The Irish sessions formerly led most Sundays by Art Friedman at O'Flaherty's Pub
on San Pedro in San Jose have ended.
An up-tempo Tuesday evening session there has continued; see
this Facebook page for details.
The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
(SCVFA, fiddlers.org) holds a large jam and open-mike stage on the
first Sunday of every month, 1-5 pm usually
at Hoover Middle School in San Jose.
Adult admission to the jam is usually $6 for members and $8 for non-members;
children to 17 are free.
(Occasionally a concert is held during the jam, with a higher adult admission charge.)
A slow-jam Beginners' Circle
is offered for an hour or so most months, led by an experienced musician.
Sheet music and audio for a few typical tunes are posted on the Beginners' Page.
Various youth activities are also offered at the jam from time to time,
including periodic KidFiddle youth fiddle workshops and a
Youth Fiddle Contest that's been held in November (through 2014, at least).
(Note: During July, August and sometimes September
this jam often moves to the nearby Rose Garden park -- no open mike,
but admission is free. Check the Fiddlers Association website for current information.)
of the California State Old-Time Fiddlers Association (CSOTFA)
holds a monthly jam and potluck, usually on fourth-Sunday afternoons,
1:30-5:00. (The November and December schedules are adjusted
to avoid holidays.)
These events are held at a church in Castro Valley, at
19806 Wisteria St.
Pipers' Club Session: Irish tunes played somewhat slowly. Or not so slowly.
They occasionally publish a list of tunes they've been playing; see their
website. A few of the tunes (especially the oldest ones) include
a PDF or MP3 to learn it from.
Schedule: Most Tuesday evenings, “around 8:00 until 10:00pm.”
Location: Stephens Green,
223 Castro St.,
Session Contact: See link above.
Tony Becker maintains a Calendar of Northern California traditional
music (Celtic and Old-Time) sessions and concerts, under the name "AmeriCeltic".
These are accessible three ways: on Facebook,
AmeriCeltic website, and by subscribing to his weekly email list at