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If you love a good folk session, Angus is a great place for you!  These sessions give you opportunity to listen to, and take part in, traditional Scottish music.  There you’ll find tradition bearers (and just your regular gals and blokes) producing everything from solo ballads to a foot-stompin’ stramash! Some of the regular song and instrumental sessions featuring the best of traditional music are listed below….

If you know of other good sessions in Angus that you’d like listed here, please drop us a line at email

Three Bellies Brae is Kirriemuir’s gathering place for visiting and resident folk musicians looking for a song or a tune. It’s not a big place, but has plenty room to fit in a wide variety of musicians, their instruments and singers in one of two rooms. Today's pub sessions happen on Tuesday evening’s from about 9pm onwards, and tend to attract a mixture of instrumentalists and singers; mostly locals but with a good number of visitors as well.  It’s a very pleasant bar that, following the smoking ban, has been newly redecorated to offer a clean, comfortable home-from-home atmosphere that’s really cosy on winter evenings when the open fire is lit. Under the current stewardship of Ed Wilson (contact 01575 574889), the local folk scene is thriving and the session goes from strength to strength.  Ed and his staff serve a good pint, offers snacks and food, will make you a decent cup of coffee at any time of the evening, and  always sends round plates of sandwiches at 10pm on a Tuesday for sessioneers!  Kirriemuir musicians and singers pride themselves in offering an open, warm and unpretentious welcome to everyone whether they’re there to play, sing or just listen. Contact Nigel Jelks (01575 573276) for more details of the sessions.

You’ll find Aff the Cuff (http://www.affthecuff.org.uk/)  in residence here every Wednesday from 9pm in a session that welcomes singers and musicians.

Aboukir Hotel
38 Ireland Street
Tel: +44 (0)1241 852149

The Caledonian Hotel,
43-47 South Esk Street,

Not only home to some of the best beers in Brechin, but a lively session the last Friday in the month.

Broughty Ferry
10-16 Fort Street Broughty Ferry
01382 477466

This long standing session has been a regular event in the Ferry for over 30 years. The Fishermans provides a cosy atmosphere and a wide selection of beers for the sessioneer in search of refreshment.  Session often doesn’t get going until after 10pm, but go along at 9 if you’re feeling optimistic or thirsty!

The Star Inn
13-14 Gardyne St
DD11 4S
Tel. 01241 828980

Bang in the middle of Angus you’ll find Friock Folk every Wednesday in the Star Inn.  A friendly session for singers and musicians.  The session starts about 9pm but may not hot-up until later.  Good nibbles available if there’s been a local funeral!!! (Sorry… bad taste, but true!)


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