Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Come and check out one of these monthly Irish music sessions in Saskatoon. Sit and listen, or bring an instrument and join in. You're in for a good time no matter what!

These sessions are for musicians at all levels, for singers, for dancers, and for the enjoyment of anyone who chooses to come. These are not "open stages" for individual performers but are sessions for playing music as a general group, learning new tunes, and good company. If you're new to the sessions and interested in joining in, there are some tips for getting started here.

Bon Temps Cafe

223 2nd Avenue South · http://www.bontempscafe.ca/

When?

First Sunday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.

For 2018:

January 7th May 6th September 2nd
February 4th June 3rd October 7th
March 4th July 1st November 4th
April 1st August 5th December 2nd

Amigo's Cantina

806 Dufferin Avenue · (306) 652 4912 · http://www.amigoscantina.com/

When?

Second Saturday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.
This is our "slow session" - geared toward beginners or those trying to get back into it, we’ll slow things down, repeat the pieces more than the usual number of times... whatever works to help more players out to enjoy the sessions with us. Seasoned session musicians are welcome to come, too, and not only share their talent and expertise with newer musicians but also learn a few more tunes themselves so that we can expand what has become "standard" session repertoire! Bring your instrument and join in the fun!

For 2018:

January 13th May 12th September 8th
February 10th June 9th October 13th
March 10th July 14th Nov. 10th
April 14th August 11th December 8th

Amigo's Cantina

806 Dufferin Avenue · (306) 652 4912 · http://www.amigoscantina.com/

When?

Third Saturday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.

For 2018:

January 20th May 19th September 15th
February 17th June 16th October 20th
March 17th July 21st November 17th
April 21st August 18th December 15th

Farmers' Market

414 Avenue B South · https://www.saskatoonfarmersmarket.com/

When?

Fourth Thursday of the month, from 6 till 8PM at the Thursday Night Art Market. All ages welcome.

For 2018:

October 25th November 22nd December 27th



Annual General Meeting

This is an opportunity to come and see what Comhaltas is all about. We are always looking for new members! The Annual General Meeting is held in September or October of each year. Call Hugh Brennan at 975 0551 for more information.


Ceilis and Concerts

Ceilis are parties featuring live traditional music and Irish social dancing (ceili dancing) which can be learned on the floor. Ceilis are held whenever there is enough interest; usually there are at least two each year: one in autumn and one in spring.

Concerts include performances by local musicians, by out-of-town performers, and periodically the "Echoes of Erin" North American tour of champion musicians and dancers from Ireland.


Additional Music Information

Performers


Some of the musicians that gather at Comhaltas sessions also play professionally and accept performance bookings. Click here for more information.

Music Instruction


Some of the musicians that gather at Comhaltas sessions also offer instruction in the playing of various instruments. Click here for more information.

Irish Dance

Irish Country Dance

Irish Dance Schools


There are four schools of Irish dance in Saskatoon:

The Blakey - Saskatoon School of Irish Dance


Phone: (306) 373-0088

River City School of Irish Dance


Phone: (306) 249-1517
E-mail: rcsid@shaw.ca

Saskatoon Academy of Irish Dance


Phone: (306) 665-5585

Queen Maeve School of Irish Dance


Phone: (306) 931-7620

Brady Academy of Irish Dance Saskaton

http://www.bradyacademyofirishdancesaskatoon.ca

email: philbrady@shaw.ca

phone: (306) 934-8902


Irish Language Classes

If you are interested in learning or practicing your Irish in a community of other Saskatoonians, please consider joining the Facebook group "Learning Irish in Saskatoon". It's a closed group, so you'll have to wait until we accept your request, and then you will be welcome to join in on discussions and find out when and where we're meeting next. These meetings will be quite informal, filled with games, conversation practice, books, songs... whatever the participants are interested in! For those interested in a more academic approach, we follow the textbook "Gaeilge gan Stró" ("Irish without Stress"). Meetings are suitable for all levels - from complete beginners to fluent speakers! If you are not on Facebook, or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Meaghan Haughian (haughian.meaghan@gmail.com or 306-281-8847).


If you are interested in Irish but don't have the time to take a class, here are some online resources to get you started (and then be sure to come out to our sessions and ceilis to practice!):


Erins Web Page


a really great learning tool with structured lessons to teach you Irish!
http://www.erinsweb.com/gae_index.html

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge


a site for those interested in being tested against the European Language Standards in Irish. Lots of resources, recordings, etc.
http://www.teg.ie/

Daltaí na Gaeilge


Translation: Students of Irish. An excellent website with forums, resources, etc.
http://www.daltai.com/

TG4


Irish TV. With English subtitles!
http://www.tg4.ie/

Raidió na Gaeltachta


Irish radio. Even if you don't understand it all, leave it on as you're doing dishes or something, just to get the sounds of Irish in your ear!
http://www.rte.ie/rnag/