Session and Dance

New Mexico Irish Music Sessions

Traditional Irish Music Open Session (Albuquerque)

Time: Thursday, weekly, 7-9:30 pm
Location: Hops Brewery Los Ranchos Taproom: 7222 4th St NW Rear, Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 87107 (Map)

All are welcome to the Albuquerque Open Irish Music Session, held each Thursday at 7pm, at Hops Brewery Los Ranchos Taproom, in Los Ranchos De Albuquerque on 4th Street. We play traditional Irish tunes from the standard repertoire: jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, etc, and sing songs. We tend to play tunes in sets, from memory, at traditional tempos. Musicians under 18 are encouraged to attend, but will need to be accompanied by a parent.  Food and drink are available.

We ask that attendees purchase at least one food or drink item per session. Our hosts appreciate the business, and it ensures our status as guests. Tip the staff generously if you can.

Third Saturday Hosted Intermediate Session (Albuquerque)

Time: 3rd Saturday of each month, 1-3pm
Location: High and Dry Brewing: 

Jim Crowley hosts an intermediate Irish traditional music session.  Music is available here (Intermediate Book 1, Intermediate Book 2). Format is round robin with each participant naming a tune from the published book list. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, and beer are available.


First Saturday Beginner Hosted Slow/ Moderate Session (Albuquerque)

Time: 1st Saturday of each month, 12-2pm
Location: High and Dry Brewing: 529 Adams St NE, Albuquerque, NM (Map)
Host: Barbara Herrington

Based on feedback from the group, this Session will transform into a more MODERATE session rather than a strictly SLOW session, which hopefully will work for beginners as well as longer term players. We’ll pick tunes from the list (contained in both the first and third Saturday music books) and you can work on getting up to speed for the third Saturday session, which will be faster and also include an “open” portion where any tunes can be called.

Kip Malone’s Hosted Slow Thursday Beginner Irish Session

Beginner slow session. The use of music is encouraged, and a list of tunes is available. Great  foranyone who would like to play in a very forgiving and supportive group of Irish musicians.

Held Thursday of each week at 6:30 pm at 315 Washington Street SE, Abq NM. Contact Kip Malone through Facebook for the latest information about each week’s session.

Eskes Brew Pub Open Irish Music Session (Taos)

Time: Every Monday, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Eske’s Brew Pub, Taos. (Map)

Trad Irish, all levels welcome. Call 575 758-1517 for more information.

New Mexico Céilí and Set Dances

Céilí Dance (Albuquerque)

Wednesday evenings at 7:15 at the Edelweiss Club in Albuquerque (4821 Menaul NE, west of San Mateo). Open to singles, couples and families. Please pay $5 at the door. Beginners welcome.

Ceili Dancing (pronounce Kay-Lee) is a form of traditional Irish dance that is fun and easy to learn, with a dance “caller” who directs the movements:

Set Dance (Albuquerque)

Irish set dancing occurs on Monday evenings at a private home in Albuquerque. Open to singles and couples, beginners welcome. Contact Kelley at

Set dancing is a structured from of quadrilles dance, with a set of fast-paced, pre-set dance sequences: