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Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK

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Subject: Beginner's Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 07:44 AM

Beginners Tunes Session
Last Tuesday of the Month

The Beech, Beech Road, Chorlton,
Manchester, M21 9EG

Here


At the moment we are Les Jones, banjo,
Ged Gaskell, melodeon,
Kate Reigate, fiddle and whistles,
Ken Deeks, guitar
Bill Mitton, Bodhran.

We are mostly beginners who play Folk Dance Tunes.
We will play slowly and encourage anyone who plays anything to join in.

We will share music freely, on paper and via the web, and use Noteworthy Composer 2, download a trial copy from Noteworthy

to share tunes that can be played and learned by ear or from the dots.

PM me through Mudcat and I will send you the Tune Book

The first Session will be on Tuesday 27 January 2009

Thanks for all good advice and support received in the past couple of months.

Cheers

Les in Chorlton


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 07:55 AM

I'll try my best to get there Les. I'll be bringing a mandolin but I doubt that I'll be able to keep up.

Michael


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 07:57 AM

Thanks Michael, believe me we will be slow and easy with maybe a bit quicker much later and a few daft songs in between

Cheers
L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 12:49 PM

I would hope to be there, Les. What time does it start? Could you send me the tune-book please?

I use Harmony Assistant to play the music so then I learn it by ear as I can't read it quick enough. I'll try Noteworthy (though the link you gave above didn't seem to work) so I'll download it directly. If it can export abc files (or whatever) then maybe I can import them.

Cheers

Ian in Stockport


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 05:35 PM

Noteworthy's not brilliant about exporting to other formats.

Les, could you send me the definitive tune book (I've got most but not all of them)? I'll spend a quiet evening some time putting them into ABC, for the benefit of anyone who prefers it.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 06:47 PM

Hi Pip,

That's a very kind offer but it may not be necessary in my case. Though 'Export' is disabled on the trial version of Noteworthy Composer (so I couldn't see if it would export in a useable format), a visit to the Myriad website tells me that Harmony Assistant should be able to import Noteworthy (.nwc) files.

What is more it can export .abc files. In theory, therefore, I don't need .abc files and could produce them for anyone who needed them if necessary.

Cheers,

Ian in Stockport


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 04:42 AM

That could be handy! The best way I've found to convert from .nwc to abc is by exporting to MIDI. The trouble with that is that the MIDI to ABC converter doesn't understand repeats, takes a dim view of gracenotes and struggles with triplets, so you end up with a score that looks like the cat's been at it.

(I can use Noteworthy, but like Bartleby I prefer not to. My main computer's a Mac, and Noteworthy is PC-only - plus I'm an ABC convert.)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 05:07 AM

Th Tune Book should be finalised by the middle of next week. If anybody PMs me with and e-mail address I will send them the lot.

Thanks for the ABC offer Phil we can run with that as well,

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 05:32 AM

Good luck with it! Let us know how it goes, because we can all learn from each other.

The Lewes Favourites monthly tunes practice session is now on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Elephant & Castle , White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ. This is because a massive rent demand has forced the Lewes Arms Folk Club out of its old home; we've moved our other activities out as well.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 05:47 AM

Thanks Valmai, we live and learn, sometimes

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: TheSnail
Date: 12 Jan 09 - 05:59 AM

Oh My God! It clashes with the first Lewes Favourites at the Elephant and Castle. We'll split the audience. I suppose at 260 miles apart it won't be too much of a problem. I wonder if we could arrange to play the same tune at the same time.

I don't know if it's any use to anyone, but I've just relaunched my ABC to Noteworthy (and back again) converter. It is available at ABaCusMusic. Unfortunately, it only works on Uncompressed Noteworthy Version 1.xx files at the moment. I'm looking into the text files exported from Version 2.

Good luck with the session.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 12 Jan 09 - 06:26 AM

Well Mr Snail, I have had a number of promises from down your way so you could be in for a quiet night!

As for Noteworthy, we are wrestling with Noteworthy2 at the moment. I guess in the end concensus will appear.

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 07:29 AM

Any beginners in search of a tune in Greater Manchester?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Vin2
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 08:45 AM

I'll try and make it wiv me Clarke's whistles. I'm currently trying two tunes (or two fab songs) together i.e As i Walked Out followed by
Cold Haily Windy Night'. I'm funny that way!

Vin in Heywood


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Myrtle
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 10:34 AM

How about in Lincolnshire?!! Actually I come to Manchester quite often so might be able to make it occasionally if that would be ok.
I have an English concertina, and I'm not afraid to abuse it!!

