John Whelan's "Taking Time" Session Set Lists

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

The session starts at 4pm Pacific time/7pm 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, even — or rather, especially — now.

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.

The recording of the most recent session is always available for download from this website for one week after the event and can be found at the top of the setlist section below.


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"Taking Time" Session #18 - 17 Feb 2021

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Reels

Anderson's / Gravel Walks / Ships are Sailing

Lady on the Island / The Dairymaid

Crowley’s / O’Rourke’s / The Wild Irishman

The Reel Of Mullinavat / The Whistling Postman / The Chattering Magpie

Traver's / The Jolly Tinker / The Woman Of The House

Jigs

Paddy Taylor’s Jig / Buttermilk Mary /Haste To The Wedding

Katie's Fancy / The Boys Of The Town

Out Of The Mist / The Furze In Bloom / The Bells Of Lismore

The Whistling Postman (Charlie Mulvihill’s) / The Humours Of Lisheen / Tom Connor's

Hornpipes

The Factory Smoke

Spillane The Fiddler / The Windy City / Deacon Harry Doyle’s

Thames / Sonny Murrays (The Wicklow) / Kitty’s Wedding

Tailor’s Twist / The Western

Slip Jigs

Foxhunters / Butterfly

Slides

Michael Russell’s / The Star Above the Garter

The Brosna / Cnoc Na GClarac (The Brosna Slides #3)

Polkas

The Maids Of Ardagh / Memories Of Ballymote

The Ballydesmond / The Tournmore

Waltzes

My Ballingarry Lady


"Taking Time" Session #16 - 3 Feb 2021


Reels

Miss Monaghan / Green Groves Of Erin / Trim the Velvet

Sporting Paddy / John Dwyer’s / Galtee Rangers

The Girl That Broke My Heart / Paddy Ryan’s Dream / Music In The Glen

Pretty Girls Of Mayo / Ships Are Sailing / The Heathery Breeze

Reel Of Rio / The Wise Maid / Maid Behind the Bar

The Blackberry Blossom / My Love is in America / Last Night’s Fun

Concert Reel / New Mown Meadow / Father Kelly’s

Jigs

Irish Washerwoman / Sixpenny Money

Eddie Kelly’s / Connaughtman's Rambles

Ten Penny Bit / Trip To Athlone

The Coming of Spring / Scotsman Over The Border

Condon’s Frolics / Munster Bacon

Hornpipes

Thames / Sonny Murray's

The Greencastle / The Pleasures Of Hope / Munster Grass

Ben Hill / The Home Ruler

McDermott’s / Lad O’Bierne’s

The Horse Keane / The Brown Coffin

The Wicklow / Cronin’s

Polkas

The Maids Of Ardagh / Memories Of Ballymote

The Ballydesmond / The Tournmore

Forde’s Polka / Denis Murphy’s

Murroe Polka / Maids Of Ardagh

After The Battle Of Aughrim / McElroy’s Fancy (The Glenside)

Slides

Mary Willie’s (Cat Rambles to the Child's Saucepan) / The Old Favourite / Going to The Well For Water

Michael Russell’s / The Star Above the Garter

The Brosna / Cnoc Na GClarac (The Brosna Slides #3)

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Si Bheag Si Mohr / Planxty Fanny Power


