Waltons New School of Music - Trad Slow Sessions, Dublin

Trad Slow Sessions

at Waltons New School of Music

Waltons New School of Music's Trad Slow Sessions are traditional Irish music sessions in all ways except one: the tempo. We play the session tunes at a slower than normal pace (usually less than half the speed), so that beginning and intermediate players can more easily learn the tunes and join in the session. More experienced players who wish to refine their techniques at a slower pace are also very welcome.

At many Irish traditional sessions the music can be quite loud and fast, which can be intimidating for newer players. Instead, our sessions are ‘softer and slower’ to facilitate the learning process in a friendly and supportive environment. Also, unlike many Irish sessions, those players who need to read the music can use it at the session, although ultimately our goal is to get everyone playing the music in the aural tradition so they can join other sessions. We limit the tunes to those on our tune list, which allows us to repeat the tunes from session to session.

Trad Slow Sessions take place once a month on Friday evenings 6.30 - 8 pm at the school, and both New School and external students/players are welcome. The sessions are supervised by a New School trad teacher, and tune suggestions are provided in advance, to facilitate group playing. Learn as many or as few as you like!

Currently-enrolled students at the New School are asked to contribute €3 at each session, and external students/players are asked to contribute €6, to help cover music and expenses.


Where: Waltons New School of Music
When: Fridays, 6.30 – 8 pm
Fee: €3 (New School students) | €6 (external students/players)
Level: All levels welcome
Booking: Advance booking is not required. Pay on the day, at least 15 minutes before the Session begins.

2017-2018 Trad Slow Session Dates

13 October
10 November
1 December
19 January
16 February
16 March
20 April
18 May
15 June
6 July

Tune List


The Rambling Pitchfork / The Swallow’s Tail
The Clare Jig / Nora Crionna
Morrison’s / Sliabh Russell / Jim Ward’s


The Morning Star / Cooley’s / Rolling in the Ryegrass
Sally Gardens / Silver Spear


The Ballydesmond Polkas 2 and 3
The Bog Down in the Valley-O
Hayden’s Fancy / The Gullane


The Harvest Home / The Boys of Bluehill
Cronin’s Hornpipe / Off to California

Slip Jigs

Deirdre's Fancy / A Fig for a Kiss / The Butterfly


The Brosna / Danny Ab's (O'Keefe's)A
Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé’s
An Bothár o Thuaidh go Trá Lí

Airs & Marches

Mo Ghile Mear / Planxty Monaghan`
The Star of the County Down / Gleanntáin Ghlas' Ghaoth Dobhair


Shoe the Donkey / Sonny's Mazurka


Fanny Power / Planxty Irwin / Eleanor Plunkett

For those who do not yet have sheet music, The Session is a valuable tune-sharing website with music and information on hundreds of Irish tunes.

Download the current Tune List in pdf format.

Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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