Regards, Myrtle.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 10:42 AM

For anyone who's interested, I've now got all 10 tunes in Noteworthy 2, Noteworthy 1.75 and ABC format - all except Buttered Peas, which for some reason refused to convert from 1.75 to ABC. When I've sorted that out I'll put the tunebook up somewhere ABC users can download it from. You'll get ten tunes in one 4 KB file.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 11:21 AM

Exlnt,

how recent is your copy of the 10, I get confused. Some earlier versions had dots in one key and they played in another. I think I have cured that now,

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 11:36 AM

First 10, received yesterday - starts with Dorset Four in Hand.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 11:56 AM

Should be fine

cheers


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 02:01 PM

'Tis here:

http://users.zetnet.co.uk/amroth/BeechFirst10.abc


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 02:06 PM

Ooh, I need to bookmark or otherwise note this.
I'm planning a week in Manchester sometime this Summer (Spleen, expect to be harassed...).


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 04:20 PM

Thanks Pip,

The abc file has loaded easily into Harmony Assistant so I have been able to listen to the tunes, print them out with and without the tablature for a Bulgarian tambura (only kidding - I've printed the tablature for a mandolin but the program will print out tablature for a whole range of stringed instruments and even tell you what holes to suck/blow on a harmonica). How I wish we'd had these aids (and electronic tuners!) thirty years ago.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 03:18 PM

Ian, please PM me you e-mail and I will send you the tune book.

Ok this is the plan - advice sort and accepted:

8.30 slow tune session - led by us
915 break
9.30 a bit quicker on tunes requested - led by us
10.00 break 2
10.15 Open floor - tunes and songs led by volunteers - anybody joining in on anything - as volunteers think appropriate.

11.00 stagger off

At the beginning of the first session we will play the tunes a bit quick once or twice through so that people know where we are going.

All are welcome. You don't to play anything but musos will get priority we can only fit about 15 - 30 in the Snug of the Beech


Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 14 Jan 09 - 03:54 PM

I'll be there - (as Michael Jackson once sang).

Currently printing off the music.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 09:31 AM

We are just printing off an A4 "landscape" version of the Tune Book. It will stand up on each of the tables in the Beech and the dots and guitar chords are big enough for most of us to see.

I guess some people will follow the dots and some will join in by ear. Honest this is Beginners - we will play very slowly in the first third of the evening and only faster by request.

If you all play faster than us lot I will encourage a faster - "Improvers Session" on another night.

If you already play in quick sessions please think about the Chorlton Fiddlers Irish Session on Monday nights in the Lloyds, Wilbraham Road, Cholrton. PM me for more details. They are excellent and a bit quick.

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 15 Jan 09 - 05:26 PM

Les has been busy. We're now up to 20: http://users.zetnet.co.uk/amroth/BeechSecond10.ABC


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 04:02 AM

Thanks Phil

10 days to go?

Know where's me banjo?

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 04:29 AM

No, but you hum it and I'll play along...


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Gedi
Date: 17 Jan 09 - 06:51 AM

Just to keep you informed, all the copying of the tune books is now done, all we have to do now is to make the tent cards so they will stand up on the tables.

Cheers for the ABC conversions Phil, they are really useful.

Ged


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 05:43 AM

I have also found the abc conversions to be very useful and have had no trouble loading them into Harmony Assistant prior to printing.

The Noteworthy file (.nwc) which have also been kindly provided also loaded directly into Harmony Assistant but they produced rather large chords letters directly on top of the staves. A little fiddling sorted this but the abc format was less hassle.

Many thanks to those from whose efforts I am benefiting.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:29 PM

Well we roll on. To day Ged, Ken and I glued, punched and ringed 20 copies of the Tune Book and they will stand up by themselves on a pub table.

I guess most of us will be playing by ear on the 27th but we hope the books will support the dottist.

all other electronic versions will be available from me or Pip Raddish via e-mail.

The beech is looking good and the beer tastes excellent

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 03:25 AM

Which should have read:

"The Beech is looking good and the beer tastes excellent"

For those planning next weeks major cultural events, Tuesday could be a bit interesting.

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 08:33 AM

mañana


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 09:19 AM

Si!

The first session will indeed be Tuesday; my whistles and I will be there. ¡Hasta mañana!