"Taking Time" Session #15 - 27 Jan 2021


Reels

Ash Plant / / My Love is in America / McFadden's Handsome Daughter

Music In The Glenn / Anderson's

Jolly Tinker / Pigeon On The Gate

Sheila Coyle’s / Pipers Despair / O’Rourke’s

Lucy Campbell's / Morning Dew

Jigs

Maid on The Green / Paddy O Rafferty / Leitrim Fancy

Condon’s Frolics / Munster Bacon

The Rolling Waves / The Miller’s Maggot

Strike The Gay Harp / Green Fields of Woodford

New York Jig / Geese In The Bog

Father O’Flynn / Father Tom's Wager / The Lilting Fisherman

Hornpipes

Dunphy’s / Galway

Plains of Boyle / Boys of Bluehill

Rover through the Bog / Miss Galvin’s

Thames / Sonny Murray's

Slip Jigs

The White Mountain (Paddy O’Briens) / A Fig For A Kiss

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Madame Maxwell

Planxty Fanny Power


"Taking Time" Session #17 - 10 Feb 2021

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Reels

Lord McDonalds / Ballinasloe Fair

Salamanca / Galway Reel

The Otter's Holt / The Abbey

Forget Me Not / Culfadda

Hunter's House / Love at The Endings

Glencolmcille / Ah Surely

Dunmore Lasses / The Mountain Road

Jigs

Wandering Minstrel / The Millpond

The Black Rogue / The Girls Of Banbridge

Coppers and Brass / Cook In The Kitchen

The Luck Penny / Trip to The Cottage

Apples In Winter / Mooncoin

Hornpipes

The Pleasures Of Hope / The Friendly Visit

Kitty’s Wedding / Cronin’s Rambles

The Wonder (George Ross) / The New Century (George Ross)

Barn Dance

Lucy Farr’s / Vincent Broderick’s

Polkas

Egan’s / Tripping to the Well

The Maids Of Ardagh / Memories Of Ballymote

The Ballydesmond / The Tournmore

Slides

Michael Russell’s / The Star Above the Garter

The Brosna / Cnoc Na GClarac (The Brosna Slides #3)


"Taking Time" Session #16 - 3 Feb 2021


Reels

Miss Monaghan / Green Groves Of Erin / Trim the Velvet

Sporting Paddy / John Dwyer’s / Galtee Rangers

The Girl That Broke My Heart / Paddy Ryan’s Dream / Music In The Glen

Pretty Girls Of Mayo / Ships Are Sailing / The Heathery Breeze

Reel Of Rio / The Wise Maid / Maid Behind the Bar

The Blackberry Blossom / My Love is in America / Last Night’s Fun

Concert Reel / New Mown Meadow / Father Kelly’s

Jigs

Irish Washerwoman / Sixpenny Money

Eddie Kelly’s / Connaughtman's Rambles

Ten Penny Bit / Trip To Athlone

The Coming of Spring / Scotsman Over The Border

Condon’s Frolics / Munster Bacon

Hornpipes

Thames / Sonny Murray's

The Greencastle / The Pleasures Of Hope / Munster Grass

Ben Hill / The Home Ruler

McDermott’s / Lad O’Bierne’s

The Horse Keane / The Brown Coffin

The Wicklow / Cronin’s

Polkas

The Maids Of Ardagh / Memories Of Ballymote

The Ballydesmond / The Tournmore

Forde’s Polka / Denis Murphy’s

Murroe Polka / Maids Of Ardagh

After The Battle Of Aughrim / McElroy’s Fancy (The Glenside)

Slides

Mary Willie’s (Cat Rambles to the Child's Saucepan) / The Old Favourite / Going to The Well For Water

Michael Russell’s / The Star Above the Garter

The Brosna / Cnoc Na GClarac (The Brosna Slides #3)

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Si Bheag Si Mohr / Planxty Fanny Power


