Happy October and some new tunes

A new month and another Slow Session on Sunday at 3.30pm as usual in the White House. I hope you can join us. Some easier tunes for the first hour, a short break and some harder or faster tunes after. The tune of the month is the lovely Galician tune Montanesa de Lugo.

If you can’t make it to Oxford, or you’re not feeling well, you can join us on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85067985211?pwd=UG9oUmVML0RqRzdqbE9MUXVlRnZvQT09
(But really being in the room together is much more fun and there are brownies!)

I’ve added three more tunes to the website: The Swaggering Jig (which I knew first as Give us a drink of water), Eade Road (by Jo Hamilton of the amazing Xogera) and The Millhouse. I hope you enjoy learning them as much as I have.

Other sessions:
If you are feeling like trying out some of the faster sessions in Oxford, here’s a handy list that Louis put on Facebook the other day:

Every Sunday 8pm: Irish at Half Moon, St Clements
1st Sunday of the month 3:30pm: Slow Session at The White House, Abingdon Road.
1st Sunday 8pm: Old Time/American at The Up In Arms, Marston.
2nd Monday 8pm: Singaround at the Half Moon, sometimes turns into a tunes session if things get too loud.
2nd Friday 8pm: Bastard English Session at the Isis.
3rd Sunday 4:30pm: Open session at The White House, Abingdon Road.
4th Sunday 4:30pm: Euro Session at The White House, Abingdon Road.
4th Monday 8pm: English(ish) at the Half Moon.

Hope to see you on Sunday!
Best wishes,

Happy September

So far, not a very sunny September, but hopefully it will improve…
Meanwhile lots of good things in September…

Saturday 3rd September
2pm to 5pm (break in the middle for brownies)
The Bunkfest Slow Session
At the George Hotel, the Sir John Hedges room, The High Street, Wallingford, OX10 0BS
Festival info at https://www.bunkfest.co.uk/default.aspx?menuID=1

Sunday 4th September
3.30pm to 6pm  (and a break in the middle for brownies)
Oxford Slow Session
White House Pub, upstairs room, Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PD
Tune of the month is Michael Turner’s Waltz

Thursday 8th September
Rant are playing at the North Wall, in Summertown, north Oxford
See one of their videos here: https://youtu.be/tLbnuhmocIk
Four amazing women fiddlers
Tickets here: https://www.thenorthwall.com/whats-on/rant/

Friday 9th September
Bastard English session at the Isis Farmhouse pub
From 8pm. 

Sunday 11th September
4pm – 7pm
Topette are playing for a bal (dance) at 
Kennington Village Hall 
Video of Topette here: https://youtu.be/QJddK-684RI
Tickets to dance (they will teach us how to do the dances): https://www.tickettailor.com/events/oxfolkceilidhs/730142/

Sunday 18th September
Probably Louis’s session in the White House Pub (can’t find confirmation but I think it is likely)
From 4.30pm

And the following Sunday 25th Sept
Ray’s session at the White House pub 
From 4.30pm

Happy August

Dear Slow Sessionistas,

Happy August!

I hope this finds you well and keen to play tunes!

Cathy and Janet are running this session, 3.30pm Upstairs at the White House Pub on Sunday (7th August).

There is no tune of the month – so come along and play your favourites on the website (as ever really) and there is also no zoom session, so you have to bring yourselves to Abingdon Road and go and support Janet and Cathy.

I’m afraid (except that it is lovely here) I’m away in Skye and missing you all but enjoying hiking up mountains… and looking forward to playing tunes with you on the 4th September.

Many good wishes and good tunes!


Extra sessions in July

Dear Sessionistas,

There are many extra sessions this July to join if you fancy some sessions…

Tonight (8th July) 8pm Isis Farmhouse Pub (Iffley Lock)
Bastard English session. Lots of fun. Lots of songs too. And some fast tunes.

Saturday (9th July) from 12midday Jolly Farmers Pub
Queer Open Friendly Folk (see pic). New session. Everyone welcome.

Sunday (10th July) from 4 til about 6pm Bandstand session, Florence Park
Open session. Likely to play a bunch of slow session tunes if slow sessionistas turn up! (I will)

Sunday (17th July) from 4.30pm White House Pub (downstairs)
Louis’s session. Friendly too.

