been A'thegither
24 Off to California/The Liverpool Hornpipe 34 Loch Ruan/The Headlands
25 Denis Murphy's Polka/John Ryan's Polka 35 High Road to Linton/Wind That Shakes the Barley
26 The Music o' Spey 36 Uist Tramping Song/Thistle of Scotland
27 Cameron's Got his Wife Again/Highland Whisky 37 The Rowan Tree
28 Dingle Regatta 38 Faroe Rum/Aandowin' at da Bow/Forefit o' da Ship
29 Flowers of Edinburgh/Staten Island 39 Freedom Come-All-Ye
SSS Book 3 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 3 The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.3
40 The Dark Island 50 Jacqueline Waltz
41 Sweet Maid of Glendaruel/Teribus 51 The Kirks/Victoria Hornpipe
42 King of the Fairies 52 Wee Tod/The Corner House
43 Mrs Crawford's Favourite/Money in Both Pockets 53 Mrs Forbes's Farewell to Banff/Lass o' Patie's Mill
44 Wha'll Be King But Charlie/The Campbells Are Coming 54 Rev J MacFarlane/Wee Man at the Loom
45 Ballydesmond Polkas 55 The Three Sea Captains
46 Reel Pays d'en Haut/St Antoine/St Joseph 56 Duke of Perth/Lady MacKenzie of Coull
47 Doun the Burn Davie 57 The Periwig/The Night We had the Goats/Elizabeth's Big Coat
48 Lord Seaforth/Primrose Girl 58 My Name is Jock Stewart
49 Farewell to the Creeks    
SSS Book 4 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Scottish Slow Session Book 4 The Scottish Slow
Session Vol.4
59 Farewell to the Tay/Midlothian Pipe Band 69 The Hills of Glenorchy/Walking the Floor
60 Glenburnie Rant/Loch Earn 70 MacGregor of Ruara/The King's House
61 Haughton House 71 The Yellow Haired Laddie
62 Whistle O'er the Lave O't/Green Grow the Rushes O 72 Jessie Smith/Rachel Rae
63 I Lost My Love/Lads of Dunse 73 The Battle of Waterloo/The Wee Highland Laddie
64 The Gay Gordons/Lord Huntly's Cave 74 The Ale is Dear/Sandy Duff
65 Jackie Tar/The Breakdown 75 Wi' a Hundred Pipers/Drummond Castle
66 Atholl Highlanders/The Jig of Slurs 76 Castles in the Air/Orange and Blue
67 Burning of the Piper's Hut/Smith's a Gallant Fireman 77 Leaving Lismore/Fil O Ro
68 The Earl of Mansfield 78 The Farewell Air
GSS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Glasgow Slow Session Book 1 The Glasgow Slow
Session Vol.1
01 Ger the Rigger/We Won't Go Home/Rakes of Mallow 13 Liberty
02 The Cradle Song 14 Forneth House
03 Loch Torridon/Whelan's Hornpipe 15 Glendaruel Highlanders/Leg of a Duck
04 Invercauld March/Sweet Maid of Glendaruel 16 Lucy Farr's Barndance/Rocking the Baby
05 Why Left I My Hame/There was a Lad/A Man's a Man 17 Mairi's Wedding/The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie
06 Donachd Head/Jamie Rae 18 Rowing from Islay to Uist
07 The Island I Left/Westering Home 19 Jeannie's Blue Een/My Lame Leg
08 The Navvy on the Line/The Lochmaben Hornpipe 20 The Bear Dance
09 Cawdor Fair/The Brown-Haired Lad 21 Huntingtone Castle
10 Ballachulish Glen 22 Peerie Hoose Ahint da Burn/Mirrie Boys of Greenland/Oliver Jack
11 The March of the GFW 23 Mist Covered Mountains of Home/Leaving Barra
12 Johnny Will You Marry Me/Welcome, Charlie Stewart    
GSS Book 2 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Glasgow Slow Session Book 2 The Glasgow Slow
Session Vol.2
24 Roll Her On the Hill/The Glenburnie Rant 34 Laura-Beth's Polka
25 The Top of Ben Lomond/The Island of Mull 35 A Fig for a Kiss/Another Jig will Do
26 Before I Marry/Morag/Hi Ho Hiram 36 Kelvingrove/The Soor Milk Cairt/The Rovin' Baker frae Milngavie
27 O Are You Sleeping, Maggie? 37 John MacAlpine/Kate Dalrymple
28 Johnny Todd/Far from Home 38 Hot Punch
29 I'll Tell Me Ma/The Rattling Bog 39 Miss Gayton's Hornpipe/Cooper's Hornpipe
30 The Isle of Mull/Mull of the Cool High Bens 40 Hamish the Carpenter/Put Me in the Big Chest
31 Mount Stuart House/Good Night and Joy Be Wi' You 41 Dunkeld Volunteers/How Auld are Ye, My Bonnie Lass?
32 Glasgow Highlanders/Cropie's Strathspey 42 An Ataireachd Ard/Mi'm Seo 'Nam Onar
33 A Fisherman's Song for Attracting Seals  
ISS Book 1 No. Tunes No. Tunes
Glasgow Slow Session Book 1 The Irish Slow
Session Vol.1
01 The Sally Gardens/Maid Behind the Bar 11 Her Mantle So Green
02 East at Glendart/The Kesh Jig 12 Miss McLeod's Reel/The Merry Blacksmith
03 The Boy in the Glen/The Banshee 13 The Lark in the Morning
04 St Mary's Polka/Church Street Polka 14 If I Had Maggie in the Woods/Tralee Gaol
05 Eibhlin 15 The Rocky Road to Dublin/The Foxhunter's
06 The Rights of Man/Chief O'Neill's Favourite 16 The Green Fields of America/Rolling in the Rye Grass
07 Road to Lisdoonvarna/O'Keeffe's Slide 17 Sheebeg and Sheemore
08 Father Kelly's Reel/The Silver Spear 18 Denis Murphy's Slide/Merrily Danced the Quaker
09 The Piper's Chair/Gander in the Pratie Hole 19 The Evesdropper/Bill Collins
10 Shoe the Donkey/Sonny's Mazurka  

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