How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

I am on business in the North East of England in the next week or two and I was thinking I might try and find a good session to attend. I was wondering if there are any good Web Sites that detail this kind of info. Or can anybody recommend a good session ? It would be great to get along and either play or listen to music rather than sitting in a hotel room watching the telly! Any ideas about finding sessions listings in the North East would be appreciated.

Re: How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

Jon, you should check out the ‘Sessions’ section here?

Re: How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

Three regular ones in Durham City, listed in the ‘Sessions’ section here. I can add to these:
A small student session in The Shakespeare Tavern on Wednesdays,
A singaround in The Elm Tree on Thursdays - a rumour I haven’t checked (i.e., that they’ve just moved in from a suburb),
An agreeably zany singer / guitarist session on Mondays at The Tap And Spile, Framwellgate Moor - good for a change.

There are quite a few in Newcastle, again listed in ‘Sessions’ section. Hexham and Morpeth seem well off for regular sessions.

Where in the NE do you expect to be staying?

Re: How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

I am going to be in the Darlington area but I can easily travel 30 0r 40 miles if it’s worth it. Thanks for the tips I will look at the sessions listed here but I am aware of course that not all sessions get listed on our site here.

Re: How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

A bit outside Durham on the Darlington side is a village called Croxdale where there’s a folk club-cum workshop on Fridays from 8.30 in the Community Centre.
There don’t seem to be any publicised sessions in South Co.Durham and Tees-side, though Heaven knows, some good musicians live there. It is true though that sessions take place, or have done, in obscurity, on a regular or one-off basis.
(I think there’s a monthly one at The Black Bull at Frosterley in Weardale, but I don’t know its dates or days - you could ring them up.)

But if a folk club will do, you stand a good chance of finding one in striking distance of Darlington. There were any amount of them round Co. Durham at the height of the folk boom and I imagine there are still some around in S. Durham / Tees-side / N. Yorkshire. But I don’t know where they’d be, or which website could furnish details.

Re: How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

Sessions on the first, third and fifth tuesdays at the Cumberland Arms in Newcastle are good.

Re: How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

Try looking up the Tyneside branch of Comhaltas. They might have a session on.

Re: How do I find out where the sessions are in the NE of England?

There’s a real nice session in the Tyneside Irish Centre on a monday evening starting around half eight, some great players usually get in for tunes. Cumberland Arms in Byker also has an irish session every wed with a late license at the bar….always a good one! Eygpt cottage in Newcatle also a good one on a thurs evenign although tunes are usually mad, fast and furious!! Sunday evening in O’Neills next to central station also has a nice tune starting about nineish?? These are most of the tunes in the Newcastle area. Cheers