Sunday (24th July) from 4.30pm White House Pub (downstairs)
Europlus session – any non-English tunes depending on who shows up.

Michael is also hosting Bandstand sessions 4-6pm on the 17th and 24th so if you’d rather stay outside and enjoy the fine weather, please join him! He’s also very happy to play Slow Session tunes and he brings music if you need it!

I hope you have a chance to join in on some occasion!

Best wishes,

Change of venue for July session: Bandstand!

Dear Slow Sessionistas,

Happy July!

I’m sorry to say that I’ve just learned that we’ve been double booked (or rather a paying party have taken our room at the White House Pub)…

Fortunately the weather forecast is good for Sunday, and I will bring brownies…

So please come to the Florence Park Bandstand for 3.30pm on Sunday 3rd July.

Bring your own drinks, beers, thermos flasks etc. and I will bring vegan brownies.

If you haven’t been to the bandstand before, there are maps and pictures on the How to Find us page (scroll down after White House Pub details). 

The tune of the month for July is the Good Natured Man and there are some new easy tunes for us to try too on the website.

I’m sorry for the short notice and the change of venue, but at least it is summertime.

If you fancy coming earlier, come and join us for take-away lunch from Flo’s cafe. We will be there around 2.30pm.

Best wishes,


Three new tunes and session updates

Two easy tunes (Maiden Lane and Black Joke) to compensate one tricky tune (Maghera Mountain) but plenty of time to learn them.

And I think there is a session at the Florence Park bandstand from 4pm on Sunday (tomorrow) and also (or after) another Euro-plus (which seems to mean almost anything goes) session at the White House (downstairs) from about 4.30pm. And next Sunday at 3.30pm, our Slow Session greets July with the Good Natured Man! Hope to see you soon.

Happy June and a request

Dear Slow Sessionistas,

Happy June!

We have a session on Sunday 5th June (if you are not celebrating elsewhere) and if you’re not in Oxford, you can also join on zoom, but its much nicer if you can join us upstairs in the White House pub on Abingdon Road!

Our tune of the month for June is the lovely Billy Malley’s Schottische:

We also have received a request to join in with Make Music Day (see flyer attached)… which is Tuesday 21st June from 10am to 4pm…

I’ve asked if we might have a late slot (ie 3.30pm) as I thought that might prove easier… but do I have any volunteers who are able to come and play (possibly in the library?) at 3.30pm on a Tuesday? Do let me know by email or on Sunday. I will be asking! I’m hoping that by then we will have a Noah back in Oxford so we shouldn’t sound too awful! Is it a good excuse to ask for some time off work or school?

Meanwhile, I’m hoping to add some more tunes to the website as we have quite a few suggestions in the pipeline… but this month is just proving a little busier than I expected!

How to find us: https://oxfordslowsession.com/about/how-to-find-us/

Join by zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88472349216?pwd=cEhSeEhsMThDeXNDdmJkRGRNaHVTUT09

Happy June and hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,


More sessions…

The forecast looks good for tomorrow, so come and join us at the Florence Park Bandstand at 4pm!

Sunday 22nd May 4pm (til about 6pm)

And next week, Sunday 29th May, the Europlus session is happening at the White House pub at 4.30pm…

And the week after that, Sunday 5th June, the Slow Session will be happening upstairs in the White House pub from 3.30pm.

Do join in.

Best wishes,


4pm Florence Park Bandstand Sunday 15th May

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of the month, which usually means that Louis is hosting a Sunday afternoon session in the White House Pub, but he appears to be laid low so I’m not sure what is happening there…

Meanwhile, the sun is shining and although there is rain forecast for tonight, tomorrow looks to be another fine day…

So how about another bandstand session? 

Michael says he will be there from 3.45pm and encourages everyone to come before 4pm (as the cafe sometimes closes at 4pm) if they want refreshments, and I think there will be people playing until 6pm. Last Sunday was pretty popular and very jolly.

There is a car park, although attention to new road planning as some roads are now restricted to only buses.

I hope to see you there!

4pm Florence Park Bandstand Sunday 15th May

Bring an instrument and join in!

Best wishes,