Traditional Music Sessions

Pub Sessions (Some information is possibly out of date.  Best to call the venue for current details.)
These are some of the sessions we know about, near to and not so near to Blackford. Please tell us of others.  Those in bold are ones we have been to in living memory or have recent news of. But we cannot and don't guarantee this information and if you intend to go to one of the sessions listed we suggest that you make separate inquiries first.

  • Tappit Hen, Dunblane Tuesdays from 8.30  Excellent small session.  Try it  - you'll like it.
  • Tavern Bar, South Street, Perth.  Every other Wednesday from about 8.00 onwards.  All players welcome. (The every other week process is hopeless for working out when there is a session. There was one on Wednesday 9th May 2012 -  so you might be able to work it out.  Otherwise call them on O1738 637479)
  • Taybank Hotel, Dunkeld.  Whenever people turn up but Thursdays 7.30 seems to be the normal session.  http://www.thetaybank.com
  • The Niblick, Auchterarder.  Until June 2012, it was the first Thursday every month from about 8.30 to 11.00.  However, a small number of people seem to want to play the jukebox instead, so sessioners have given up. Consider this session finished until further notice. (Yet another blow to the (limited) cultural life Auchterarder.)
  • The Cross Keys, Kippen. Familiy friendly session - food available to buy too - 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month.Starts at 5 p.m.
  • Wallace, Stirling (Causewayhead)  Third Sunday each month from 9.00 pm
  • Whistlebinkies. Stirling, Every Wednesday 9.00 - 11.30. (Can never be sure about these sessions as they move from here to there every few months for reasons we can only guess at. Fine session if you can find it though.  If not at Whistlebinkies, try the Settle Inn.)
  • Greenmantle, West Cross causeway, Edinburgh.  Slow / intermediate session Mondays from 8.45 pm.  The Greenmantle session ceased in 2012 and is not expected to start again. But you could try
  • Canons Gait pub, Royal Mile Edinburgh, on Wednesdays from 9 pm. 
    Old Mill Inn, Mill Lane Pitlochry. PH16 5BH.  Every Friday from 8.30 onwards.  Hosted by TMSA Perth Branch
  • Three Bellies Brae, Kirriemuir. Every Tuesday from about 8.30 pm.
  • The Reel, Kirkwall.  Wednesday from 7.30 the Fiddle and Accordion Club and Thursday from 8.00 the Strathspey and Reel Society. Both advertise that players as well listeners are welcome, but one of our members says players shouldn't expect an enthusiastic reception!  The Bothy Bar nearby has sessions every other week.
  • Lounge Bar, Lerwick.  Every Wednesday (as ay July 2012).  High quality playing, lots of people listening.
  • Aboukir Hotel Carnoustie. Wednesdays 8.30 
  • The Star, Friockheim. Day? 9.00pm
  • The Fisherman's Tavern, Broughtyferry. Thursdays 9.00 pm
  • Caledonian Hotel, Brechin. Last Friday every month, 8.30 pm
  • Glen Clova Hotel, Glen Clova. First Saturday of the month but call 01575 550350 to check.
  • Antiquary Bar, Stock Bridge, Edinburgh. Every Thursday
  • The Diggers (Athletic Arms) Edinburgh. Adult learners sessions Wednesdays.
  • The Bear Tavern, Newburgh, Fife. Every Tuesday from 9.00 pm
  • The Stag, Falkland, Fife.  Every Wednesday from 9.00 pm
  • Drumtochty Tavern, Harrietfield.  Session probably died a few years ago. Pub changed hands and we lost touch. Anyone know any more than this?

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Other local groups and folk clubs

The Riverside Music Project -  Stirling

Stirling has its very own version of BFG, The Riverside Music Project, which has sessions every two weeks on Sundays evenings from 6.30 at the Riverside Rowing Club, Dean Street Stirling. (Operates in terms so closes during holidays).  Everyone is welcome.  Visit www.spanglefish.com/RiversideMusicProject

Get Reel -  Balfron /  Kippen

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Festivals

There are many music festivlas in Scotland where you can listen to excellent music and join in at sessions.  For a full list try the TMSA website.  (TMSA is the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland - you can join for a very modest fee and get details sent to you. It is also a very good cause.)

TMSA