Thanks for visiting the Lower Valley Irish Slow Session website! Please read on to learn about who we are, where we are, and what we’re all about.
Conceived and plotted by Mark B. and other anonymous ninja collaborators, the Lower Valley Irish Slow Session is a tune-teaching slow session based in Holyoke, Massachusetts. We cover dance music– jigs, reels, polkas, slides, slip jigs, hop jigs, barn dances, mazurkas…no songs. A key idea at the heart of the LVISS’s creation is that it is a place where folks who want to play in sessions can come and learn what a real session is like. Part social event, part tune-sharing, and part learning experience, real sessions are just like ours, only faster. We do not offer instruction for individual instruments. We have a handful of experienced session “anchors” who will teach us tunes, general session etiquette, and generally grace us with session experience that they’ve gained both here and abroad. The reason we *have* anchors isn’t just to learn tunes from them, it’s also because they bring that seed of the real session with them, to give to us. We want the LVISS to be a great way to have fun, learn tunes, and get practice playing with other people. There is a $5.00 suggested donation for each session, which will go to the anchors and to our gracious hosts at DeCice Hall at the Marian Center for the space.
***A SPECIAL NOTE TO NEWCOMERS–Please, please, please, before you read anything else, click through to the GUIDELINES tab and learn what you can expect from the LVISS. We want you to be clear on what we are, and what we aren’t, so please do read the GUIDELINES before you come.***
***HELPFUL TIP–Our tune list is pretty long–check out the SETS tab for sets of tunes we are sure to play at each session! Now you don’t have to guess which tunes to learn!***
I sincerely hope to see you at the session!
1365 Northampton St. Holyoke, MA 01040