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, Week 17, Week 18, Week 19, Week 20, Week 21, Week 22. Week 23, Week 24, Week 25, Week 26, Week 27.

If you want to find a particular tune recording, then there is an alphabetic index of tunes available.

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 (greenshoots@paulhardy.net) 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 (July)

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.

Coronavirus Week 17

Eight more. Not many reels this time, but a well-known set of polkas, jigs and waltzes, recorded in Devon while away on our first outing since March! Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 17 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 18

Another eight from me, taking us to 150 tunes! Plus three contributions from other Greenshoots members. Liz Revell contributions: Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 18 PDF.

Contribution from Greenshoots member Bruce Kent,

Coronavirus Week 19

A special edition this week - a bumper eleven tunes from me, and all new to the Session Tunebook. They are all in the current Annex Tunebook 2019, and will be in Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook 2020, which will be released soon. Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 19 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 20

To compensate for the extra tunes last week, there are only six tunes from me this week. They include two (Parnell's March and The Ton) additions to the Session Tunebook (see Week 19 above). Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 20 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 21 (August)

Back to eight tunes from me this week, half with possessive apostrophes! There are a couple of more complex tunes this time, so listen carefully to the instructions at the start of Old Tom of Oxford. Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 21 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 22

Seven tunes from me this week, plus one from Bruce.

Contribution from Greenshoots member Bruce Kent:

Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 22 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 23

Only six tunes from me this week (I was away on holiday in Norfolk), but with added one from Bruce, and one from Clive.

Contribution from Greenshoots member Bruce Kent:

Contribution from Greenshoots member Clive Quick:

Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 23 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 24

Seven tunes from me this week, plus one from Bruce. Half Irish, with the other half English, Scottish and Polish/American.

Contribution from Greenshoots member Bruce Kent:

Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 24 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 25

Eight tunes from me this week. A bit jig-heavy.

Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 25 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 26 - Half a year!

Let's be different - Eight tunes from me this week, all beginning with B, and none Irish!

Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 26 PDF.

Coronavirus Week 27

No Live Virtual Greenshoots this monday, but here are eight tunes, from England, Scotland, Ireland and USA, some well-known, some not.

Just those tunes are in a PDF. See Virtual Greenshoots Week 27 PDF.


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