Dallas Slow Sessions lead the way.

It is great to see the efforts that some organisations can go to in spreading the word and learning this great traditional Irish music. We have just recently come across the Dallas Slow Sessions website again and it is a great example of what can be achieved. It seems to have been recently updated and looks great.

We have one of the main players from the Dallas Sessions here in the shape of Jim Wells Sr, and he may even be the driving force behind it. Either way its a good example of what can be achieved. They have a great page called Shillelagh where members can recount their trips, musical or otherwise to Ireland and other locations. Check it out. www.dallasslowsessions.com

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Comment by Jim Wells Sr on June 30, 2012 at 16:08

Thanks guys for your kind words. My sense is that we do this together. It is because of the people and who we are for one another that we are able to do what we do and do it wonderfully. Being the leader for this group is an honor and a joy. Thank you for your steadfast commitment to our vision that anyone who wants to play Traditional Irish music can do so.

Jim

Comment by Zeal S. on June 30, 2012 at 4:38

I totally agree with Tim (Hi Tim :).  I am learning whistle from him in the slow sessions, and playing guitar in the intermediate sessions.  Jim is the driving force, and I am so thankful for him.  He doesn't just show up and play, he sends us music, and helps us newbies with our questions.  I have also learned of ABC notation because of him.

He has involved us in extra playing opportunities at senior centers and city events, especially around the holidays.  These extra opportunities are purely voluntary.  A Song session has recently spun off from the group too.  The group is a large group of fun players.  Most of the time we'll have close to 20 people show up at the Pub we play at, and we can't make the circle big enough to fit every one in.

We even have someone practice their dancing while we play sometimes.

The slow session (pictured above) is usually a smaller group.  People just seem to move quickly from beginner to intermediate.  I've only been playing the whistle for about 10 months, so I will probably be attending the slow group for a while longer.

If you are at all interested in learning a new instrument or playing in the intermediate session contact Jim, you won't be disappointed in him or the group.

And you'll meet me and Tim, so how can you lose??  :)

-Zeals

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