NOTE: Due to the pandemic, most of the gatherings below are not taking place in-person, and I am not planning to track those changes on this page. However, many online sings have sprung up as a result. You can find a global calendar of such sings here: Virtual Sessions

This site is for information about pub sings and chantey sings within hailing distance of Boston. Such sessions typically emphasize traditional songs with choruses everyone can join in on, and they're generally free.


Regular Sessions

  • The Armory Pub Sing -- Twice-monthly in Somerville, MA. 2nd Thursdays, 7-10:30pm, and 4th Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm.

  • The Boston Area Chantey&Maritime Sing -- 3rd Sundays, 2-5pm, at the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, MA.

  • Providence Pub Sings -- 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-10pm, at the Flatbread Company in Providence, RI.

  • Cranston Pub Sing -- 3rd Fridays, 8-11pm, except summers, at the Irish Ceilidhe Club in Cranston RI.

  • Gloucester Chantey Sing -- Mondays, 6-9pm, at the Rhumb Line in Gloucester, MA.

  • Press Room Trad Session -- Mondays, 5:30-8:30pm in Portsmouth, NH. Songs & insruments. Of necessity, this one is as much a performance as a session.

  • Continental Trad Session [Cancelled until further notice due to staffing shortage] -- Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm at the Continental Restaurant&Bar in Somersworth, NH. Anglo-Celtic, song&instrument.

  • The Port Sessions -- 4th Wednesdays, 7:30-10pm at the Port Tavern in Newburyport, MA. Shanties etc. with the Portermen.

  • FSSGB Trad Swaps -- An occasional song swap held at various homes, often on a Sunday afternoon.

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