First Tuesday at Dempsey's: Open Traditional Irish Seisiún

  • May 6, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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It's First Tuesday once again, so join us at Dempsey's in the East Village for their open traditional Irish session.

An update to the schedule this week: Liz Hanley has been added as guest musician on fiddle and vocals. And WPKN-89.5 FM will be recording the session for a future broadcast.

This session is the longest-running open traditional Irish session in New York, now in its 16th 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.

Another important note about this meetup: This will be Colin's LAST ever night behind the bar at Dempsey's. He'll still be working with Tom O'Byrne's group of pubs going forward, but more in a front-office role, not day-to-day bartending and management. Colin's been at Dempsey's for the past 9 years, was behind the bar at our very first meetup in March 2007 and at just about every other meetup at Dempsey's ever since so come out and get served by him one last time and wish him well as he transitions into this new phase of his career.



Meetup starts at 7 for drinks, food and conversation, the music starts at 8. Be there!

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  • Dan D.

    Tad noisy but fun as always.

    May 7

  • Mary Z

    Really nice to see everyone!

    May 7

  • Dennis

    Good times, though a bit noisy. Thanks for all the good times, Colin!

    1 · May 7

  • John

    Tremendous, noisy, you name it! A great night

    2 · May 7

  • Ann-Marie

    Great night! Thanks Dennis, and good to meet everyone !

    1 · May 6

  • Linda I

    Wonderful music, felt transported to Ireland.

    1 · May 6

  • mady

    good session

    1 · May 6

  • Robin

    Sorry I won't be able to make it to this one - I love these First Tuesday's. Dennis - can you post the IAC in NYC on 51st St events? I went to a great concert there this week. Maybe others would like to see the calendar and we could all buy tickets together?

    April 19

    • Dennis

      There are others in the group who organize for IAC events. Or you can petition the organizer, Christopher, to make you an assistant organizer and host your own events.

      May 6

  • Linda I

    Tuesday will be my first time attending. Looking forward to it!

    1 · May 5

  • mady

    I am Going to show up late. 8:30

    May 4

  • Bryan G.

    Sorry I'll be working that night.

    May 3

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