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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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Traditional Irish Music Events


Sat 23rd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 23rd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Sat 23rd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Sat 23rd Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 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

Sun 24th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

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

Sun 24th Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

Mon 25th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Mon 25th Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 pm - Free

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

Tue 26th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett
7 pm - Free

The Franciscan Well, North Mall
8:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 26th Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 pm - Free

Wed 27th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Wed 27th Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 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 28th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Thu 28th Sep
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Thu 28th Sep
All 8 Venues
1 pm - €85

Thu 28th Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 pm - Free

Thu 28th Sep
Gallaghers
9 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

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

Thu 28th Sep
St Peters Church
1 pm - Free

Fri 29th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett
6 pm - €10

Fri 29th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Fri 29th Sep
An Spailpin Fanach
9:30 pm - €15

Fri 29th Sep
All 8 Venues
1 pm - €85

Fri 29th Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 pm - Free

Sat 30th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett
5 pm - €15

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

Sat 30th Sep
An Spailpin Fanach
2 pm - €10

Sat 30th Sep
An Spailpin Fanach
6 pm - €15

Sat 30th Sep
CIT Cork School of Music
8 pm - €20

Sat 30th Sep
An Spailpin Fanach
10 pm - €15

Sat 30th Sep
All 8 Venues
1 pm - €85

Sat 30th Sep
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sat 30th Sep
An Spailpin Fanach
2 pm - Free

Sun 1st Oct
Cyprus Avenue
8 pm - €15

Sun 1st Oct
The Oliver Plunkett
5 pm - €20

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 1st Oct
An Spailpin Fanach
3 pm - €10

Sun 1st Oct
All 8 Venues
1 pm - €85

Sun 1st Oct
The Bodega @ St. Peters Market
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

Sun 1st Oct
Deerpark CBS
2 pm - Free

Mon 2nd Oct
All 8 Venues
1 pm - €85

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

The Gables, 32 Douglas 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 5th Oct
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Thu 5th Oct
Gallaghers
9 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

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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

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

The Gables, 32 Douglas 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 12th Oct
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Thu 12th Oct
Gallaghers
9 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

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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

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

The Gables, 32 Douglas 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 19th Oct
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Thu 19th Oct
Gallaghers
9 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

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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

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

The Gables, 32 Douglas 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 26th Oct
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Thu 26th Oct
Gallaghers
9 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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

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

The Gables, 32 Douglas 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 2nd Nov
The Welcome Inn, Parnell Place
9:30 pm - Free

Thu 2nd Nov
Gallaghers
9 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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main 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 9th Nov
Gallaghers
9 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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
5:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8:30 pm - Free

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

An Spailpín Fánach, South Main St.
9:30 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

Sat 30th Sep
CIT Cork School of Music
11 am - €15

Sat 30th Sep
CIT Cork School of Music
11 am - €15

Sat 30th Sep
CIT Cork School of Music
11 am - €15

Sat 30th Sep
SMA Community Hall Wilton
9:30 pm - €25

Sat 30th Sep
Emmett Place
11 am - Free