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Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley

GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley 12 Nov 11 - 06:09 AM
Vic Smith 12 Nov 11 - 06:31 AM
GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley 12 Nov 11 - 06:58 AM
foggers 12 Nov 11 - 04:19 PM
GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley 13 Nov 11 - 01:40 PM
Mo the caller 14 Nov 11 - 04:29 AM
GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley 27 Nov 11 - 07:39 AM
Valmai Goodyear 27 Nov 11 - 07:54 AM
GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley 27 Nov 11 - 12:28 PM
Mo the caller 28 Nov 11 - 05:57 AM
GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley 30 Nov 11 - 03:57 PM
GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley 10 Dec 11 - 02:12 PM
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Mo the caller 15 Jan 12 - 10:23 AM
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Subject: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 06:09 AM

Hello,

Just to let you know that Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night now run slow music sessions every other week (ish) before the formal club night on Mondays.

We play a selection of traditional tunes at a steady pace. Sheet music is welcome (and sometimes provided), but we also encourage people to memorise the tunes, and to bring new tunes to the session All acoustic instruments are welcome - we currently have a few fiddle players, a couple of guitar players and a recorder player.

The next few sessions are; 14th Nov, 28th Nov and 12th Dec. Dates after new year TBC. They run from 8pm to 8.45 ish and are followed by the normal club night, which you are welcome to stay for if you want to.

further details from me at barnsleyfolk@sandlizard.f9.co.uk

Sarah
Barnsley Folk Club/ String Theory


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: Vic Smith
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 06:31 AM

It is really pleasing to see experienced musicians giving their time to encourage and make things easier for new aspiring musicians to make the improvements that they will need to playing in regular sessions, so well done Sarah & Barnsley Folk.

Could I point out that something similar has been happening in my home town for some time now? Andy Warburton, Valmai Goodyear & Bryan Creer have been running ENGLISH TUNES PRACTICE SESSIONS on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Elephant & Castle in Lewes. These are based on the tunes that have been published in Andy's Lewes Favourites tune book.

You can get more information from their webpage at http://lewesarmsfolkclub.org/LAFC/Lewesfav.html .

They state their credo at the top of that webpage stating :-
If you would like to play English dance music, here is an opportunity to meet other players to learn and swap tunes regardless of what instrument you play, to what standard, and whether or not you read music. This will be a chance to nail down some of those tunes that you recognise when you hear them but can't quite remember, to put the names to familiar tunes, and to play them over slowly until you are sure of them. Printed music and computer software are available for 180 of the Lewes area's favourite tunes.


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 06:58 AM

oops, that blank guest post was me,

Thanks Vic, the Engish Tunes session sounds great.

I forgot to say Barnsley Folk Club is now at Barnlsey Trades Club (in the lounge) and our website is here;

http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/barnsleyfolkandacousticnight

Sarah :)


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: foggers
Date: 12 Nov 11 - 04:19 PM

Hi Sarah
I am south of Sheffield and really will make the effort to come up to ya sometime!


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 13 Nov 11 - 01:40 PM

Hi foggers - you're welcome anytime!

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: Mo the caller
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 04:29 AM

Our Have-a-Go session in Chester
also gives people a chance to learn dance tunes, many of which are played in sessions (in fact we've just rejected one dance that a caller wanted because it had a tune that no-one was likely to meet again except in a Country Dance Club). Marilyn leads the tunes slowly a few times to give people the feel of them, then after the walk-through we play them at dance speed. Meeting This Thurs.

I am very grateful to all the musicians who encouraged us to learn the tunes. Ollie who started a "let's all get the David Oliver book and play before the folk club" session in Beverley. George Garside and his slow sessions at Whitby festival (and May Cheadle with her even slower session when I started on a new instrument), the Lewes crowd at Chippenham, and the Lancashire band workshop .

Good to know that it's going on all over the country.


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 27 Nov 11 - 07:39 AM

next session is tomorrow 28th Nov at 8pm, we're learning some local carols ready for Christmas

S


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 27 Nov 11 - 07:54 AM

Good luck, it sounds excellent. If you want some tunes to get started, the Lewes Favourites can be downloaded free in Noteworthy Composer, abc and midi from the Lewes Saturday Folk Club website here. We've concentrated on tunes that you actually meet in the wild in local sessions as these are the ones everyone's itching to play. The most popular tunes in your area will vary a bit, but there are bound to ones which inhabit both regions.

Many thanks to Vic for pointing this thread out.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 27 Nov 11 - 12:28 PM

Hi Valmai,

Thanks! and thanks for the link - it looks like a valuble resource.

Sarah


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: Mo the caller
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 05:57 AM

Sarah, tell the musicians at your slow session that if they go to a festival where Valmai and the rest of Spare Parts are doing a 'learn the tunes' workshop, then it's worth going to. We met them at Chippenham when we were starting to play. They put the music online in advance so you can practise, too.
At Whitby May Cheadle runs a very slow 'Not Quite Ready for a Session' and in George Garside's session he starts with well known tunes then people suggest tunes and he allows them if he thinks enough people know them - no racing allowed.


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 30 Nov 11 - 03:57 PM

Thanks Mo, I think the Whitby sessions are where I got the idea from.
It's funny - we've been running a session for years where 'beginners are welcome' but few new poeple came along, by making sessions specifically for beginners and making it a bit more structured really does seem to work.

S


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST,Sarah, Barnsley
Date: 10 Dec 11 - 02:12 PM

Next one on Monday 12th Dec - we'll be busking some carols.

S


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 12 - 07:27 AM

Next Session Monday 16th Jan!

S


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Subject: RE: Slow Music Sessions in Barnsley
From: Mo the caller
Date: 15 Jan 12 - 10:23 AM

Good luck with yours. Our Chester Have-a-Go is this Thursday.


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