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

Fri 23rd Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Fri 23rd Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Fri 23rd Feb
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sat 24th Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 24th Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 24th Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Sat 24th Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
11:30 pm - Free

Sat 24th Feb
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 25th Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 25th Feb
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Sun 25th Feb
Counihan's, Pembroke St.
9 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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

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

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

An Spailpín Fánach
9:30 pm - Free

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

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

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Tue 27th Feb
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

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

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 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
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Wed 28th Feb
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Fri 2nd Mar
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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sat 3rd Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 3rd Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 4th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 4th Mar
Counihan's, Pembroke St.
9 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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

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

An Spailpín Fánach
9:30 pm - Free

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

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

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

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

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 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
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Fri 9th Mar
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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sat 10th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 10th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 11th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

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

Sun 11th Mar
Counihan's, Pembroke St.
9 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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

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

An Spailpín Fánach
9:30 pm - Free

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

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

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

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

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 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
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Fri 16th Mar
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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sat 17th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 17th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 18th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

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

Sun 18th Mar
Counihan's, Pembroke St.
9 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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

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

An Spailpín Fánach
9:30 pm - Free

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

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

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

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 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
9:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Fri 23rd Mar
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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sat 24th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 24th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 25th Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 25th Mar
Counihan's, Pembroke St.
9 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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

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

An Spailpín Fánach
9:30 pm - Free

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

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

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

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

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

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Fri 30th Mar
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.
9:30 pm - Free

Sat 31st Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 31st Mar
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

Sun 1st Apr
Counihan's, Pembroke St.
9 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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

An Spailpín Fánach
9:30 pm - Free

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

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

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 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

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

Sat 7th Apr
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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.
9:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables
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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

An Spailpín Fánach
9:30 pm - Free

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8 pm - Free

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

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

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

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 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

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

Sat 14th Apr
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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.
9:30 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

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

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free