Welcome to Galway Sessions 2018

We would like to extend a true Galway welcome to visitors & locals alike to this year’s Galway Sessions Festival. This year, our focus is on the deceivingly simple looking but quite complicated instrument, the harmonica. Colloqueally known in the Irish Tradition as the “Tin Sandwich”.

The playing of this instrument has experienced a strong revival in the past decade due mainly to the eorts of some great practitioners such as Noel Battle, the Murphy Brothers from Wexford, Carlow’s Mick Kinsella and one of Ireland’s greatest imports Rick Epping from the USA.

We are proud to present these greats and many more wonderful artists in what promises to be a memorable week of music, song and dance.

Harmonica Workshop

Mick Kinsella, Traditional Irish Music on Harmonica for Tremelo, Chromatic & Blues Harp,
Please bring Key of G Harmonica (Workshops include maintenance, repair & history of Harmonicas by Cathal Johnson of Harmonicas Ireland)
Registration at the Crane Bar 10.30am
Adm: 1 day = €20 • 2 Days = €30
Upstairs at the Crane Bar / 11am-1pm / Sat 16th & Sun 17th

Blues Harp Workshop

Maciek Zaworonek Basic & Advanced techniques on Blues Harp, Blues & Jazz.

Columban Hall, Sea Road / 11am-1pm / Sat 16th & Sun 17th

Free Events

Cathal Johnson (Harmonicas)
Andreas De Staic (Fiddle)

Trad, Roots & Folk at the Crane Bar
Wednesday 13th June / 9pm

Paul Moran (Harmonica)
Anders Trajberg (Accordion/Fiddle)

Traditional Music, Song & Sean Nós Dance in the Kings Head
Thursday 14th June / 3pm

Mick Kinsella (Harmonica/Concertina)
Josephine Marsh (Accordion)

Traditional Music, in the Kings Head
Friday 15th June / 3pm

Kinlochard Ceilidh Band

Famed Ceilidh Band from our Clutural partner, Stirling, Scotland make a welcome return.
Scottish Trad. Music, Song & Highland Dance
Crane Bar / Thursday 14th June / 9pm

Singing in the Crane

Hosted by Dave Larkin & Lorraine Fitzpatrick
All Singers welcome
Crane Bar / Saturday 16th June / 6pm

Great Sessions daily at:

Tí Coilí / 6pm & 9.30pm
Taae’s Bar / 5pm & 9.0pm
also at Tí Neachtain Fri 15th & Sat 16th


Hosted by: Sean Ryan (Whistle), Mick Crehan (Whistle), Greg Cotter ( Guitar/Vocals) Special Guest: Tony O’Connell (Harmonica)
Crane Bar / Sunday 17th June / 2pm


Hosted by: Cathal Johnson, Featuring Visiting & local players
Crane Bar / Sunday 17th June / 6pm

Maciek Zaworonek Trio

Blues / Jazz
Crane Bar / Sunday 17th June / 9pm