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Rose & Crown, St Michael’s Street, St Albans

Usually a mixture of Irish, English and Scots tunes with the odd bit of bluegrass to keep you on your toes at this thursday night session. It takes place every Thursday from about 8pm onwards.

Is this still running?

I only ask because I’ve just moved to Potters bar from London.

What on earth are you doing way out there, Conan?

Still running, but now predominantly English

Thursday night sessions <i>are</> still running, but are now much smaller and predominantly English.

The second Sunday folk session was an additional event, which I have only recently been informed will no longer be continuing.

Most of the players of Irish/bluegrass have now moved to the <a href="">White Lion Session</a> on Wednesday evenings.

The White Lion session doesn’t look, smell or feel like a London session, but people have been know to enjoy themselves never-the-less.

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Still running

True, the Thursday session is smaller. Although there is often a substantial English content, the balance between English and Irish on any given night depends on who is there. So if you are in St Albans on a Thursday night, please come and you will be welcome.

The Second Sundays have guests, but a session format rather than floor spots, but owing to low attendance, the last one will be on September 14 with Hez and Herz.

Session no longer running.

After thirty years, the Thursday sessions (which had become predominantly English) have now been put to an end by the publican. Apparently there is now a great demand for hiring the pub for parties on Thursday nights [Yeah, right - Rick].

Re: Rose And Crown

The publican left and the new publicans aren’t interested in a session, apart from once a year, on the first Wednesday in July, when it happens as part of the St Michael’s Street folk evening. This year it is on July 6. It is usually a mixture of Irish, English and other music and we usually get a good turnout from Comhalthas.

New monthly session in St Albans at the Great Northern

We now have sessions on third Sundays of the month at 6pm in the Great Northern, 172 London Road, St Albans AL1 1PQ, next to the Odyssey Cinema. So far it’s been an enjoyable mix of music from various traditions.

The Rose and Crown

This is a return to the pub where sessions flourished for over 25 years. The new publican has invited us to try weekly sessions at 9pm from October 11 to the end of November in the first instance, in the hope that they will take off again and continue. In its heyday, the tunes played were a mix of Irish, English and other traditional and acoustic music, with a substantial proportion of Irish music.

Re: Rose And Crown, St Michael’s Street, St Albans

The sessions at the Rose and Crown will re-start on Wednesday January 3 with a revised start time of 8.30pm. As before, Irish, English, and other traditional and acoustic music, including Old Timey and Scottish will be welcome. So far this has included a substantial proportion of Irish music. Although it is predominantly a tune session, singers will be welcome.

The landlord asked us to mention that the pub does food from 6-9pm and Wednesday’s speciality is home made pies, with two pies plus a bottle of wine for £20.

Re: Rose And Crown

Unfortunately this attempt to return to the Rose and Crown didn’t work out. We then moved on to the Robin Hood, South Herts CAMRA’s most improved pub of 2018, with a welcoming landlord and clientele and excellent beer and cider.