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Tuesday in San Francisco On the last Tuesday of each month, at the The Plough & Stars, 116 Clement Street, at 2nd Avenue, Cormac Gannon convenes an easy going song session from 9:00 PM - midnight. Anyone that sings Irish songs is welcome to join in. Come share a favorite song, or enjoy listening to the many voices. If you are interested, email Cormac, cormac@marinirishmusic.com.

 
 

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Some American & Celtic Public Jam Sessions
in the San Francisco Bay Area 

One should always call to make sure the session is on, especially if it is one that you have not attended in a while or you are coming from a long distance. More lists of local sessions are posted at:
More session info at Slowplayers / Pete Showman's jam page / Mostly Celtic Sessions / SFFFF / Some thoughts on session etiquette / more etiquette thoughts / Bay Area Open Mics

Thanks to Julie Horner for sending updates to the page 10/29/11.
 

Day, Time (PM)SessionVenue, City, DirectionsNotes, Organizer
Every Monday
6-9 PM
"Old Time" SessionUnitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306 ROOM 4 & 5.

The Fandango Session has moved to the Palo Alto Unitarian Church.

www.showman.org/jams/oti/

4th
Tuesdays
6-9pm
Bluegrass SessionSanta Clara Historic Train Station
1005 Railroad Ave., Santa Clara (across from Santa Clara University)

This is a friendly, comfortable railroad museum jam hosted by Mary Kennedy.

Northern California Bluegrass Society

Every
Tuesday
6:30-9:30pm

(Also Sunday 5-8)

Traditional Irish/Celtic Session
(fast)
O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub
25 N. San Pedro St., San Jose (408) 947-8007

Over 21 only.
Downtown San Jose.
O'Flaherty's will furnish
parking validation upon request.

A traditional Irish seisiún for experienced Irish style musicians. The South Bay's longest running and only up-tempo seisiún! You're a stranger here but once!

http://www.facebook.com/OFlahertys.Irish.Seisiun

http://www.leap2three.com

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

Julia Horner -- leap2three (at) yahoo.com
Art Friedman -- friedman_art (at) yahoo.com
Peter Tommerup -- ptommerup (at) juno.com

Every Tuesday (except for 3rd Tuesday)
7:30-9:30pm

 

Traditional Irish/Celtic Slow Session
St. Stephen's Green
223 Castro St. Mountain View
650 964 9151

All ages welcome.
Organized by
San Francisco Pipers’ Club

Email Bob Wilson at bob.wilson@acm.org for details

Every Tuesday
7:30-9:45pm
"Grand & Expert" Irish Session
The Mayflower Pub
1533 Fourth St., San Rafael
(415) 497-8656

Call (415) 342-4052 or email
info@marinirishmusic.com

www.marinirishmusic.com

Every Tuesday
8-11pm

Mostly Celtic Session
Musicians, singers, and dancers welcome.
C.B. Hannegan’s
208 Bachman Ave.,
Los Gatos
(408) 395-1233

All ages welcome. Play on the large, covered and heated patio with fireplace.

Host is proprietor John Hannegan.
Organized by Tony Becker of Mostly Celtic Sessions
(408) 223-6102

Every Tuesday
9:00 PM - Midnight

Irish Sessions

Plough and Stars
116 Clement Street, at 2nd Avenue in San Francisco

If you are interested, email Jack Gilder jgilder@tipsyhouse.com for details.

Beginners slow session on the third Tuesday

Song session on the last Tuesday.

Every Wednesday
7-10pm
Open Session Delta of Venus Cafe & Pub
122 B Street
(between 1st and 2nd Streets),
Davis
Email Bob Wren wren@dcn.org for details.
Every Wednesday
7pm

Simple Traditional Irish Tune-learning

Ease into Irish tunes and style by ear without embarrassment.

St. Isabella's Parish Hall
1 Trinity Way,
San Rafael (Terra Linda off Freitas Parkway)

Note: this session moves to private homes in the summer.

Hosted by Marin Ceoiltais. (415) 342-4052 or email info@marinirishmusic.com for playlist and directions.

Visit the web site www.marinirishmusic.com for more information (including directions).

