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Session Schedule - Chelsea, MI
  These are "open" sessions: Any and all local or traveling musicians are invited to join in.
Sessions are run in a round-robin fashion so everyone gets a turn to start a tune or set.
  1st & 3rd Sundays
of every month
Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N Main St #100, Chelsea, MI 48118, (734) 433-5500.
ChelseaAlehouse.com
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 2:00-4:00.
(Outdoor patio available in good weather.)

  2nd & 4th Sundays
of every month
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St #100, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, (734) 487-1555.
YpsiAlehouse.com
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 2:00-4:00.


What is a "Session"?
  An Irish session is a gathering of musicians for the express purpose of playing traditional Irish music on acoustic instruments. Unlike a performance for an audience of passive listeners, the session is primarily for the musicians themselves, although many non-playing attendees often come for the express purpose of enjoying the music. The type of session at Cleary's Pub is known as an "open session" in which all able musicians are invited to participate.

The tunes played at sessions are typically grouped into "sets" (several tunes of the same type strung together) and are usually played in unison and in a straightforward manner, which means that there are no special arrangements which deviate from the traditional tune. They tend to be mostly reels and jigs and, to a lesser extent, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas, and marches.

Session Etiquette
  Session etiquette is nothing more than exhibiting common courtesy and sensitivity to others.
A few key points are:
  • If you are new to a session it is advised that you introduce yourself and ask the session leader for permission to sit in.
  • If you're not familiar with a tune being played or are trying to learn it, either sit that one out or try to play very quietly so as not to be disruptive.
    The use of recording devices is encouraged as a method for learning new tunes at home.
  • Use of sheet music during the session is discouraged.
  • Playing in an incorrect key or improvisation (noodling) is highly frowned upon.
  • Only one bodhran and/or guitar/bouzouki playing at a time, switching off if there is more than one. More than one will often clash with each other, disrupting the melody.
  • At times a song may be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets. Unless invited, these are generally unaccompanied by the other instruments.
The Music
  Below is a small portion of our repertoire consisting of some of the more common tunes we play.

For new musicians wishing to join in the sessions, this list can serve as a guide for the tunes you may wish to work on first.
Those marked with an asterisk (*) are played somewhat more often.

Check out www.thesession.org for more of your favorite tunes, including sheet music, ABC files, sound files, discography, locations of sessions around the world, forum, and more.
 
