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A meetup for people who can play one or two traditional Irish tunes and are eager to learn more in an informal setting. All instruments welcome to join the session, which will be played at a slow to medium pace.

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Wednesday night session

St. Isabella's School

We are a group of musicians interested in learning and playing traditional Irish tunes and songs in a supportive, encouraging environment. We meet every Wednesday night from 7-9 pm at St. Isabella's School, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. We start with three featured tunes (go to marinirishmusic.com to see our semester list and download sheet music), then we review last week’s tunes. We then have open play and take turns calling tunes around the circle. When it's your turn, you set the speed we play the tune, so if you are learning and want to take it slow, that's fine. We end with a review of this week’s tunes. Everyone is welcome! To receive weekly emails with the upcoming week’s tunes, send an email to [masked].

Play some music at "The Chieftain"

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All, Please come and join in for some savage craic agus ceol! The Chieftain is a great location and provides a great spot in the bar for us to get together and play some fantastic intermediate speed session music! Sláinte!!! About the Chieftain: The Chieftain is an authentic Irish pub located one block from the Moscone Convention Center, and a short walk from many of downtown San Francisco's most familiar hotels, attractions and eclectic businesses. Named after the first High King of Ireland, Brian Boru (c. [masked]) and a more recent Irish Chieftain, Michael Collins (known as "The Big Fellow") who in December 1921 signed an Anglo-Irish treaty agreement with Britain which was later ratified by Dail Eireann & the British House of Commons, enacting the Irish Free State. The Chieftain's identity is intertwined with the 50 million Americans who claim Irish heritage. It's this Celtic identity that inspired two sets of brothers from Ireland, the Nagle's from County Kerry and the McVeigh's from County Clare, to place their Irish roots in the form of an authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown San Francisco. The building where The Chieftain calls home is a historical landmark built in 1912; originally called the M&M Tavern, it was opened by Martin McVeigh in 1934 just after the Prohibition repeal. The M&M became the cornerstone of journalism in San Francisco, as the home for all level of workers from the nearby San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner newspapers. After World War II, Martin McVeigh's son Al returned from the Navy and took over the family business. Al owned and managed the M&M Tavern from 1946 to 1989. Check out The Chieftains website and look under "Links" for fun and interesting stories and pictures from the M&M days. The Chieftain was primarily built with mahogany wood and Belgian castle stone, creating a beautiful acoustic environment that is enjoyed at all our live music and sporting events. The Chieftain has hosted hundreds of parties and we are a recognized gathering place to come and enjoy your favorite American as well as International sporting matches, including soccer, rugby, baseball and football to name a few. The Chieftain offers a large selection of the Worlds finest beers and spirits, including an outstanding 20oz "Perfect Pint" of Guinness! Join the conversation and share memories... **During football season, the owner Mark Nagle requests that we start after the Sunday night football game ends, usually about 8:45 p.m. **

Wednesday night session

St. Isabella's School

We are a group of musicians interested in learning and playing traditional Irish tunes and songs in a supportive, encouraging environment. We meet every Wednesday night from 7-9 pm at St. Isabella's School, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. We start with three featured tunes (go to marinirishmusic.com to see our semester list and download sheet music), then we review last week’s tunes. We then have open play and take turns calling tunes around the circle. When it's your turn, you set the speed we play the tune, so if you are learning and want to take it slow, that's fine. We end with a review of this week’s tunes. Everyone is welcome! To receive weekly emails with the upcoming week’s tunes, send an email to [masked].

Groundbreakin Trad Session

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The O'Keefe's session heir apparent (in the same timeslot) is now the new Michael Collins Irish Bar on Haight St. This formerly Martin Mack's pub recently changed ownership, and they have some exciting plans. The space is quite large and we can play in the back or in the front by the window. We'll see what works best. All the established etiquette naturally will apply. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, marches, polkas, slides, slip jigs, slow airs, and the occasional song. It's what we do best. It is our forte. Please limit the chatting and moving about during the tunes. Respect the music, if not one another. This is an open session, and we follow the Round Robin protocol, which gives each musician the chance to contribute a tune he can play well. Usually, though hardly strictly, we play each tune 3x, and signal a transition with either a butt-lift, leg-lift, a verbal hup!, or an eye twinkle. Beverage benefits are available. Colum Crowley is our owner; Adrian & Sandra are at the bar;

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Groundbreakin Trad Session

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