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Session Schedule - Chelsea, MI
  These are "open" sessions: Any and all local or traveling musicians are invited to join in.
Sessions are run in a round-robin fashion so everyone gets a turn to start a tune or set.
  1st & 3rd Sundays
of every month
Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N Main St #100, Chelsea, MI 48118, (734) 433-5500.
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 2:00-4:00.
(Outdoor patio available in good weather.)

  2nd & 4th Sundays
of every month
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St #100, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, (734) 487-1555.
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month from 2:00-4:00.

What is a "Session"?
  An Irish session is a gathering of musicians for the express purpose of playing traditional Irish music on acoustic instruments. Unlike a performance for an audience of passive listeners, the session is primarily for the musicians themselves, although many non-playing attendees often come for the express purpose of enjoying the music. The type of session at Cleary's Pub is known as an "open session" in which all able musicians are invited to participate.

The tunes played at sessions are typically grouped into "sets" (several tunes of the same type strung together) and are usually played in unison and in a straightforward manner, which means that there are no special arrangements which deviate from the traditional tune. They tend to be mostly reels and jigs and, to a lesser extent, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas, and marches.

Session Etiquette
  Session etiquette is nothing more than exhibiting common courtesy and sensitivity to others.
A few key points are:
  • If you are new to a session it is advised that you introduce yourself and ask the session leader for permission to sit in.
  • If you're not familiar with a tune being played or are trying to learn it, either sit that one out or try to play very quietly so as not to be disruptive.
    The use of recording devices is encouraged as a method for learning new tunes at home.
  • Use of sheet music during the session is discouraged.
  • Playing in an incorrect key or improvisation (noodling) is highly frowned upon.
  • Only one bodhran and/or guitar/bouzouki playing at a time, switching off if there is more than one. More than one will often clash with each other, disrupting the melody.
  • At times a song may be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets. Unless invited, these are generally unaccompanied by the other instruments.
The Music
  Below is a small portion of our repertoire consisting of some of the more common tunes we play.

For new musicians wishing to join in the sessions, this list can serve as a guide for the tunes you may wish to work on first.
Those marked with an asterisk (*) are played somewhat more often.

Check out for more of your favorite tunes, including sheet music, ABC files, sound files, discography, locations of sessions around the world, forum, and more.
TYPE LINK to Sheet Music, ABC's, Sound Files KEY TUNE Often
Air Dmaj Down by the Sally Gardens  
Air Gmaj South Wind  
Hornpipe Dmaj Alexander's  
Hornpipe Dmaj Boys of Bluehill *
Hornpipe Gmaj Cronin's/Changing your Demeanor *
Hornpipe Dmaj Harvest Home/Cork  
Hornpipe Ador Humours of Tullycrine *
Hornpipe Gmaj Off to California *
Hornpipe Dmaj Plains of Boyle  
Hornpipe Emin Rights of Man *
Hornpipe Gmaj Stack Of Wheat/Little Stack of Wheat  
Hornpipe Dmaj Trip to Durrow *
Jig Dmix Banish Misfortune *
Jig Dmaj Behind the Haystack  
Jig Gmaj Blackthorn Stick  
Jig Dmix Blarney Pilgrim *
Jig Amin Coleraine  
Jig Dmaj Connaughtman's Rambles  
Jig Dmaj Donnybrook Fair  
Jig Ador Dusty Windowsills  
Jig Edor Gallagher's Frolics  
Jig Dmaj Gander in the Pratie Hole  
Jig Gmaj Garrett Barry's  
Jig Amin Geese in the Bog  
Jig Dmaj Haste to the Wedding *
Jig Dmix Humours of Ballyloughlin *
Jig Gmaj Humours of Ennistymon/Coppers and Brass  
Jig Dmaj I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave *
Jig Gmaj Jim Ward's/Clare *
Jig Gmaj Killavil  
Jig Dmaj Kitty Lie Over  
Jig Dmaj Lark in the Morning *
Jig Dmaj Leitrim Fancy  
Jig Ador Lilting Banshee/Wailing Banshee  
Jig Edor Morrison's *
Jig Dmaj Munster Buttermilk/Behind the Haystack  
Jig Dmaj My Darling Asleep *
Jig Dmaj Off She Goes  
Jig Gmaj Old Favorite/Clare/Kilfenora/Club Ceili  
Jig Gmaj Out On the Ocean *
Jig Gmaj Planxty Irwin *
Jig Gmaj Saddle the Pony  
Jig Dmaj Sean Bui  
Jig Ador Slieve Russell *
Jig Ador Swallowtail  
Jig Ador Tenpenny Bit *
Jig Gmaj The Kesh *
Jig Dmaj Tobin's Favourite  
Jig Dmaj Tripping up the Stairs  
Jig Gmaj When the Cock Crows It Is Day  
Jig, Slip Emin Butterfly  
Jig, Slip Dmaj Foxhunter's Jig  
Jig, Slip Emin Kid on the Mountain *
Jig, Slip Gmaj O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick/An Phis Fliuch *
March Dmix March of the Kings of Laois  
Polka Dmaj 42 Pound Check *
Polka Ador Ballydesmond #1 *
Polka Ador Ballydesmond #2/#1/Maurice Manley's *
Polka Dmaj Dennis Murphy's *
Polka Dmaj Egan's/Kerry *
Polka Gmaj Girl I Left Behind Me  
Polka Dmaj John Ryan's/Sean Ryan's *
Polka Gmaj Maggie in the Woods *
Polka Gmaj Rakes of Mallow  
Polka Gmaj Siege of Ennis  
Reel Emin Cooley's *
Reel Edor Cup of Tea *
Reel Edor Drowsy Maggie *
Reel Dmaj Dublin reel  
Reel Dmaj Father Kelly's  
Reel Emin Fermoy Lasses  
Reel Gmaj Flowers of Edinburgh *
Reel Gmaj Foxhunter's Reel  
Reel Dmaj Maid Behind the Bar *
Reel Emin Man of the House *
Reel Dmaj Merry Blacksmith *
Reel Gmaj Miss McLeod's *
Reel Dmaj Mountain Road  
Reel Gmaj Over the Moor to Maggie *
Reel Amix Red Haired Boy/Jolly Beggarman  
Reel Dmaj Rolling in the Rye Grass  
Reel Gmaj Sally Gardens  
Reel Dmaj Silver Spear *
Reel Dmaj St. Ann's  
Reel Edor Tarbolton  
Reel Dmaj Wind that shakes the Barley  
Reel Dmaj Wise Maid  
Reel Gmaj Woman of the House  
Set Dance Edor King of the Fairies  
Slide Dmaj Denis Murphy's  
Slide Dmaj Dingle Regatta  
Slide Gmaj Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife  
Waltz Gmaj Fanny Power/Fanny Poer *
Waltz Dmaj Si Beag Si Mohr  

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