Regular Celtic Music Sessions in Alaska

and the neighboring Yukon Territory


All sessions are informal. New folks are welcomed with our famed northern hospitality.




  • Fairbanks

      The College Coffeehouse is the session location for Celtic music every first Sat. evening of the month 7 pm to 10 pm. On the corner of College and University, just behind the Tesoro Quickstop and next to the Artworks. (907) 374-0468. They also have a Wed. evening jam session, though mostly other than Celtic.

      There is a slow session called the Ester Jelly Jam that gets together every Sunday 3 pm – 6 pm usually at Hartung Hall in Ester.

    • Lynn Basham (907) 479-2006 or Gary Newman – email: gary(at)alaskafolkmusic.org – can usually get together some impromptu session if out-of-town trad musicians pass through.
  • Anchorage-Southcentral Area

    • The Irish session in Anchorage is Thursday 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at McGinley’s, 645 G Street, Ste 101, Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 279-1782
  • Kodiak

      There hasn’t been any trad sessions in Kodiak of late. One of the largest fishing ports in the country, one might expect a sailor with a concertina at least. There is a group of Russian music players there. Does that count as trad?
  • Juneau

    • There are some hard core Celtic and Old Time music enthusiasts in this town. Henry Hopkins can be reached at 907-364-3187 or henry_hopkins(at)yahoo.com. Other folks in the know are Greg McGlaughlin or Lis Saya at (907) 780-4213. They also promote Irish and other traditional music in Juneau.
  • Haines

    • unknown since Len Feldman moved to Port Townsend, WA.
  • Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

    • October through March First Sat. of each month, Whitehorse Coffeehouse.
      Call Bob Kuiper at (403) 633-4501 for further info.
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada


Folkjam.org’s Session List, not entirely comprehensive, but a good start. If you know a good session, you can register with them and enter your own session.

thesession.org is another site for locating sessions as well as other good celtic music resources.



If you have session information in Alaska you would like to add to the list, you can email me at gary(at)alaskafolkmusic.org.