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Dolphin session on June 7

Hi, I wasn’t able to be at the session but it went very well I gather; next one is on June 21. Details of venue, etc, here.

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  2. The session went well yesterday. We had Jerry on fiddle and English concertina, Martin on English concertina, Pat on whistle, other Martin on fiddle, Alan on guitar, Beth on occasional Anglo concertina, plus a flute player who’d come all the way from Tunbridge Wells but whose name I neglected to ask. Quite a gathering, and several players had brought their posse, so the landlady should have been happy with the increased bar sales.

    After a general selection of favourites from this year’s repertoire, Pat played some Irish tunes on her whistle with varied help from Fluteman and me, and Alan on guitar was able to join in backing most everything.

    Jerry sang Peggy Gordon, and Sweetness of Mary was requested several times until Martin and Jerry relented.

    I played Kit White’s Polkas which Gill and I practised last week, and also a jig set starting with the Seven Stars, and we afinished the session with a spirited rendition of Spootiskerry and Willafjord (or is it the other way round)?

    A nice suprise was a visit from Ed, who had heard about the session and came along to listen. He joined in on some tunes borrowing Jerry’s fiddle, and started a few of his own, no doubt from our repertoire from five years ago, but unfortunately I didn’t remember all of them.

    Spurred by Pat’s Kilrush (?) Polkas (with fluteman) I recalled the Ballydesmond Polkas, or at least one of them, and Beth led us through the other two, though in the key of C, not the usual D. I suprised myself by being able to transpose on the fly, though I could see confused looks from Martin and Jerry. Fluteman dug out a C whistle and joined in, and was a strength throughout. I hope he returns, though his journey was a long one.

    Altogether a healthy mix of English and Irish tunes, not too much referral to sheet music, and a nice mix of instruments.

    We broke up soon after six as we all had places to be, but a fun and convivial two hours.

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