"Taking Time" Session #15 - 27 Jan 2021


Reels

Ash Plant / / My Love is in America / McFadden's Handsome Daughter

Music In The Glenn / Anderson's

Jolly Tinker / Pigeon On The Gate

Sheila Coyle’s / Pipers Despair / O’Rourke’s

Lucy Campbell's / Morning Dew

Jigs

Maid on The Green / Paddy O Rafferty / Leitrim Fancy

Condon’s Frolics / Munster Bacon

The Rolling Waves / The Miller’s Maggot

Strike The Gay Harp / Green Fields of Woodford

New York Jig / Geese In The Bog

Father O’Flynn / Father Tom's Wager / The Lilting Fisherman

Hornpipes

Dunphy’s / Galway

Plains of Boyle / Boys of Bluehill

Rover through the Bog / Miss Galvin’s

Thames / Sonny Murray's

Slip Jigs

The White Mountain (Paddy O’Briens) / A Fig For A Kiss

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Madame Maxwell

Planxty Fanny Power


"Taking Time" Session #14 - 20 Jan 2021


Reels

Father Kelly’s #1 / Father Kelly’s #2

Eel in The Sink / Boys Of Ballisadare / Crooked Road To Dublin

Glencolmcille / Ah Surely

Lord McDonald's / Ballinasloe Fair

Salamanca / Galway Reel

The Otter's Holt / The Abbey

Jigs

The Cat's Meow / Old Man Dillon / Shandon Bells

Bank Of Turf / Trip To Sligo / Contentment is Wealth

The Black Rogue / Garret Barry’s / Brendan Tonra’s

Slip Jigs

Redican’s Mother / Hardiman The Fiddler / The Butterfly

Hornpipes

Tailor’s Twist / The Western

Boys Of Bluehill / Harvest Home

Stack of Wheat / Sonny Murray’s / Wily Old Bachelor

Munster Grass / Chief O’Neill’s

Slides

O’Keefe’s / The Brosna / Bill The Weaver’s

Polkas

The Murroe / Maids Of Ardagh / After The Battle Of Aughrim

The Tournmore / Memories Of Ballymote / Forde’s

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Fanny Power

Lord Inchiquin


"Taking Time" Session #13 - 13 Jan 2021


Reels

Christmas Eve / Fergal O’Gara / Come West Along The Road

Trip to Durham / Providence / Michael Cramer’s

Andy McGann’s / Humours of Scariff

Fig For A Kiss / Sailor on the Rock

Hunter's House / Love at The Endings

Chicago / Toss The Feathers #1 / Julia Delaney

Mayor Harrison's Fedora / The Gooseberry Bush

Jigs

Dr O’Neil / Killavel

The Black Rogue / The Girls Of Banbridge

Coppers and Brass / Cook In The Kitchen

The Luck Penny / Trip to The Cottage

Lilting Banshee / Tobin's Favorite / Pipe On The Hob

Hornpipes

The Wiley Old Bachelor / Western

Dunphy’s / Horse Keane’s

The Brown Coffin / The Wonder

Waltz

My Ballingarry Lady


"Taking Time" Session #12 - 6 Jan 2021


Reels

Father Kelly’s / Dowd’s #9

Foxhunters / Last Night's Fun

Chicago / Toss The Feathers / Julia Delaney / Skylark / Peelers Jacket

Forget Me Not / Culfadda

Sally Gardens / Sligo Maid / Flogging

The Cameronian / Man of the House / The Union Reel

Jigs

Humours of Ennystymon/Cook In The Kitchen

Condon’s Frolics/Pay the Reckoning/Tatter Jack Walsh

Ten Penny Bit / Trip To Athlone

Old Hag You Have Killed Me / Jackson's Jig / Cat's Meow

Apples in Winter / Mooncoin

Hornpipes

First Light of Day (Bonaparte crossing the Rhine) / Walsh's

The Pleasures Of Hope / The Friendly Visit

Minnie Foster / The Tailor's Twist

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Si Bheag Si Mohr / Planxty Fanny Power

Trip To Skye


"Taking Time" Session #11 - 30 Dec 2020


Reels

Eel in The Sink / Boys Of Ballisdare / Crooked Road To Dublin

Dowd’s #9 / Kings Of The Clan / Drowsy Maggie

Belles of Tipperary / Providence / Speed The Plough

Red Haired Lass / Ormond Sound / Scholar

Sheila Coyle’s / Pipers Despair / O’Rourke’s

Jigs

Connaughtman's Rambles / Father O’Flynn / Kesh

Boys Of The Town / Gallaghers Frolics / Have a Drink with Me

Eddie Kelly’s / The Orphan (Miss Casey’s)

Wandering Minstrel / The Millpond

The Boys Of Lough Gowna

Slip Jigs

The White Mountain (Paddy O’Brien's)/ A Fig For A Kiss

Polkas

Forde’s Polka / Denis Murphy’s

Murroe Polka / Maids Of Ardagh

After The Battle Of Aughrim / McElroy’s Fancy (The Glenside)

Hornpipes

The Thames / Plains Of Boyle

Kitty’s Wedding / Sonny Murray’s (The Wicklow)


"Taking Time" Session #10 - 23 Dec 2020


Reels

Ash Plant / My Love is in America / McFadden's Handsome Daughter

Humors Of Ballyconnell / Eel In The Sink / Star of Munster

Music In The Glen / Anderson's

Jolly Tinker / Pidgeon On The Gate

Tarbolton / Longford Collector / Sailors Bonnet

Christmas Eve / Come West Along The Road

Jigs

Connaughtman's Rambles / Tobin's Favorite

Dr O'Neill / Killavel

The Rolling Waves / The Miller’s Maggot

Strike The Gay Harp / Green Fields of Woodford

Condon’s Frolics / Pay the Reckoning / Tatter Jack Walsh

Hornpipes

McDermott’s / Lad O’Bierne’s

The Horse Keane / The Brown Coffin

The Wicklow / Cronin's

Slip Jigs

The Foxhunters / The Butterfly

Slides

Merrily Kiss The Quaker / Dingle Regatta

Waltz

My Ballingarry Lady


"Taking Time" Session #9 - 16 Dec 2020


Reels

Martin Wynne’s #1 / Martin Wynne’s #2

Foxhunters / Earl's Chair

The Concert Reel / Miss Monaghan

Maude Miller / Molloy’s

Beare Island / Humors of Ballyconnell

Green Mountain / The Torn Jacket

Jigs

The Black Rogue / Trip To The Cottage

Maid on The Green / Paddy O Rafferty / Leitrim Fancy

Condon’s Frolics / Munster Bacon

Pipe On The Hob / Cliffs Of Moher

Aherne's Egg / Paddy Fahy's

Hornpipes

Plains Of Boyle / Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine

Rights Of Man / The Home Ruler

The Greencastle / Galway

Boys Of Bluehill / Harvest Home

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Madame Maxwell

Plenty Fanny Power


"Taking Time" Session #8 - 9 Dec 2020


Reels

Red Haired Lass / Ormond Sound / The Scholar

Miss Monaghan / Swinging On The Gate / The Old High Reel

Father Kelly’s / Dowd’s #9

Tim Moloney’s / Drowsy Maggie / The Heathery Breeze

Reel of Rio / John Carty’s (Jack Coughlan’s)

Jigs

Willie Coleman's / Gallagher's Frolics

Connaughtman’s Rambles / Tobin's Favorite

Kesh / Cherish The Ladies

Eddie Kelly’s / Carraroe

Aherne's Egg / Paddy Fahy's Jig

Hornpipes

The Pleasures Of Hope / The Friendly Visit

Kitty’s Wedding / Cronin’s Rambles

The Wonder (by George Ross) / The New Century (by George Ross)

Slides

Michael Russell’s / The Star Above the Garter

The Brosna / Cnoc Na GClarac (The Brosna Slides #3)

Set Dance

King Of The Fairies

Polkas

The Maids Of Ardagh / Memories Of Ballymote

The Ballydesmond / The Tournmore


"Taking Time" Session #7 - 2 Dec 2020


Reels

Sally Garden / Sligo Maid / The Wise Maid

Maid Behind The Bar / Galway Rambler / John Brennan’s

Ash Plant / My Love is in America / McFadden's Handsome Daughter

Fermoy Lasses / Reconciliation / Paddy Taylor’s

Jackie Coleman's Bag of Spuds / Bird in the Bush

Jigs

Rose In The Heather / Tom Billy’s

Father O’Flynn / Father Tom's Wager / The Lilting Fisherman

Lark In The Morning / Jimmy Ward's

Willie Coleman's / Scatter The Mud / Carraroe

Hornpipes

Dunphy’s / Galway

Off to California / Boys Of Bluehill

Queen of the Fair / Whelan's

Slip Jigs

Foxhunters / Butterfly

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Si Bheag Si Mohr/ Planxty Fanny Power

Trip to Skye


"Taking Time" Session #6 - 25 Nov 2020


Reels

Bag of Spuds / Bird in the Bush

Far From Home / The Swallow’s Tail

The Blackberry Blossom / My Love is in America / Last Night’s Fun

Kiss The Maid Behind The Barrel / Man Of The House / The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Jigs

