Tune of the month


We usually start the session with some of these fairly easy tunes to warm up… like Bear Dance, Hunt the Squirrel, Kafouzalem, Lucy Farr’s, Rusty Gully, Spirit of the Dance, Salmon Tails and Clare Reel – and indeed we are happy to play whichever tunes on this website that you have been practising. The tune of the month is just a way to have at least one tune that we’ve all been working on. If you’d like to listen to all the tunes, there is now a playlist (click for link) on Youtube!

(normally 3.30pm at The Jericho Tavern  upstairs room, Walton St, Oxford, OX2 6AE)

We are available on Zoom at present. This means that you get to play with us four (or if the weather is good, those that can, please join us in Florence Park, see update below), but we don’t get to hear everyone else. I think this is very sad, but we do see each other which sort of makes up for it.

Please note: On Zoom, make sure you press the Chat button so you can write in tune requests and also if you don’t know what tune we are playing, I write it in every time.

Any problems, email me at oxfordslowsession2014@gmail.com or ring 0770 935 2834
(NB BEFORE 3.30pm Sunday session)

When you are logged in to the virtual session room you’ll need to go to the audio settings (you’ll find these near the mute button of Zoom) and in the “Advanced” section you should check the box to enable original sound, and disable both the options for background noise suppressing. This will give you a better sound when playing over Zoom. You can access the session room in advance of our session to check it all works. Also, I really recommend using headphones so that you can hear us over your own playing. It is surprisingly difficult to keep in time without being able to hear over your own instrument!

UPDATE: Depending on the weather, we have played outside together… we are going to try the Bandstand in Florence Park (see how to find us page) which could give us rain cover in the autumn weather. I will also bring the computer and run the Zoom session as well so that you can join in from home as before although the sound quality is not as good as zooming from home. (Please bring your own refreshments!)

Buy a drink (or food) from the bar and bring it upstairs.

Slow session date Tune of the month
4th October 2020
(Click here to Join on Zoom (password: slow)
Pearl Wedding
13th September 2020 (Possibly last chance to play outside)
(Click here to Join on Zoom (password: slow) and we’re going to try out Florence Park Bandstand.
Any tune on the website
6th September 2020
(Click here to Join on Zoom (password: slow) and it looks like the weather will allow us to meet in Grandpont Nature park too.
23rd August 2020 – possible extra session (weather looks ok at present)
(Click here to Join on Zoom (password: slow) and please join us at Grandpont Nature Park)
Any tunes on website
9th August 2020
(Click here to Join on Zoom (password: slow) (only on Zoom for this date)
The Orphan
26th July 2020 – extra session
(Click here to Join on Zoom (password: slow) and weather permitting, please join us at Grandpont Nature Park)
Any tunes on website
5th July 2020
(Click here to Join on Zoom (password: slow) and if it is not raining or likely to, please join us at Grandpont Nature Park)
Pride of Petravore
21st June 2020 (extra outside)
Click here to join
and use password: slow
Any tune on the list
14th June 2020 (extra outside)
Click here to join
and use password: slow
Any tune on the list
7th June 2020
Click here to join
and use password: slow
Bill Malley’s Barndance
3rd May 2020 ON ZOOM:
Click here to join
and use password: slow
19th April 2020 (part of Folk Weekend Oxford)
NB 2.30pm
On Zoom (Download folk weekend brochure: http://www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/what-s-on.html to find Zoom meeting ID)
1st March 2020 Inisheer
9th February 2020 (NB Second Sunday for this month only) The Flying Tweed
5th January 2020 250 to Vigo
29th December 2019
(Extra holiday session)
Any tunes on the list
1st December 2019 Farewell to Whalley Range
3rd November 2019 Spootiskerry
6th October 2019 Johsefin’s Waltz
1st September 2019 Hole in the Hedge
4th August 2019 (back to 3.30pm) Calum’s Road
7th July 2019 (NB 2pm) Paddy Fahy’s reel
2nd June 2019 Tell her I will (aka Gallagher’s Frolics)
5th May 2019 (back in Jericho) Tell her I am
27th April 2019 in Royal Oak pub Any tunes on the list…
7th April 2019 Jimmy Allen
3rd March 2019 Farewell to Nigg
3rd February 2019 The Sloe
6th January 2019
(back in Jericho Tavern)
Da Lounge Bar
2nd December 2018
(NB in The Chequers Pub)
Snug in a Blanket and the Bitter Withy
4th November 2018 Denis Murphy’s Polka
7th October 2018 The Frost is All Over and Rose in the Heather
2nd September 2018 Claire Connor’s Lament
5th August 2018 The Hut on Staffin Island
1st July 2018 Flatworld
3rd June 2018 The Hills of Kaitoke
6th May 2018 Tommy Peoples’s reel
22nd April 2018 (in the Chequer’s Pub as part of Oxford Folk Weekend free events) Soldier’s Joy
1st April 2018 (Easter day) La Sansonette
4th March 2018 Poules Huppées and Kerr’s Jig
4th February 2018 Tongadale Reel
7th January 2018 The Night Poor Larry was Stretched
26th November 2017 (December session a week early! back in Jericho Tavern) Ille Bhig
5th November 2017 (venue for November – Chequers Pub) You’ve been a long time away Willy Gray
1st October 2017 The Frost is All Over
3rd September 2017 Cavers of Kirkcudbright
12th August 2017
(NB SATURDAY 2.30pm for August only)
Harvest Home
2nd July 2017 Bert MacKenzie’s Birthday Waltz
4th June 2017 Seven Stars
7th May 2017 Keel Row
2nd April 2017 Four-Up Hornpipe
5th March 2017 The Kesh Jig
5th February 2017 Rights of Man
1st January 2017 Scottish theme (see below)
4th December 2016 Brenda Stubbert’s
6th November 2016 Salmon Tails
2nd October 2016 Drowsy Maggie
11th September 2016 Jump at the Sun
7th August 2016 Calliope House
3rd July 2016 Rose in the Heather
5th June 2016 John Ryan’s Polka
1st May 2016 May Mazurka
3rd April 2016 Pearl Wedding in D
6th March 2016 Hut on Staffin Island
7th February 2016 Rights of Man
3rd January 2016 Girl with a Blue Dress on
6th December 2015 Bitter Withy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and  I Saw Three Ships
1st November 2015 Calliope House
4th October 2015 Rights of Man
6th September 2015 Lucy Farr’s
2nd August 2015 Tongadale
5th July 2015 Trip to Pakistan
7th June 2015 Galtee Hunt
3rd May 2015 Pearl Wedding in G
5th April 2015 (Easter Day) NO SLOW SESSION
1st March 2015 Keel Row
1st February 2015 Kerfunken Jig
4th January 2015 Dr Letcher’s Favourite (aka Mounthills)
7th December 2014 Hole in the Hedge and Hunt the Squirrel
2nd November 2014 Clare Connor’s Lament
5th October 2014 Booley House
7th September 2014 Planxty Irwin
3rd August 2014 May Mazurka
6th July 2014 Butterfly
1st June 2014 Poules Huppées (Crested Hens)
4th May 2014 The Night Poor Larry was Stretched
6th April 2014 The Lily
2nd March 2014 The Clare Reel
2nd February 2014 Rusty Gully
5th January 2014 Bear Dance

For those who would like to have a list of our tunes by origin, I think they can roughly be grouped like this:
(NB really good tunes travel well and are sometimes naturalised by their new players. But if you feel you need to know which tunes to play in an “irish session” or “scottish session” and so on, perhaps this might be useful.)

Scottish (or mostly so)

Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday Waltz
Brenda Stubbert’s reel (really Nova Scotia but often appropriated by Scotland too)
Calliope House
Calum’s Road
Cavers of Kirkcudbright
Farewell to Nigg
Hut on Staffin Island
Ille Bhig
Jenny Dang the Weaver
Trip to Pakistan
250 to Vigo

Irish (or mostly so)

Clare Reel
Do You Love an Apple?
Denis Murphy’s Polka
Drowsy Maggie
The Frost is All Over
Galtee Hunt
Hole in the Hedge
John Ryan’s Polka
Lucy Farr’s
The Night Poor Larry was Stretched
Paddy Fahy’s reel
Rights of Man
Rose in the Heather
Tell her I am
Tell her I will
Tommy People’s reel


2 thoughts on “Tune of the month

  1. I’d like very much to come to the slow session on 4th January, is it possible to provide Dr Letcher’s Favourite (and any others) in alto clef for viola, as I’m not great at reading treble clef?? I don’t know how easy or difficult this is to do, but thought I’d ask! – Alison (viola)

    • Dear Alison,
      I’ve transposed Dr Letcher’s favourite and posted it up on that page. There three other tunes I’ve already done for the alto clef, so I’ve created a file with these four tunes together and put it on the ‘All tunes for printing’ page.

      I hope this helps!

      I can transpose tunes but it just takes a little while. I do have one book of folk tunes in the alto clef, but mostly I’ve found tunes in the treble so I usually follow those (very slowly) until I can hear the tune and then learn it off by heart. It is lovely once you’ve got it in your head, but it does take some patience (well, for me). Anyway, have fun with these tunes (I think Paddy Fahey is a bit impossible on the viola) and let me know if there are others you’d like to learn.

      Best wishes,

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