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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.

This session we are welcoming warmer weather and opportunities to “go outside”. From our songbook "Wild Mountain Thyme" and from a suggestion by Steve Dawson, "Heavenly Day". Learn these delightful songs and play them outside.

May – June 2021

"Wild Mountain Thyme"

This is a song of Scottish origin sometimes called “Will Ye Go Lassie Go” or “Purple Heather”. An adapted tune from the 18th century first recorded by Francis McPeake in the 1950s. It has been a staple for folk singers everywhere. Everyone from Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Marianne Faithful all the way to Glen Frey, Thin Lizzy and Robyn Hitchcock have added this song the their repertoires. With just five chords you too can add it to yours. Check out this stellar version from musical wonder-kid Jacob Collier.

Chart for "Wild Mountain Thyme"

"Heavenly Day"

The illustrious Steve Dawson has suggested this beautiful uplifting celebration from Patti Griffin’s album Children Running Through. Patti says she wrote this song about her dog. Her pet symbolizes the inherent peace and beauty in the world. It is a very uplifting song about how a miserable day can take a 180 degree turn and really improve one’s outlook. Again, it is a simple chord progression that just needs some soulful singing from the heart.

Chart for "Heavenly Day"

The Second Half

Our free daily jam. A tradition from the early days of Old Town School, gather together with other core guitar students after class for a jam led by teachers featuring songs from the songbook and pop classics.

Second Half Schedule