Current Programs

SI Arts Folklife produces public programming that presents and celebrates folk art traditions indigenous to the ethnic communities of Staten Island

Staten Island Seisiún
A monthly afternoon of Irish traditional music on Staten Island

Founded by local favorites, Linda Hickman, Douglas Barr, and Bob Wright, and managed by Staten Island Arts Folklife, the Staten Island Seisiún offer musicians and music lovers an afternoon of music and shared camaraderie onstage and off. The Seisiúns (Gaelic word for session) take place on the first Sunday of each month from November through June in bars and taverns around the island, and specialize in the genres of Ireland’s west coast, most specifically east Galway and Clare. As per tradition, these open sessions are informal gathering dedicated to the practice and performance of Irish traditional music unlike an ordinary concert. The Staten Island Seisiún brings together Staten Island’s own with great practitioners of traditional Irish music from the other boroughs and New Jersey, and is open to musicians of all levels and ages. All are invited to bring their own instruments and join in to expand repertoire and technique. Music lovers are welcome to come and listen, dance, and enjoy this long-standing tradition.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the Flagship Brewing Company, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Sessions are free and open to the public. Beer and food are sold separately through the host bars and venues.
For regular updates check out Staten Island Arts’ event listing, facebook page and request to join the Staten Island Seisiún dedicated facebook group.

  • Seisiún Schedule

    Love Letters and Ballads
    Feb. 5, 2017 | 12:00-3:00pm | Liberty Tavern | 382 Forest Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301
    St. Patrick’s Day Special
    Mar. 19, 2017 | 4:30-6:30pm | Afternoones Restaurant & Bar | 415 Forest Ave. Staten Island, NY 10301
    Soft Mornings in Springtime
    Apr. 2, 2017 | 2:00-5:00pm | Killmeyer’s Old Bavarian Inn | 4254 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10309
    Honoring our Mothers
    May. 7, 2017 | 2:00-5:00pm | Everything Goes Cafe (ETG) | 208 Bay Street Staten Island, NY 10301
    The Staten Island Seisiún!
    Jun. 4, 2017 | 2:00-5:00pm | Urby | 7 & 8 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY 10304

  • Tune of the Month

    The Staten Island Seisiún boasts an educationally themed tune of the month, selected and curated by session leader Doug Barr.
    For our upcoming December session we are pleased to feature The P & O Polka followed by Downey’s Polka. Inspired by Cormac Begley’s playing, this set is a regular favorite of Barr’s as he makes the session circuit.
    View and listen to medley>
    The P & O Polka
    Genre: Polka
    Key: E minor
    M: 2/4
    L: 1/8
    Chords: B,E EF | G2 FE | FD DE | FD ED | B,E EF | G2 FA | GB Ad |1 e2 eD :|2 e2 ef ||
    |:ge (3fed | ed BA | Fd de | f2 ef | ge (3fed | ed BA | GB Ad |1 e2 ef :|2 e2 e2||
    Downey’s Polka
    Genre: Polka
    Key: G major
    M: 2/4
    L: 1/8
    Chords:|:E2 FA|Be ed|B2 AF |EF D2||E2 FA|Be ed|B2 AF |FE E2 :||||:Be ef|af ed|Beef|af d2|
    |Be ef|af ed|B2 AF|FE E2:||