The Wellington Session happens on Tuesday nights from 7:30 p.m. at the Welsh Dragon Bar, 10/12 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. All players of traditional Irish music are welcome. The session starts slowly, as we work through new tunes and tunes we are just learning:

If you are relatively new to playing this music, come along right at the start. The pace usually picks up as the evening progresses, so if you are already fluent in tunes, come along after 8:30. Of course, we’d be happy to have experienced players playing slowly earlier on as well!

NEW! We add new tunes reasonably often - you can check those out in our Latest Tunes page.

Tune of the Week

We pick one tune each week for homework, and we’ll play it sometime during the first hour.

 Tune Name   Key   Rhythm  Audio Player
Bundle and Go G jig

Slow Session Tunes

Here are some of the tunes we’ll be playing at a relaxed speed during the first hour.

Tune Name▲▼ Rhythm
Audio Player
Brid Harper's Emin jig
Congress Reel, The G reel
Connaughtman's Rambles C jig
Earl's Chair D reel
Fourty Two Pound Cheque D polka
Jackie Coleman's D reel
Merry Blacksmith D reel
Paddy's Trip to Scotland D reel
Rose in the Heather D jig

Set Name▲▼ Rhythm
Titles Audio Player
The Flying Scotsman jig
Morrison's (Edor)
Connachtman's Rambles (D)
Home Ruler Set hornpipe
Home Ruler (D)
Kitty's Wedding (D)
Kid on the Mountain Set slip jig
Kid on the Mountain (G)
Morrison's Set jig
Morrison's (Edor)
Humours of Ennistymon (G)
Mountain Road Set reel
Mountain Road (D)
Creggs Pipes (G)
Murphy's Hornpipe Set hornpipe
Murphy's Hornpipe (G)
Golden Castle (Gdor)
Derry Hornpipe (D)
Peeler's Jacket Set reel
Peeler's Jacket (Gdor)
Flooded Road to Glenties (Bdor)
Rakes of Kildare Set jig
Rakes of Kildare (Ador)
Donnybrook Fair (G)
The Siege of Ennis reel
Dunmore Lasses (Emin)
Joe Cooley's (Edor)
Silver Spire Set reel
Silver Spire (D)
Earl's Chair (D)
Snowy Path Set slip jig
Snowy Path (D)
Foxhunter's (D)
Torn Jacket Set reel
Torn Jacket (D)
Swinging on the Gate (G)
Wise Maid Set reel
Wise Maid (D)
Concertina Reel (D)
The Fox in the Town (G)
Little Diamond Set polka
Little Diamond Polka (D)
Finnish Polka (Bm)
Murroe Polka (G)
Garrett Barry Set jig
Garrett Barry's Jig (G)
Hag at the Churn (D)
Caileach an Airgid (The Hag With The Money) (D)
Julia Delaney's Set reel
Julia Delaney (Ddor)
Father Kelly's (G)
Jenny's Chickens Set reel
Musical Priest (Bmin)
Jenny's Chickens (Bdor)
Lilting Banshee Set jig
Lilting Banshee (Ador)
Sliabh Russell (Ador)
Tobin's Favourite (D)

Other Tunes

You can see a list of some of the tunes that get played at the session including those we’ve been learning in the slow part of the session in our Tunes page.

There’s also a large list of tunes including tunes played in other New Zealand sessions in the NZ Archive page. Feel free to poke around.