The Irish Music Session at NC State is a weekly gathering of musicians who play traditional Irish tunes and occasionally sing Irish songs. The session has been running since January 2005 and is open to all NC State students, faculty, and staff, as well as local community members and visitors who are interested in playing traditional Irish music. Typical session instruments include the fiddle, flute, tin whistle, concertina, button accordion, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, and bodhran. The repertoire consists largely of Irish dance music--reels, jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, barndances—as well as slow airs. As in Ireland, session musicians at NCSU play tunes from memory, although recording tunes at the session is a great way to learn new repertoire. Musicians at the weekly gatherings take turns playing tunes they know, and others join in or simply listen. The goal is to have fun making music together.
The Irish Session meets on THURSDAYS from 5:00 to 6:30pm, in the Craft Center on the NC State campus. See the Location link for the campus address and map.