My 2009/10 Bedford Jam Playlist

Not having played much in public, and needing all the help I can get, I recorded my practising of these tunes for other fiddlers and accompanists at our weekly jam so they might be able to help me when my turn comes at the microphone. These are recorded in mp3 or wav format.  Right Click to download them.

Join us to play, or listen, or dance, every Tuesday evening at the Bedford Leisure Centre behind the Legion, at 7:15 pm.

September 29: Spootiskerry in G, Ookpik Waltz in G (with harmony played by Gordon Stobbe)

 - in memory of the great British Columbia composer and fiddler, Frankie Rogers who died this month. His Ookpic Waltz is widely played but sometimes called The American Waltz in the States, and The Canadian Waltz in Canada.

October 6: Hoping to make the above tunes sound better with the group, I'll do them again; Click these links for chords and sheet music to Spootiskerry, and chords and sheet music to Ookpik Waltz.

October 20: Maiden's Prayer in A, In Memory of Herbie Macleod in A (Sheet Music) - to remember Jerry Holland who often played Maiden's Prayer, and who wrote In Memory of  Herbie MacLeod.

November 3: Wildwood Waltz in G, and Alex and Maureen's Twostep in G written by Elanor and Graham Townsend respectively.

November 10: It's a Long Way to Tipperary in A, and The Girl I left behind Me in G. Chosen as Remembrance Day offerings, two tunes popular during past war years.

November 17: Bonaparte's Retreat, Rock Valley Jig in C

November 24: Whiskey Before Breakfast in D, and The Butterfly in E-

December 1: Pelican Reel in D (composed by G. Stobbe), Sir John A MacDonald Waltz in A (composed by G. Townsend)

December 8: Two marches in the key of D:  Barren Rocks of Aden, and Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine

January 12: Old Red Barn in G, and Off She Goes in D

January 26:  Murray River Jig (composed by G. Townsend), and Dainty Davey in honour of Bobby Burns Day

 If one of the tunes listed for a date are played before my turn, I will do one of these tunes: Red Wing, or Chinese Breakdown (with accompaniment from the CD "Fiddler's Friend Jam Tyme Vol. I")


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 Any players, any instrument, are welcome to attend the jams. Even nonplayers who like traditional music are welcome, no charge.

 Sessions are at 7:15 pm every Tuesday.  We play in the Bedford Leisure Centre alongside the Bedford Legion.


Come and listen to, or play traditional Irish Music every Wednesday evening  at the Lion's Head Tavern in Halifax. Bring your instrument and join in.  The music starts at 8 pm.

 Go to our new website for tunes and more: Halifax Slower Sessions