Actually this was quite a timely reminder - for some unearthly reason I've been going around thinking it was Wednesday (the day after mañana). I should have remembered the words of the song -

Yes, we have no mañanas,
So get your mañanas today!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 12:37 PM

I wrestled with memorable titles like Chuesday Chunes in Chorlton but then realised that I would get bogged down with spelling problems.

So tomorrow it is. PM me for further details

Look forward to meeting new tunists and having much fun

Les, still in Chortlon

Although today I cycled to the far famed Saracens Head in Warburton checking out the route for Sundays ride to the Saracens. made most welcome by the Landlord. Anybody up for a few tunes and songs between 1 and 2.30 Sunday?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: John J
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 03:15 PM

Meeeeeee!

And me and me Ma will be at the Beech tomorrow evening.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 06:28 PM

All 20 tunes are now available in a single (small!) file at http://users.zetnet.co.uk/amroth/Beech20.abc.

I've reordered the tunes for my own eccentric purposes - 1-4 are in G, 5-15 are in D, and 16-20 are in G but need to be played on the D whistle (which probably means they're *really* in D mixolydian but keeping quiet about it).

An ignoramus writes: why are low whistles so expensive? Can't you just use a longer tube with a larger bore?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 03:37 AM

"Can't you just use a longer tube with a larger bore? "

You probably can Phil, but this is not that kind of website.

I have just realised that I didn't mention which Sunday our ride to the Saracen's is - it is a week on Sunday - the 8th. Leaving Chorlton Water park around 10, visiting the edge of Altrincham, Manchester Airport, Ashley, Bucklow Hill, Healtly getting to the Sarecen's around 12.30 - 1.00pm

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Gedi
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 08:25 AM

Tonights the Night! Looking forward to seeing all you budding tunists.

And remember - 'Lifes a Beech!'

cheers
Ged


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: TheSnail
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 08:35 AM

Have fun. I wonder if we could manage to play the same tune at the same time at the Lewes Favourites.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 11:23 AM

Well, working towards as they say.

What happened to that national day of Ceilidh when we would all do the Cicassian Circle at 10 O'clock or something?

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: TheSnail
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 11:28 AM

we would all do the Cicassian Circle at 10 O'clock

They renamed it the Large Hadron Collider.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 11:48 AM

Exlnt!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: JohnB
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 12:53 PM

Please keep it going until the next time I make it to the UK.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 05:57 AM

I think we will John, when are you back?

Thanks to all who came and made for a brilliant night:

Ken, Ged, Kate, John, Ann, Dave, Rosie, Michael, Ian, Ursula, John and Helen - especially Helen for the Clog Dance. I am sure I have missed a few people and I will thank them when the memory cell warms up.

I thought the music was brilliant - I couldn't seem to slow it down so it was a bit more Improvers than Beginners but I will take all advice about what to do next on Tuesday 24th February,

Thanks again

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 06:16 AM

Are, Cell warming up, how could I forget Phil an a range of whistles and excellent work on Noteworthy - ABC conversions

Cheers again

L in C

Anyone thinking of coming next time PM me and I will send you the Noteworthy versions of the Tune Book.

PM Pip Radish and he will explain and help with ABC files

L


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 06:45 AM

Thanks Les for organising this. It was a great night; well worthwhile. Can't wait for the next one.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Myrtle
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 08:35 AM

Very sorry to miss it, but couldn't get over to Manchester this week, and we did have a great Burns night at Louth FC!

Regards,

Myrtle


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 02:55 AM

Next Tuesday?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 06:32 AM

It is indeed Brakn,

hope you can make it. We will definitely be playing a bit slower this time. Got a bit carried away with the excitement last time.

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 06:41 AM

I think we got about half way through the songbook - are we going for the rest or will there be new tunes?

I haven't practised much the last couple of weeks because my fingers keep splitting! Looking forward to it.

Michael


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 07:00 AM

I am inclined to ask people what they fancy - then pick the simplest and play it slow and often. Then pick another and do the same and so on for the first part of the evening.

I ma open to advice and suggestions from yourself and others who have run Beginners Sessions.

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 04:46 AM

Well folks,

thanks to Ged, Ken, Phil, Ursula, Brakyn, Rob, Micky, Chris, Jen, Helen and Alan for a great night of Beginners Tunes at The Beech.

I will pull together another 10 or so tunes - nothing too tricky - let me know what you think we might play. Please spread the word to your friends. Audience are most welcome as well.

Cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 05:53 AM

Thanks again Les for last night.

