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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


Fri 20th Oct
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Fri 20th Oct
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 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

Fri 20th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 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

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

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

Sat 21st Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Sun 22nd Oct
The Oliver Plunkett
6:30 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

Sun 22nd Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

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

Mon 23rd Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 24th Oct
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 24th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

The Gables
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

Wed 25th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 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

Thu 26th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Fri 27th Oct
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
8 pm - €15

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

Fri 27th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

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

Sat 28th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 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

Sun 29th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

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

Mon 30th Oct
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 31st Oct
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

The Gables
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 Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 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

Fri 3rd Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

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

Sun 5th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett
6:30 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 Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 7th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg 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 9th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 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

Fri 10th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

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

Sat 11th Nov
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
8:30 pm - €15

Sun 12th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett
6:30 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 Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 14th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

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

Thu 16th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

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

Fri 17th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

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

Sun 19th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett
6:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 21st Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

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

Thu 23rd Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

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

Fri 24th Nov
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

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

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

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

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

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

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

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

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

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

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

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

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

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