John Whelan's "Taking Time" Sessions

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Every Wednesday, John hosts a free, live “Taking Time” slow session on Zoom.

John teaches a tune phrase-by-phrase for one hour starting at 2:30 PM Pacific time / 5:30 PM Eastern / 10:30 PM Irish/UK time.

Then, after a 30-minute break, the main session starts at 4:00 PM Pacific time / 7:00 PM Eastern / Midnight Irish/UK time, lasts for about two hours, and regularly draws attendees from around the world.

Players and listeners of all levels are very welcome to enjoy playing or hearing favorite tunes at a moderate tempo, along with the all-important warmth of connection that shared music brings into our lives.

This is also a great opportunity for learning new tunes, as everybody but the session leader (John) will be muted while they play. Unlike an in-person session, you can noodle along to your heart's content, and nobody will ever know unless you tell them.

Players and listeners of all levels were very welcome to enjoy their favorite tunes at a moderate tempo while reminding us all of the warmth of connection that shared music brings into our lives.


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"Taking Time" Tune Lessons


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"Taking Time" #52 - 9 March 2022


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1) Reels: Lord McDonald's (G) / Ballinasloe Fair (G)

2) Jigs: Apples in Winter (Em) / Mooncoin (A)

3) Hornpipes: Dunphy's (G) / Kitty's Wedding (D)

4) Reels: Rolling in the Barrel (Edor) / In the Tap Room (Edor) / Earl's Chair (D)

5) Jigs: Sixpenny Money (D) / Trip to Athlone (D)

6) Hornpipes: Rights of Man (Em) / The Home Ruler (D)

7) O'Carolan: Lord Inchiquin (D)

8) Reels: Eel in the Sink (D) / Boys of Ballisadare (G) / Crooked Road to Dublin (G)

9) Jigs: New York Jig [AKA Paddy's Resource] (G) / [Old] Geese in the Bog (C)

10) Hornpipes: McDermott's (D) / Lad O'Beirne's (G)

11) Reels: Sally Gardens (G) / Sligo Maid (Am) / Father Kelly's 1 [AKA Rossmore Jetty] (G)


"Taking Time" #51 - 2 March 2022


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1) Reels: Farrell O'Gara (D) / Christmas Eve (G) / Come West Along the Road (G)

2) Jigs: The Lark in the Morning (D) / The Lilting Banshee (Ador)

3) Reels: Dowd's #9 (D) / Cooley's (Edor) / Skylark (D)

4) Hornpipes: Blackbird (Dmix) / Plains of Boyle (D)

5) Reels: Sally Gardens (G) / Sligo Maid (Ador)


"Taking Time" #50 - 23 February 2022


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1) Reels: Woman of the House (G) / Devanney's Goat (D) / Flogging Reel (G) / Man of the House (G)

2) Jigs: Whelan's (Edor) / Have a Drink with Me (G) / Creel of Turf (Edor)

3) Hornpipes: Tailor's Twist (D) / Wily Old Bachelor (G) / The Western (C)

4) Reels: Torn Jacket (D) / Ormond Sound (Ador) / Humours of Tulla (D) / Over the Moor to Maggie (G)

5) Jigs: Coppers and Brass [AKA Humours of Ennistymon] (G) / The Bank of Turf (D) / Ahern's Egg (Emix)

6) Hornpipes: Sonny Murray's [AKA The Wicklow] (D) / Stack of Wheat (G) / The Wonder (G) / The New Century (Gmix) [last two by George Ross]

7) Reels: Anderson's (D) / Lady on the Island (D) / Morning Dew (Edor) / Silver Spear (D)

8) Slides: Merrily Kiss The Quaker (G) / Dingle Regatta (G)


"Taking Time" #49 - 16 February 2022


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1) Reels: Miss Monaghan (D) / Green Groves of Erin (Am) / Trim the Velvet (G)

2) Jigs: Connaughtman's Rambles (D) / Father O'Flynn (D) / Kesh (G)

3) Hornpipes: Plains of Boyle (D) / Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (Edor) / Madame Bonaparte (G)

