Fiona's pub Scottish Jam

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Monthly on 4th Sunday (view full repeat details)
2:00 pm
5:00 pm
Sunday, July 28, 2019; Sunday, August 25, 2019; Sunday, September 22, 2019
Verified (view event history)
Peter Walker

Traditional Scottish jam session at Fiona's Irish Pub in Kingstowne, VA near Washington, DC. We are, to my knowledge, the only public Scottish jam in the area.

Though the session is dominated by fiddlers, all appropriate instruments are welcome, within reason (Highland Bagpipes are just too loud, and in the wrong key for session play).

We try to stick to a Scottish repertoire, from all areas of Scotland and regions with closely-related styles (like Cape Breton and the Shetland Isles), though a few Irish tunes slip in. We mostly play reels and jigs, though we're trying to get more strathspeys and other tunes into the mix. The level of play at the session depends on who shows up. We often start as a slow session for the first 30 minutes or so, and become an advanced session for the remainder.

We also host a Gaelic song circle from 1:00-2:00, just before the jam, and are experimenting with transitioning to the jam with some puirt-a-beul.

A tune list from previous jams is maintained on our website, as well as an "important tunes" list sorted by key and tune type.

Audiences are always welcome too. Fiona's has a great menu, so many of us also stick around for dinner.


Fiona's Irish Pub
5810 Kingstowne Center
Alexandria, VA 22315
United States

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