An Irish session is an informal gathering of musicians playing sets of tradition Irish dance tunes on Irish instruments, most commonly fiddle, flute, tin whistle, concertina, button accordion, bodhran (frame drum) and Uilliean pipes. Traditional sessions keep Irish music alive! For various reasons, the Irish harp has not been a part of the session tradition for the last 200 years. Let’s change that! Are you interested in forming a “slow harp friendly session” to enjoy the distinct feel, sound and beauty of traditional dance tunes?
Unlike other styles of music, players of Irish instruments play the melody in unison with no harmony lines. If you are interested in learning and playing traditional tunes in an Irish session structure, but want to learn how, or join in, let me know. With enough interest, we can “Take Back the Session” and open this traditional genre for harpers and harpists.
This could take the form of a class, workshop, open session or whatever interest dictates. I’m more than happy to host sessions, workshops, classes or whatever form it will take to make the music come alive for harpers and harpists.
Please respond and let me know if there is enough interest out there, and what form you imagine would work best for you!
Tudy (Susan) McLain (Teacher at Dusty Strings)