It will be our final class and session of the summer on Monday 10th July. We will be continuing to learn the set of hornpipes we started last week: The Stack of Barley and Bantry Bay, as recorded by the great Sligo fiddle player Michael Coleman on 78 RPM in 1928.
In our last class we learned The Stack of Barley: not only the tune but the dance as well, in the style it is danced in South Sligo. I learned the dance from the Conway family from Cloondrihara, who live at the foot of the Hill of Knocknashee in South Sligo. I have very fond memories of time spent there with the Conways and also with the fantastic flute player Harry McGowan, who lived up the lane.
Here is a video showing a version of the dance that is close to the version I know. You have to shift it forward quite a bit to 46.10 (it is a very long video!). The band play The Stack of Barley for the dance, followed by Bantry Bay, which is our next tune to learn:
At our last meeting this coming Monday – 10th July – we will have a longer session than usual to celebrate the end of term. Class will run, as always, between 2.00 – 3.00 (at a cost of £5.00 to learn the tune), when we will learn Bantry Bay.
After class concludes at 3.00 we will start our slow and steady session, which this week will take place between 3.00 – 4.30. All are welcome to this, whether you want to play or just listen, regardless of whether you have attended the class or not! Participants are invited to bring snacks along to share if they wish. I am also reliably informed that our venue now has Guinness on draught!
After concluding for the summer we will return on Monday 18th September 2017, with a class between 2.00 – 3.00, and the session between 3.00 – 4.00. All musicians who want to take part, both established and newcomers, are encouraged to join us when we reconvene.
Thank you to all of our wonderful musicians, who have made our Monday get-togethers such a pleasure during the past year-and-a-half. I wish everyone a wonderful summer break, and look forward to seeing you all again in September, where we will be very happy to welcome old friends, and also any new members who wish to take part!