Celtic Sessions

Sessions are the soul of celtic music. There are a number of free Celtic music sessions in the area where many of the outstanding local Celtic musicians perform in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in or merely to enjoy the music and also have the chance to meet other people with interests in all aspects of the rich Celtic culture.

Sessions in Ireland

Ever wonder what sessions are on in Dublin? Check out the traditional music section of the Entertainment.ie site at www.entertainment.ie. Even pick your county!

Local Sessions

Please note that the session at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub has made some changes. See listing below.

Tempo When Where Info
In the Santa Cruz Area
1st Thursday of the Month

7-10pm
Rosie McCann's Irish Pub

1220 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
To join this session, please first contact Elise Ferrell by e-mail or 831-429-8220.

This is an instrumental session.
Up-tempo Sundays

3:30-6:30pm
Poet and Patriot Irish Pub

320 Cedar St.
Ste E
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

thepoetandpatriot.com
An up-tempo traditional seisiun for experienced Irish style musicians and singers.

Contact Julie: leap2three (at) yahoo.com or call Deidre at the Poet for more information: (831) 426-8620.

Session Facebook page
Slow 3rd Sunday of Month

2pm-4pm
The Buttery Bakery & Cafe

702 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz
Tane: (831) 469-3710

tachyon@tachyonlabs.com

link to Web page
4th Sunday of Month(?)

3-5pm
Swanton Berry Farm

Located on Highway 1 North from Santa Cruz, past Davenport and just after Swanton Road goes inland to the right.
Irish session sponsored by "Geese in the Fog"

Contact Elise Ferrell for more information and to confirm the session date and time.
Fridays

7:30pm-9:30pm
The Common House
842 Western Dr.
Santa Cruz
Deby Benton Grosjean

(831) 566-0441

deby.fiddler@gmail.com

Hosted by the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, Monterey Bay contingent and led by Deby Benton Grosjean. Held alternately at Calvary Cahpel in Aptos and the Common House in Santa Cruz. This is an open session but by becoming a SFSF member, allows you get a massive binder of tunes, more sessions to join, concerts to perform, monthly newsletter & more. There is an optional one dollar in the basket for finger food. If interested, it's best to get on Deby's mailing list.
In the Monterey Area
1st & 3rd Sundays

3pm
Nifty 50 Cafe

1760 Fremont Blvd., #B1
Seaside
Marc

(831) 333-1493

Directions: Take Hwy. 1 to Canyon Del Rey Blvd. and then turn left on Del Monte, then right on Broadway, then left on Fremont Blvd. & it's in the Olympic Shopping Center on the right.
San Jose Area
Up-tempo 2nd & 4th Sundays

12:00-3:00pm
O'Flaherty's Irish Pub

25 N. San Pedro St.
San Jose

SUNDAY SESSION DISCONTINUED

Up-tempo Tuesdays

6:30pm until late
O'Flaherty's Irish Pub

25 N. San Pedro St.
San Jose
A traditional Irish seisiún for experienced Irish style musicians every Tuesday evening. The South Bay's longest running and only up-tempo seisiún! You're a stranger here but once! Please visit us on Facebook or at our website:

O'Flaherty's seisiún Facebook page
www.leap2three.com

Feel free to email ahead so that we know to save a seat for you at the table.

Julia Horner leap2three@yahoo.com
Art Friedman friedman_art@yahoo.com
Peter Tommerup ptommerup@juno.com
In the San Francisco Penninsula Area
Sundays

11:30am to 3pm
La Di Da Cafe
500 Purissima St.
Half Moon Bay

-OR-

Peet's Coffee
(near the New Leaf)
Route 92
Half Moon Bay
Raymond
mtn_kahuna@yahoo.com

Celtic/Old-time string band sessions, alternately at La Di Da Cafe and Peet's Coffee.
Slow Tuesdays

7:30pm to 9:30pm
St. Stephen's Green

223 Castro St.
Mountain View
Bob.Wilson@acm.org

Irish music session hosted by the San Francisco Pipers Club.
Sundays

8:15pm to 11pm
Starry Plough

3101 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley
Shay Black

www.starryploughpub.com/session

Irish sessions hosted by Shay Black for all ages. All musicians, singers, & dancers are welcome.
Sundays

6am-8pm or so
Lily Mac's

187 South Murphy Ave.
Sunnyvale
Celtic Soul
DPjazz@aol.com

Alternating hosts: Celtic Soul, the Kavanaugh Brothers, The Crubeens, and Banish the Dogs.

A really good source of information about local sessions is Tony Becker's AmeriCeltic sessions listings. Check his page on Facebook www.facebook.com/AmeriCeltic or his AmeriCeltic Web site at www.AmeriCeltic.net and click on the Music button for full details and music downloads.

Celtic Music Night

The marvelous Celtic music multi-instrumentalist David Brewer has moved to the East Coast, however, he still occasionally hosts his Celtic Music Night at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Aptos. These delightful concerts are held on rare Tuesdays that he is in town touring with his band Molly's Revenge.

The evening is for people interested in listening to & learning more about the instruments in a casual, fun, friendly environment. Each session there is a presentation of the music by different performers with related history & cultural context, question & answer and free coaching for those interested in learning Celtic technique & tunes on an instrument.

There is also an informal Celtic jam session with refreshments following the concert.