4) Slip Jigs: White Mountain [AKA Arragh Mountains by Paddy O'Brien] (G) / The Butterfly (Em)

5) Reels: Pretty Girls of Mayo (G) / Ships Are Sailing (Edor) / The Heather Breeze (G)

6) Hornpipes: The Greencastle (G) / Galway (D)

7) Reels: John Brennan's (D) / The Wise Maid (D) / Maid Behind the Bar (D) / Reel of Rio (G)

8) O'Carolan: Madame Maxwell (D)

9) Slip Jigs: A Fig for a Kiss (Edor) / Kid on the Mountain (Em) / Hunting the Hare (D)

10) Hornpipes: Boys of Bluehill (D) / Harvest Home (D)

11) Reels: Concert Reel (D) / New Mown Meadows (Edor) / Father Kelly's [AKA Rossmore Jetty] (G)


"Taking Time" #48 - 9 February 2022


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1) Reels: Lady on the Island (D) / Dairymaid Reel (D)

2) Jigs: Tenpenny Bit (G) / Trip to Athlone (D)

3) Hornpipes: Alexander's (D) / Cronin's (G)

4) O'Carolan's Concerto [AKA Mrs. Power] (D)

5) Reels: Hughie Travers' Reel (G) / Jolly Tinker (Ador) / Woman of the House (G)

6) Jigs: Black Rogue (D) / A Trip to the Cottage (G) / Josie's Visit [Shaskeen Jig] (D)

7) Hornpipes: Kitty's Wedding (G) / Sonny Murray's [The Wicklow] (D)

8) Reels: Reel of Mullinavat (G) / Whistling Postman Reel (D) / Chattering Magpie (G)

9) Jigs: Apples in Winter (Edor) / Mooncoin (Amix) / Carraroe Jig (D)

10) Reels: Ah, Surely! (G) / Glencolmcille (D) / Anderson's (D) / Gravel Walks (G) / Ships Are Sailing (D)


"Taking Time" #47 - 2 February 2022


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1) Reels: Maude Miller (G) / Molloy's (D)

2) Jigs: Connaughtman's Rambles (D) / Tobin's Favorite (D)

3) Hornpipes: Pleasures Of Hope (D) / Friendly Visit (G)

4) Reels: Red Haired Lass (G) / Ormond Sound (Ador) / Scholar (D)

5) O'Carolan: Planxty Fanny Power (G)

6) Hornpipes: Wiley Old Bachelor (G) / Western (C)

7) Jigs: Doctor O'Neill's (D) / Killavel (Edor)

8) Slides: Star Above the Garter (D) / Brosna (G) / Cnoc na gClarac (Edor) [Brosna Slides #1 & 3, respectively]

9) Reels: Beare Island (E/Edor) / Humours of Ballyconnell (D)

10) Hornpipes: Poll Ha'Penny (D) / Murphy's (G)

11) Reels: The New Copperplate (G) / The Old Copperplate (Ador)


"Taking Time" #46 - 26 January 2022


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Setlist for "Taking Time" #46

1) Reels: Foxhunter's (G) / Last Night's Fun (D)

2) Jigs: Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part (G) / Coming Of Spring (D)

3) Hornpipes: The Pleasures Of Hope (D) / The Friendly Visit (G)

4) Reels: Forget Me Not (D) / Culfadda (G)

5) Hornpipes: Around The Fairy Fort (G) / The New Broom (G)

6) Hornpipes: Kitty's Wedding (D) / Cronin's Rambles (G)

7) Reels: Sally Gardens (G) / Sligo Maid (Am) / Flogging (G)

8) Jigs: Cherish The Ladies (D) / The Cook In The Kitchen (G) / Father O'Flynn (D)

9) Hornpipes: Spellan The Fiddler (G) / The Windy City (F) / Deacon Harry Doyle's (G)

10) Jigs: Humours of Drinagh (D) / Saddle The Pony (G)

11) Reels: Belles of Tipperary (D) / Providence (D) / Speed The Plough (D)

Thank you again to Alina Larson for providing the actual set list as played on the recording!


