The Ugly Oyster

21 South 5th Street, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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Good session run by Rich Dobson. Usually starts around 8pm.

Rich Dodson’s Session

I’ve played with Rich many times. He’s a great fiddler and banjo picker with an amazingly fiddle tone full of “arrgh” that is pretty much perfect for Irish music to my ears.


could you list your tunes please?

Oyster session

This session has been going strong for over 6 years here in Reading. The food is great. I recomend the NY Strip. Rich Dodson is a fine player and draws in some really great musicians.
Every Thursday from 7:30 to 10:30. Beginers welcome.

Oyster session

Great session every Thursday!!

Can I hitch a ride with someone?

I live in Lebanon, and my drivers license is suspended. Is there anyone who attends the session coming from the Lebanon area? I’m new to the session experience and have been playing for about 2.5 years. My email is I’d really appreciate it!

Dec. 2009
Stronger than ever. Good players from Gettysberg to Phili. A draft or two on the house. Good food. Still 7:30 to 11 on Thursdays. Every Thursday. One of the longest running sessions in PA. Out of towners welcome. Good tunes and a Song every 6th or 7th.

I dropped in past a few weeks ago when across the pond. Friendly folks - good music - nice beer (I particularly recommend the Lagunitas IPA) 🙂

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January 2017 still going strong. Every Thursday, not every other Thursday, every Thursday for the past 17 years. Still 7:30-10:30, good beer, good food, good tunes and a song now and then. Rich and Matt do a grand job.

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In our 17th continuous year of sessions every Thursday night at 7:30.
Thanks to all the dedicated players that come and make it a great venue.

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Session is on hold due to Covid-19.

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Sessions back on - 6-9 on Thursdays as of July 2022

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In our 22nd year in 2022 and 2023. Thursdays 6 to 9.
Open session with proper etiquette.
Can message me on Facebook.