Traditional folk music, dance and customs - Harrogate, North Yorkshire - Chas Marshall's Website
What is a session? I can't improve on what Ryburn 3 Step say: "A session is an informal gathering of musicians, usually in a pub, to play, sing, step-dance etc. for the amusement of themselves and any innocent bystanders who can't get out in time! It's not a performance, it's not a class, it's just friends gathering together to share music in the same way that people share conversation, jokes, news, etc."
Tap and Spile Music Sessions, Harrogate
Musicians sessions are held every Tuesday at the Tap and Spile at 8:30 p.m. This Cask Marque pub serves a good variety of real ales and is located in Tower Street just off West Park in Harrogate. The landlord reserves a couple of tables for the musicians. Some players are music readers and some players are ear players. Music can be provided for the readers for some of the "standard" session tunes used. All instruments are welcome - at a typical session you will see (and hear!) northumbrian pipes, fiddle, melodeon, mandolin, guitar, whistle, recorder, bodhran and concertina. Music includes English, Irish, Scottish and even some continental tunes. The Tap and Spile session was originally instigated by Ray Black and though Ray continues to act as a contact the session more or less runs itself now.
How to find the Tap and Spile - Link to Multimap for the Tap and Spile, Tower Street, Harrogate, HG1 1HS
Tap and Spile telephone number : 01423 - 526785