Open sessions in Scotland

Open sessions in Scotland

Here’s a list of folk music sessions I’m aware of that are happening regularly around Scotland. If you’re thinking of joining a session on this list, check the online details where available to see if it’s still happening. These things have a habit of changing over time.

If you know of any changes to the details below, or know of any other open sessions in Scotland that are not already on this list, please contact me to let me know

If you want to join a session, and you’re not familiar with how sessions run, it’s worth reading about session etiquette before you go along to one!

Sessions in Scotland

Shetland
Facebook group for Shetland sessions

Skye
North Skye Music Sessions Facebook page
The Old Inn, Carbost, Wednesdays (April to October). The Edinbane Inn, Edinbane – Wednesdays (April to October). The Old Inn, Carbost – Thursdays 9.15pm – 12.30am The Old Inn, Carbost. Fridays The Edinbane Inn, Edinbane. Fridays (April to October) The Edinbane Inn. Sundays 4-6pm

Arisaig
Arisaig Hotel – Friday evenings from 9pm Arisaig Hotel Facebook page

Fortrose
The Anderson Inn – every second Sunday evening from 9pm
Anderson inn website

Inverness:
Hootanany’s – Wednesdays from 9pm. Pub Facebook page
The Gellions Tuesdays from 9pm Facebook group

Aviemore
The Old Bridge Inn – every 2nd Tuesday from 8.30pm
Pub Facebook page
Kingcraig:
Suidhe Lodge – Thursdays from 8.30 pm

Aberdeen:
Facebook group for Aberdeen sessions
Aberdeen trad sessions website
The Blue Lamp – Monday evenings
Cove Bay Hotel – Wednesdays, 9pm-11pm
Blackfriars -Thursdays, 8pm till 1am

Banchory:
The Stag, Banchory – 2-6pm one Sunday a month

Brechin:
The Caledonian – Friday evenings once a month (? last Friday of the month?)

Kirriemuir:
Three Bellies Brae – Tuesday evenings.

Dunkeld:
Perthshire Tunes Facebook page
Facebook group for Dunkeld sessions

Edinburgh:
Facebook group for Edinburgh sessions
Powderhall Arms, Canonmills – Tuesdays from 8pm
Sandy Bells every evening. Also Sunday afternoons from 4pm
Canon’s Gait, High St – Wednesday evenings
The Diggers – 1st Tuesday in the month from 7.30pm
The Diggers – Wednesday evenings from 9pm
Ensign Ewart, Lawnmarket – Sunday evenings
The Antiquary, St Stephen St, Stockbridge – Thursday evenings
Captains Bar – every night of the week
The Waverley Bar – Sunday 3-7pm
The Golden Rule –
The Black Cat, Rose Street –
Leslie’s Bar, Causewayside – Wednesday evenings
Royal Forth Yacht Club, Middle Pier, Granton Harbour, 1st Sunday of the month, from 2pm.
Dalriada – Wednesday evenings from 8pm
Dalriada – Sunday afetrnoons from 3pm

Aberlady:
The Old Inn – every 2nd Sunday from 1-3pm
Sandy bells pub - one of many folk music sessions in Scotland
Photo ©Ros Gasson

Kirkliston:
Kirkliston Arms – Monday evenings

Linlithgow:
Black Bitch, Linlithgow – 1st Thursday of month from 8pm Black Bitch, Linlithgow – 3rd Sunday of month from 2pm

Glasgow:
Islay Inn, Argyle Street – Mondays 9pm – midnight
Ivory Hotel, Camphill Avenue, Friday 9.00 -12.00 pm
The Dram, Woodlands, – Sunday evenings
Lismore bar – Tuesday evenings from 9pm Pub Facebook page
For Fika Sake – Friday afternoons,from 4-7pm This is a Nordic tunes session Cafe Facebook page
Ben Nevis
Babbity Bowsters
Waxy’s

Paisley:
Facebook page
Bull Inn, New Street – Monday evenings.

Lochwinnoch:
The Brown Bull and The Corner Bar – Sunday evenings from 8.30pm (runs in alternate venues, every fortnight).
Facebook page

Largs:
The Waterside Pub – once a month on a Sunday 2.30pm – 5pm
Facebook group

Gigha:
Gigha Gallery – every Sunday (from 15th Jan) from 2pm

Scottish Folk Music website – link to section on folk clubs and sessions around Scotland. Click on the tab for folk music sessions to see where they’re held

Page last updated: November 2017

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