Basket Of Turf / Happy To Meet Sorry To Part

The Idle Road / Father Jack Walsh

Jackson’s Bottle of Brandy / The Cook in the Kitchen

The Geese In The Bog / Apples in Winter

Aherne’s Egg

Slip Jigs

Hunting The Hare / A Fig For A Kiss

Hornpipes

Harvest Home / Stack Of Barley

The Friendly Visit / Stack of Wheat

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

The Blackbird


"Taking Time" Session #5 - 18 Nov 2020


Reels

Christmas Eve / Fergal O’Gara / Come West Along The Road

Flogging / Crooked Road To Dublin

Jolly Tinker / Pigeon On The Gate

Humors Of BallyConnell / Eel In The Sink / Star of Munster

Music In The Glen / Andersons

Jigs

Irish Washerwoman / Sixpenny Money

Eddie Kelly’s / Connaughtman's Rambles

Ten Penny Bit / Trip To Athlone

Monaghan Jig / Scotsman Over The Border

New York Jig / Geese In The Bog

Hornpipes

Boys Of Bluehill / Harvest Home

Galway / Galway Bay

Off To California / The Rights Of Man

Dunphy’s / Cuckoo

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

King Of The Fairies

The Blackbird

Si Bheag Si Mohr


"Taking Time" Session #4 - 11 Nov 2020


Reels

Jackie Coleman’s / Bag of Spuds / Bird In The Bush

Copperplate / Old Copperplate

Father Kelly’s / Dowd’s #9

Foxhunters / Last Nights Fun

Tim Maloney's / Morning Dew

Jigs

Kesh / Cherish The Ladies

Basket Of Turf / Tell Her I Am

Tobin’s Favorite / Trip to The Cottage

Old Man Dillon / The Girls Of Banbridge

Shandon Bells / Hartigan's Fancy

Hornpipes

Chief O’Neill’s Favorite / Murphy’s Hornpipe

The Pleasures Of Hope / The Friendly Visit

Cuckoo’s Nest / Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine

Polkas

The Girl I left Behind Me / Rakes Of Mallow

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

The Blackbird

Lord Inchiquin


"Taking Time" Session #3 - 4 Nov 2020


Reels

Reel of Rio / Jack Coughlan's / Lady Ann Montgomery

Congress / Ships Are Sailing / Maid Behind The Bar / Pigeon On The Gate

John Brennan's / Morning Dew

Tim Moloney's / Reconciliation

Miss McCloud's / Wind That Shakes The Barley

Chicago / Toss The Feathers

Julia Delaney / Skylark / Peelers Jacket

Jigs

Humours Of Glendart / Leitrim Fancy

The Road To Sligo / Cliffs Of Moher

New York Jig / Geese In The Bog

Dr O’Neill / Killavel

Humours of Ennistymon / Cook In The Kitchen

Black Rogue / Paddy Taylor's

Hornpipes

Plains of Boyle / Cronin's

Cuckoo / Western

Rights Of Man / Stack Of Barley

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Madame Maxwell

Trip To Skye


"Taking Time" Session #2 - 28 Oct 2020


Reels

Reel of Rio / Jack Coughlans

Anderson's / Lady on the Island

Over the Moore to Maggie / Coolfada

Woman of the House / Devanney’s Goat

Shaskeen / Man of the House

Tarbolton / Longford Collector / Sailors Bonnet

Morning Dew / Silver Spear

Congress / Ships are Sailing

Torn Jacket / Ormond Sound

Flogging / Tulla

Jigs

Apples in Winter / Mooncoin / Carraroe

Willie Coleman's / Gallagher's Frollics

Kid On the Mountain

Coming Of Spring / The Burning Brakes

Connaughtman's Rambles / Tobin's Favorite

Hornpipes

Dunphy’s / Galway

Plains of Boyle / Boys of Bluehill

Polkas

Egan's / Tripping to the Well

Slip Jigs

Foxhunters / Butterfly

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Inisheer


"Taking Time" Session #1 - 21 Oct 2020


Reels

Sally Gardens / Sligo Maid

Copperplate / Old Copperplate

Jackie Coleman's / Bag Of Spuds / Bird In The Bush

Cooley’s / Humours Of Ballyconnell

Lucy Campbell / Man Of The House

Fergal O'Gara / Wise Maid / Lady Ann Montgomery

Tarbolton / Longford Collector / Sailor's Bonnet

Morning Dew / Silver Spear

Congress / Ships Are Sailing / Heathery Breeze

Jigs

Cliffs Of Moher / Jig Of Slurs

Have a Drink With Me / Jerry’s Beaver Hat

Apples In Winter / Mooncoin / Carraroe

Father O’Flynn / Saddle The Pony

Willie Coleman's / Gallagher's Frolics

Rose In The Heather / Tom Billy’s

Hornpipes

Kitty’s Wedding / Off To California

Plains Of Boyle / Cronin's

Dunphy’s / Galway

Byrne's / Bonapart Crossing The Rhine

Lucy Farr’s / Vincent Brodericks

Polkas

Ballydesmond / Ballydesmond #3

Egan's / Tripping to The Well

Slip Jigs

Hunting The Hare / Swaggering / Hardiman The Fiddler

Foxhunters / Butterfly

Kid On The Mountain

O'Carolan and Other Slow Tunes

Si Beag Si Mohr

Inisheer


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