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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


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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

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

Wed 17th Jan
The Rock Bar, Gillabbey St.
9:30 pm - Free

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

Wed 17th Jan
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Thu 18th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

Thu 18th Jan
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Fri 19th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Fri 19th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
10 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Lee Sessions
9:30 pm - Free

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

Fri 19th Jan
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 20th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 20th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

Sat 20th Jan
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

Sun 21st Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sun 21st Jan
Kesh Traditional Irish Music  
Reardens, Washington St.
10:30 pm - Free

Charlie's, Union Quay
3 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
9:30 pm - Free

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

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

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

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

Franciscan Well, North Mall
8:30 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 23rd Jan
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

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

Wed 24th Jan
The Rock Bar, Gillabbey St.
9:30 pm - Free

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

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

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

Sin É, Coburg St
6:30 pm - Free

Sin É, Coburg St
8 pm - Free

The Corner House, Coburg St
6 pm - Free

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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

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

Fri 26th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

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

Sat 27th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Sat 27th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

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

Sun 28th Jan
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed 31st Jan
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, Cornmarket St.
7 pm - Free

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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

Fri 2nd Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
7 pm - Free

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

Sat 3rd Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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

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

Turners Cross Tavern, Turners Cross
8 pm - Free

Sat 10th Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 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

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

Sat 17th Feb
The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
3 pm - Free

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

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

Sun 18th Feb
The Everyman, MacCurtain St.
8 pm - €26

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett 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 Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett St.
9:30 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

Charlies, 2 Union Quay
3 pm - Free

The Oliver Plunkett, Oliver Plunkett 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