A Tune-Learning Site for ITM

Welcome to Slowplayers.org!


Slowplayers is about Craic Agus Ceol! *  Slow players are a dedicated group of people from all over the world who want to learn enjoy tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia, England and beyond — that is, Irish Traditional Music (ITM); and, as this is community music, played for dances, they devote themselves to learning in a group setting.  Over many generations it evolved into what’s called session music — tunes played at a house or in a pub.

I designed this website to helping people learn to play session tunes by offering the tunes at a slower tempo.  It is similar to what is called a slow session.  

If you love this music (even a little) please take the time to support it in your community. Play the music whenever you can, and go see those who play it well!  

Also, if you think this website has been useful to you, please consider supporting its continuation with a contribution through paypal — using the button in the upper-right side of the page.  Thanks! 

The Kansas City Slow Sessions scsplogo

We have a slow session (or learning session) in Kansas City, which was my inspiration for revamping Michael Duffy’s website.  At our learning sessions in KC all instruments are welcome.  For a brief history of Slowplayers.org click here. For more general information about what we offer click here. For the current learning session agenda, click here. For more information about The Kansas City School of Irish Music click here.

*Oh, btw, in Irish the phrase “Craic Agus Ceol” means  “Conviviality and Music” or “Fun and Music” depending on who you talk to.


This web page was created for the sole purpose of passing on the playing of traditional Irish music free to everyone.

The information on this site is under copyright protection.  

Any redistribution of this material for profit is illegal, strictly prohibited, and seriously frowned upon. 



  • Gordon Bearss
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    How very usefull. For learning tunes or having
    a list of titles or sound files to help come up
    with the next tune to play at a session. I am going
    to learn “Christmas Eve” tonight.

  • Sabrina Hubert
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your inspiration and all your efforts! And thanks for your patience with us “newbies”. We’ll get there with your instruction.

  • Jim Windels
    Posted May 18, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Good job Eddie! Thanks for all the hard work.

  • Donna Brown
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    This is a truly amazing site. All the stories are terrific. These are wonderfully clear recordings too! Many thanks for your hard work and attention to detail.

  • Colleen aka "Nicki Joy's Mom"
    Posted May 12, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Nice job, sir. This feels inspiring by making play accessible.

  • Maria Morton
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Great resource! Thanks, 40-Coats!

  • Colleen Kennedy
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    I love this site!!! Full of great information! Thank you.


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