ANNOUNCEMENT! The Irish Tunes Class has gone digital!

Good morning all! This is a reminder that today I will posting the first tutorial video and written music for an Irish tune, as part of my Online Irish Tunes Class series. It will appear probably sometime this evening, due to the slow upload speeds at the moment (the introductory video took several hours).

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who have already contributed to the production of this series through my Paypal tip jar. I can tell you that it is an enormous help to me. If you would like to contribue also you can do so at:
https://paypal.me/BevWhelanMusic?locale.x=en_GB xx

Bev Whelan's Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session

Due to the coronavirus, our Irish tunes class can’t meet at the moment. So as a substitute I am making a series of online videos, where I teach Irish tunes just like I would in our class, so everyone can keep learning and practicing tunes.

You can find full information at this new page on our website: Online Irish Music Class, and here is an introductory video where I talk about the project:

I will post a tutorial video every Monday – starting next Monday, 23rd March –  along with written music, both of which will feature a new Irish tune for everyone to learn. All I ask is, if you like my videos and can afford it, that you will consider putting something in my Paypal tip jar as you learn each tune. That would really help me out at this difficult time, when all my gigs, workshops…

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You are invited to our St Patrick’s Day Celebration!

Our special St Patricks event on Monday is still scheduled to take place as of now, however if anyone who has signed up has any concerns please can you get in touch ASAP at fluterbev@gmail.com and let me know.

Also, if anyone else wants to come along, let me know that also! I will be contacting the Robert Gillow tomorrow to confirm numbers for food, so a quick response would be luvverly :-).

Please could you also pass this on to any friends who will be attending.

Bev Whelan's Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session

page01On Monday 16th March we will be meeting upstairs in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster for our special St Patrick’s Day edition of the Irish tunes class and slow session.

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve attended before or not.

Because this week is a special event, the cost to take part is £11 per participant. This includes being taught a tune between 2.15 – 3.00, followed by a hot buffet, after which we will play tunes together in our slow session until 5.00 pm. (Please note: the pub opens at 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot and our class will start at 2.15).

If you would like to come just for the buffet and session at 3.00 pm, but not take part in the tunes class first, then there will be a…

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You are invited to our St Patrick’s Day Celebration!

page01On Monday 16th March we will be meeting upstairs in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster for our special St Patrick’s Day edition of the Irish tunes class and slow session.

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve attended before or not.

Because this week is a special event, the cost to take part is £11 per participant. This includes being taught a tune between 2.15 – 3.00, followed by a hot buffet, after which we will play tunes together in our slow session until 5.00 pm. (Please note: the pub opens at 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot and our class will start at 2.15).

If you would like to come just for the buffet and session at 3.00 pm, but not take part in the tunes class first, then there will be a cost of just £6. Family and friends of all our musicians are welcome to join us for this.

IMPORTANT: If you would like to come along to our special event, then please contact me at fluterbev@gmail.com as soon as possible to book your place as I need to notify the Robert Gillow of numbers in advance. Please indicate in your email whether you wish to book for the whole event (£11) or the buffet/session only (£6), and whether you have any special dietary requirements. You do not need to pay until you come along on Monday. 

My usual general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is nominally ‘by ear’, but there are resources available at the class to support this, including ABC and sheet music. I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

Our class and session is free for listeners, who are more than welcome to come along, have a pint of real ale or a cup of the Gillow’s lovely coffee, and enjoy the music.

I hope to see you there!

The Limestone Rock – our tune for the day at the Lancaster Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session

dolmen-3530551_1920We will be meeting today – Monday 9th March 2020 – as usual upstairs in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster for our weekly Irish tunes class and slow session.

PLEASE NOTE: The pub opens at 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot and our class will start at 2.15.

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve attended before or not.

The cost to take part is £5.00 per participant. This week we’re going to do a lovely reel from Co. Clare, The Limestone Rock.

You will learn the tune between 2.15 – 3.15. Following this we will play tunes together at a slow and steady pace in our session between 3.15 – 4.15. Come prepared to play your own favourite tunes, and we will be happy to join in as long as we know it!

My usual general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is nominally ‘by ear’, but there are resources available at the class to support this, including ABC and sheet music. I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

Our class and session is free for listeners, who are more than welcome to come along, have a pint of real ale or a cup of the Gillow’s lovely coffee, and enjoy the music.

I hope to see you there!

Next Class/session is on Monday 3rd February 2020 – recap of Spot the Wallop

Hello all! I’m sending this out earlier than I normally do – hopefully this will give people a bit more notice! We’re meeting as usual in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster on Monday 3rd February for our weekly Irish tunes class and slow session. Our times have slightly changed – we’re now meeting from 2.15 – 4.15 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The pub opens at 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot!

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve attended before or not.

