Open Traditional Irish Seisiún at Dempsey's with Martin O'Connell

  • Jul 30, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Another schedule change: Matt Mancuso is out and All-Ireland champion button accordion player Martin O'Connell is in. Yes, Martin's back from Ireland and able to fill in. It will still be a wonderful evening with very pleasant weather conditions for a change so take advantage of a chill summer evening at Dempsey's while you still can.

The Dempsey's session is the longest-running open traditional Irish session in New York, now in its 15th year of Tuesday night tunes and craic. All are welcome, from beginners to intermediate to advanced session musicians and the session is a good mix of all three. Sean nos and ballad singers and folk musicians are welcome as well as the session uses a round-robin format where everyone gets a turn to start a tune or sing a song.

The welcoming, open spirit of Dempsey's is known in Irish music circles all over the world and it's not unusual at all for visiting musicians (or singers, or dancers) from the four corners of the earth to stop by for a tune on any given Tuesday night. In 2011, local indie filmmaker Paradox Smoke Productions even made a documentary about the Dempsey's session called "Beautiful People."

For musicians, the session provides a friendly, supportive atmosphere to share your talents and develop your skills. For non-musicians, the session creates an atmosphere of Irish conviviality and craic that few local pubs can match.

We'll meet starting around 7 in the bar area for drinks, food and conversation. The music starts at 8. All musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and join in.  See you there.

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  • mary h.

    Excellent ...

    July 31, 2013

  • Dan D.

    Great session, great time!

    July 31, 2013

  • Dennis

    Lovely summer evening at Dempsey's!

    July 31, 2013

  • Dan D.

    Arriving closer to 8pm

    July 30, 2013

  • Dennis

    They don't card at the door, so no.

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you have to be 21 or older to get in? I'm twenty, so if so, I unfortunately won't be able to go. Thanks.

    July 29, 2013

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