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The Lee Sessions

Traditional music has been played in Cork since the dawn of time. County Cork is home to the legendary Chief Francis O’Neill and the iconic Sean O Riada – to name but two. It is home to two third level music schools - the School of Music at Cork Institute of Technology and the Department of Music in University College Cork. This undeniably guarantees the quality of musicianship that you will hear when you come to this city where even the speech of the locals is musical.

Lee Sessions1 

Each year the city hosts traditional Irish music sessions in traditional pubs throughout the city from May through to the end of September under the banner The Lee Sessions. A session is generally an informal gathering of traditional musicians who play acoustically without the aid of public address systems – unplugged if you will. The choice of tunes or songs is impromptu as generally the session will be made up of different players on each occasion. The main perquisite of a successful session is that the players have a common repertoire of tunes and that it is based in a common key. D mostly or occasionally E flat. The tunes are usually in sets of two or three with changes sometimes indicated by a nod or a wink or, if the bodhran player is sitting next to you, – a kick in the shins!. 

Fiddles, Bodhrans, banjos, flutes, accordians, uileann pipes, guitars and tin whistles are regularly featured at the sessions with the playing generously lubricated by Beamish or Murphys stouts and of course a sparkling water for the designated driver! If you play yourself you merely have to ask and you will be invited to join in. If you don’t just sit back and enjoy one of life’s unique pleasures – an Irish session in full swing in a heritage pub in Cork – Yahooo!

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The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
12 pm - Free

Sun 23rd Jul
Reardens, Washington St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
6 pm - Free

The Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
6 pm - Free

The Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
8 pm - Free

The Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 23rd Jul
Cork City
10 am - €15 (Concerts), €10 (Workshop) & €6 (Com

Sun 23rd Jul
The Everyman, MacCurtain St.
10 am - €6

Sun 23rd Jul
The Everyman, MacCurtain St.
10 am - €6 (adults) & €4 (children)

Sun 23rd Jul
4 Venues
10 am - €6 (adults) €4 (kids)

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

The Long Valley, Winthrop St
5 pm - Free

Canty's, Pembroke St
6 pm - Free

Counihans, Pembroke St
6 pm - Free

Costigans, Washington St West
7 pm - Free

Mon 24th Jul
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 25th Jul
Franciscan Well, North Mall
8:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Rock Bar, Gilabbey St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Thu 27th Jul
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett
10 pm - Free

Thu 27th Jul
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
12 pm - Free

Thu 27th Jul
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Fri 28th Jul
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 29th Jul
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Sat 29th Jul
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Canty's, Pembroke St
7 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Mon 31st Jul
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 1st Aug
Franciscan Well, North Mall
8:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Rock Bar, Gilabbey St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Thu 3rd Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Thu 3rd Aug
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Fri 4th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Sat 5th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Canty's, Pembroke St
7 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Mon 7th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 8th Aug
Franciscan Well, North Mall
8:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Rock Bar, Gilabbey St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Thu 10th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Thu 10th Aug
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Thu 10th Aug
Cork Quaker Meeting House
8 pm - €20

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Fri 11th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Sat 12th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Mon 14th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Rock Bar, Gilabbey St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Thu 17th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Thu 17th Aug
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Sat 19th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Mon 21st Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Rock Bar, Gilabbey St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Thu 24th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Thu 24th Aug
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Rock Bar, Gilabbey St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Thu 31st Aug
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Rock Bar, Gilabbey St
9:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
2 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
5:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Sun 24th Sep
Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free