NLTrad is a small, curated collection of traditional music organized in an online, searchable database. My focus is on Newfoundland and Irish tunes that are played at local sessions here in St. John's, NL, Canada.

I am open to receiving tunes from contributors, but they must be tunes that are regularly played at local sessions. This requirement helps keep the workload manageable and focused.

You can contact me at or you can find me most Sundays playing at the afternoon session at O'Reilly's pub in downtown St. John's.

Tunes in this collection will always be freely available.

--- Allan

Traditional Music Sessions

Support you local session - drop in to listen or play. If you decide to play, please practice good session etiquette!


Tuesday, 7:30-9pm - Erin's Pub, 186 Water St. Slow Session hosted by Kelly Russell. Familar tunes played at a relaxed pace. Very welcoming session for beginners but intermediate players will find plenty to challenge them too.

Friday, 8pm - Erin's Pub, 186 Water St. Hosted by Billy Sutton. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players. One of the longest running sessions in the city. Hup!

Saturday, 2-3pm - Rocket Bakery , Mount Pearl. Hosted by Ryan Baker. Suitable for beginner and intermediate players.

Saturday, 3-6pm - The Stone Jug, 232 Water Street, Carbonear, NL. Hosted by Gerry Strong. Open to all players.

Saturday, 5:30-8pm - The Newfoundland Embassy Pub, 79-81 New Gower St. Hosted by Billy Sutton. Suitable for intermediate and advanced players.

Sunday, 3-6pm - O'Reilly's Irish Newfoundland Pub, 13 George St. Hosted by Fergus Brown-O'Byrne and Tony O'Brien. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players but beginners welcome too. A lovely way to spend Sunday afternoon!

Monthly / Occasional

Last Wednesday of each month, 9:00-11:30pm - The Ship Pub and Kitchen. This monthly session is organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. A different host each month. Suitable for players of all skill levels.

First Friday of each month, 7:30-9pm. The Rooms. A different host each month. The content of these sesssions varys depending on the host and players in attendance - it may be just songs, a mix of songs and tunes, or mostly tunes! Suitable for players of all skill levels. This session switches to weekly during the summer months. Check the website for details and scheduling!