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Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

Slow Session
Sessions are held in the homes of players

C F S Celtic Sessions

Questions? Feel free to contact Mark Clemens, Ed Gebauer, or John Goldsbury.

The Celtic Sessions at the Charlotte Folk Society are informal gatherings of local musicians focusing on Celtic Tunes played in the session style. This is a repertoire session, and together we learn a selection of common Jigs, Hornpipes, Reels, and Waltzes from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton. Our goal is to learn to play these tunes in the various styles that have been influenced by Celtic Traditions.

Note! I hope everyone has been enjoying the new updated list provided last May! It has required some tweaking, and those changes and additions have been reflected in the content below. There are convenient ZIP files available to bulk download both the new master list of sets, and the changed sets. Have Fun!

Some simple guidelines for our gatherings:

All acoustic instruments welcome. We currently sport fiddles, whistles, bodhrans, bones, hammered dulcimers, accordion, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitars, and a bass. We've been favored with flute, concertina, and harp; along with an occasional ballad or rousing song.

We offer a Slow Celtic Session (page for that here), for those who wish to slide gently into this musical experience. The playing is generally at the Beginner/Intermediate Level, and the tunes will be a bit less challenging and played with more repetitions. There will be "coaching", so if your instrument is out of tune or you're playing too loud, you'll likely be asked to make adjustments (with a smile of course!).

The The Regular Repertoire gathering follows a relaxed session protocol. Everyone takes their turn in suggesting a tune or set, which are then played in unison. If you're not comfortable starting the tune, someone else will be glad to help out!

Though music stands will be seen at our sessions, an effort should be made to apply the appropriate rhythm and lilt to the tunes. They need to "Sound Celtic"! Listening to various session recordings or videos is highly recommended.

We have a tune list, and we've put many of these together into "Sets" of two or three tunes. "Suggested" settings for our tunes are available below for your convenience. Other sources for these tunes can be found through the links in the table on the right.

Members Playing Out
Session Members occasionally play at museums, events and festivals

Now for the fun stuff!

We try to meet once a month in the homes of our players. You'll need to join our exclusive Celtic Session email list to learn the dates and places, as these will change from one month to the next. To get added to that list, email John Goldsbury.

The Regular Repertoire Sessions usually run for about 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon, and snacks and beverages are welcome. Come prepared to play a lot!

HOUSE CLEANING! Sets that have been moved to the "retired" area of the CFS Tunebook!

The following sets have been re-arranged, enhanced, or never called; so these particular settings are not likely to be played in a CFS session (Famous Last Words...GRIN).

Ballydesmond 1/Scarteglen Polka
Burning of the Piper's Hut/Cutty's Wedding/High Road to Linton
Drunken Piper/Banks of Spey - Tamlin
Fair Wind - Toss the Feathers (Em)
Fingal's Cave/Captain Campbell - Jenny Dang the Weaver
Glencoe March/Miller o'Drone - Trip to Windsor
Goat on the Green/Six Penny Money
Hardiman the Fiddler/Another Jig Will Do
High Drive/New Rigged Ship
Killavil Fancy/Bag of Spuds
Longford Collector/Sailor's Bonnet
Mason's Apron/Iggie and Squiggie
Musical Priest/The Salamanca
Night B4 Larry was Stretched/Redican's Mother/Dever the Dancer
Padraig O'keeffe's/Patsy Gearys
Off She Goes/Stool of Repentance
Peggy's/Hills of Glenorchy/Stan Chapman's
Pigeon on a Gate/Tam Lin
Shandon Bells/Mug of Brown Ale
Sleep Soond I'da Moarnin'/Tarbolton Lodge
Sligo Maid/High Reel
Spootiskerry/Brenda Stubbert's
Steamboat Quickstep/Riverbend
Trip to Durrow/New Copperplate
Wind that Shakes Barley/Rolling in Ryegrass/Boyne Hunt