1st and 3rd Wednesday
6:30-9pm
Open Session
musicians & singers
Main Street Station
16280 Main St.,
Guerneville
All ages welcome.
Musicians get one free drink and share free pizza and tips. Call (707) 869-0501 or email pizza@mainststation.com for details.
2nd Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 pm
German Music SessionEster's German Bakery
987 N. San Antonio RD.
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone:(650)941-4463

You have to get there beforehand to get a good seat at the music table (musikantenstammtisch) and play for the 2 hours. Song books are handed out to everyone - it's a real festive atmosphere with singing, swaying and toasting (with beer of course).

Here's the webpage for the session with all of the tunes that are played and links to Youtube recordings:
folkaccordion.webs.com/musikantenstammtisch.htm

2nd Thursday
8-11 pm
"Official Irish Music Session"Parish Publick House (and private homes) 841 Almar Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5848, pub number (831) 421-0507This is a fast session by invitation only. Call Julia Horner (831) 325-1974.

Every Thursday

7-10pm

Bluegrass SessionCafe La Tartine
830 Middlefield Rd,
Redwood City
Northern California
Bluegrass Society

hosted by Pan Logan. The pleasant cafe serves light dinners & desserts, plus coffee, tea, beer, & wine. The downtown venue is a block from the Redwood City Caltrain Station.

2nd
Saturday

12:00 noon

Bluegrass SessionSanta Clara Historic Train Station
1005 Railroad Ave., Santa Clara (across from Santa Clara University)

This is a friendly, comfortable railroad museum jam hosted by Mary Kennedy.

Northern California Bluegrass Society

 

2nd, 4th, & 5th Saturdays (and sometimes Monday)

6:00 Snacks

7:00-9:00 Music

Old Time Jam Session before the Dance

First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Avenue 2nd floor hall. Jam room is located across from the Ladies restroom (Near Middlefield Rd), Palo Alto

The jam will be held prior to each BACDS Contra Dance

Visit the Contra Dance website to confirm dates
bacds.org/series/contra/palo_alto/

There is no charge for the jam. There is an admission fee for the Contra Dance. The beginner dance lesson starts at 7:30.

Every
Sunday
12:00am-3pm
Open Session
Musicians, singers and fans are welcome.

Piazza
640 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.

All ages welcome.
Email Raymond Tsang, mtn_kahuna@yahoo.com for details.
Every
Sunday
8:15-11pm
Open Session
musicians, singers, and dancers welcome.

The Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck, Berkeley, CA.
Next to La Pena, and btw. Alcatraz and Ashby, 3 blocks south of Ashby and 2 blocks east of the Ashby BART station.

All ages welcome.
(510) 841-2082

Shay Black hosts
The Starry Session

Every
Sunday
5-9pm
Open Session
Musicians, singers, and dancers welcome.
The Claddagh Irish Restaurant and Pub
1300 1st St., Gilroy
All ages welcome.
Hosts are proprietors Michael and Lesley Benson. Atmosphere is very good, family friendly. Full menu and well stocked bar.

Every Sunday
9:00 PM - Midnight

Irish Sessions

Plough and Stars
116 Clement Street, at 2nd Avenue in San Francisco

If you are interested, email Jack Gilder jgilder@tipsyhouse.com for details.

Beginners slow session on the third Tuesday

Song session on the last Tuesday.

1st Sunday
1-5pm

(Slow Session at 2pm)

Open Session

Along with Celtic music, many other musical styles are played there.

Hoover Middle School in Santa Clara

Hosted by Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association. Check their website for details.

2nd Sunday
7-9pm

The Santa Cruz Celtic Moderate / Intermediate Session

The Britania Arms
702 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz

Emial Tane' Tachyon
for more information.

Subscribe to
the mailing list
,
for monthly session reminders.

The Santa Cruz slow and moderate/intermediate sessions are sponsored by the Clifford-Hoban Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

3rd Sunday
2-4pm

The Santa Cruz Celtic Slow Session

Along with Celtic music, many other musical styles are played there.

Recently changed location to "The Buttery" Bakery & Cafe
702 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz

Emial Tane' Tachyon
for more information.

Subscribe to
the mailing list
,
for monthly session reminders.

3rd Sunday
1-5pm

Sunnyvale Community Center Bluegrass Jam

The Creative Arts Center, located at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive

Emial Tane' Tachyon
for more information.

Lots of info

even more.

 
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