A session (seisiún in Irish) is an informal gathering of musicians who play tunes usually in a pub. In "open" sessions anyone is free to join in (provided they know the tunes). It's also one of the best ways to hear this music. To find a session near you, check out thesession.org (it's also a great resource for tunes!)
Open Sessions in NYC
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626 11th Ave at 46th St. A lively session in an historical landmark tavern, led by Don Meade.
(212) 247-2562 Monday 8-11PM
Iona Scottish Session
180 Grand Street, Brooklyn. Is Scottish music your thing? Then this is the session for you.
Dempsey’s Session at Sláinte
304 Bowery (between Houston and Bleeker). Led by John Nevin and friends. Open to musicians of all levels. This is the session I call home. I'm here every Tuesday.
The Green Room
156 E. 23rd Street (btw Lexington & 3rd Aves). A bi-weekly open seisiún.
Every other Tuesday 8-11
252 West 14th Street
Matt Stapleton leads this session with guest musicians.
Gramercy Ale House
272 3rd Avenue
After a two year hiatus, the Gramercy Ale House session returns bi-weekly.
The Kensington Seisiún / Shenanigan's Pub (Brooklyn)
Shenanigan's Pub, 802 Caton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Ann Murphy leads this session.
15 Shapham Place, White Plains, NY. 914-421-1451. Fiddle master Brian Conway leads this session in White Plains.
32 Avenue A (between 2nd & 3rd). Open to musicians of all levels, but aimed at the learning musician. Lots of fiddlers! Led by Caitlin Warbelow and friends. I love this session. You'll find me here on a Thursday night.
Thursday 8-10PM; after session (leaderless) 10:15PM -11:00PM
Fitzgerald's 1928 Pub
13 Herman Street, Glen Ridge, NJ. A nice session in a pub with great food. Steve Wickens and guests. Near the train station. Thursday 8-11PM
15 Beekman St, NYC
Dan Neely Hosts with guest musicians. Saturdays 3:30-6:30
Slow Session at NYIC
1040 Jackson Ave, LIC (7 train). Know only a few tunes? Go here. Friendly and welcoming, and not in pub with observers. Saturdays 1:30-4 PM
Craobh Úll Mór CCÉ Seisiún
1040 Jackson Ave, LIC. A friendly open session. The 3rd Sunday of every month 4-7PM
225 Hutton St., Jersey City, NJ 07307. A friendly open session at a lovely gastropub in Jersey City. 3PM -5:30.
For the most complete line up of traditional music sessions, concerts and festivals, check out Ceol Agus Rince.