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These 2 events overlap a bit.

Cape Cod Celtic Festival link -
http://www.capecodcelticfestival.com/

And a link to the Irish Connections Festival at the Irish Cultural Center
http://www.irishculture.org/festival/20 ... ormers.htm



Link to Greenbriar session - Boston
http://www.slowplayers.org/BOSS/index.html

The Snug - Hingham, MA - Monday evening session 5:30-8:30pm

Sean O'Toole's - Plymouth Center - Saturday session 5:30-8:30

Link to Blackthorne Tavern - regular Sunday afternoon session . S.Easton, MA (between Boston and Providence)
http://www.brennansblackthornetavern.com/

Link to Blackstone Theatre - Cumberland RI, frequent Irish/Celtic concerts(35 miles south of Boston)
http://www.riverfolk.org/index.html

Link to Irish Cultural Center - Friday evenings (15 m south of Boston)
http://www.irishculture.org/music/

Link to World Music Winter/Spring - Various Boston locations. includes various Irish concerts i.e. Johnny Cunningham Tribute; Lunasa; Solas; etc.
http://www.worldmusic.org/

Narrows - Link to Narrows - Fall River, MA, frequent folk concerts, some Irish i.e. 2/5 Teada
http://www.ncfta.org/


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Do you happen to know of any in Central Massachusetts????


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Central MA seems to have a disturbing lack of sessions. The 'session' in Ayer is more of a performance, really. There's a listing for Ashland over on www.coolbawnroad.com, but I've never been there. It says:
'Weekly: Stone's Public House179 Main Street Ashland, MA 508.881.1778 Every Tuesday about 7:00pm traditional Irish tunes (instrumental) in the bar area (smoking not permitted at seisiun table)'

I might try to at least go listen in next week. Close in to Boston, of course, has plenty of sessions, and Western Mass seems to have a few also. Depending on how far north or
south you are, neighboring states may be better. It's a shorter drive for me to reach Manchester than to reach Boston.


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Chris,

I'm in Worcester - I noticed you list "central MA" as well - Do you have links for NH? Or Western MA? I don't mind making a drive, I just wanted to find as many options as possible - Central MA seems to be devoid of just about everything :) :boggle:


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There is, or was, a slow session in Salem on Sundays, which is a bit further from you than
from me (I'm up in Ayer). That's Sundays at O'Neills on Washington Street. I hope it's still running, I'd like to start going again. Of course, Salem's more northshore than central,
but still, it's mostly highway to get there from here. Hmm. And apparently a 'regular' session some nights of the week.

The coolbawnroad site is supposedly dedicated to irish music in central mass, and they have a
sessions listing, but I can't speak to the nature, quality, or existence of those sessions.
If I find out more, I"ll certainly let you know!


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Hi ChrisA,

Do you know where the Sunday slow session in Salem, MA takes place? I'm up in that neck of the woods.

Thanks


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The Salem Slow Session -was- at O'Neill's pub, on Washington Street, in downtown Salem.
It took place at noon on Sundays.

I haven't been in over a year, though I'd like to start going again, but the point is, things
may have changed. It's a nice little corner of Salem though, so if it's not a far drive, it's
not a bad place to end up even if the session isn't when it was.


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Thanks, ChrisA. I didn't read your posting right--I was thinking that O'Neill's was in Ayer. In any event, unfortunately, Sundays at noon conflicts with the church schedule, so I'll have to find another slow session.


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This is a shameless bump to push the Bay State back up on the list....

I'm really hoping more listings of New England area slow sessions will appear....

I'm starting to find more and more places to check out sessions, but, in my humble opinion, there can never be too many places to check out -


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ChrisA wrote:
There is, or was, a slow session in Salem on Sundays, which is a bit further from you than
from me (I'm up in Ayer). That's Sundays at O'Neills on Washington Street.


There is a session of sorts at O'Neills later in the day on Sundays. 4:00PM I think. Hosted by Larry Young & Friends (nice enough people), the core musicians play through a sound system. So if there is not a mic free you cannot hear yourself very well if at all. Not exactly the kind of session I'm looking for. Been a couple of times and will probably attend now and again until something more acoustic comes along.

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David


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The slow session at O'neills is on the first Sunday of every month. It starts at 1:30pm. Fun, relaxed atmosphere.


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bigpow5 wrote:
The slow session at O'neills is on the first Sunday of every month. It starts at 1:30pm. Fun, relaxed atmosphere.



Thanks for the update!


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Right, about the Ashland session, it does exist. They're all nice folks, and play one
or more instruments quite well. They've got three fiddles, a flute, a whistle, a concertina,
a button accordian, an irish harp, and a hammered dulcimer, a guitar, a banjo and a bodhran...
but not all at the same time - several players play more than one instrument.

I managed to tootle along with a handful of tunes, but it may take a bit to catch up
with all the tunes they know.

--Chris


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Hi guys:

Sorry to arrive late at the party with news that there is a great session in Central Mass at Mulligan's in Westborough.

Thursday nights, beginning at 7:30, all your usual instruments as well as singers and "just listeners" gather for a few hours. There are many levels of expertise and a welcoming atmosphere for all.

[url]Directions at http://www.mulliganstaverne.com[/url]

For more info (and/or encouragement to join us!), you can email me at kate01581@yahoo.com

regards,
Katie


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Is there any sessions around Quincy? I'll be in Boston in the early part of September.


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