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Title: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: Teresa Thorne on March 20, 2019, 10:50:32 AM
 :||: :||:Another good evening of Slow and Steady in Pill near Bristol.
We played some good tunes and thank you for attending. :||: :|||:
Hope to see you next time. Third Tuesday of April.   ;)
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: Martin P on March 20, 2019, 07:01:03 PM
I should know, but what is protocol for setting up one of these Slow & Steady groups? I’m down in Sidmouth so bit to far for Bristol session.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: Lester on March 20, 2019, 07:34:14 PM
I should know, but what is protocol for setting up one of these Slow & Steady groups? I’m down in Sidmouth so bit to far for Bristol session.


Find a like minded group of people and a venue and just go for it. Facebook page is good for communication and disseminating a tune book if you chose to have one (recommended as it shows everyone what is expected)
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: doctordoom on March 20, 2019, 07:34:57 PM
Good question Martin!
I think that the number one requirement is to have fun, hopefully while expanding your repertoire and learning to play in company.
At Playgroup 5 of us just suggested a session for those of us less experienced and intimidated by playing amongst experts,  Pill used to have an open mic folk club that met on the 3rd Tuesday of the month but has fizzled out,  we are making use of their venue , at the Memorial  club, not exclusively for melodeons!
Get 2 or 3 of you to get it up and running,  hopefully it will grow.
Good luck with the venture,  cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: brianread on March 21, 2019, 09:45:59 PM
Our tunebooks are "free to air":

http://chorleytradmusicsessions.org.uk/wp/tunebooks/

Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: Helena Handcart on March 21, 2019, 10:08:32 PM
Our steady session has been running for around 4 years (5?) although it moved villages when I did so not quite the same session.  We build our own tunebook collaboratively - my aim is to build repertoire and confidence any my focus is primarily on English tunes but I do take account of the needs and tastes of the regulars- for example adding tunes used by their morris sides. We have a tune of the month which gets added to the tunebook. 

http://ewellsessions.net/

Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: brianread on March 22, 2019, 06:21:12 AM
Our steady session has been running for around 4 years (5?) although it moved villages when I did so not quite the same session.  We build our own tunebook collaboratively - my aim is to build repertoire and confidence any my focus is primarily on English tunes but I do take account of the needs and tastes of the regulars- for example adding tunes used by their morris sides. We have a tune of the month which gets added to the tunebook. 

http://ewellsessions.net/

That is a very nice and modern looking site - I can see its Wordpress (as are mine) - what theme are you using?
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: Helena Handcart on April 11, 2019, 06:03:22 PM
That is a very nice and modern looking site - I can see its Wordpress (as are mine) - what theme are you using?

Thanks! Glad you like the site. It is a custom child them of my own devising - probably a child of twenty seventeen looking at it. I was quite pleased with it, simple and clean. The logo is my own design,separate from Wordpress.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: doctordoom on April 13, 2019, 08:44:38 AM
Thanks for that Helena,  we may just take a sneaky peep at your tune book!
Here's a reminder to Bristol and North Somerset Slow and steady ers that we have booked Pill Memorial club upstairs bar again for Tuesday 16th at 8pm.
Further reminder,  the room is free on the basis that  we buy a drink from the bar! 
Hope to see you,  cheers doctordoom!    :||:  :|||:
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group at Pill Memorial club.
Post by: doctordoom on April 16, 2019, 10:58:48 PM
Excellent slow and steady session tonight,  thanks to all who came,  melodeons,  fiddles,  mandolin and guitar  played.
Tunes played included;  Kelso Accordion and fiddle club, Robin's waltz, canal in October,  Michael Turner's and Charles Lynch  waltz,  South wind, Fanny Power, Princess Royal,  full Uncle Bernard set inc Winster gallop/Tiptop polka/Rakes of mellow,  Hundred pipers set Inc Marie's wedding/cock of the north/Scotland the brave,  Caddam wood, and Oyster Girl.   
Thanks to John Mills for bringing sheet music for several of the tunes.
We are booked again for May  21st,  hope to see you all again, cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: Teresa Thorne on April 16, 2019, 11:14:21 PM
 :||:Thank you for a good evening of Slow and Steady tunes.
See you all next time.  :||:
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: doctordoom on May 16, 2019, 12:05:46 PM
Dear Slow and steady players near Bristol and North Somerset,  here's a reminder that we have booked Pill Memorial club for Tuesday 21st May.
As this is aimed at beginners and relative beginners I suggest we start with Kelso accordion club,  then the Uncle Bernard's set includes Winster gallop,
Be aware that the Club now has a  "Phone and Pay" in force on the car park, if you are attending a function at the club or are a member you will be exempt from the charge, you will need to obtain the days exemption code from the bar when you buy yours drinks! (Soft of course if you're the driver)
Download the Phone and Pay app to your phone and register your vehicle  number .
Look for the tunes dots if needed on Jill's tune website  www.fiddlelessons.co.uk 
Looking forward to seeing you all again next Tuesday,  cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: doctordoom on May 22, 2019, 11:21:45 AM
Thanks to those who attended last night,  a select 5 of us , 4 melodeons and 1 fiddle,  we played a good selection of tunes as outlined above, plus Salmon Tails,  Bear Dance, Fanny Power, The Sloe and Twigglett.
John (on the Fiddle! ) Mills suggested looking at Blind Mary  a Turlough O'Carolan tune , the room is booked for June 18th 8pm.
Hope to see you then , cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: doctordoom on June 10, 2019, 03:43:04 PM
Here's a reminder to all you Slow and steady players near Bristol,  the Pill Memorial club is booked for Tuesday the 18th  from 8pm.
Tune choice is yours,  a guide to what might be played is those mentioned in previous posts!
The parking cameras are not active yet I am told,  in any case you will not be charged parking as you are attending a club function,  there will be a screen to enter your registration details in the bar when it is activated.
All acoustic instruments welcome but especially Melodeons!
Looking forward to seeing you all again,  cheers Doctordoom.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: Nigel Greenwood on June 19, 2019, 09:48:07 AM
John (doctordoom) has told me about these sessions.  They sound great for people aiming to improve, and I hope to join in when I'm next in the Bristol area.  Similarly in Chorley, Lancs, mentioned by Brian Read.  Thanks, Nigel
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: doctordoom on June 19, 2019, 12:54:32 PM
Thanks to all who came on Tuesday night,  we had 7 players,   2 melodeons , 6 fiddles , 1 guitar  and 1 mandolin  , usual variety of tunes but concentrated on uncle Bernard's beginners set as this is to be played at the St Michael's concert on 28th .
We have booked the upstairs long bar again for July 16th 8pm , look  forward to seeing you then,  cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group
Post by: JimmyM on June 19, 2019, 01:37:44 PM
I should know, but what is protocol for setting up one of these Slow & Steady groups? I’m down in Sidmouth so bit to far for Bristol session.


