The Garret Sessions


A series of folk, roots and acoustic music-dinner concerts

The dinner concerts are a unique opportunity for those who appreciate live music, with good food and wine, in the comfort of a traditional English country pub. The performances will include highly acclaimed national and international musicians and singer-songwriters from the world of folk and roots music.

The artistes will cover a diverse range of genres including Folk, Gypsy Jazz, Celtic & Traditional, performing Polkas, Jigs, Reels and Ballads a plenty, with tunes, songs and stories from around the world. The venue for the concerts is The Garret, a very intimate and ambient room with excellent acoustics and a ‘living room’ feeling that is perfect for the Sessions.

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The Queens Head, Fyfield, Essex, CM5 0RY. Tel: 01277 899231


Upcoming Garret Sessions

Saint Patrick’s Night – 17 March 2016
From The County Down
Na Leanai

Na Leanai - four-piece traditional Irish music group

Na Leanai – four-piece traditional Irish music group

Growing up performing songs and tunes learned from their musical parents The Sands Family and from other renowned musicians, it is no wonder this new folk group ‘Na Leanai’ (pronounced Na Lah-nee) are taking the Irish music scene by storm.

Na Leanai grew up as sons and daughters of the famous County Down Folk Group and after spending many of their years growing up singing with the family, they made the decision in 2014 to officially form the band.

Mastering the art of blending old and new, a gig will show you a djembe used with flute, whistles, fiddle and guitar as well as the more traditional bodhran. Expect everything from haunting airs that speak to the soul to lively jigs and vocal harmonies that will give you goose bumps.


Tuesday 19th April 2016

Altan - six-piece traditional Irish music group

Altan – six-piece traditional Irish music group

One of Ireland’s finest traditional music bands with almost 35 years of extensive world touring Altan tour their newly released Nashville recorded album The Widening Gyre. Altan are at the very top of the folk music tree in the world’s garden of music. This is a very special intimate concert at The Garret Sessions with a limited number of tickets available.


Billboard (US):
“Altan’s tireless touring has won them a loyal following especially in America, and helped them make impressive inroads on world music charts”

The Sunday Tribune, Dublin:
“The appeal of Altan centres on the fact that they see no differences or divisions in music. As such, they have managed to cross the all- important cultural barriers between folk and world and rock music”

Chicago Weekly:
“Thought by many to be the finest traditional Irish combo working today, Altan seamlessly blend dazzling instrumental prowess and the gorgeously delicate vocals of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh”

The New York Times:
“Altan’s special strength is the clarity and coordination of its textures”

Irish Echo, New York:
“…under no circumstances should they be missed in concert”