Regular Celtic Music Sessions in Alaska

and the neighboring Yukon Territory


All sessions are informal. They play tunes that are in the public domain. New folks are welcomed with our famed northern hospitality.




  • Fairbanks

      There is a Celtic oriented session at Pizza Hut at 89 College Road every Saturday from 7 pm. Contact John Adams to verify critical mass.

      There is a regular Old-Time Jam at Ivory Jack’s Restaurant and Bar each Tues. starting around 6 pm.

      The Pioneer Park Pickers meet at 6:30 every Tuesday, 52 weeks a year at the Pioneer Museum at Pioneer Park at 2300 Airport Road, Fairbanks, AK. Other events held at the park sometimes force us to move so if we’re not in the museum, check the exhibit hall/theater. It is a welcoming jam for acoustic musicians and vocalists of all skill levels. We play various genres of music including old time, bluegrass, contemporary, light rock and blues. Players are encouraged to bring 15-20 copies of lyrics (with chords!) for each song they want to lead. Music stands are allowed. Visitors are always welcome. Come and play or just listen. (Webmaster note 1/18/19: there are some errors on events listed on their Google calendar which I’ll be letting them know).

      The Golden Eagle Saloon in Ester has irregular/impromptu mostly old time jam sessions. Contact Sina Anahita

    • 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.