Ever wonder where the rockin’ Irish sessions are? If you live in Vermont and you play Irish music here are the places to be:
Durty Nelly’s, 51 Federal Street, St. Albans
The session occurs every Tuesday night at 6:30pm. Intermediate skill level, moderate tempos. Celtic (Irish & Scottish) and Quebec tunes, some more contemporary songs. Regularly present instruments: banjo, whistle/recorder, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán, accordion. Occasionally: silver flute, pipes, fiddle.
The Lamp Shop, North Winooski Street, Burlington
The session occurs every Wednesday night at 7pm. There have been nights where players like Randal Bays and others have shown up to share a tune or two. It’s always a fun session. All Irish musicians are welcome and should be prepared to play fast. Read my review…
McNeills Brewery, 90 Elliot Street, Brattleboro
This session is on the second Wednesday of every month from 7:00-10:00pm and is co-hosted by Randy Miller, Roger Kahle, and Dan Restivo. I haven’t been to this session so I can’t speak to what the deal is but I’m sure it’s fun. Aren’t they all? Read the review.
Red Fox Inn, Winhall Road, Bondville, VT
This is a quasi-Irish session (mostly New England tunes – Irish / French-Canadian / Other) – most Wednesdays, 7:30-10pm. Please note: They are closed from April 15 – May 20 or so, and usually from Halloween to Thanksgiving, so check first to be sure it’s on.
51 Main, Middlebury, VT
The session takes place on the first Wednesday from 8-10pm while school is in session. All are welcome.
Waybury Inn, East Middlebury, VT
The session takes place on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8-10pm. All are welcome. Call 802-388-4015 for info.
The Jericho Cafe, Jericho, VT
The session used to be at On the Rise Bakery. It’s an open session and takes place twice a month from 7-9:00pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month. To find out more about the details of this session Read my review…
100 Ten Stones Circle, Charlotte, VT
The Charlotte Session is bi-weekly on Thursdays (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month). It’s a very informal session held in a neighborhood common house. Cozy space. Food and drink welcome. For information contact email@example.com.
The Killarney, Ludlow, VT
Hosted by the band Gypsy Reel, the session is open to all musicians. The session takes place at 6:30pm every Thursday. For information call 802.228.7797. Read the news article.
Parker Pie, 161 County Road, West Glover, VT
This Low-key Celtic session begins at 6:00pm. Nothing fancy: musicians get the corner with no amplification and reading music is fine (Williamson’s The Penny Whistle Book, Jones’ The Ceilidh Collection and Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes, Woods’ Irish Dance Tunes for All Harps, New England Fiddler’s Repertoire). No hard and fast rules. It’ll run on the third Friday of the month (usually) through May (no session June through September).
Slow Jam, North End Studios, Studio B, 294 Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT
Woodbury Strings instructors host a jam session for acoustic instrument players playing simple fiddle tunes from North America and Europe at a slow speed to facilitate learning. This is a great opportunity to meet other musicians and to learn to play by ear! Second Fridays, odd months at the North End Studio B at 294 No. Winooski Ave in Burlington. 7 – 9 pm. More detailed information is available on the Woodbury Strings website. www.woodburystrings.com
Bagitos, 28 Main Street, Montpelier (this session no longer exists, as soon as we’re done social distancing this session will be moved to Rabble-Rouser)
This is a traditional Irish session that takes place every Saturday from 2:00-5:00pm. The session is co-hosted by Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Rob Ryan, and Sarah Blair. Melody instruments only (though occasionally there are rhythm instrumentalists invited). Hope to see you there! Read my review…
Monkton House Session, Monkton
This a Scottish/Folk/Irish session that takes place on the first or second Saturday every month at 6:30pm. It is an informal session and casual potluck. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802.453.4997.
The Publyk House, 782 Harwood Hill Road, Bennington
The session takes place every Sunday from 6-8pm. Open to all musicians who play Irish traditional music. Call 802.242.2168 for more information. Visit the Facebook page.
Champlain Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, 13 South Street, Middlebury
This is a Scottish session on the first Sunday of the month. Contact Jeannie Van Oder (802) 388-2142 or email@example.com for more information. Whistles and indoor pipes welcome.