As for more tunes, throw anything you like at me! You are the master!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 05:58 AM

Brakn, not Brakyn,

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm .............. I thought we were a dissorganised neo-anarchist collective. But if I don't get me own way I may be forced to take the banjo home.

Now is that what people want?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 11:12 AM

Talk about taking banjoes home........oops


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 01:02 PM

Good luck with this - isn't it a splendid and sociable way to learn tunes?

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 01:39 PM

Thanks Valmai,

it's always odd being the organiser, you can't really know what to make of it. I am amazed at the quality and the great atmosphere that people bring.

Let's hope it rolls on!

cheers

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 06:57 PM

Some thoughts from a relative beginner. The tunes I can play divide into the ones I can nail every time (on my own, at home), the ones I can nail most times but occasionally fumble a bit, & the ones where I have to take it pretty steady even behind closed doors. At the moment I find that when I'm playing in company my competence drops by about half, so even the nail-every-time tunes turn into "take it slow, keep the dots handy and hope nobody notices the bum notes" tunes.

From this fumble-fingered perspective, last night was great - much, much better than the first time. More planxties, that's my suggestion. (And Constant Billy and My Love... in D please Les, and the Hexamshire Lass in G.)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 02:30 AM

Will do Phil ........ My Love She's but a Lassie Yet? Love the other two but I find Hexamshire Lass a bit tricky.

Any other suggestions?

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 10:31 AM

I enjoyed the first week better, but I put that down to myself; I didn't practise enough. Also sometimes I couldn't hear myself very well and that is the difference of playing at home and playing with others. I can be a bit quiet sometimes and the chord playing banjo didn't help.

As for ones to learn..... is there a top 100 tunes? :-)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 10:42 AM

I moved from tenor mandola to tenor banjo when I started playing with Ged and his melodeon. Part of it was a key thing and part was i wanted to make a bit more noise and get up with the melodeon. The tenor banjo is a bit brash and unsubtle but we are playing what is basically dance music.

Perhaps we should think about who sits next to whom, so to speak. A mandolin between two melodeons wouldn't have too much of a chance but near concertinas and whistles would be ok.

Anyone else have a view about seating?

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 07:51 PM

Sitting next to another whistle was definitely the best thing for me. I found I couldn't hear myself playing a lot of the time both nights, but my playing was a lot more audible blended into a two-whistle combo.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST,Doxy
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 02:59 AM

Hi Les n Ged
it was great to meet you the other day. When's the next music session?
Did you say there's a singers night over there too????
Cheers
Doxy


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 05:26 AM

Hi Doxy!

Singaround at the Beech, Beech Road Chorlton, Manchester, first and third Wednesdays.

Tunes last Tuesdays

Look forward to hearing some great music from you both,

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST,Working Radish
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 06:14 AM

Looking forward to next Wednesday already. Bring back the cherry mild!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST,Doxy
Date: 01 Mar 09 - 12:10 PM

Hi Les
see you there (unless something crazy happens at work)Cheers
Doxy


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Highfibre
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 01:29 PM

Hi,

just seen this posted on melodeon.net and would be interested in joining you. I play Anglo Concertina and dabble with melodeon, and would welcome someone to play with.

I'd love to see your tune book, which might give me a couple of weeks to practice

Regards

Peter


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: The Vulgar Boatman
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 06:33 PM

Power to your elbow, Les. Don't know if this is any help, (hope I'm not teaching granny to suck eggs) but if you download a free PDF maker, you can do the following:
When you hit print, it will treat the PDF maker as a printer and save the file. You can then e-mail it without having to worry if the recipient has a music publisher programme to read it. We use it all the time to circulate dots produced in various formats.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 03:50 PM

Due to a technical hitch ie I put the wrong date on some flyers, we will be playing Beginners Tunes at the Beech on the Last Tuesday ie 31st march AND Tuesday 24th March!

If anybody needs the Tune Book PM me your e-mail address and I will send the books

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Yvonne
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 03:59 PM

Sorry to hi-jack your thread, Les but as you are all musicians I wondered if anyone knows where I could get penny whistle lessons in Cheshire or Manchester?


Thanks


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 07:12 PM

I do, PM me and I will put you in touch, but you may to come to the Beech sooner or later

L i n C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 03:45 AM

Due to a technical hitch ie I put the wrong date on some flyers, we will be playing Beginners Tunes at the Beech on the Last Tuesday ie 31st march AND Tuesday 24th March!

If anybody needs the Tune Book PM me your e-mail address and I will send the books

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 03:47 AM

Lewes Favourites tunes practice this evening at the Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ!

