The Crown Tavern

43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell Green, London, England

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New London session at the Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell Green


London is about to get a great new musical session.

The first Sunday lunchtime of every month.


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If you play an instrument you are invited to join us for an informal lunchtime session playing traditional musics of the British Isles and Ireland. Scottish reels… Irish jigs… English hornpipes… Shetland reels…

All instruments and all skill levels welcome.

Our launch party takes place in the Upstairs Room (non-smoking) at

THE CROWN TAVERN, 43 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0EG

on SUNDAY 6 MAY 2007.

Very nice pub. Historic, handsome. Brilliant food. Real ale.

The session runs from 12.45 to 3.15. Admission is free.

Just turn up. Bring an instrument. Bring a friend. Sunday lunch served. Great way to spend a Sunday lunchtime!

If you want to try some of our tunes in advance, sheet music can be downloaded from our website at

The following dates are Sunday 3 June, Sunday 1 July and Sunday 5 August.

Download some of our tunesheets from the totally brilliant tunebook of the totally brilliant Cambridge University Ceilidh Band.

Our core sets are Irish Jigs 2 - Irish Reels - Hornpipes 2 - Oxo Reels - Scottish Reels 2 and Shetland Reels 1

Midi and PDF files are available on the website.

And just by the way, you may also be interested in the biennial London Fiddle Conference @ SOAS. The next conference will be in February 2008.


Hmm… sounds interesting, Ed. Do you play other sessions? Where? Tell us more about the London Ceilidh Band.

Yeah sounds like a good spot.
I’ll try to get to this one. Would be handy to have an early afternoon venue. I’m on holiday for a couple of weeks but maybe see you guys on the 22nd.


Ed - As you are someone who concerns yourself with many different genres of music, I was wondering, what sort of repertoire to expect to prevail? Exclusively Irish? Scots? English? A pot-pourri?

…My question has just been answered. I had a look at your tunebook.

Changed Time Of Session

By popular request the time of this session has been changed from 12.45 to 4.00pm.

The dates of the next sessions are

Sunday 1 July - Sunday 5 August - Sunday 7 October and Sunday 4 November.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday 5 August

Is Sunday 5th August still on? I notice it’s not listed in Time Out this week.


Yes, Sun 5 Aug happened, so this is a living session …

2008 sessions confirmed

This lively session continues on the first Sun of each month. 4 for 4:30 start.

2009 Sessions - Rattling on at a goodly pace… Onwards and upwards

The session has settled in very comfortably over the past 18 months.

We still operate on the first Sunday of every month, starting at 4.00pm. Very informal and relaxed. A mixture of English, Irish and Scottish tunes, with an occasional song thrown in.

We have also begun to operate as a bookable band, doing gigs here and there. And occasionally you’ll find us busking in the streets of London. Do join us!

This band runs in parallel with a Ceilidh Band that has been set up at the School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS] at Russell Square. Meets every Friday night in term-time at 6.00pm.

You may be interested to know about the next LONDON FIDDLE CONFERENCE, which is to be held at SOAS on Ftriday 20th to Sunday 22nd February 2009.


With best regards,

Ed Emery

The Crown Tavern session every Sunday 2pm


we are a Ceilidh Band based at SOAS University of London and we organise trad sessions at The Crown Tavern pub in Clerkenwell Green area. We play Irish, Scottish, English trad, but we are open to any new suggestions that go well with the Ceilidh vibe. Do join us every Sunday at 2pm-5pm!

For any queries please contact Maciek
phone: 07747793728