Dublin-based Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) is the largest non-profit group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. Started in 1951, CCÉ now has branches all over the world. The O’Neill-Malcom Branch primarily serves the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Northern Virginia Irish Seisiún (visit the session's website)
Auld Shebeen Pub
3971 Chainbridge Road, (Rte. 123), corner of North Street, (Rte 236)
Fairfax City, VA
The O'Neill-Malcom Branch sponsors this session as a place for beginner and intermediate players to build the repertoire and skills they need to start participating in traditional pub sessions. Although we have a core of experienced players, our session is very welcoming of beginners, musicians who are coming to Irish music from other genres, and people who are simply shy or overwhelmed by more advanced sessions. We encourage you to visit the session to listen, talk with us, and join in. We're always happy to see new faces! The session meets at the Auld Shebeen Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, (Rte. 123), corner of North Street (Rte 236) and Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax City, on Saturday afternoons starting at 12 noon. On the first Saturday of every month (except during the summer), the session hosts a tune teaching session from 10 until noon in the Auld Shebeen "Cellar".
The Limerick Pub
11301 Elkin Street
Wheaton, MD 20902
The Limerick has open sessions on Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Hosts are Zan McLeod on 1st & 3rd (& 5th if applicable) Wednesdays of the month; Philippe Varlet on 2nd and 4th.
McGinty's Public House
911 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
This is the long-running Tuesday evening gathering at the original McGinty's Irish Pub & Restaurant on Ellsworth Drive in Silver Spring. Leaders are Dennis "Doc" Botzer and C. B. Heinemann, and the tunes go from 8:00 til 11:00 every Tuesday.
P. Brennan's Irish Pub & Restaurant
2910 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
A brunch session with piano. Sundays starting at 12 noon, led alternately by Dennis "Doc" Botzer and Marc Glickman, with rotating co-leaders from the community of local musicians.
Ireland's Four Provinces
105 W. Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Monday Nights, 9-11 pm. Relaxed atmosphere - beginners, intermediate - come together, learn together, have a chat and a bit of craic. Alan Carrick is the host.
1-A West Second St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Open session, mostly intermediate. When: 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursday of each month. 8-10 pm.
26 S. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Weekly: Thursdays, 7 pm.
380 Broadview Avenue
Most Sundays, 5:00-8:00 pm.
Next-Gen Session (for young players)
Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle Pub
4844 Cordell Avenue
2nd & 4th Sundays, 5:00-6:30 pm. For the youngsters, hosted by Mitch Fanning.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
O'Neill-Malcom Branch, Washington DC