The quiet man session
held every sunday arvo, hail rain or shine.
friendly atmosphere, good food, great pints.
wide range of musicians, from the pipes to the spoons.
led by the brilliant billy moran on accordion. kicks off at 5pm, winds up when everyone is to tyred to play anymore.
come earlyer for some irish dancing.
Update: I just managed to fit in a sesh at the Quiet Man having not been there since May last year.
Very pleased to report that the session, and Billy Moran, are still going strong. A bit more crowded and noisy than usual perhaps as it is St Pats week, however the atmosphere was good, and as usual it thinned out and quietened down a bit after 9:30, so there was plenty opportunity for quieter instruments and tunes, or less confident players to have a shot.
A special treat was Emily Smith ( http://www.emilysmithband.com/ ) singing a few songs, she was in town for some festival gigs.
There are a couple of mikes aimed at the anchor sessioneers (Billy M and Tony O’Rourke) , transmitting to a pair of speakers further up the pub, however you are not really aware of them unless you sit too close to the speakers . It doesn’t feel like a miked session, and they don’t seem to be switched on unless it’s really crowded and noisy. One of my favourites anywhere.
Hello there all Melburnians and others in the great cultural capital of the South.
I will be at large in your (and once my) beautiful city on Sunday and Monday night 15 & 16 Aug.
Will try to make the Quiet Man on Sunday, I’ve been there a few times. I will be the bloke with the embarrassingly prominent-looking shiny nickel-plated resophonic Donmo mando, patiently waiting for a tune I know and then joining in just as it changes to another one.
Have pity on me and come and say g’day.
Extra points to anyone who can explain the difference to me (again) between the various box and concertina systems, inglo, anglish, melordian accolodeon etc, and that thing that Billy plays. I’ll get it one day.
Another great session on the 15th, never lets me down.
Visitors this time included Ruth the Flute from Tip and the Scottish fiddlers who live down the street as well as Robby the box from Warrnambool and Mossy Flanagan.
Not surprised to hear the Molans of Koroit have a hand in this pub. Miles better than yr average Plastic Paddy.
16th Jan 2005
still going strong though got a bit noisy with 5 guitars and three bodhrans at one point, although the combined fiddles flutes and boxes managed to lift above it mostly. And the guitarists were mostly restrained, though I wonder f they realise how their combined volume tends to cancel out the melody instruments.
Don’t be disheartened if you see too much of that sort of thing - it always thins out after nine pm, and then some very nice music gets played (and heard!). Stick around!
21 Aug 2005
back for another visit - got in pretty late after a few drinks and it was quiet and finished about 11.30pm but Billy still going well.
Apparently very crowded earlier in the evening.
Wish i could stick around for another week at least and have a few more choons with the excellent crew at the quiet man… Had a great time and was warmly ushered into the session… Thanks to all the fine fine folk who made this Canadian flute player feel more than welcome The craic is mighty folks; get there early, stay late…
26 Feb 2006
Another very good session on Sunday night. It’s just a very welcoming and social session to beginners and strangers all, yet still attracts great players.
Billy has been ill but was in fine form nevertheless. I think his doctor said “don’t give up the music”
But it’s still going strong with Joe Fitzgerald and occasionally Colin MacLeod. Don’t be alarmed if you get there at 5pm and find people singing into a mike - it settles down into a normal session by 9pm and keeps going
Finishes at 9pm now
the days of late Sunday sessions at the QM are over for the time being - Joe has to get up very early for work on a Monday
Public transport info
You can get to the QM by tram 57 from Elizabeth St - every 12 min up to 7.30, every 30 min after, and takes about 25 min to get there. Get off at stop 24 or 25, either side of the pub.
Last tram back to city about 11.15pm on a Sunday
A bit quicker to get the train, Craigieburn line, every 20 min from F|linders st, get off at either Kensington (12 min)or Newmarket (13min), and walk 5 min to QM. Last train back to town about 11.57pm but you may not want to hang around Newmarket or Kensington stations on your own late at night.
Check http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/maps_stations_stops for further info
Hope this session is still going. Planning to drop in Sunday with flute.
The Quiet Man
The Fireside Sessions taking place every Friday from 8:00 PM until close or expelled from the premises, whichever happens first. Lead by Liam Davis, Anthony McTigue and Stephen O’Hern. A healthy mix of mostly traditional Irish tunes and songs with the occasional bluegrass, old time, blues or jazz. Singers and musicians of all skill levels from beginner to advanced welcome. Contact The Quiet Man or check out the Facebook page below for more details and updates
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Are the listed session times still correct?
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This was the programme on the pub’s website on 1st September, 2018.
MONDAYS Irish set Dancing Lessons from 7.30pm
TUESDAYS Trivia in the Restaurant - Join or BYO a team
FRIDAYS Fridays - Live music front Bar from 9.30pm - Fireside Sessions : 1st Friday of every month @7.30pm
SATURDAYS Live Music @ 9.30pm
SUNDAYS The Exciting McGillycuddies @ 6.00pm in the Restaurant
Irish Singers Club every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8pm - all welcome
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I went along in late December 2019
Lady behind the bar said the session is Sunday’s 6 PM to 9 PM
Lady on the phone had said six PM to eleven PM. Perhaps best to ring beforehand