Just in case any of you are travelling this way for work or pleasure.

Valmai


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 08:13 AM

fresh


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 09:15 AM

Thanks Brakn, how's you mandolin?

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 09:29 AM

Same strings!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Gedi
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 09:29 AM

Beginners Tunes two weeks in a row.... Les, your spoiling us! ; )


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 09:34 AM

Guest was me................ Michael Bracken (brakn)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 10:18 AM

This may have been said before but mandolin and banjo strings last much longer if you cease to grate cheese with them,

Cheese

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 12:17 PM

If I've told her once, I've told her a thousand times!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 12:30 PM

Does "She" need a mandolin of her own or is "She" trying to tell you something? Just give it a wipe with a J cloth and head for the Beech tonight,

Cheese

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 05:34 PM

Not tonight, Josephine. Might try and make it a double-header next week.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 25 Mar 09 - 08:36 AM

A night of excellent tunes played brilliantly by all! Thanks to Ged, Ken, Helen, John, Chris, Dave, Brakyn and Jan with her dog, the dog always has a great, time it looks like the Beech is becoming a cruising place for dogs, so to speak.

Cheers

Lre


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 31 Mar 09 - 07:49 AM

fresh


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 12:08 PM

Tomorrow?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 12:40 PM

And lo and behold, we've got the Lewes Favourites session tomorrow as well. I must run off some copies of Wild Paddy, an Australian waltz which has been getting about lately. It's a gentle tune, so Mild Paddy might be a better name.

Valmai (contriving to keep thread up the list).


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 12:43 PM

Thanks Valmai,

all welcome tomorrow at the Beech - which has had some excellent cask ale at our recent visits.

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 04:10 AM

Hmmmmmmm Where are those dots?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 03:44 PM

Thanks to Ged and Rob, melodeons, Helen, accordian, Kate fiddle & whistle, Mike & Shelley, recorders, Steve, whistle, John smallpipes, Phil, guitar, Brian, Mickey and Mark, percussion, Chris, banjo, Mike mandolin and those two Danes that came with Mark. Oh and beer from D. Massey & T. Taylor

An exlnt evening of tunes
Cheer

Les , banjo
not forgetting Joanne and her newborn granddaughter


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: John Routledge
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 04:06 PM

A goodly night indeed - Inspired me to get my concert G pitch nsp chanter sorted out.

Cheers John


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 05:20 PM

Sorry I missed it. Must get out more!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 05:23 AM

Sounds good John, I will send you all the tunes we have in the tune book so far. Missed you Phil - assumed away on holiday,

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 23 Aug 09 - 04:01 AM

Well it has been very quiet at The Beech of late - except when we get in there.

Next Tuesday is the last one of August, that sounds a bit sad but I feel sure we can make the best of it.

So who is up for some Tunes?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 06:39 AM

Last call for August

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 07:21 AM

Have printed out the new tunes but not had time to go through them yet.

I'll be there!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 06:22 AM

Thanks to:

Kate, fiddle and whistle, Rob, melodeon, Ged, melodeon Ken, guitar, Mickey, guitar and percussion Mark, various, Chris banjo, Phil, guitar, Shelley, recorders, Brian, bodhran, Steve, whistles, Mike, mandolin and Kate, Russ, and Lea for general enthusiasm.

Thanks also to Mary behind the bar and that couple who stayed behind to chat. It turned out she plays fiddle, sorry violin, with The Liverpool Philharmonic and liked what we did and is keen to take up another instrument.

I was keen to let her audition but the others said we had to consider "standards".

Where was Phil with his whistles?

See you all and more next Wednesday for songs?

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Gedi
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 07:59 AM

Liverpool Phil eh...watch out or we'll be playing Ode to Joy before you know it.

I'll be there for the songs next week, assuming I survive the rigours of Shrewsbury.

Ged


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: sackbut
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:43 AM

following a daft remark someone made at the last beginners' session - about whether the dorset four hand reel was actually the dorset forehand reel - i have now gone and written the beech road backhand reel aka the accidental backhand reel, since it has accidentals in it - but all playable on a d whistle, so shouldn't be too challenging. should i bring a couple of copies to the next session ?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 08:46 AM

Mr sackbut,

I think that is a brilliant idea

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 04:23 AM

Perhaps you could PM Gedi above and let him have a copy. I wont be at the next Session, 29 September as I have to go to Peru.

