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Latest News

1 August 2013 - Michael Duffy has transferred this site to me, Eddie Edwards. I will be working on updating it for a while.

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14 July, 2010 - I am no longer (as if you had not figured it out by now) making regular updates to this site. I find that I simply do not have the time. If anyone really has a desire to keep this site updated, please drop me a note. Otherwise I suspect that once it's time to renew the domain, I'll let it go. It's been a good run...

29 March, 2007
- I've made updates to several pages, and I've starting on the 'world slowplay' page. I have three added in the US, plus one in Scotland and one in Austrialia.

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2 March, 2007 - I am working with a few friends of mine to produce a new slowplay CD. It will feature Angeline Leleux on fiddle, and William Bajzek on guitar and flute. I have the master and as soon as I get the liner notes and ABC files sorted out, I'll be sending it to the duplicator. I'll announce it here when it's available.

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After a long time away from maintaining this site, I'll be doing a bit of work to bring it back up to as current as I can. This will include a fair bit of reprogramming.

I've also started work on a 'PDA' friendly version. It is formatted for low bandwidth (almost no graphics) and 320 wide screens. It looks great on my new Treo 650 from Palm. The first section that is being worked on is the tune list located HERE. If you take a look at it, please let me know what you think.

Please note that most pda and phone browsers are quite limited in their capability and will not play the tunes linked from the page (but you can generally download them). Neither will they open multiple browser windows... I hope that eventually the browsers will have a little more capable in the future.

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Sets in the CitySlowplay - A new CD by Jeffrey Hillgrove featuring himself on guitar and Del Eckels on the bodhran. Jeffrey has been playing with our seisiuns for a while now, and lately, he has branched out to playing gigs at local Celtic events and has been seen sitting in with a few of the local bands in pubs as well. It's good to see people who have been regular seisiun members move on to the main stage.

His CD is a great tool for those needing a set of tunes with a slower tempo to practice with, Jeffrey plays with a light and lively style. It may be ordered by by clicking the 'Slowplay' link above or the the photo to the left.

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Sets in the CitySets in the City - The new CD by Tipsy House has finally been released! This CD features music for three popular set dances and a few waltzes as well. It is available through Michael Riemer, Michael Duffy, Martin Sirk or Jonathan Coxhead. It may also be ordered on line from Tipsy House by clicking the 'Sets in the City' link above or the the photo to the left.

This CD is absolutely brilliant and will make a nice addition to your collection even if you are not a set dancer. Click below for a sample track featuring The Godfather / John Kelly's / John Brady's:

The Ookpik / The Parting - MP3
Cameronian / Annie Walsh's / Lads of Laois - MP3
The Godfather / John Kelly's / John Brady's - MP3

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So, what is a 'Slow Play Seisiún', anyway?
A Slow Play Seisiún is a seisiún that plays the tunes at roughly half speed or less. As we learn the tune and are more comfortable with it, the pace picks up to full speed (or nearly so). The goal of the seisiún is to learn the tunes in a friendly and supportive environment with others who are at the same skill level.

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The Groups
We number Six SlowPlay groups, each with their own style:

The Small Circle Tune Learning Session are based in the Denver / Boulder area. Mainly Irish Tunes, but others may float in on occasion. They meet every Sunday at The Small Circle Coffeehouse in Longmont

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The East Bay SlowPlayers play every Saturday night at private homes, in San Leandro / Hayward areas. The music is for the most part Irish in origin, but Scots tunes are being added.

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The Mid-Peninsula SlowPlayers have passed away after a long run. How sad.

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Boston's Original Slow Seisiún is the fourth addition to the SlowPlayers family. They play every Monday night at the Green Briar Pub in Brighton, MA.

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The Berkeley Area Slow Seisiún play every Sunday afternoon in private homes in Berkeley and El Sobrante.

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The Cooley-Keegan Slow Seisiún meets at Ireland's 32 on Geary Blvd. in San Francisco. This seisiún is being sponsored by the Cooley-Keegan branch of Comhaltas Ceolt�ir� �ireann.   The seisiún will be in a two-part format, the first being slow, and the second at more traditional speeds.  We play on the second and last Mondays of every month.

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The Cooley-Keegan Slow Seisiún meets at The Plough and Stars on Clement St. in San Francisco. This seisiún is being sponsored by the Cooley-Keegan branch of Comhaltas Ceolt�ir� �ireann.   The seisiún will be in a two-part format, the first being slow, and the second at more traditional speeds.  We play on the third Tuesday of every month.

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Other Items
This site also has links to ballroom and traditional dance and other Celtic sites of interest. Our music list offers pdf documents, gif images of the music scores, midi files, and ABC files of the music that we play. We also host probably the largest (and most accurate) list of California Celtic Seisiúns on the 'net. Check it out!

We hope that you enjoy this site, and find it informative. If you have any suggestions on how we may improve the site, or if you have something to add, please feel free to sign our Guest Book.


Greg, Bill, Tris, Zina, Dirk, Michael, & Michael

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