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Trad Slow Sessions

at Waltons New School of Music

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The Sessions

The New School’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. Please pay on the day, at least 15 minutes before the Session begins.

2017-2018 Trad Slow Session Dates

13 October 2017
10 November 2017
1 December 2017
12 January 2018
9 February 2018
9 March 2018
13 April 2018
11 May 2018
8 June 2018
6 July 2018

Trad Slow Session 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

Deirdre’s Fancy • A Fig for a Kiss • The Butterfly The Brosna • Danny Ab’s (O’Keefe’s)

Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé’s

An Bothár o Thuaidh go Trá Lí

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
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