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
Santa Cruz
1st Thursday of the Month

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.
3rd Thursday of the Month

Rosie McCann's Irish Pub

1220 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
Spirited Irish tunes and songs every Third Thursday hosted by Julie Horner. All ages welcome.

E-mail: leap2three@gmail.com

Phone: 831-325-1974

Visit the Meetup page.
Moderate Every fourth Sunday

Poet and Patriot Irish Pub

320 Cedar St.
Ste E
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Tane: (831) 469-3710


link to Web page
Moderate 2nd Sunday of Month

The Buttery Bakery & Cafe

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


link to Web page
Monterey/Pacific Grove
1st & 3rd Sundays

1PM to 3PM
Takes place in the Phoebe Hearst Social Hall at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove Terry Blum
(831) 372-0895

This Pacific Grove Celtic session is called the Eclectic Celtic Jam 96% Irish. Sheet music is used. All genres of music are welcome. All skill levels are welcome.
San Jose
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

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

Julie Horner
San Francisco Penninsula

1pm to 4pm
Located outside, on the East side of Main St., Half Moon Bay. Raymond

Celtic/Old-time string band sessions.

Visit the Meetup page.
Slow Tuesdays

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

223 Castro St.
Mountain View

Irish music session hosted by the San Francisco Pipers Club.

8:15pm to 11pm
Starry Plough

3101 Shattuck Ave.
Shay Black


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

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

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