Traditional Music Sessions in Northern Ireland
Compiled by Sean Quinn. Please email me with any additions or corrections. THANK YOU
Belfast Comhaltas, St Gerard's Hall, Antrim Rd - Last Mondays 9-12pm (NOT December, July, August)
The Culturlann, 216 Falls Road, Saturdays 1-3pm, Last Friday of month 7-9pm
St. Enda's GAA Club, Glengormley, First Saturdays
Cassidy's Bar, Antrim Rd Tuesdays from 9pm
Mercury Bar, Ormeau Rd - Sundays 9-12pm
The Garrick, Chichester St - Fridays 5.30pm, Wednesdays & Saturdays 9.30pm
Botanic Inn - Sunday,Wednesday 10 pm - 1 am
Duke of York, Thursday 10 pm - 1 am
The Fountain Bar, Fountain St - Fridays & Saturdays
Fibber Magee's, every night from 10 and Friday & Saturday also 5-7 pm
Hercules Bar, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9:30
John Hewitt, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 9:30 pm - 1 am plus Saturday at 6pm
McHughs, Wednesday, 10 pm - 1 am
McCracken's Bar, Joy's Entry - Thursdays from 8.30pm
Parador Hotel, Ormeau R - Thursdays
Pats Bar, Saturday 10 pm - 1 am
Maddens Bar, Monday, Friday & Saturday 9.30 pm - 1 am
White's Tavern, Friday, Saturday - 8pm
McGuinness's Bar (May St.) - Thurs
Queen's Students Union (Bun a' tee) - Sat
Rotterdam Bar, Monday & Thursday 9:30 pm - 1 am
The Eglantine (University Area) - Wed
Errigle Inn, Ormeau Road - Last Thursday of each month
South Antrim Sessions
Barney's Bar Market Square Antrim Town Sundays 9pm
Carrickfergus Gasworks Traditional session Fridays 8pm, monthly. see www.eatms.co.uk for dates).
The Tap Room, Hilden, Lisburn. Wednesdays 7-10pm
McGeown's Bar, Glenavy Wednesdays plus Last Friday of each month
Crosskeys Inn Toomebridge Fri and Sat 9pm
Billy Andy's, Raloo, Antrim, Sat 4pm till 6pm
Crown and Shamrock , Mallusk Wed 9pm
Ballad Inn Ballynure Thur 9.30pm
Randalstown, O'Kane's Bar, every other Thursday. Check on:02894473101
North Antrim Sessions
(N.B. some of these* include "Ballad Singing" i.e. "folk singing with guitars" NOT "traditional unaccompanied")
Tuesday Carrick a Rede Ballintoy*
Wednesday House of McDonnell Ballycastle (8 to 9.30pm)
Wednesday Skerry Inn Newtowncrommelin
Thursday Springhill Bar Portrush (from 9pm)
Thursday O'Connor's Bar Ballycastle
Friday House of McDonnell Ballycastle
Friday Carrick a Rede Ballintoy*
Friday McCollam's Bar Cushendall
Saturday McCollam's Bar Cushendall: Pipers' Night on the Last Saturday of Alternate Months (Feb, April, June etc)
Saturday Smugglers Inn Bushmills*
Saturday Marine Hotel Ballycastle*
Saturday Skerry Inn Newtowncrommelin
Sunday Carrick a Rede Ballintoy*
Sunday McCollam's, Cushendall - "Slow" session
Sunday Hunter's Bar, Ballyvoy (near Ballycastle)
Bangor - Fealty's, High Street (Fri)
Lisbane (Comber) - Lisbarnett House, Thursdays 9pm
Killyleagh - Dufferin Arms, Saturdays, 4-8pm (mixture of traditional, Appalachian, folk, blues etc)
Carryduff - Ivanhoe Inn, Alterative Tuesdays in the "Small Lounge" from 8.30 pm.
Downpatrick - Mullan's, Church Street (Fri eve and Sunday afternoon)
Newry - The Railway Bar, Monaghan Street,Thursday nights. 10.00 pm
Portaferry - Coach Inn (CCE session monthly, First Sunday, 3-6pm)
Portaferry - Coach Inn 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month
Portaferry - Dumigan's 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday each month
Newcastle - Maghera Inn (Saturday afternoons)
Newcastle - Quinn's Bar, Wednesdays
Dromara (Finnis) - Peter Moran's Cottage (Dromara to Rathfriland Rd.) - last Friday ea. mth. Sept-May 8:30pm.
Castlewellan - Brandy Bar, 2nd Fridays 9:00pm - late.
Castlewellan - Hillyard House, First Fridays
Armagh City - Red Ned's Bar, 27 Ogle St, Fridays 9pm:Traditional, Folk and Bluegrass Session
Armagh City - The Northern Bar (Hughes'), Railway Street, Tuesdays 10pm
Keady - Cassie's Bar, Wednesdays 9.30
Keady - Arthur's Bar, Bridge St, second Tuesday of every month (once a month only)
Glassdrummond - Hearty's Folk Cottage (Sunday afternoon)
Forkhill - Welcome Inn (Tues)
Mullaghban - O'Hanlon's (Fri 10.30pm and Sun 9pm)
Derrytrasna - AOH Hall, Saturdays 9pm
Portadown - Brankin's Bar, Obins St. - Thursdays.
Derry City - Peadar O'Donnell's, Waterloo Street every night
The Don Bar, Creggan Hill, Tues. 10pm
The Anchor Inn on Ferryquay Street, Wednesday
Tinney's on Patrick Street, Tuesday
Sandino's on Water Street, Sundays
Magherafelt - Mary's, Market Square
Limavady - Owen's on Main Street
Portstewart - Smyths Wednesday
Tomney's Bar - Moy - ea. Sat. - 10:00pm - late.
McLoughlin's Bar - Moy Ea. Sat. - 8:00pm. - 10:00pm.
The Auction Rooms - Moy - ea. Thursday - 10:00pm - Late.
Central Bar - Coalisland - ea. Sunday 6:00 - 9:00pm.
Dungannon - The Fort Inn - Scotch St. - ea. Sunday - 6:00pm. - 9:00pm.
Dungannon - McGrath's Bar - Irish St. - ea. Saturday - 10:00pm - Late.
Dungannon - Hagan's Bar, Irish St, Saturdays
Note! - Brantry Bard - Eglish - ea. 3rd. Fri. 10:00pm - Late (Stopping Jun.Jul.Aug.Sep.)
Pomeroy - (The Rock) - Hayden's Bar - ea. last Sat. - 10:00pm - Late.
Dungannon - Bank House, Irish St, Sundays 2-5pm
Grant's, George Street, Saturday
Bogan's on Market Street When?
Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre (CCE), Omagh Saturday 9.30pm
Dromore, Co Tyrone has a large session on the second Saturday of each month
Mickey Gallagher's in Mountfield second Tuesday of each month.
Clogher Valley (where?) second Friday of each month
Dunnamanagh (Donemana) - JD's Bar, second Friday of each month
Thanks to Sean O'Neill for these monthly sessions in West Tyrone:
First Thurs - Felix's, Castle Place Strabane
First Friday AranDerg CCE, Castlederg (Sept-April)
Second Thursday - Christies Lower Main Street Strabane
Third Friday - Adult Learner Session - Community Forum Office, Ballycolman, Strabane
Last Tuesday Children and Adult Learners Session - Ionaid Pobail Fountain Street Strabane
Last Friday - An Bosca, Main Street Gortin
(for latest music news in Strabane area, see www.craiconline.net)
Enniskillen - Blake's, Fridays
**Need more information on Fermanagh sessions - HELP please!