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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.

Celtic Session

C F S Celtic Slow Sessions

The Slow Celtic Session at the Charlotte Folk Society is now happening on the 3rd Sunday of the month, in the community room at the Health and Rehabilitation Center Note: New Location. in the Aldersgate Retirement Community, in Charlotte, NC.

This session is an offshoot of the CFS Regular Celtic Repertoire Session, whose page and tune list can be found at the

To have your questions answered, email Alan Davis. To get added to the email list for the monthly announcement of next month's Slow Celtic Session (includes directions on how to find the Center), email John Goldsbury. (It's the same email that will announce both next month's Slow Celtic Session and next month's regular Celtic Session.)

These are informal gatherings of local and guest players focusing on Celtic tunes played in the session style. The goal of the Slow Celtic Session is to allow folks to ease into the Celtic tunes at a gentler pace. While the entire CFS Regular Celtic Session tune list is fair game, there are some suggested tune sets listed below that might help you get started.

"Should I attend?" Yep, if . . .

  • you're a beginner who wants to learn to play Celtic tunes (though we assume you know how to play your instrument);
  • you're not a beginner, but you're new to Celtic tunes and want to ease in;
  • you're not a beginner, but you want a slow pace to work on some techniques;
  • you're conversant in one instrument, but want to dabble in another;
  • any other reason I've forgotten

Some simple guidelines for our Slow Sessions:

  • All acoustic instruments welcome. Fiddles, whistles, flute, bodhrans, bones, hammered dulcimers, accordion, mandolin, octave mandolin, guitars, bass, concertina, harp, and everything else I've forgotten.
  • The format follows a relaxed Round Robin session protocol. Everyone is welcome to suggest tunes, though calling a tune does not obligate you to start it. That way, you can "call" whatever tune you've been working on. We'll figure out how to start/play it!
  • Some Celtic Resources
    "The Bowling Green", OH Slow Session Tune Page
    "What is a Session"
    Irish Flute Tunes
    "The Session" tune website
    Vashon Celtic Players
  • Music stands and sheet music (or Tablets) are fine.
  • In keeping with the session tradition, we've put most of these melodies together into "Sets" of two or three tunes. "Suggested" settings for our tunes are available below for your convenience. Of course, you can pick one tune from a set, and we can play just that one tune. Other sources for these tunes can be found through the links in the table on the right.
Celtic Music Instruments

Sessions usually run from 2 PM till 5:00 'ish. If your playing requires an armless chair, please bring one with you. All the chairs in the center have arms. Come prepared to play a lot!