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.

Details of these sessions can change so be sure to contact them if you are planning to attend.

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

Tempo When Where Info
In the Santa Cruz Area
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 Santa Cruz Traditional Irish Seisiun on Facebook

Visit the Meetup page.
Up-tempo Sundays

Poet and Patriot Irish Pub

320 Cedar St.
Ste E
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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

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

Session Facebook page
Slow 3rd Sunday of Month

The Buttery Bakery & Cafe

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


link to Web page

The Common House
842 Western Dr.
Santa Cruz
Deby Benton Grosjean

(831) 566-0441


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

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 Area
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

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

Julie Horner
In the San Francisco Penninsula Area

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


Peet's Coffee
(near the New Leaf)
Route 92
Half Moon Bay

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

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.

6am-8pm or so
Lily Mac's

187 South Murphy Ave.
Celtic Soul

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 Facebook page or the AmeriCeltic Web site.

Another excellent source of what's on in the Bay Area Irish scene is Irish Culture BayArea, which covers Irish music, dance, drama, the arts, literature, and sport in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. Sponsored by The Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco, Irish Culture Bay Area also has an interactive calendar of local events and sessions. See their website and Facebook page for more information.

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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