A great session here at 9.30 on tuesday nights with a selection of instruments (fiddles, pipes, banjo, guitar, bodhran etc) and a great atmosphere in the pub. A quieter session is here on Friday and Sunday from 6.30pm.
I made it to Cork last week, and got to the Sin E along with my mandolin, (banjo too big to carry on plane), at about 7.30pm on the Sunday. I was made to feel very welcome by the musicians, and played with them for couple of hours. Eric (banjo), Stella (fiddle), and Michael (fiddle), and a guitarist, bodhrain, and flute made for a tight and high standard session with good variety of tunes. The pub turned over to the jukebox at 9.30pm but then it had started at 6.30pm. Very enjoyable session, which I hope to visit again when I am in Cork. Thanks to Jamie from ‘The Session’ for bringing it to my attention
Paid a return visit this Tuesday night at about 10pm , and once again found it a great session, & again felt very welcome having managed to squeeze in to fairly packed corner fora few tunes. Will definitely go again whenever I’m in Cork, thanks to all who were there
A belated thanks to all those that made me feel welcome back in October of last year. I arrived just before the start of the 6:30 PM Friday session 10/13. I could only stay for an hour and a half. Great session, nice tunes , friendly players. I was the middleaged Yank concertina player. Who was the McCarthy that said hello as I left? Never had a chance to chat….
Thanks also to everal that responed by mail with more background, suggestions , as to other sessions in Cork .
Looking forward to coming back later this year, proabably the fall. Will make sure I have time to stay for the entirety.
Caught the ‘tail end’ of a session in Sin É on Sunday two weeks ago. Good tune and a nice crowd. We only arrived around 10, so we only played for an hour.
Nevertheless - recommended!
Is this session still alive with the same schedule?
Still going strong. Fridays & Tuesdays are a bit more ‘traditional’ Sundays are great craic and sometimes can get a bit other types of music as well (Bluegrass, Balkan fiddling, etc).
The sessions are on every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday recently.
Tuesday is go
Small group, like next door, in Sin E, on the same night. Great music but not very gregarious. Maybe I am spoilt in Belfast…
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Is this session still on? If so, what time does it start on Fridays or Saturdays? Thanks!
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Sin É is a tune factory. They expanded to 7 nights a week, often 2 sessions a day (6:30-9pm, 9:30-close). Quantity doesn’t always mean quality - and equally - high quantity doesn’t necessarily mean low quality. Sometimes when I’m in Sin É I feel like I’m a part of mass produced trad music, other times there are nice, lovely, friendly, laidback tunes. It’s really diverse. High octane, testosterone driven sessions where nothing but reels can be the norm at the weekend (late sessions), but this isn’t always the case depending who they are paying to lead the tunes….
My advice is head here for the craic, but don’t rule out the Corner House right next door. For us lightweights, middle-aged, parents of toddlers who have to wake up at 6am, Sin É is a bit full on!
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Dropped in @11pm last Saturday night since we were staying a few minutes away.
Anchored by fiddle and guitar who play from 6:30pm to midnight, with a break around 9:30.
Also pipes and a visiting fiddler.
They were very welcoming.
Pub was crowded and noisy as you’d expect on a Saturday night, so I doubt we could be heard much outside our circle or even within, but good atmosphere.