Session at Greensleeves Pub, May 23,2021. Photo credit: Jason Noseworthy

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.

Thanks to Jason Noseworthy for the image above, taken at a session in Greensleeves on May 23rd, 2021!

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Tunes in this collection will always be freely available.

--- Allan

New Album : Before Daylight in the Morning

Aaron Collis' new album, Before Daylight in the Morning, has just been released. Aaron is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Appleton, Newfoundland, best known as one of the finest exponents of the island's rich tradition of button accordion playing. His virtuosity, as well as his repertoire of music unique to central and northeastern Newfoundland, have quickly garnered him a reputation as one of the province's outstanding interpreters of traditional music. To purchase, please visit: SingSong Inc. Highly recommended!

Traditional Music Sessions

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


Thursday 7-9pm - Erins Pub, 186 Water St, St. John's, NL. Hosted by Ryan Christopher and Dave Penny. This is a slow session, great for for beginner and intermediate players.

Friday 7-10pm - Erins Pub, 186 Water St, St. John's, NL. Hosted by Billy Sutton

Saturday, 3-5pm - ColdWater Foods & Cafe, Carbonear, NL. Hosted by Gerry Strong. Open to all players.

Saturday, 8-11pm - Peter Easton Pub, 29 Cookstown Road. Hosted by Kelly Russell.

Sunday, 2-5pm - Quidi Vidi Brewing Taproom, 35 Barrows Rd., St. John's, NL. Hosted by Billy Sutton & Aaron Collis.

Sunday, 3-6pm - O'Reilly's Pub, 13 George St., St. John's, NL. Hosted by Fergus Brown-O'Byrne and Tony O'Brien

Monthly / Occasional

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