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Music Sessions In Scotland

Any one got any recommendations for good traditional music pub sessions in Scotland, where folk are welcome to join in as well as listen.  To get things started there are a few here in Orkney that I would recommend, The Reel in Kirkwall has a session Sat nights from 8pm onwards and the The Pomona in Finstown has a session on the last Friday of each month from about 9pm onwards.  


  • johnmurrayjnrjohnmurrayjnr Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 2016
    The Boathouse in Anstruther, Fife has great Sunday sessions including Open Mic. 

    Also, Fife's own King Creosote is playing throughout Scotland. He will give you beautiful Scottish-Folk experience in some fantastic locations including the stunning Birnam Arts Centre in Perthshire (I know - not a pub).

    You might have heard of Birham as William Shakespeare mentioned Birnam Wood in Macbeth! 

    The Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden is also here as Beatrix often visited Birnam with her family.
  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited December 2016
    Balloch, at the south end Loch Lomond, is a small village with lots of pubs that hold live music sessions at the weekends. On a Monday night in Balloch the local folk group play in The Corries Coffee Shop and if you can sing, or if you bring your musical instrument along, you can join in with the traditional music!   

    Of course, if you're not a singer or don't have your instrument at hand, it's just as great to just sit and soak up the atmosphere and listen to the music!! :)
  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    The Aberdeenshire village of Tarland hosts traditional music sessions every Tuesday night at 9.00 pm in the Aberdeen Arms hotel. 

    Local musicians, including the very well known Scottish fiddler Paul Anderson perform, however you are welcome to bring your own instrument and join in!  :)
  • We run regular ceilidhs to give you a true insight to the fascinating music and culture of Scotland. Our expert guides will give you the ultimate traditional music experience, and an unforgettable evening of fun and friendship. Learn more about our ceilidh experiences in Oban. 
  • RosRos Member
    There's sessions all over the place! If you're on Facebook, look for the group Fiddles in Scotland - it has a list of sessions that happen around the country
  • LochNessPhotographyLochNessPhotography Member ✭✭✭
    Macgregor's bar in Inverness regularly has music session and I think their Sunday afternoon session is becoming very popular. Bruce Macgregor owns it and it has been getting great reviews. 
  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    The Cobbles in Kelso, in the Scottish Borders, has a Folk Music night every Friday Night from 10pm
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