Classic Session Tunes

Tunes to join in at sessions throughout the land

The Classic Session Tunes series is one full of lessons is pitched at the upper beginner/intermediate level. It’s one where those studying it can learn tunes that are played in sessions throughout the country and beyond, allowing you to join in. 

Right hand melodies will be introduced with basic left hand accompaniment to make them easy to play with others.

Downloadable sheet music is available for each tune.

John Somerville

Your Tutor - John Somerville

Accordionist John Somerville is one of the current crop of exciting musicians to emerge form Scotland’s vibrant Folk scene. His current musical itinerary includes playing with supergroup Treacherous Orchestra, Cask Strength Ceilidh Band and along with outstanding fiddler Adam Sutherland. He has also worked with David Byrne, Salsa Celtica, Franz Ferdinand, Session A9, Babelfish and Croft No Five. He has taught at organisations including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Fèisean Nan Gàidheal, University of the Highlands and Islands, Falkirk Traditional Music Project and Celtic Connections festival.

Lessons in the Series

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1.1 The Rakes of Mallow

John Somerville begins his look at Classic Session Tunes by teaching the classic tune The Rakes of Mallow   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

Accordion and concertina

2. The Boys of Bluehill

Next up from John is the classic hornpipe, the Boys of Bluehill; heard throughout the country.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

Accordion and concertina

3. Waiting for the Federals

Another brilliant tune from John. This time a tune not only played at sessions but often at ceilidhs and particularly for the Virginia Reel.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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