The Irish Centre Seisiún
Free Open Tunes Session for anyone who plays Irish Traditional Music.
The next CCE Seisiun will be held on – May 10, 2019
Location: Irish Centre of Pittsburgh
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Regular Seisiún – All Levels
Claddagh Pub Seisiúns
Every Sunday at Claddagh Pub in Pittsburgh’s Southside Works
5:00pm – All Levels
Irish Traditional Music Sessions are mostly gatherings at which people play irish traditional music.
The Irish language word for “session” is seisiún
The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune (or at least quietly playing an accompaniment part) and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an “open” session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome. Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets.
The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.
If you would like to learn some Irish tunes before attending a seisiun, please check out the suggested list below and the link to the Session. Please note that these are only suggestions and that other tunes are always welcomed.
Link to the Session: https://thesession.org
Suggested tune list: