What we're about

This group is about getting together to learn and practice Irish Session Tunes, and to listen to Irish Music. I find learning tunes at sessions to be impossible, and while it is enjoyable to learn and play music at home, it would be fun to get together with others to play occasionally. I started this group to see if there are others like me. To start, we are meeting once a month to play tunes at a fairly slow tempo.

Because the goal is to learn tunes and to practice playing with others I'm guessing that this group will be made up of beginning and intermediate level musicians (If good anchor musicians want to show up all the better), and that we will choose sets of tunes to work on. This way everyone gets to play. Of course, this is all open to what the group wants to do as a whole. Tempos will be anywhere from slow (while everyone is first learning a tune) to comfortably fast (once we've learned a tune). I'd like to keep one specific monthly Meetup away from blistering tempos, although if anyone wants to become an assistant organizer to schedule something more like a session for this Meetup, they are more than welcome (I'll pay the Meetup fee. Anyone who becomes an Assistant Organizer will not have to contribute. The yearly fee is not a lot of money.)

My motivation comes from years ago when I belonged to a CCE Branch in Utica NY. We used to play together weekly, usually in someone's dining-room or living-room. It was a lot of fun to get together. And we all knew a common set of tunes after playing together for many years. Of course we had a great anchor musician, a guy who grew up in Ireland playing accordion. He was patient, and quite tolerant :) CCE in Boston does have Sunday sessions in Watertown, but they don't have a tune list as far as I know. And Watertown is a bit far from the T.

The format is open to whatever the group decides: We can start with new tunes played slowly, and work our way to tunes we have learned well, picking up the tempo as we go. We could also just mix new sets with old sets. I think the first format might be better if better musicians want to show up later to play faster tunes. This depends on who joins. Currently, I'm working my through Malley's 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. We can choose to go through a collection like this (All great tunes), or we can put our own setlist together.

So here is to whatever happens!

Upcoming events (4+)

A History of Irish Music, 3e by WH Grattan Flood (Book Club & Live Reading)

Hi Everyone, I am excited to have discovered this book and learn more about the history of Irish music. Since I am new to this author, I have copied and pasted a description of another edition of the book to give an idea. I am imagining a live reading to get started and discussions throughout.

I recently discovered Irish music by accident and fell in love with it ever since thanks to this meetup group and the VGS hosted by Shannon & Matt Heaton. I am taking violin lessons and plan to visit Ireland next October for a Samhain Tour which all so coincidentally is my birthday (Oct 31 Halloween) which I just learned originated from Ireland. Coincidence? I am beginning to think not...These signs and connections keep leading me through the Irish way and it is just exciting! When I saw this book I decided to learn more about the history and make new friends along the way. After seeing Shannon Heaton play the flute and Matt with the guitar, the amazing harmony they have together has inspired me to learn the Irish flute next after violin, I cannot wait!

Every week we will go through the book, page by page. I look forward to meeting everyone interested in learning as well and even those who can share and contribute!
Jen :)

https://books.google.ca/books/about/A_History_of_Irish_Music.html?id=Wn5OPgAACAAJ&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y

Chevalier William Henry Grattan Flood [masked]) was a renowned musicologist and historian. As a writer and ecclesiastical composer, his personal contributions to Irish musical form produced enduring works. As an historian his output was prolific on topics of local and national historical or biographical interest. Grattan Flood was given the title Chevalier by Pope Benedict XV in 1917. His works include: A History of Irish Music (1905), The Story of the Harp (1905) and The Story of the Bagpipe (1911).

Digital Book https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=LwM5AAAAIAAJ&pg=GBS.PP6&hl=en

Weekly Virtual Guided Session

Arts at Armory Boston

This is a guided (host-led) mid-tempo session by Matt & Shannon Heaton. Originally a monthly in-person event, it has moved ONLINE (YouTube livestream) EVERY WEEK for the foreseeable future.

The link to the virtual session, as well as a full session description and a tune list, is here: https://shannonheatonmusic.com/instruction/

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Please consider a donation to the Center for the Arts at the Armory, the physical home of this session when there is not a pandemic:
https://artsatthearmory.org/donate/

A History of Irish Music, 3e by WH Grattan Flood (Book Club & Live Reading)

Hi Everyone, I am excited to have discovered this book and learn more about the history of Irish music. Since I am new to this author, I have copied and pasted a description of another edition of the book to give an idea. I am imagining a live reading to get started and discussions throughout.

I recently discovered Irish music by accident and fell in love with it ever since thanks to this meetup group and the VGS hosted by Shannon & Matt Heaton. I am taking violin lessons and plan to visit Ireland next October for a Samhain Tour which all so coincidentally is my birthday (Oct 31 Halloween) which I just learned originated from Ireland. Coincidence? I am beginning to think not...These signs and connections keep leading me through the Irish way and it is just exciting! When I saw this book I decided to learn more about the history and make new friends along the way. After seeing Shannon Heaton play the flute and Matt with the guitar, the amazing harmony they have together has inspired me to learn the Irish flute next after violin, I cannot wait!

Every week we will go through the book, page by page. I look forward to meeting everyone interested in learning as well and even those who can share and contribute!
Jen :)

https://books.google.ca/books/about/A_History_of_Irish_Music.html?id=Wn5OPgAACAAJ&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y

Chevalier William Henry Grattan Flood [masked]) was a renowned musicologist and historian. As a writer and ecclesiastical composer, his personal contributions to Irish musical form produced enduring works. As an historian his output was prolific on topics of local and national historical or biographical interest. Grattan Flood was given the title Chevalier by Pope Benedict XV in 1917. His works include: A History of Irish Music (1905), The Story of the Harp (1905) and The Story of the Bagpipe (1911).

Digital Book https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=LwM5AAAAIAAJ&pg=GBS.PP6&hl=en

Weekly Virtual Guided Session

Arts at Armory Boston

This is a guided (host-led) mid-tempo session by Matt & Shannon Heaton. Originally a monthly in-person event, it has moved ONLINE (YouTube livestream) EVERY WEEK for the foreseeable future.

The link to the virtual session, as well as a full session description and a tune list, is here: https://shannonheatonmusic.com/instruction/

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Please consider a donation to the Center for the Arts at the Armory, the physical home of this session when there is not a pandemic:
https://artsatthearmory.org/donate/

Past events (483)

Weekly Virtual Guided Session

Arts at Armory Boston

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