Most common phrases used at a session

Most common phrases used at a session

Hi,
I’ve recently set up an instrument try out initiative in my hometown of Ballyfermot in Dublin, called the Ballyer Trad Hub (we’re on facebook).
As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, we are aiming to make the Trad Hub bilingual and, for the craic, I am hoping to print out a sheet with commonly used phrases to get you through a session - and have translations too!
If anyone can think of any, please post them here. The kind of stuff I’m thinking of is:
- What was that last tune?
- Do you have a name on that one?
- What key do you play that one in?
etc etc.
Any help greatly appreciated and thanks.

Re: Most common phrases used at a session

Not heard often enough these days…

"What are you having?"
🙂

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What a great initiative! I wish there were something like that near me (in Alaska), but following other musicians around and asking to play their instruments is probably as close as it gets up here… 🙂

What about "Is/Was that a _____?" and then the translations for reel/jig/slip jig/hop jig/slide/march/hornpipe/etc to fill in the blank?

And how about an option for affirmative/negative statements? After all, if someone knows how to ask "Was that a hop jig?" then they should probably know how to say "Yes, that was a hop jig" too 🙂

And… what about some polite stuff like "May I sit down," "May I join in" or "Can I buy you a drink?"

"Thanks for the tunes"?

Re: Most common phrases used at a session

Even less seriously, this was a "fun thread" from a few years ago.

https://thesession.org/discussions/17694

which was intended to take a lighter look on those occasions where some session members had something to say but didn’t quite feel ready to come to the point.
🙂

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"Hup !"
Cur bearla air sinn.

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"You should have been here last night, the craic was mighty!

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‘Oh boll*x! It’s that idiot mandola owning pillock just arriving’
‘Hooray! That idiot box owning session wrecker w*nker’s not here tonight’
‘Please can the backer(s) play approriate stuff during the second part of the Chicago Reel?’
‘Blimey, the Lilly’s Rhubarb cider has run out’

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Do you know who wrote that?
Did you write that?
Is it trad?
Where did you get that from?
Where’s the loo?

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"Have you ever been to the session at ……..? I think you might like it there"

From the management….

"Sorry these seats are reserved for the musicians"
"They come in about half past nine…. to practise"

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Where are you from ?
would ya like to start a few tunes yourself.
Jaysus I hope you didn’t leave your car parked outside (Ballyfermot)
Are there any taytos
Did you ever play in that session at the cobblestone.
Sure They’re only full of themselves
That’s a lovely set now, where did get those tunes from
Do you speak Irish
Jaysus lads you’re in a fierce hurry.
There’s a great powerful sound off that banjo/box
who’s your man on the bodhran
Great Tune that one…
Lovely

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Where did you learn the name of that tune?

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Are we getting chips?

Re: Most common phrases used at a session

Haha! Some brilliant suggestions here. Some, well, not so printable ones too. Thanks equally for these contributions. Cheers

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Oh, God - not that one!

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Shall we have a song next?

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"That was a lovely tune… until you feckin ruined it!"

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Questions from listeners:
Can you play the tune from Titanic?
Do you know Wild Rover? (Whiskey in the Jar/the theme from Against the Wind etc.)
Is this Celtic music?
What’s the difference between a reel and a jig?

From listeners/musicians:
How long have you been playing? 😉

From fellow musicians:
Too fast!
(Too slow!)
Not that tune again!
No, we just played that one (maybe you didn’t recognize it? *cough* ).
(Too many notes!)

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Questions from listeners:
Is that an oboe?

From listeners/musicians:
Is that an oboe?

From fellow musicians:
Is that an oboe?

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Do you take lessons?

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Michael, were you playing the oboe? ;)

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That’s a nice concertina (no, it’s not, it’s a button accordion.)
That’s a nice accordion (no, it’s not, it’s a concertina) - As mis-described on "Flog It" on BBC TV today!!
That looks really simple to play (button accordion) - Thinks, maybe says - "No, it’s not, is is effing complicated, would easily do your simple head in!"
That looks really old. (Just like you?)
That looks brand new. (same instrument as above!)

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Cas port más é do thoil é!
Play a tune if it is your will!

Cén ainm atá ar an port seo?
What‘s the name of that tune?

An bhfuil tú/ sibh réidh?
Are you singular/plural ready?

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Ben, he could have done.

Michael might show up with a couple dozen instruments, use a different one for each tune till he runs out and has to start back and cycle through them again.

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One for the road?

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Richard, that was a bit of an exaggeration… I generally come to a session with my pipes, a concertina, and a whistle. Usually I play pipes until another piper shows up and then I switch to the concertina for the duration of the session. If I’m traveling by air, it would be flute and concertina instead.

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"How often do you have to tune it?"

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"Where did you get that hat?"

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Usual rules apply -
one guitar
one bodhrán
one spoon.

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Na rialacha coitianta i bhfeidhm anseo -
giotár amháin
bodhrán amháin
spúnóg amháin

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Almost without fail when I end a set of tunes, I find myself saying, "That’s such a great tune," or "That’s one of my favorite tunes." I have a lot of favorites, as it turns out.

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Whisht. LOL

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Borrowed from another thread:
"How does that tune start?"

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"Was that major or minor?" (possible question from backers)

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(from a singer, with guitar)
"This is a song I wrote myself. There’s only eight verses, but the chorus has the same eight lines repeated, so you’ll soon pick it up …"

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Perhaps not a common phrase (but one I heard IRL, from a guitarist):
"Was that tune major or minor?"