Every Wednesday, John hosts a free, live “Taking Time” slow session on Zoom. The session starts at 4pm Pacific time/7pm Eastern/midnight Irish/UK time, lasts for about two hours, and regularly draws attendees from around the world.

Players and listeners of all levels are very welcome to enjoy playing or hearing favorite tunes at a moderate tempo, along with the all-important warmth of connection that shared music brings into our lives, even — or rather, especially — now.

This is also a great opportunity for learning new tunes, as everybody but the session leader (John) will be muted while they play. Unlike an in-person session you can noodle along to your heart’s content, and nobody will ever know unless you tell them.

How Do I Sign Up for the Slow Session?

John sends out the Zoom link and tune list to his newsletter subscribers every week, usually on Tuesday evening (Pacific time). Please make sure to sign up for his email newsletter, in the sidebar on the right side of this page, so you can join in. That is all you need to do — no separate sign-up process required!

John lives on the West Coast of the United States so, depending on your time zone, the email might arrive overnight. If you don’t see it by Wednesday morning, please check your spam folder as it’s probably ended up there.

Even if you sign up too late to receive the Tuesday night mail-out in any given week, your welcome email will include the link for the slow session, so you can still get in!

Can I Request My Favorite Tunes?

Yes! John creates a tune/set list to draw from in advance of each session, so feel free to email a couple of tune requests to him at whelanbx1@me.com. If you miss out on the chance to request tunes at one session, you can always make a request for the following week.

Can I See Previous Set Lists/Get a Recording of a Previous Session?

Yes! Michael Eskin has been kind enough to archive the set lists for every past Taking Time session on his website. You can also download a recording of the previous week’s session from the same page.

The download link is only valid for a week from the date of each session, so don’t delay!

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