The Night Eagle Cafe
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200 State Street Binghamton, NY (607) 217-7334

Irish Music Sessions


What is a Traditional Irish Session?
An Irish Traditional Music Session is an exuberantly fun gathering of Irish traditional musicians where there are active participating musicians, listening musicians who are learning the repertoire, and often there is an enthusiastic audience. Irish Traditional Sessions are somewhat informal. The songs are Irish dance tunes written a few hundred years ago and passed down through generations. Tunes include: hornpipes, jigs, reels, and slip-jigs. Session musicians may string tunes together, one right into another, to form sets. Each melody is typically repeated three times. Wonderful things happen at sessions: when the music gets going, toes start tapping and people start enjoying the joyful melodies. Sometimes a person might be moved by the music such that he or she will get up and start spontaneously doing Irish traditional dancing. We musicians are always honored when our music inspires people!