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 08:14 AM

Tomorrow?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Gedi
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 08:22 AM

Yes indeed, Tomorrow is the Highlight of the Month!!

Tunes played slowly for your delectation and satisfaction.

Don't miss it folks.......

Ged


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 05:38 PM

I'm going to have to miss it yet again - drat!


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Brakn
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 08:59 AM

Can't make tonight - the first I've missed. Bugger.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 11:04 AM

So, another evening of excellent tunes?

Les back from Peru


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST,sackbut
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 06:06 AM

Sorry, couldn't make Tuesday - shingles (facial - was looking like the Leper of St Giles, but improving now.
Accidental Backhand Reel will have to wait till next session.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 07:02 AM

Look forward to hearing you Ms / Mr Sackbut

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 07:30 AM

We have sorted the next 10 tunes making 40 in all. I will send them to anybody who wants them - Beech players or not - PM me with an e-mail and they will be yours.

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 01:14 PM

Ok folks, Last Tuesday Tunes will be held this Wednesday (28th) to bring us in line with The Gregorian Calendar or because lots of us are going to the MacColl Memorial in salford on Tuesday

Cheers
L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 07:08 AM

Thanks to Ged, Rob, Ken, Wes, Ursula, Steve, Jen, Nimrod, Mickey, Barry, Mike & Cath, Jane & her partner for an excellent night of music and clapping and cheering and that Scots(?) bloke for totally incoherent enthusiasm

Songs next Wednesday?

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST,John J
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 01:35 PM

Regretably not me, I'm out with The Warburton Souling Play - sing a song for me!

JJ


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 01:47 PM

OK John have a soulful experience, see you eventually

L in C


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: John Routledge
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 02:23 PM

Count me in -- as long as you prepare and present a dissertation on the Memorial concert!!:0)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 02:26 PM

Funny you should say that John, just pondering as we type.

Did you go? Do you have a view?

Les


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: sackbut
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 04:40 AM

Thanks to Les for leading another great beginners/improvers' session at the Beech, and to all the players, especially those that bought the Four Points Ramble books for charity.
More details on www.fourpointsramble.org.uk for any that are curious about this walking/writing & partly musical project.


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: sackbut
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 04:42 AM

sorry, didn't make the link.
www.fourpointsramble.org.uk


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 25 Nov 09 - 04:50 AM

We had the regular Lewes Favourites practice session at the Elephant & Castle last night and tackled a couple of tunes which are starting to appear in local sessions but aren't in our collection: Walter Bulwer's No. 3 polka, which we decided varies locally from the version in Hardcore English, and Waiting for a Partner, which is on the New Victory Band's CD 'One More Dance And Then'.

If anyone would like them in Noteworthy Composer, .pdf or midi form, PM me your email address.

If anyone knows who wrote W for a P I'd be interested to find out.

Tootle pip,

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: GUEST,Sian
Date: 24 Feb 17 - 11:13 AM

Are you still meeting at the beech and is it still beginners improvers?


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 24 Feb 17 - 12:31 PM

In case Les isn't about
Another thread mentioned their 7th Aniversary, Feb 2016 thread.cfm?threadid=159145

Website has stuff to 14Jan 2017
http://www.folkatthebeech.org/

FB has a session         
28 February at 20:00
"Come and join us for a traditional tunes night upstairs at the Dulcimer Bar. The music will be provided so bring along your instruments or just come and listen. Everyone welcome."
https://www.facebook.com/events/374186059619287

Pyramid says "Dance Tunes: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays"
http://www.pyramidfolk.co.uk/folk_m21.htm

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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 24 Feb 17 - 01:59 PM

I didn't emphasise it before but though it is still the Beech Band the sessions are at The Dulcimer.
Main FB page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/285466650899


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Subject: RE: Beginners Tune Session Manchester UK
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 24 Feb 17 - 07:54 PM

The website is slightly out of date but I had a confirming message from Rob so yes something still on every week.

" The first and third Tuesdays are for songs.
The second and fourth Tuesdays are for tunes.
If there's a fifth Tuesday in the month then it's a mixture of the two.

On tunes nights we always have music books on the tables for those who want to play from the dots rather than by ear.

The sessions are held upstairs at Dulcimer in Chorlton,
567 Wilbraham Road, M21 0AE.
That's near the junction of Wilbraham Road and Barlow Moor Road, the two main roads that go through Chorlton. The sessions start soon after 8.00pm. "

Dulcimer
https://goo.gl/maps/YzSAoiHzFVB2

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