Sessions are one of the best ways to build community and share in the joy of traditional music. Sessions are offered year-round at a variety of levels, and are organized by members of our local community. Here are a few regular sessions we know about — if you would like to add one, please email us!
Also, check out our Common Tunes page before you go! It’s a work in progress, but it will get you started!
Irish Sessions @ Paddy Murphy's
26 Main Street, Bangor, ME
These sessions, held weekly on Tuesday from 6-9PM, are great for players at intermediate or advanced levels, but beginning students are encouraged to listen and participate as appropriate. There is no fee to participate. If you plan to bring audience members with you, plan to make a reservation in advance as the restaurant fills up quickly. https://paddymurphysbangor.com
Southwest Harbor Sessions @ Harbor House
12 Village Green Way, Southwest Harbor, ME
Traditional music session every Wednesday night, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Silent City Coffee House in Southwest Harbor. Someone teaches a new tune during the first half hour. During the rest of the evening, the group plays traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Cape Breton, French Canada, Appalachia, and other cultures. We play this music with acoustic instruments such as fiddle, accordion, pipes, penny whistle, flute, harmonica, guitar, mandolin, harp, banjo, bodran, Jew’s harp, and others. Sharing tunes, and learning them by ear is strongly encouraged. Anyone who wants to play, learn, or listen to this music is welcome. For more information, please contact Ray Lambert at 207-244-8090 or at [email protected].