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Enjoy learning and playing Celtic music in Santa Cruz, California
Enjoy learning and playing Celtic music in Santa Cruz, California

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1st-Sunday Celtic Slow Session, May 3 at the Aptos Fire Station

Sunday, May 3, 2-4 pm
Slow Sessions First Sunday of the Month at the Aptos Fire Station - The station reserves the right to preempt our reservation in the event of an emergency.

6934 Soquel Drive, from Santa Cruz, past Cabrillo College near Mar Vista Elementary School. (exit the hwy at Park Ave) Enter by the back door on the east end of the building. The group will meet upstairs. A wheelchair lift is available at the back of the building, but large instruments may not be transported by the lift.

Smoking, eating, drinking are not permitted and the room must be returned to the condition it was in upon arrival. The Fire Station is also now a 'scent free zone', so perfumes should not be worn.

3rd-Sunday Celtic Slow Session, at The Buttery

Fáilte (welcome) to this month's 3rd Sunday Session. 3rd Sunday of the month, 2 - 4 p.m on April 19, at The Buttery bakery and cafe, at 702 Soquel Avenue close to downtown Santa Cruz. This is a slow session. Bain sult as! (enjoy)

Etiquette guidelines:
1) Going around in a circle, everyone has a turn to choose a tune and the tempo.
2) Try to maintain the tempo set by the person who chose the tune. Conversely, if you choose a tune and tempo and find that the tempo gets sped up too much while playing, don't be shy about asking that it be immediately played again sticking to the slower tempo -- it's good practice for everyone.
3) A single tune is played 3 times. In a set, each tune is played twice.
4) If needed, bring your music stand and tuneset book. Here's a website with tips on playing by ear:
http://www.slowplayers.org/SCTLS/learn.html
5) "Foinn Session" tunebooks of 116 tunes commonly played at the sessions are sold at the session for $15, and you can now download and print the 1006-tune "King Street Sessions Tunebook" for free from http://www.pacholo.com/mike/ -- many thanks to Michael Long for putting the book together and now putting it online as well! Of course you can also always play by ear or look on with someone else.
6) All types of instruments are welcome and appreciated, but acoustic only, please!

Some months we've played out on The Buttery's patio -- you can see two phtos of this in Nick's blog entry
http://quantumtantra.blogspot.com/2008/07/santa-cruz-session-relocates.html
-- and then other months we've been playing upstairs in an office, which you can see in these two photos
http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=20134442079&view=all
Basically, if you don't see anyone on the patio, go up the stairs on the left outside wall of the Buttery, and you'll find us in a room down the hall on the left.

For more information on The Buttery, see http://www.butterybakery.com/

2nd-Sunday Celtic Slow Session, at the Aptos Fire Station

The usual first-Sunday Aptos Fire Station session is on the second Sunday this month instead, because the first Sunday was Easter.

Sunday, April 12, 2-4 pm
Slow Sessions Second-Sunday-of-the-Month-this-time :-) at the Aptos Fire Station - The station reserves the right to preempt our reservation in the event of an emergency.

6934 Soquel Drive, from Santa Cruz, past Cabrillo College near Mar Vista Elementary School. (exit the hwy at Park Ave) Enter by the back door on the east end of the building. The group will meet upstairs. A wheelchair lift is available at the back of the building, but large instruments may not be transported by the lift.

Smoking, eating, drinking are not permitted and the room must be returned to the condition it was in upon arrival. The Fire Station is also now a 'scent free zone' so perfumes should not be worn.

1st-Sunday Celtic Slow Session, at the Aptos Fire Station

Sunday, February 1, 2-4 pm
Slow Sessions First Sunday of the Month at the Aptos Fire Station - The station reserves the right to preempt our reservation in the event of an emergency.

6934 Soquel Drive, from Santa Cruz, past Cabrillo College near Mar Vista Elementary School. (exit the hwy at Park Ave) Enter by the back door on the east end of the building. The group will meet upstairs. A wheelchair lift is available at the back of the building, but large instruments may not be transported by the lift.

Smoking, eating, drinking are not permitted and the room must be returned to the condition it was in upon arrival. The Fire Station is also now a 'scent free zone', so perfumes should not be worn.

5th-Sunday Santa Cruz Celtic Slow/Moderate Session

There will be a special 5th-Sunday slow/moderate Celtic session this Sunday, July 29, from 2:30-4:30pm, at Frederick Street Park.

Frederick Street Park is at 168 Frederick St., in Eastside Santa Cruz by the Yacht Harbor.

Lucas suggests "bring a chair, bring a hat, bring a snak?"

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Céad míle fáilte (100 thousand welcomes)!
You're invited to the 2nd Sunday of the month Session, 7pm - 9pm on July 8, Britannia Arms Pub, 8017 Soquel Dr., Aptos. This is a slow/moderate/intermediate-speed session.

Etiquette guidelines:
1) Session starts promptly.
2) Going around in a circle, everyone has a turn to choose a tune and the tempo. Tunes are generally played at moderate speed, but players are willing to slow down if needed.
3) A single tune is played 3 times. In a set, each tune is played twice.
4) All types of instruments are welcome and appreciated, but acoustic only, please!
5) Talking beyond short chats or helpful comments please carry on out of the circle or after the session.
6) This is a place of business. Please purchase something, if only a soda. Come early and have some of the pub's tasty food.
7) In general, sheet music is not used at sessions (other than the 1st and 3rd-Sunday Slow Sessions). This is the session you can use to wean yourself. Here's a website with tips on playing by ear:
http://www.slowplayers.org/SCTLS/learn.html
Of course, use your tuneset book if needed.

