Hi,
This is probably a long shot but does anyone know of slow sessions in London?
I played tinwhistle and accordion when I was younger and now wish to get back into playing here in London.
I noticed the list of Irish pubs with sessions on this site,I'm specifically looking for slow sessions to start off.
I've tried contacting Comhaltas reps in London,no response yet though.

Any info or suggestions would be great,even a contact for lessons.

Location wise,I live in south west London, within M25.

Thanks,
Sinead

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Hi Sinead

We post a blog that Karen Ryan does so check it out as well as her website. She lists more sessions there and would gladly respond to an email, although she is busy with Return To Camden at the moment.

http://tradconnect.com/profiles/blogs/london-irish-trad-scene-news-...

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Hi Sinead

I'm not aware of any slow Irish sessions in S. West london but the Wimbledon Irish Centre has a session  - the last Friday every month, it was mixed ability and friendly the last time I went.

They also list a trad music class but I'm not sure if that is still running - best to check

http://www.southlondonirishclub.co.uk/

There was an Irish music class in Tooting and South Wimbledon but again I'm not sure if they are still going.

Although not a slow session the Kilkenny (South Wimbledon Tues night) maybe worth a visit there are some players there who may have some suggestions and I've seen "beginners" playing there.

You could try posting the request here -

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sessions-in-South-West-London/280265...



John Brebner said:

Hi Sinead

I'm not aware of any slow Irish sessions in S. West london but the Wimbledon Irish Centre has a session  - the last Friday every month, it was mixed ability and friendly the last time I went.

They also list a trad music class but I'm not sure if that is still running - best to check

http://www.southlondonirishclub.co.uk/

There was an Irish music class in Tooting and South Wimbledon but again I'm not sure if they are still going.

Although not a slow session the Kilkenny (South Wimbledon Tues night) maybe worth a visit there are some players there who may have some suggestions and I've seen "beginners" playing there.

You could try posting the request here -

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sessions-in-South-West-London/280265...

there is a famous slow session in the magnet pub archway sadly its been sold it is on next friday



professor moriarty said:

there is a famous slow session in the magnet pub archway sadly its been sold it is on next friday i have just found out that the sessioncontinues every friday until furter notice you are most welcome to play at this very friendly session a lot of irish born players archway road 43 bus bus stop right outside the pub

Fair play to you for asking Sinead...For some reason, most London sessions seem to go at a serious clip. I play fiddle Clare style, and seriously miss playing tunes at a speed you can hear them and improvise properly ...I'd be up for it. Let us know if you come up with anything.



Matt Early said:

Fair play to you for asking Sinead...For some reason, most London sessions seem to go at a serious clip. I play fiddle Clare style, and seriously miss playing tunes at a speed you can hear them and improvise properly ...I'd be up for it. Let us know if you come up with anything.

I seem to have stumbled on a contentious issue...I don't have any problem with people playing fast- I used to play in Hughes' in Dublin as a young fella, and the pace (being largely Donegal) was extremely fast. In a country where  there is a lot of regional variation, you can expect different approaches to these things. The correlation between speed and aptitude seems like a false one to me.

As far as I understand it, London used to have loads of Clare players, who I remember playing not slowly, but at a comfortable mid-tempo..which happens to be good for learners also. I wonder whether there is more of that here anywhere. Should check out the one in Archway.

As to the attitude of those who run the sessions- they are all extremely welcoming to newcomers..I received nothing but the warmest of welcomes here, particularly from Karen Ryan, who is a fab player and a formidable organizer.

 

Hello,

Thanks a million for all the responses.

I've sent out a few emails/Facebook messages to see what the craic is.

I think the Archway may be the only choice based on all the replies.

Is there a set-list for this session? or would someone have a contact for someone who plays there regularly?

Thanks again, everyone has been very helpful,

 

Sinead

 

i do have a phone no  london 02072816736 this a slow session london is all fast sessions this is the only one  that plays at a moderate pace the session is famous for making people very welcome i have an answering machine servic moriarty is the namee its still going the session that is

Sinead Hanlon said:

Hello,

Thanks a million for all the responses.

I've sent out a few emails/Facebook messages to see what the craic is.

I think the Archway may be the only choice based on all the replies.

Is there a set-list for this session? or would someone have a contact for someone who plays there regularly?

Thanks again, everyone has been very helpful,

 

Sinead

 

referenece to matt early fast playing if you plat fast in comaltas ceoltoiri eireann competitions you  will be docked 7/10 marks they are very serious about this in the world dancing championships they removed a player that was playing too fast you answered your own question saying london sessions have a serious clip to it martin hayes is from clare he plays the proper way slow playing all these whizz kids go to see him playing you have the fastest bango player in the world in london nobody can play with him i have given all the information about the magnet in archway to sinead hanlon what more can we do

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