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Dancing at McGraw’s!

The opportunities to enjoy dancing to live Irish music are really starting to pick up, which is terrific. Tomorrow (Saturday) evening there’s a Tom Finucane Branch Irish Ceili with guided dances and lots of splendid musicians. Ample supply of Guinness and other fine beverages are available to cool you down, too.

This past Monday we had excellent dancers for our 6:00-7:00 Waltz session and others stopped by to do the same on Wednesday (not to mention, of course, young Renee, Gwyn, Colleen, Wendy and so many others who dance whenever they have chance to drop in). Hopefully everyone is having a great time whether dancing, playing or listening, and we can just keep adding opportunities for more and more!

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Slower Session Summer Vacation

We’re 1/2 way through our “Spring Semester” of Classic Traditional Irish Tunes, which ends on May 24th. And, we’ve learned over 1/2 the tunes so we’re in great shape. This week we tackled the jig Rose in the Heather which fits in the middle of the set that begins with Out on the Ocean and ends with Kesh. And we also added The Rose Tree polka even though Bernie wasn’t there to lead the way. For this coming Monday, how about we learn Miss Monaghan’s so we can start playing our first complete reel set?

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Mondays in March

A) For our Slower Session, let’s learn the reel Drowsy Maggie this week. If we feel ambitious and eager for a new jig, my vote is for Rose in the Heather so we can complete the set (started with Out on the Ocean and ending with Kesh).

B) For our waltzes & airs, these are the tunes & keys I believe we settled on for starters: South Wind (G), Gentle Maiden (G), Sheebeg, Sheemore (D), Fanny Power (G), Crested Hens (Em), Ashokan Farewell (D), Greensleeves (Em), The Ash Grove (G), Believe Me If All those Endearing Young Charms (D), The Sally Gardens (D), Both Sides the Tweed (Dm). I’m sure we’ll be adding more gems soon!

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Waltzes & Airs

Why not? A number of us have been playing them weekly before the “Slower Session”. It’s been such a pleasure (& sounds so lush!) that we might as well lock it in officially: Every Monday from 6:00 – 7:00. We even have a pleasant fellow willing to accompany us on the piano. How about these tunes for starters (google for the music if needed):

South Wind (G), Gentle Maiden (G), Sheebeg, Sheemore (D), Fanny Power (G), Crested Hens (Em), Ashokan Farewell (D), Greensleeves (Em), The Ash Grove (D), Believe Me If All those Endearing Young Charms (D). Many more, of course. We can always do Carolan’s Quarrel with the Landlady (D) and Both Sides the Tweed (Dm), too.

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McGraw’s Fish Fry!

That’s right – Josh is now ready to cook you some delicious fish with french fries & cole slaw or a hearty hamburger if you’d like a change from Shephard’s Pie and Guinness Beef Stew. Enjoy some this week while watching young Jayne & Bram perform on Thursday, John Dady on Friday, or Cuisle Mo Chroi on Saturday.

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Tullamore Celtic Band

This Saturday Night: You couldn’t ask for a nicer group of very talented musicians. They sing, they’ve mastered multiple instruments, and they play lots of the wonderful traditional Irish tunes that are frequently heard at sessions around town. It’s a real treat to have them at our pub!

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Monday Slower Session

Salutations – The sessions on Monday are going splendidly, far exceeding expectations. This is due primarily to the 15-20 helpful & congenial players who have really been putting in the time to learn these great tunes. It’s such a treat to have guitars, flutes, fiddles, accordians, hammered dulcimers, bodhrans, etc. all being played together. And, the steady and cheery tempo that Jane provides has been indispensible — thank you Jane!

FYI: Now that I’m finally learning how to use this blog (which the incomparably valuable Marlene developed along with so much else at McGraw’s Pub) I’ll try to start including some features like our list of tunes and maybe even photos/videos sometime. — Tom B.

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Saturday Irish Dance Workshops

McGraw’s Irish Pub will be hosting Céilí dance workshops every Saturday at 2pm starting January 8th.

Ceilis are group dances that are carried out in the lively step dancing style. The dances that will be covered date back to the 12th century and are certified by An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha. These workshops are free and open to beginning and advanced dancers of any age.

For a family-friendly activity steeped in Irish tradition, come on over to McGraw’s on Saturday afternoons!

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