Directions from Santa Cruz: South on Hwy 1, take State Park exit, turn left at light. At Soquel Dr., turn right. Go about a half mile. Go under a bridge. Pub's immediately on the left. Parking is best just past the pub on the left in general village parking.

For more info on the Britannia Arms, see their web site
http://www.britanniaarmsaptos.com/

3rd Sunday Santa Cruz Celtic Slow Session, May 20 at The Buttery

Fáilte (welcome) to this month's 3rd Sunday Session. 3rd Sunday of the month, 2 - 4 p.m on May 20, at The Buttery bakery and cafe, at 702 Soquel Avenue close to downtown Santa Cruz. This is a slow session. Bain sult as! (enjoy)

Etiquette guidelines:
1) Going around in a circle, everyone has a turn to choose a tune and the tempo.
2) Try to maintain the tempo set by the person who chose the tune. Conversely, if you choose a tune and tempo and find that the tempo gets sped up too much while playing, don't be shy about asking that it be immediately played again sticking to the slower tempo -- it's good practice for everyone.
3) A single tune is played 3 times. In a set, each tune is played twice.
4) If needed, bring your music stand and tuneset book. Here's a website with tips on playing by ear:
http://www.slowplayers.org/SCTLS/learn.html
5) "Foinn Session" tunebooks of 116 tunes commonly played at the sessions are sold at the session for $15, and you can now download and print the 1006-tune "King Street Sessions Tunebook" for free from http://www.pacholo.com/mike/ -- many thanks to Michael Long for putting the book together and now putting it online as well! Of course you can also always play by ear or look on with someone else.
6) All types of instruments are welcome and appreciated, but acoustic only, please!

Some months we've played out on The Buttery's patio -- you can see two photos of this in Nick's blog entry
http://quantumtantra.blogspot.com/2008/07/santa-cruz-session-relocates.html
-- and then other months we've been playing upstairs in an office, which you can see in these two photos
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/114769053993844106784/photos/114769053993844106784/albums/5672528947887394961/5672528951760151394
https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/114769053993844106784/photos/114769053993844106784/albums/5672528947887394961/5672529214696831106
Basically, if you don't see anyone on the patio, go up the stairs on the left outside wall of the Buttery, and you'll find us in a room down the hall on the left.

For more information on The Buttery, see http://www.butterybakery.com/

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3rd Sunday Santa Cruz Celtic Slow Session, April 15 at The Buttery

Fáilte (welcome) to this month's 3rd Sunday Session. 3rd Sunday of the month, 2 - 4 p.m on April 15, at The Buttery bakery and cafe, at 702 Soquel Avenue close to downtown Santa Cruz. This is a slow session. Bain sult as! (enjoy)

Etiquette guidelines:
1) Going around in a circle, everyone has a turn to choose a tune and the tempo.
2) Try to maintain the tempo set by the person who chose the tune. Conversely, if you choose a tune and tempo and find that the tempo gets sped up too much while playing, don't be shy about asking that it be immediately played again sticking to the slower tempo -- it's good practice for everyone.
3) A single tune is played 3 times. In a set, each tune is played twice.
4) If needed, bring your music stand and tuneset book. Here's a website with tips on playing by ear:
http://www.slowplayers.org/SCTLS/learn.html
5) "Foinn Session" tunebooks of 116 tunes commonly played at the sessions are sold at the session for $15, and you can now download and print the 1006-tune "King Street Sessions Tunebook" for free from http://www.pacholo.com/mike/ -- many thanks to Michael Long for putting the book together and now putting it online as well! Of course you can also always play by ear or look on with someone else.
6) All types of instruments are welcome and appreciated, but acoustic only, please!

Some months we've played out on The Buttery's patio -- you can see two photos of this in Nick's blog entry
http://quantumtantra.blogspot.com/2008/07/santa-cruz-session-relocates.html
-- and then other months we've been playing upstairs in an office, which you can see in these two photos
http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=20134442079&view=all
Basically, if you don't see anyone on the patio, go up the stairs on the left outside wall of the Buttery, and you'll find us in a room down the hall on the left.

For more information on The Buttery, see http://www.butterybakery.com/

2nd Sunday Celtic Moderate-Speed Session - April 8

Sorry I didn't post this earlier in the week; I was procrastinating on calling Britannia Arms to confirm that things were still on as usual despite it being Easter Sunday.

Céad míle fáilte (100 thousand welcomes)!
You're invited to the 2nd Sunday of the month Session, 7pm - 9pm on April 8, Britannia Arms Pub, 8017 Soquel Dr., Aptos. This is a slow/moderate/intermediate-speed session.

Etiquette guidelines:
1) Session starts promptly.
2) Going around in a circle, everyone has a turn to choose a tune and the tempo. Tunes are generally played at moderate speed, but players are willing to slow down if needed.
3) A single tune is played 3 times. In a set, each tune is played twice.
4) All types of instruments are welcome and appreciated, but acoustic only, please!
5) Talking beyond short chats or helpful comments please carry on out of the circle or after the session.
6) This is a place of business. Please purchase something, if only a soda. Come early and have some of the pub's tasty food.
7) In general, sheet music is not used at sessions (other than the 1st and 3rd-Sunday Slow Sessions). This is the session you can use to wean yourself. Here's a website with tips on playing by ear:
http://www.slowplayers.org/SCTLS/learn.html
Of course, use your tuneset book if needed.

Directions from Santa Cruz: South on Hwy 1, take State Park exit, turn left at light. At Soquel Dr., turn right. Go about a half mile. Go under a bridge. Pub's immediately on the left. Parking is best just past the pub on the left in general village parking.

For more info on the Britannia Arms, see their web site
http://www.britanniaarmsaptos.com/

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