I am delighted to announce that there is going to be a new weekly Traditional Music Session starting up on Monday the 23rd of May!


The Anchor Bar: Website


The Anchor Bar Session Blog! 8-)


Monday nights 10.30pm to 12.30am.

This new music night for the Anchor Bar, is going to be an Open Session of Traditional Music, in the front Bar, so musicians & singers including locals, students from the nearby Uni & those just passing through on holiday, will all be very welcome to join us.

The regular instrumental line up will include, Fiddles, Harp, Smallpipes, Flute, Fife, Whistles, Mandolin, Concertinas & Tenor Banjo.


So, if you are in the area, come & join us in the front bar, by the fire.



















N.B. The Anchor Bar already has a Folk gig every Thursday night.

For more info, contact:

The Anchor Bar: 028 7083 2003
Myself: 07913075848


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Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on August 2, 2011 at 11:15

I think "common people" see Highland pipes and hear Uilleann pipes, much thanks to the movie industry, with a lot of movies about Scots and Scotland featuring music score played on uilleann pipes.

I have heard more than once when uilleann pipers pick up the pipes " Why don't you have the three thingamajig  sticks (drones) pointing up in the air?? :)

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 2, 2011 at 11:09

Yes, I think most musicians do adapt their playing volume, to suit the circumstances.

That being the case though, given the volume of those Border Pipes, a rather lively Bodhran player would certainly be the order of the day.

By the way, the Border Pipes got a great reaction from the punters last night, with great cheers & applause after each set he played.

Of course, I guarantee that most folks there, saw the bag & bellows & just assumed that they were Uilleann Pipes. Still, they enjoyed the music & that's what counts. :-)

Cheers, Dick

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on August 2, 2011 at 11:03
I was just joking Dick. I too adapt playing style/volume to the rest of the band/group of musicians. Bodhrán players have enough of a bad rap as it is ; )
Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 2, 2011 at 10:59

Lars, this Session has been going now for 8 weeks & so far we've only had a local Bodhran player join us for one of those nights.

He was a very quiet & tasteful player, so he would be welcome back, anytime.

Cheers, Dick

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on August 2, 2011 at 7:53
Sounds really nice, too bad the bodhrán isn't listed on the 'kosher' list :D
Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 2, 2011 at 1:25

We had THREE sets of Scottish Smallpipes at the Anchor Bar Session last night!

Here's a photo of two of the Pipers in action, on Border Pipes & Scottish Smallpipes.

Cheers, Dick

Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 26, 2011 at 15:16

Here are two videos I took last night, at our session in the Anchor. Bar, Portstewart, before our Fiddle/Guitar player Donal, heads off for Switzerland .... in the quest for even more letters after his name!

#1 Local man Donal Hill on Fiddle, with Sabine on Harp.

#2 Alan Wade on Scottish Smallpipes, with Sabine on Harp & Donal on Guitar.



Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 5, 2011 at 21:36

Sounds great Brian.

According to the AA Route Planner Magherafelt to Portstewart is 35 miles & should take you 54 Minutes

Of course, going home afterwards will be quicker .... cause it's downhill, all the way! 

My friend, who comes up to our Friday night session in Ballycastle, travels each week from Cookstown & he gets back in 1 hour, because of course the roads are so quiet .... at 2am.

By the way, our Piper will be away on holiday next Monday night, so it'll be nearly all Irish tunes that night.

As the session is new & it's a Monday night, there isn't usually too much background noise from punters, so your Mandolin will carry well & of course Bouzouki'll be fine too.

The young fella, Donal, who plays Guitar with us, also plays Fiddle, so if you bring your Bouzouki too, that'll give him more opportunity to play his Fiddle.

I look forward to meeting up, either next Monday, or whenever it suits.

Anyway, I guess this is what this website is all about, putting musicians in touch with one another.

Perhaps Tony should start a group here, where folks can record details of how they managed to hook up & meet for music .... in the real World, via this website.



P.S. If you get a chance to head over to either of Jim McAuley's sessions, I know you'll receive a warm welcome there too.

Comment by Jim McAuley on July 5, 2011 at 20:48

Brian -

If you get by Dick and the lad's in Ballycastle -- Here's two I play in  - Your very Welcme..










Comment by Brian O'Kane on July 5, 2011 at 18:09

Many thanks for your quick reply Dick, would love to start an Antrim group (just dont tell anyone i'm from derry!)  

I live in the Magherafelt area (probably about 1&1/2 hours away) so may be a little far but I would be keen to come along for a listen & join in any i know next week as wife & child are away!  If it works out I shall come over & say hello.  Hopefully see you there.




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