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Other Slow Sessions

I’m in the process of building this list of slow sessions. There is an Irish music calendar for the Northeast coast of the USA. As for other slow sessions, I have been informed of the following: 


Bloomington, Illinois, USA.  Though the slow session is defunct, the website has recorded tunes.

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis has a number of slow tune recordings.

Portland, Main, USA.  The website has a variety of sessions and slow sessions in the Portland, Maine area, the slow session is at 1317 Main.

Ayer, Massachusetts, USA. The Groton Session at Billiards Cafe (39 Main Street, Suite 201, Ayer, MA 01432) on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm is no longer a slow session.  Updated:15-5-18

Dennis, Massachusetts, USA (Cape Cod). Slow session every Wednesday,  6:30pm, at O’Shea’s Olde Inne (on Rt. 28) 348 Main Street, West Dennis, MA 02670.  The regular session is on Sundays 6-8pm.

Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA. Lower Valley Irish Slow Session meets on Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 9pm pm at DeCice hall at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton Street,  Holyoke, MA.  

Clark, New Jersey.  Lesl Harker’s monthly slow session.

Albany, New York, USA.  Every third Sunday at 2:30pm, meeting at the Capital District Irish American Association (formerly known as the Albany Hibernian Hall) 375  Ontario St., Albany, NY.

Long Island City (Queens), New York.  Every Saturday from 1:30 to 4:00 at the New York Irish Center, 1014 Jackson Ave., Queens, New York, 11101.  E: Richard Sutor,  Facebook:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The Riley School of Irish Music has a recordings of their tunes for each quarterly class.


Melbourne, Australia. McDonnell’s Slow Session, Corkman Pub, Mondays 7:30-11pm


Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Slow Session at Lion’s Head Tavern & Grill.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. At the Old Triangle pub every Sunday afternoon from 2 pm to 5 pm (the first hour is a slow session to share and learn new tunes). Hosted by Roy Johnstone.


Dublin, Ireland. Waltons New School of Music slow session, in Dublin city centre, 69 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. T: +353 (0)1 478 1884   E:

Galway, Ireland.   Dusty Banjos learning session held in the Western Hotel, Prospect Hill, Galway.

Tinahely, co. Wicklow, Ireland.  Monthly slow session held in the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely.


Tama, Tokyo, Japan.  Tama is a municipality in western Tokyo and they have a Saturday slow session from 1-4:30pm.