Songs of the Session

In an effort to recreate and honor a tradition that was begun back in 1957, when Frank Hamilton would teach the same song to different levels of players, we proudly present The Songs of The Session.

Each session two songs are chosen, one from the songbook and one from the general repertoire. All classes are encouraged to learn these tunes and apply the skills they are working on at their individual levels.

January - March 2018

This session our songs were chose by the lovely and talented Dona Benkert, the very same lady who constructed the lead sheets for our new Songbook. Dona teaches both mountain and hammered dulcimer, autoharp, and bowed psaltery and is also a tech wiz. Her picks are "Sail Away Ladies" on page 101 from the new book and that timeless tune from Hank Williams "Hey Good Lookin'."

"Sail Away Ladies"

"Sail Away Ladies" originated sometime in the 19th century although possibly goes as far back as the 18th century. It is one of the quintessential American fiddle tunes. Like many, it clearly has its origins in Irish or Scottish folk music and was probably brought across by immigrants. It is most associated with the Appalachian Mountains and the string band traditions. There are great recordings out there by the likes of Uncle Dave Macon and others.

Chart for "Sail Away Ladies"


"Hey Good Lookin'"

Hank Williams was inspired by a Cole Porter song of the same title. Hank's is the one most folks know and it's certainly among his greatest hits. He wrote it in 20 minutes on a plane ride and recorded it in March of 1951. It went to the number one spot on the Billboard country charts. The song has been covered by others including Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Jimmy Buffet as well as Buckwheat Zydeco and Dwight Yoakam. Pick a key and make it your own!

Chart for "Hey Good Lookin'"

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