Monday Musicians

Due to the risks presented by Covid-19 Monday Musicians is suspended until further notice.

However, although we're all in lockdown we have played 8 sheets "together".

The sessions

In normal times Monday Musicians meet once a month to play English and other folk dance music, led by Thomas Bending with occasional guest leaders. We meet at Cecil Sharp House, Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY, UK, in Committee Room 1 on the first floor. Sessions are 7pm - 10pm on the second Monday of every month except August. However, sessions are currently suspended.

We play for pleasure and to swap tunes, and for many years at Christmas we played for the EFDSS Carols and Customs celebration. Anyone playing any instrument to any standard is very welcome. We play tunes in a variety of keys, and you'll probably find it easier if you can read music so please bring a stand if you can. Sessions cost £5, or £4 if you're unwaged, but your first session is free.

Ali Ellacott compiled a YouTube playlist for her session in April 2018, so do have a listen to that.

The archive

We give out one or two new sheets of music each month, as well as playing through older ones. The sessions started in the 1930s, and Maggie Fletcher and Rick Smith started giving out numbered sheets in the 1970s so we're now up to sheet MM466. Including supplementaries we've issued 513 sheets with 1580 tunes. (Almost) all the sheets are available here, and you can see the tunes listed by title or by sheet. You can download the sheets as a series of ZIP files, download the entire website for use offline, and get information on the tunes as a CSV file (84.1 kB). Please see the terms of use.

Thanks to Richard Ball, Hugh Barwell, Vic Courtice, Neville Gardner, John Petts, Steve Shaughnessy and Brian Stewart for their help with the archive. The archive could be organised in various different ways and I've just done what seemed to be a good idea at the time, so if you've any suggestions for other ways to do things or other information you'd like to see then please do tell me. Some people have kindly started to typeset the sheets, so there are some suggestions of which ones to choose.


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