Sep 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Our Irish pub exploration continues on this night as we celebrate Halfway to St. Patrick's Day. The midway point on the calendar 'til the next St. Patrick's Day is an event created especially for the Irish pub.
But we'll have an authentic observance of this invented holiday by taking in New York's longest-running open traditional Irish session at Dempsey's in the East Village. The Dempsey's session is 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. A team from Guinness will be there to hold a "Pour Your Own Pint" promotion, so we'll all get a chance to learn how to pour a perfect pint. Should be good craic all around. There will also be a shot special all night long, your choice of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Fireball Whiskey or SoCo Lime, just $5.
It's going to be a really fun night, see you there.