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!

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
Rose in the Heather D jig

Slow Session Tunes

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

Tune Name▲▼ Key
Audio Player
Brid Harper's Emin jig none
Connaughtman's Rambles C jig none
Derry Hornpipe D hornpipe 9.3
Donnybrook Fair G jig 2.2
Finnish Polka Bm polka 3.2
Flooded Road to Glenties Bdor reel 1.2
Fourty Two Pound Cheque D polka none
Foxhunter's D slip jig 4.2
Golden Castle Gdor hornpipe 9.2
Humours of Ennistymon G jig 6.2
Jackie Coleman's D reel none
Kid on the Mountain G slip jig 8
Kitty's Wedding D hornpipe none
Little Diamond Polka D polka 3.1
Merry Blacksmith D reel none
Morrison's Edor jig 6.1
Murphy's Hornpipe G hornpipe 9.1
Murroe Polka G polka 3.3
Paddy's Trip to Scotland D reel none
Peeler's Jacket G reel 1.1
Rakes of Kildare Ador jig 2.1
Rose in the Heather D jig none
Silver Spire D reel none
Snowy Path D slip jig 4.1
Swinging on the Gate G reel 5.2
The Fox in the Town G reel 7.2
Torn Jacket D reel 5.1
Wise Maid D reel 7.1

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.