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
Facebook group for Shetland sessions
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 Hotel – Friday evenings from 9pm Arisaig Hotel Facebook page
The Anderson Inn – every second Sunday evening from 9pm Anderson inn website
The Old Bridge Inn – every 2nd Tuesday from 8.30pm Pub Facebook page
The Stag, Banchory – 2-6pm one Sunday a month
The Caledonian – Friday evenings once a month (? last Friday of the month?)
Three Bellies Brae – Tuesday evenings.
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 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.
Kirkliston Arms – Monday evenings
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
Bull Inn, New Street – Monday evenings.
The Brown Bull and The Corner Bar – Sunday evenings from 8.30pm (runs in alternate venues, every fortnight).
The Waterside Pub – once a month on a Sunday 2.30pm – 5pm
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: January 2017