"Taking Time" #45 - 19 January 2022


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Setlist for "Taking Time" #45

1) Reels: Jackie Coleman's (D) / Bag of Spuds (Ador) / Bird in the Bush (G)

2) Jigs: New York Jig [AKA Paddy's Resource] (G) / [Old] Geese in the Bog (C)

3) Hornpipes: Dunphy's (G) / Galway (D)

4) Reels: Father Kelly's [AKA Rossmore Jetty] (G) / Dowd's #9 (D)

5) Jigs: Humours of Glendart (D) / Haunted House [AKA Leitrim Fancy] (G)

6) Hornpipes: Horse Keane (G) / Brown Coffin [AKA Factory Smoke] (Emin)

7) Reels: Tim Maloney's (G) / Morning Dew (Edor)

8) Slides: Merrily Kiss the Quaker (G) / Dingle Regatta (G)

9) Hornpipes: Plains of Boyle (Dmix) / Boys of Bluehill (D)

10) Reels: Jolly Tinker (Ador) / Pigeon On The Gate (Edor)

11) Waltz: My Ballingarry Lady

Thank you again to Alina Larson for providing the actual set list as played on the recording!


"Taking Time" #44 - 12 January 2022


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Setlist for "Taking Time" #44

1) Reels: The Otter's Holt (Bm) / The Abbey (Ador)

2) Jigs: Willie Coleman's / Gallagher's Frolics (Em)

3) Hornpipes: Boys Of Bluehill / Harvest Home

4) Reels: Lord McDonald's / Ballinasloe Fair (Amin)

5) Jigs: Queen of the Fair / Eddie Kelly's [AKA Meelick Team] (Em) / Rose in the Heather

6) Hornpipes: Off To California / The Rights Of Man (Em)

7) Reels: Hunter's House / Love at The Endings

8) Jigs: Connaughtman's Rambles / Tobin's Favorite / Kesh / Cherish The Ladies

9) Reels: Tarbolton / Longford Collector / Sailor's Bonnet

10) O'Carolan: Sí Beag Sí Mór

Thank you again to Alina Larson for providing the actual set list as played on the recording!


"Taking Time" #44 - 12 January 2022


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Setlist for "Taking Time" #44

1) Reels: The Otter's Holt (Bm) / The Abbey (Ador)

2) Jigs: Willie Coleman's / Gallagher's Frolics (Em)

3) Hornpipes: Boys Of Bluehill / Harvest Home

4) Reels: Lord McDonald's / Ballinasloe Fair (Amin)

5) Jigs: Queen of the Fair / Eddie Kelly's [AKA Meelick Team] (Em) / Rose in the Heather

6) Hornpipes: Off To California / The Rights Of Man (Em)

7) Reels: Hunter's House / Love at The Endings

8) Jigs: Connaughtman's Rambles / Tobin's Favorite / Kesh / Cherish The Ladies

9) Reels: Tarbolton / Longford Collector / Sailor's Bonnet

10) O'Carolan: Sí Beag Sí Mór

Thank you again to Alina Larson for providing the actual set list as played on the recording!


"Taking Time" #43 - 5 January 2022


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Setlist for "Taking Time" #43

1) Reels: Ash Plant (Edor) / My Love is in America / McFadden's Handsome Daughter (A)

2) Jigs: Maid on the Green / Paddy O Rafferty / Haunted House [AKA "Old" Leitrim Fancy]

3) Hornpipes: Boys Of Bluehill / Harvest Home

4) Reels: Wise Maid / Cooley's (Edor) / Maid Behind The Bar

5) Jigs: Boys of Loch Gowna / Whelan's (Edor)

6) Hornpipes: Tailor's Twist / The Western (C)

7) Slides: Scattery Island / Bill The Weaver's

8) Reels: Earl's Chair / John Brennan's / Piper's Despair (Edor)

9) Jigs: New York Jig [AKA Paddy's Resource] / Strike The Gay Harp / [Old] Geese In The Bog (C) / The Rolling Wave [AKA Humours of Trim]

Thank you Alina Larson for providing the actual set list as played on the recording!


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