Virtual Greenshoots

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, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16.

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:

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:

Coronavirus Week 5

Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 5 PDF.

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.

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: Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 8 PDF.

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.

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.

Coronavirus Week 12 (June)

Eight more tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style. A bit of a bias to Scottish and Irish tunes this week. Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 12 PDF. The two-part arrangement of Dark Island is in this one-page PDF.

Coronavirus Week 13

Eight more tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style, plus a run through a pair of the tunes. An Australian and American presence this week, plus the usual English and Irish. No Scottish or Welsh this week. Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 13 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 14

Eight more tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style, including some familiar session favourites. Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 14 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 15

Eight more tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style. Reels and Jigs mainly - no waltzes, but a couple of airs and an American interloper. Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 15 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 16

Eight more tunes from me this week on concertina in Greenshoots slow then fast style. More reels and jigs, but also a couple of 17th Century tunes. Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 16 PDF.


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