The cost to take part is £5.00 per participant. This week is the first class of the month, so we’re doing a recap of a jig previously learned in the early days of our session: Spot the Wallop, which is normally played after Wallop the Spot (which we did the first week in January). We’ll probably do a quick refresher of that tune as well.

You will learn the tune between 2.15 – 3.15. Following this we will play tunes together at a slow and steady pace in our session between 3.15 – 4.15. Come prepared to play your own favourite tunes, and we will be happy to join in as long as we know it!

Here’s a recording of myself playing the two ‘Wallops’ together:

Some general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is nominally ‘by ear’, but there are resources available at the class to support this, including ABC and sheet music. I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

Our class and session is free for listeners, who are more than welcome to come along, have a pint of real ale or a cup of the Gillow’s lovely coffee, and enjoy the music.

I hope to see you there!

Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session Today – Monday 20th January 2020

Tom BillysWe’re in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster today for our weekly Irish tunes class and slow session. Our times have slightly changed – we’re now meeting from 2.15 – 4.15 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The pub does not open until 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot!

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve been to the class before or not.

The cost to take part is £5.00 per participant. You will learn a tune between 2.15 – 3.15 (this week we’re doing Tom Billy’s Jig). Following this we will play tunes together at a slow and steady pace in our session between 3.15 – 4.15. Come prepared to play your own favourite tunes, and we will be happy to join in as long as we know it!

Some general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is nominally ‘by ear’, but there are plenty of resources available at the class to support this, including ABC ‘cheat sheets’ and sheet music (although the latter comes with my usual caveat: the dots provided do not always 100% match the versions taught but are usually the closest I can find on internet sources – usually thesession.org). I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

Our class and session is free for listeners, who are more than welcome to come along, have a pint of real ale or a cup of the Gillow’s lovely coffee, and enjoy the music.

I hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT – CHANGE OF TIME FOR CLASS AND SLOW SESSION

robert gillow2Our host venue the Robert Gillow has changed its opening times. This means on Mondays the pub now opens at 2.00 pm. Therefore if you arrive early the door will be closed and locked.

If you get there to find a locked door, don’t panic! The door will open at 2.00 pm on the dot. Our lovely publican Rob is opening at that time sepcifically to facilitate us, as he is opening later every other day. Thanks, Rob!

To reflect this change I am now slightly altering the times of our meetings to make sure we don’t lose any playing time. We will now start the class at around 2.15 pm and run until approximately 3.15, and the session will last a full hour between 3.15 – 4.14 pm.

I’ll still be arriving at 2.00 pm, so if you’re a few minutes early we can have a natter whilst waiting for everyone else.

 

Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session meeting today! Monday 13th January 2020

robert gillow2We’re in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster today for our weekly Irish tunes class and slow session.

PLEASE NOTE: The pub does not open until 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot!

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve been to the class before or not.

The cost to take part is £5.00 per participant. You will learn a tune between 2.00 – 3.00, following which we will play tunes together at a slow and steady pace in our session between 3.00 – 4.00. Come prepared to play your own favourite tunes, and we will be happy to join in as long as we know it!

Some general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is nominally ‘by ear’, but there are plenty of resources available at the class to support this, including ABC ‘cheat sheets’ and sheet music (although the latter comes with my usual caveat: the dots provided do not always 100% match the versions taught but are usually the closest I can find on internet sources – usually thesession.org). I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

Our class and session is free for listeners, who are more than welcome to come along, have a pint or a cup of the Gillow’s lovely coffee, and enjoy the music.

I hope to see you there!

We’re back today! Happy New Year and happy new tunes – Monday 6th January 2020

20191216_195654-COLLAGEHello! We’re back today with our first class and session of the New Year.

It’s the first class of the month (…year … decade!) so we’ll be revisting some tunes we’ve done before – today we’re going to re-learn Wallop and Spot and Spot the Wallop. I’ve been teaching these tunes lately to some of my Skype students so they’re on my mind! Also I recorded them a few years ago and you can hear the recording at my Soundcloud:

We’ll be upstairs in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster. During the class 2.00 – 3.00 PM we’re going to learn the tune(s). Then we’ll break for a couple of minutes for everyone to refresh their glasses following which the slow and steady session will commence. Come prepared to play your own favourite tunes, and we will be happy to join in as long as we know it!

Taking part in the class costs £5.00. People who are not taking part in the class and only want to come for the session 3.00 onwards (eg friends/relatives, listeners and session musicians) don’t need to pay.

Some general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is nominally ‘by ear’, but there are plenty of resources available at the class to support this, including ABC ‘cheat sheets’ and sheet music (although the latter comes with my usual caveat: the dots provided do not always 100% match the versions taught but are usually the closest I can find on internet sources – usually thesession.org). I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

I hope to see you there!