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.

As we start the second decade of the century, our songs of this session exhibit the diversity that is so much a part of the Old Town School experience. These songs are rich in tradition and there is simply no reason why they can't be approached by any of the instruments we teach here at The Old Town School.

September - October 2014

"Roll Me on the Water"

As the 21st century continues to roll along, we roll into this session with the following tunes. From the songbook "Roll Me On The Water" on page 100, written by former student Bonnie Koloc. It is one of many cycle songs, a simple 8 bar progression that repeats for both the verse and chorus. Four major chords that any beginner can play after a few lessons. Bonnie will be performing here in October along with our very own folk icon, Ed Holstein.

Chart for "Roll Me on the Water"


"Roll on Buddy/Nine Pound Hammer"

This one used to be in our songbook. It's a classic that was penned by country legend, Merle Travis.
Yes that's the same Travis that Travis picking was named after. Lots of folks call this song "Nine Pound Hammer" and there are oodles of versions out there including Doc Watson, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Johnny Cash, Odetta, The Beau Brummels, and Old Town School alumnus, John Prine. Do yourself a favor and check out multiple recordings at our Resource Center located in the basement at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue.

Chart for "Roll on Buddy/Nine Pound Hammer"

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