Find a like minded group of people and a venue and just go for it. Facebook page is good for communication and disseminating a tune book if you chose to have one (recommended as it shows everyone what is expected)

indeed :-)
could you let me know if you do please. One of my regulars is moving to exeter and asked me if i knew of a slow/steady group over that way
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: ursamyna on June 19, 2019, 03:40:54 PM
I'd also be interested if there were one in Exeter.  I'm not aware of any slow and steady groups in the area, just ones for experienced players.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: doctordoom on July 13, 2019, 07:26:30 PM
For anyone in the Bristol and North Somerset area  we are holding by popular request another Slow and steady session at Pill Memorial club,  8pm on Tuesday  16th,  a bit of practice prior to Sidmouth?  Please forward to anyone who is interested.
Hope to see you,  cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: doctordoom on August 13, 2019, 10:29:39 PM
In response to requests for an August session the upstairs long bar of the Pill Memorial club is booked for the 3rd Tuesday  of August,  that will be the 20th,  at 8pm as usual,  anyone in the North Somerset area is welcome to join us to play well known folk tunes at a steady pace!
We seem to start with Kelso accordion and fiddle club,  I would suggest the Uncle Bernard's set next,  as we have a good proportion of newish fiddle players,  all acoustic instruments welcome,  please pass this on to anyone who might be interested. 
Post code BS200DH gets you within 50 yards.
Look forward to seeing you,  cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: David Summers on August 14, 2019, 09:20:45 AM
When I get used to the fingering on my BC box, hope to be able to join you.
Title: Well known tunes at a steady pace.
Post by: doctordoom on August 21, 2019, 11:05:12 PM
Last night we had a successful  evening at Pill Memorial club with 14  of us present .
A good range of tunes played in addition to those mentioned before ;  Salmon tails,  Fanny Power,  Oyster girl,  perfect cure,  Starry night for a ramble,  Sweets of May,  Michael Turner's waltz  and South wind  plus several that I can't recall.
We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday September  17th.
Cheers John.
Title: Well known tunes at a steady pace group Pill near Bristol
Post by: doctordoom on September 11, 2019, 12:04:39 PM
Here is a gentle reminder that September 17th being the third Tuesday of the month we have booked the upstairs bar at Pill Memorial club BS200DH for anyone who would like to join us, all acoustic instruments welcome but especially melodeons.
Read back to see tunes we have played,  for those who want some "structure " I suggest we start with Kelso accordion and fiddle club,  then Uncle Bernard's set,  many of our players are Jill Elliot's students,  her website has the dots for most everything we'll play ; 
  www.  www.fiddlelessons.co.uk   tunes index.
No parking restrictions at present and it's free! See you at 8pm.
Cheers John.
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: Little Eggy on September 17, 2019, 04:21:43 PM
Hi - this sounds interesting.  Any chance of someone posting a short video clip on YouTube so that one might assess just how slow and steady the playing is?   I go along to the monthly Thornbury session where the pace is often a little brisk for me!
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: Jackhumphreys on September 18, 2019, 08:03:49 AM
Hi Eggy
Please would you post details of the Thornbury session you mentioned, e.g. place, dates, and type of music played.  Thanks, I'll be grateful.
(I expect you already know about the English sessions in Bath and Bradford-on-Avon    https://concertina.info/wordpress/ (https://concertina.info/wordpress/)  )
Title: Re: Slow and Steady group Pill near Bristol
Post by: Jackhumphreys on September 18, 2019, 08:06:24 AM
No need.... Found them for myself!
https://mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/e/37020/traditional-folk-music-session (https://mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/e/37020/traditional-folk-music-session)