McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Slow Session

Traditional Irish Sessions in Victoria

The sessions listed below have been recommended by our slow session players.   If you find any errors in the details or know of other traditional Irish music sessions in Victoria please send us an email.  Most of the sessions are in Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs unless otherwise noted.

Sessions can change without notice, to be safe call the pubs/venues before you travel just to be sure the session is still on. 


If you are interested to learn more about Traditional Irish Sessions and session etiquette in general click on this interesting explanation by George Keith. 


Lomand  Hotel, Tuesday: 8:30 pm. 225 Nicholson St. Led by Dan Burke (Fiddle) Contact: 9380 1752.

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Canberra, ACT

Slow Session Experience, At the National Folk Festival Each year Moria Gavin, with the assistance of family and friends, runs a popular slow session. It is held every morning of the Festival. Click on the highlighted name above to see their website for more details.


The Last Jar-Wednesday Nights- Paddy Fitzgerald Session. The famous ‘Corkman Session’ continues at The Last Jar every Wednesday night from 6.30pm. This is one of the best Irish Sessions in Australia.  Earlybirds can join a small group that starts playing between 5 and 5.30 pm.

The Last Jar- Sunday Afternoon Young Session.  They have a young session on Sunday afternoons – featuring a group of younger players, 20-30 years old.  Phone the pub for more up to date information on their sessions (9348 2957) Address: 616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne. 

Chelsea, Victoria 

Chelsea Yacht Club. Held on the last Sunday of the month 4pm – 7pm. Led by Felix Meagher (fiddle). First 1/2 to be a slow session. For more informaton contact Jim McAlinden at 0400-267-894. 


Melbourne Comhaltas,Wednesday: 8 – 10:00 pm. St Phillips Church Hall, 150 Hoddle St. Music session and set dancing. More info check out their website or send an email to


Quiet Man Singing Session, 2nd Wednesday night of each month. 8:00 – 10 pm . Led by Kathryn Clements. All levels are encouraged to come along. Contact: 9376 6232 or on the web or< /span>

 Trentham, Victoria

The Pig and Whistle. Traditional Irish music session every first Sunday of the month. Great craic! All musicians & voices welcome. Address: 705 James Lane, Trentham East, Victoria 3458

Phone: (03) 5424 1213

Newport, Victoria (Newport Folk & Fiddle Club)

Celtic Session held  on the first Friday of the month at the Newport Bowls Club from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Location: 4 Mason Street, Newport (opposite The Substation). Slow to medium paced and is run by members of Newport Fiddle and Folk Club (, all players are welcome. Check out their website for a list of the tunes they play.

Upwey, Victoria

Upwey RSL, 1st Sunday of every month, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Mast Gully Rd. (Melways 75 A8). Led by Ray Simpson (Concertina) and Susan Graeme (Celtic Harp). Contact: 9754 3665. Definitely call before you travel a long distance. 

West Melbourne

The Drunk Poet.  Every Friday night from 6 pm. 65 Peel St West Melbourne,

(03) 9348 9797,