The Irish Centre
Free Open Tunes Session for anyone who plays Irish Traditional Music.
Following Annual General Meeting Friday December 8, 2017
Irish Traditional Music Sessions are mostly gatherings at which people play
Irish traditional music.
The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know
it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know
the tune (or at least quietly playing an accompaniment part)
and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an "open" session, anyone
who is able to play Irish music is welcome. Most often there are
more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At
times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between
The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of
passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing
attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is
most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that
is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.
Irish Centre of Pittsburgh