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 2017:

January 1st No session May 7th September 3rd
February 5th June 4th October 1st
March 5th July 2nd November 5th
April 2nd August 6th December 3rd

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 2017:

January 14th May 13th September 9th
February 11th June 10th October 14th
March 11th July 8th Nov. 11th No session
April 8th August 12th December 9th

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 2017:

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

Fionn MacCool's

355 2nd Ave S · (306) 931 2555 · http://fionnmaccools.com/

When?

Fourth Thursday of the month, from 8 till 10PM. Ages 19+

For 2017:

January 26th May 25th September 28th Cancelled
February 23rd June 22nd October 26th
March 23rd July 27th Cancelled November 23rd
April 27th August 24th Cancelled December 28th

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/