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

Fri 18th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

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

Sat 19th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 19th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sun 20th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 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 21st Aug
The Oliver Plunkett
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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 22nd Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 22nd Aug
The Oliver Plunkett
7 pm - Free

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

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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

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

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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
11:30 pm - Free

Thu 24th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Thu 24th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

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

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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 25th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Fri 25th Aug
Kesh Traditional Irish Music  
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sat 26th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 26th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 26th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett
10 pm - Free

Sat 26th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sun 27th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 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 28th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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 29th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 29th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett
7 pm - Free

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

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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

Wed 30th Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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 Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Thu 31st Aug
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

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

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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 1st Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Sat 2nd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 2nd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sun 3rd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Mon 4th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 pm - Free

Tue 5th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 5th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett
7 pm - Free

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

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Wed 6th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Gables
9:30 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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 7th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Thu 7th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
9 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 8th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sat 9th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 9th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Old Oak, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sun 10th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Mon 11th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Tue 12th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 12th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett
7 pm - Free

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

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Wed 13th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Thu 14th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Thu 14th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Fri 15th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 16th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sat 16th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sun 17th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
6:30 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, Douglas Street
9:30 pm - Free

Mon 18th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Tue 19th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 pm - Free

Tue 19th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett
7 pm - Free

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

Sin É, Coburg St
9:30 pm - Free

Wed 20th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Thu 21st Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Thu 21st Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Fri 22nd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas St.
10 pm - Free

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

Sat 23rd Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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

Mon 25th Sep
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 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

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

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

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Gables, 32 Douglas 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