TYPE LINK to Sheet Music, ABC's, Sound Files KEY TUNE Often
Played
Air http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/9596 Dmaj Down by the Sally Gardens  
Air http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/601 Gmaj South Wind  
Hornpipe http://thesession.org/tunes/666 Dmaj Alexander's  
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/651 Dmaj Boys of Bluehill *
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/478 Gmaj Cronin's/Changing your Demeanor *
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/49 Dmaj Harvest Home/Cork  
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/980 Ador Humours of Tullycrine *
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/30 Gmaj Off to California *
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/652 Dmaj Plains of Boyle  
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/83 Emin Rights of Man *
Hornpipe http://thesession.org/tunes/785 Gmaj Stack Of Wheat/Little Stack of Wheat  
Hornpipe http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/891 Dmaj Trip to Durrow *
Jig http://thesession.org/tunes/9 Dmix Banish Misfortune *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/358 Dmaj Behind the Haystack  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/702 Gmaj Blackthorn Stick  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/5 Dmix Blarney Pilgrim *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/17 Amin Coleraine  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/19 Dmaj Connaughtman's Rambles  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/26 Dmaj Donnybrook Fair  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/29 Ador Dusty Windowsills  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/160 Edor Gallagher's Frolics  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/401 Dmaj Gander in the Pratie Hole  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/544 Gmaj Garrett Barry's  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/43 Amin Geese in the Bog  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/582 Dmaj Haste to the Wedding *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/210 Dmix Humours of Ballyloughlin *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/228 Gmaj Humours of Ennistymon/Coppers and Brass  
Jig http://thesession.org/tunes/383 Dmaj I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/793 Gmaj Jim Ward's/Clare *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/667 Gmaj Killavil  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/948 Dmaj Kitty Lie Over  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/1578 Dmaj Lark in the Morning *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/467 Dmaj Leitrim Fancy  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/60 Ador Lilting Banshee/Wailing Banshee  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/71 Edor Morrison's *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/358 Dmaj Munster Buttermilk/Behind the Haystack  
Jig http://thesession.org/tunes/76 Dmaj My Darling Asleep *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/1133 Dmaj Off She Goes  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/56 Gmaj Old Favorite/Clare/Kilfenora/Club Ceili  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/108 Gmaj Out On the Ocean *
Jig http://thesession.org/tunes/790 Gmaj Planxty Irwin *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/307 Gmaj Saddle the Pony  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/235 Dmaj Sean Bui  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/335 Ador Slieve Russell *
Jig http://thesession.org/tunes/106 Ador Swallowtail  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/109 Ador Tenpenny Bit *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/55 Gmaj The Kesh *
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/308 Dmaj Tobin's Favourite  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/111 Dmaj Tripping up the Stairs  
Jig http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/2483 Gmaj When the Cock Crows It Is Day  
Jig, Slip http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/10 Emin Butterfly  
Jig, Slip http://thesession.org/tunes/482 Dmaj Foxhunter's Jig  
Jig, Slip http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/52 Emin Kid on the Mountain *
Jig, Slip http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/879 Gmaj O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick/An Phis Fliuch *
March http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/835 Dmix March of the Kings of Laois  
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/786 Dmaj 42 Pound Check *
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/298 Ador Ballydesmond #1 *
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/238 Ador Ballydesmond #2/#1/Maurice Manley's *
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/357 Dmaj Dennis Murphy's *
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/39 Dmaj Egan's/Kerry *
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/5418 Gmaj Girl I Left Behind Me  
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/441 Dmaj John Ryan's/Sean Ryan's *
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/291 Gmaj Maggie in the Woods *
Polka http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/85 Gmaj Rakes of Mallow  
Polka http://thesession.org/tunes/1640 Gmaj Siege of Ennis  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/1 Emin Cooley's *
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/20 Edor Cup of Tea *
Reel http://thesession.org/tunes/27 Edor Drowsy Maggie *
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/384 Dmaj Dublin reel  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/791 Dmaj Father Kelly's  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/219 Emin Fermoy Lasses  
Reel http://thesession.org/tunes/2549 Gmaj Flowers of Edinburgh *
Reel http://thesession.org/tunes/511 Gmaj Foxhunter's Reel  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/64 Dmaj Maid Behind the Bar *
Reel http://thesession.org/tunes/222 Emin Man of the House *
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/72 Dmaj Merry Blacksmith *
Reel http://thesession.org/tunes/75 Gmaj Miss McLeod's *
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/68 Dmaj Mountain Road  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/115 Gmaj Over the Moor to Maggie *
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/566 Amix Red Haired Boy/Jolly Beggarman  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/87 Dmaj Rolling in the Rye Grass  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/98 Gmaj Sally Gardens  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/182 Dmaj Silver Spear *
Reel http://thesession.org/tunes/103 Dmaj St. Ann's  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/560 Edor Tarbolton  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/116 Dmaj Wind that shakes the Barley  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/118 Dmaj Wise Maid  
Reel http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/321 Gmaj Woman of the House  
Set Dance http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/475 Edor King of the Fairies  
Slide http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/159 Dmaj Denis Murphy's  
Slide http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/23 Dmaj Dingle Regatta  
Slide http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/70 Gmaj Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife  
Waltz http://thesession.org/tunes/957 Gmaj Fanny Power/Fanny Poer *
Waltz http://thesession.org/tunes/449 Dmaj Si Beag Si Mohr  

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