Willamette Valley Slow Sessions
My name is Randy and I am looking for other people in the Salem/Keizer area and surrounding communities who would like to play and learn an Irish traditional instrument and play Irish traditional music who have little or no experience. The term for this is often called an Irish or Celtic Slow Session. Learning new music or a new instrument is more fun with other people. In these slow sessions we will break apart a new piece of music into its elements and learn together, learning at the speed of our newest members. For the last few years I have been teaching myself penny whistle and uilleann pipes and I am a member of the Seattle pipers society and the Na Piobairi’ Uilleann in Dublin, Ireland. In these societies we meet to further promote Irish traditions and to help new musicians along. I am looking for people who might be interested in meeting once a week or more to play together and socialize. I have a large home in the Dallas/Monmouth area and host the sessions and there are others who are also willing to host the group now and then. It’s a great way to connect with people who enjoy "your" music. Currently I would like to keep this group focused primarily on Penny Whistle and pipes since those are my core instruments but if there are more experienced players of instruments like Harp, Guitar, Banjo, Concertina, fiddle and violin, Bodhran drum, or bones, who would like to mentor other players I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to email or call Randy.
Whether you have an instrument or are thinking about one or would like to see about borrowing one, come see what it’s all about!
Called Randy, who advises that he had to move away and the F/Stop Fitzgerald sesh has pretty much discontinued. That was the status as of 31 Dec. 2013. Any other Salem area players?
Salem area sessions?
Another Randy here - this one in Silverton. I play fiddle and would love to find some other players in the area for regular or occasional sessions. Pretty intermediate but learning quickly and practice daily.