Traditional folk tunes, played slowly to learn, then faster.
Greenshoots Music Group
Greenshoots is an amateur music practice group, near Cambridge, UK. It has origins and focus in folk music, particularly
British Isles traditional dance music, but sometimes playing a wider range of music.
You might also think of us as a 'slow session', or a 'Beginners and Improvers Tune Session' (BITS). Find out More about Greenshoots.
Greenshoots uses tunes from Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook. This is free to download in PDF or ABC formats,
or you can order a print on demand spiral bound copy.
While the regular Greenshoots meetings are suspended due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 (since 16th March 2020), I have recorded versions of the tunes we might have chosen to play, and made them available below.
They are played as we would in Greenshoots - starting slowly for a couple of times, then speeding up, and then speeding up again. Play along!
If any current Greenshoots members want to record and contribute other tunes from the tunebook in the same style, then have a go and let me know.
Go to Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6,
Week 7, VE Day, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11.
Virtual Live Sessions?
As well as the recorded tunes below, we are running Virtual Greenshoots limited sessions on Monday evenings during lockdown, using Zoom. This allows video chat, and one person at a time playing or leading a tune.
Email me if you want to know more.
I don't think it is currently technically feasible to run a live virtual music session between a dozen simultaneous amateur players online, without specialist hardware and software that is hard to set up.
Let me know if you know otherwise - I've tried JamKazam, and although it may work for some, It hasn't worked for my trials, and setup would stretch most amateur players.
For the technical background and some possible workarounds, see my article on Virtual Music Sessions.
Coronavirus Week 1
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 1 PDF.
Coronavirus Week 2
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 2 PDF.
Contribution from Greenshoots member John McKenzie, of the Lockdown Waltz by Bert de Cock:
- Lockdown Waltz by Bert de Cock, Played by John McKenzie, with PDF score.
Bert was asking for contributions for
a virtual orchestra - see Bert's muzikids website, but we seem to have missed the deadline. It's still a nice tune, and John
plays it solo slowly and then faster and adds the accompaniments. He also provides a version of the sheet music with chords added for the rhythm section.
Coronavirus Week 3 (April)
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 3 PDF.
Coronavirus Week 4
You get nine for the price of eight this week, as I've included a pair of polkas.
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 4 PDF.
Contribution from Greenshoots member Jim Dalgleish:
- Battle of the Somme. Last 2 bars as intro, then slow*2, medium*2 and faster*2.
This was generated using Sonic Pi software on his Raspberry Pi credit-card-sized throw-away computer!
As this computer version keeps a strict beat, it's a good test of your timekeeping through the Scottish snaps, to play along with it!
Coronavirus Week 5
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 5 PDF.
- Jamaica. A reel from Playford 1665.
- Britannia Two Step. An English jig.
- Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. A march in jig time.
This is the haunting tune used in Thaxted, for a dance from Abbot's Bromley in Staffordshire using reindeer antlers at least a thousand years old.
- Lord Zouch's Masque. Lord Zouch’s Masque is one of the oldest written English tunes apparently.
Written by Giles Farnaby 1560 to 1640, and first published in 1599. The local Cambridge connection is that it is in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book of 1618.
- Flowers of Edinburgh. A Scottish reel.
- Albert Farmers Bonfire Tune. An English polka from Surrey.
- Nancy Clough. A Northumberland tribute by Tom Clough to his wife Nancy.
- Sadlers Balloon. James Sadler was the first Englishman to ascend by balloon, in 1784.
Coronavirus Week 6
More performance variety this week - just four from me on concertina as usual, but three from the Brind family with both rhythm and melody, three from Clive Quick on fiddle,
and one from James Dalgleish on low whistle plus backing from a Raspberry Pi!
Brind family contributions:
Clive Quick contributions:
James Dalgleish contribution:
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 6 PDF.
Coronavirus Week 7 (May)
Eight tunes from me this week, plus one from John McKenzie, all on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style.
John McKenzie contribution:
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 7 PDF.
- Si Bheag, Si Mhor. An Irish air in 3/4 time (apparently about big and small fairy hills!), by the blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan, 1691.
Coronavirus Week 7 VE Day Extra
As an extra for VE Day, here are a set of wartime marching tunes: It's a Long Way to Tipperary; Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kitbag; Goodby Dolly Gray; My Old Man, Said Follow the Van; Keep the Home Fires Burning.
See page 18 of my Sets Tunebook for these tunes on one page.
Coronavirus Week 8
Eight tunes from me this week, plus one from John McKenzie, all on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style. I seem to be stuck on tunes starting with "S".
John McKenzie contribution:
- Liverpool Hornpipe. An English 4/4 hornpipe, so swung.
- Step and Fetch Her. A Morris march from Bampton.
- Streets of Laredo. A song starting in Scotland (Banks of the Devon), and travelling via Ireland (Bard of Armagh) to the USA!
- Steamboat, or the Good Natured Man. An Irish Hornpipe.
- Strike the Bell. Written by Henry Clay Work in 1865 - he also wrote My Grandfather's Clock.
- Stool of Repentance. A Scottish jig. Robbie Burns twice was banished to the Stool of Repentence for adultery, and wrote a poem with this title.
- Da Slockit Light. A Shetland air by Tom Anderson, 1969, lamenting the fading lights of his childhood island, as the drift to the mainland cities emptied the crofts.
- Stop The Cavalry. An English Polka
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 8 PDF.
- Lord Inchiquin. An Irish air in 3/4 time, by the blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan.
Coronavirus Week 9
Eight tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style. Lots of tunes starting with "F" this week
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 9 PDF.
- Waltz for the Valeta. As played in Suffolk by Percy Brown, for this well-known country dance.
- The Wren. A French An Dro that travelled to the USA and back to England.
- Fourpence Halfpenny Farthing. An English Jig.
- Father Kelly's Reel. An Irish reel.
- Floral Dance. A traditional processional tune from Helston in Cornwall, made known by Katie Moss in 1911 and Terry Wogan in 1978!
- Flower of the Quern. A Scottish air by James Scott Skinner 1884.
- Les Filles de Mon Pays. A slow march/song from the Morvan area of France, lamenting the girls left behind as the men march away to war.
- The Flight. An English Jig, where the music goes up and down like the flight of some bird, or maybe a hot air balloon?
Coronavirus Week 10
Eight more tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style. There were no hornpipes last week, so you get two this week! Plus we have an extra tune from Liz Revell, also on English concertina
Liz Revell contribution:
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 10 PDF.
Coronavirus Week 11
Eight more tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style. I seemed to get stuck on tunes starting with the letter 'O'! Plus we have an extra tune from Liz Revell, also on English concertina
Liz Revell contribution:
Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 11 PDF.
- Galopede, or the Yarmouth Reel, or Persian Dance. Collected by Cecil Sharpe in East Anglia, and common in English sessions.
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