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First Tuesday at Dempsey's: Open Traditional Irish Seisiún

  • Mar 4, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Sorry for the late notice, but please join us at Dempsey's on this night for our First Tuesday celebration at our flagship event. We'll mark the start of the St. Patrick's Day season and, hopefully, the beginning of the end of Old Man Winter.

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    I was there last night,had a good time chatting up the gentleman playing the frame drum, and taking in the atmosphere. the spontaneity and loose relaxed vibe of the music is fun. there's just too much structure in too many events in the city these days. good job....!

    March 5, 2014

  • Janet

    Got caught up with an old friend and sorry I didn't get a chance to chat with everyone. Great to join with the wonderful music and people.

    March 5, 2014

  • Mary Z

    I had a usual great time and enjoyed getting to know one of the newest members, Robin.

    March 5, 2014

  • Dennis

    Good music and fun, as always.

    March 5, 2014

  • Robin

    Meetup was fantastic- great music, great bar and great company especially meeting Mary Z, Denise and Dennis! More of you should come! Hope we do another one soon!!!!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • mady

    Loved it as always

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Sile

    Say hello to Colin for me.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    8PM music start....... until ??

    March 4, 2014

    • Dennis

      Whenever they stop playing. Meetup typically runs until 10 or 11.

      March 4, 2014

  • Dennis

    Running late at my work meeting, be there before 8.

    March 4, 2014

  • mady

    I may be late like 8:30 PM

    March 3, 2014

  • Janet

    Happy to be in NYC for this month's First Tuesday session at Dempsey's!

    March 1, 2014

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