While we are unable to meet face to face because of Covid-19, we will be offering sessions online using Zoom. These are open access sessions, so there’s no need to book in advance, you’re welcome to just turn up!
*NEW* Harmony books are now available to accompany our session tunebook. Click here for more details.
We’re online every week as follows (see below for details):
- Monday 8pm – 9.30pm Tunes Session (steady pace)
- Tuesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm Singaround
- Thursday 8pm – 9.30pm Tunes Session
We are also running occasional F sessions (where we play tunes in F instead of G). Click here for more details.
For more details, please see below.
Our online sessions are open to all and you’re very welcome to turn up and join in. Donations via our ‘tip jar’ are much appreciated (but entirely voluntary) and can be made using this button. Thank you!
Online Tunes Sessions (Mon & Thurs 8pm - 9.30pm UK time)
Join by clicking on this link when the session is live: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/793527147 (if prompted, enter 245476)
In our tunes sessions, we play a mix of jigs, reels, waltzes, marches and airs. You’ll hear the tune leaders playing live fiddle & guitar (see below) so that you can play along at home. Everyone joining in will be muted during the tunes (Zoom cannot process multiple audio feeds at once) which means you won’t hear each other, and we won’t hear you…but we’ll still all be playing music together, and your microphone can be un-muted in between tunes.
Monday night is our ‘steady session’ where we play tunes a little slower. We go a bit faster on Thursday nights, though encourage everyone to come and give it a try. Every week, we play through the tune sets in our tunebook, which includes sheet music and chords. You can download the latest version here: Online Sessions Tunebook Jan 2021. We start our sessions with a favourite Scottish air, Cumbernauld House, and traditionally end with Ashokan Farewell. You can also play along with us in harmony using the Phoenix Folk Harmonies and Duets Series. Click here for more details.
If you’d like some extra practice, or if Zoom isn’t for you, we are also offering Virtual Session playalong videos. All of the tunes in our tunebook are included in these videos. We also run a monthly Virtual Ensemble video project.
Online Singaround (Tues 7.30pm - 9.30pm UK time)
Join by clicking this link when the session is live: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/901673723 (if prompted, enter 715687)
At our weekly singaround, you can perform a song to the rest of the group, just as you would in a regular folk club, or you can just join and listen to some live music. Tunes and poems are welcome too. When it’s your turn to perform, everyone else is muted on Zoom so that everyone can hear you.
We recommend this video for some tips on how to set up Zoom for music. If you’d like us to record your performance so that you can check your sound quality (or indeed for any other reason), then please just ask. We are more than happy to help, and can also offer technical advice to help you to get the best sound quality when performing online.
Just for Fun...
Back in May 2020, some of the regular participants in our Zoom tunes sessions asked if we could create a project to hear what we would sound like if we were all playing in the same room. They sent in some recordings and we made this little video.
In our online tunes session, you’ll play along to live fiddle and guitar. Sometimes we’re broadcasting from the same studio (having formed a household bubble, as Maurice lives alone…apart from the cats), but sometimes we’re 8 miles apart! During the Covid-19 lockdown, we developed a method that allows us to play together live (with no latency) from separate locations, as this video demonstrates.