Christmas Music is in the Air
A number of you have asked when we will start a jam in the West Ashley area again. We are still looking for an indoor space. We need a place that will allow us to come once a month, at the same time, for at least two hours each month - and without a fee. I volunteer my time writing out arrangements and putting together song sheets for the jam for free. And, as an independent teacher, I don't have extra funds to rent a space. So far we have not had any luck finding that perfect spot for an acoustic string jam. While I keep searching, if you would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified when we can meet again - send your contact information to: LowCountryStudios@yahoo.com with "Slow Jam List" in the title. We will also post it on our Instagram and Facebook sites when we are ready to meet again.
Types of instruments in a typical acoustic string jam can include: guitars, mandolins, bass, fiddles, mountain dulcimers, psaltries, banjos, etc. We also have welcomed ukuleles, and harmonicas - if you aren't sure just ask.
If you just need to be somewhere to play - we get it! There is a slow jam that happens once a month in the Myrtle Beach area. Long Bay Folk Society is running those jams. Their website is longbayfolksociety.com.
So, What's a Slow Jam Session? A Slow Session, or Slow Jam, is an environment where musicians can work on Old Time, Irish, and Bluegrass, traditional music and play with others at a comfortable speed. You need to know how to play your instrument. We welcome beginners but please know this is not a group music lesson (you would want to find a private music teacher to help you learn how to play your instrument), it is a tune sharing community. I started offering free Irish Traditional Slow Sessions in Charleston in 2004. At that time you couldn't find Old Time (still can't) or Trad Irish musicians in Charleston and had to travel outside of Charleston to find other players. I hope you will join us!
For full access to all the tunes you can join our Patreon page. Thank you and happy pickin'!