BLUEGRASS SESSIONS (as at September 2017)
This list works upwards geographically from the Southwest. Sessions missed, changes or errors let John Boston know –firstname.lastname@example.org
Best check with organisers before making a journey. If there are no sessions listed in your area, try getting in touch with your area rep listed at the back of the mag. Sessions are also listed on the BBMA website britishbluegrass.co.uk Alternatively, sessions may be listed on Facebook, Bluegrass/American Events or http://britishbluegrass.co.uk/sessions/
Devon. See Facebook “Bluegrass & Old Timey Devon” for details. EgThe Oak Inn, South Brent- Second Sunday in the Month. Teign House Inn, Christow – fourth Sunday afternoons 3-6pm. Bread & Roses pub Plymouth, – 4th Tuesday
Poole. The Pilot, 1 Adastral Rd, Canford Heath BH17 8SA. 3rd Monday each month 8-11pm.Bluegrass, Old Time & Americana. Good beer , ample parking. Robin Packham 01929 554545.
Worthing. Beechwood Hall, Wykeham Rd, Worthing BN11 4JD. First Tuesday of month.
Gari Owen, www.worthingbluegrass.com
Glastonbury, Somerset. The King Arthur, Benedict Street, BA6 9NB. First Monday most months 8pm. John Boston, e-mail as above. Facebook , search Glasto Bluegrass Picking Session.
Bristol. The Bridge Inn, Bridge Road, Shortwood, Bristol BS16 9NG, 3rd Tuesday of month 8pm on. email@example.com
Bath. Barley Mow, Bathwick St opposite Sydney Gardens BA2 6NZ, 2nd Wednesday in month, 20.30. Mike Pryor. Pub has Facebook page. firstname.lastname@example.org
Winchester. Golden Lion on the Arlesford Road, just out of Winchester. Last Tuesday of each month. Richard Holland, 01962 886581 email@example.com
Camberley. Rose and Thistle, 1 Sturt Road, Frimley Green, Camberley, Surrey GU16 6HT. Second Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm. Gary & Sherryl Payne: check 01276 609954 or firstname.lastname@example.org if coming any distance.
Farnham. The Sands Room Sessions – The Sands Room, The Green, The Sands, Farnham, GU10 1LL. For details see http://www.northdrivebluegrass.site/the-sands-room-sessions or contact RICHARD on 01962 886581, email: email@example.com
Molesey. Molesey Conservative Club,94 Walton Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 ODL. Last Friday each month 7.30 – 9.00pm picking session followed by live performances of Bluegrass or Americana artists, ending 11pm. Free admission. www.facebook.com/DownstreamBluegrass.
Swansea. Fortnightly at The Lougher Boat Club, Glan Yr Afon, SA4 6TW. Second Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of the month. Organiser Roland Emmanuel, SouthWales@britishbluegrass.co.uk 01792 893147 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1249957815045357/
Hereford. The Victory, 88 St Owens St HR1 2QD. First Wednesday each month. Martin Blake firstname.lastname@example.org 01432 342018 or 07846 669890.
London and South East. See Rick Townend’s comprehensive list of venues and events. http://www.ricktownend.co.uk/SessionsSE.htm
Builders Arms, Croydon, Chris Lord, 3rd Wednesday of month. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527898510755041
The Lamb pub, 54 Holloway Rd, London, near Highbury & Islington tube. 1st Weds of each month Helen Keen & Pat Longley. Sessions start at 8 and all are welcome. Pat Longley email@example.com Helen Keen firstname.lastname@example.org
Wallingford, Oxfordshire: Second Tuesday of the month, 8.30 – 11.00pm. Venue: The Coachmaker’s. Arms, St. Mary’s Street, Wallingford. Bluegrass and OldTime session, Contact: Lucy Quinn on 01491 835122 or by email at email@example.com
Oxford. Taube Marks 01865 552111 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Red Lion Public House, Oxford Road, Old Marston Village, Oxford. Last Monday of each month, except August (and in 2017, December – Christmas Day). Start time 8.30 p.m.
Northampton. Royal Oak, 22 Church Street, Naseby Northants, NN6 6DA. 7.30pm to 11.00pm, Monday 5th Dec. Bluegrass Jam session…free chips for pickers!! Brian Dowdall. email@example.com
Cambridge Bluegrass and Old Time Session 2nd Wednesday of the month at The Six Bells 11 Covent Garden, Cambridge, CB1 2HS. http://sixbellspub.co.uk/ from 8.30 pm until about 11.30 pm. Players of all levels are welcome. Contact Jim Dougans on 07803 158084 or send message to the session FB page
Bromsgrove Bluegrass Bash. Park Gate Inn Dodford B61 9AJ. 8pm 2nd & 4th Wednesday. See Facebook page.
Birmingham. The Old Moseley Arms, 53 Tindal St, Balsall Heath, B12 9QU on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 8pm-11pm, Pete Ainsworth, 01788 537198.
Norfolk. The White Horse, The Street, South Lopham, Diss, IP22 2LH. A1066 Thetford to Diss Road. It’s held the last Monday of The Month 7.45pm Contact Ian Tofte 07885517356 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamworth. Events and picking sessions take place at The Bolehall Manor Club Amington Rd, Tamworth, B77 3LH , unless otherwise stated on the website www.tamworthbluegrass.org which gives details, points of contact etc.
Cheshire. Helsby Bluegrass Club – Helsby Community Sports Club, Chester Road, Helsby WA8 0DL every Thursday @ 8.30pm. Kevin Shannon email@example.com Mob 07955 221783, Sports Club No 01928 7222267.
Yorkshire. Robin Hood, Cragg Vale. Hebden Bridge first Thursday of the month, all welcome. Helen Hutchinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Edinburgh. Tass Bar, 1 High Street,EH1 1SR. First Thursday of each month. Betty Cooper email@example.com
Broxburn. Green Tree Pub 45 E Main Street EH52 5AB. Usually, every second Tuesday each month. Ian Strain. firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ian on 07761272019.
Star Bar, 537-539 Eglinton Street G5 9RN. Every three weeks from Sat 19th Jan. Harvey Allan. email@example.com
Dundee, Angus and North Fife. Nothing regular at present, but anyone wanting a get together, or perhaps to set something up is welcome to get in touch with Ruth Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org ( 01382 229960 or 0787048390) who has offered to help facilitate.