Some simple guidelines for our gatherings:
All acoustic instruments welcome. We currently sport fiddles, whistles, bodhrans, bones,
hammered dulcimers, accordion, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitars, and a bass. We've been favored with flute, concertina, and harp; along with an occasional ballad or rousing song.
We offer a Slow Celtic Session (page for that here), for those who wish to slide gently into this musical experience. The playing is generally at the Beginner/Intermediate Level, and the tunes will be a bit less challenging and played with more repetitions. There will be "coaching", so if your instrument is out of tune or you're playing too loud, you'll likely be asked to make adjustments (with a smile of course!).
The The Regular Repertoire gathering follows a relaxed session protocol. Everyone takes their turn in suggesting a tune or set, which are then played in unison. If you're not comfortable starting the tune, someone else will be glad to help out!
|Some Celtic Resources|
|"The Bowling Green, OH Slow Session" Tune Page|
|"What is a Session"|
|Irish Flute Tunes|
|"The Session" tune website|
|Vashon Celtic Players|
Though music stands will be seen at our sessions, an effort should be made to apply the appropriate rhythm and lilt to the tunes. They need to "Sound Celtic"! Listening to various session recordings or videos is highly recommended.
We have a tune list, and we've put many of these together into "Sets" of two or three tunes. "Suggested" settings for our tunes are available below for your convenience. Other sources for these tunes can be found through the links in the table on the right.
We try to meet once a month in the homes of our players. You'll need to join our exclusive Celtic Session email list to learn the dates and places, as these will change from one month to the next. To get added to that list, send us an email.
The Regular Repertoire Sessions usually run for about 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon, and snacks and beverages are welcome. Come prepared to play a lot!
Tom Walsh's Learning and Playing Resources!
HOUSE CLEANING! Sets that have been moved to the "retired" area of the CFS Tunebook!
The following sets have been re-arranged, enhanced, or never called; so these particular settings are not likely to be played in a CFS session (Famous Last Words...GRIN).
Ballydesmond 1/Scarteglen Polka