New Location!!...INSIDE the


*Special Guests at 6pm Session...Abanalan

The Irish Traditional Session (Seisiun); "...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide."--Barry Foy's Field Guide to the Irish Music Session.

Trad Musicians are welcome to participate in the Seisiun at the SBIF!


John Michael Ryan

“Growing up in the busy Irish music community in Rochester, John Ryan cut his teeth as a young teenager playing tin whistle and bodhran in the city’s many traditional jam sessions, absorbing countless tunes from Clareman Marty O’Keefe (fiddle, concertina), Limerick’s Sean Walker (fiddle), Kerry’s Jim Finucane (button accordion), and Galwayman Brian Clancy (whistle, sean nos singing). 

This devotion to the old tunes and regional styles of playing carried over once he picked up button accordion at the age of 17. Since then, he has shared the stage with such Irish music legends as Kevin Burke, Oisin Mac Diarmada, and the Scahill and Howley brothers (of We Banjo 3 fame). He can be found performing with Rochester folk staple John Dady, as well as at sessions all over the region*. 

John would like to thank Charlie Coughlin and the South Buffalo Irish Festival for inviting him to lead this year’s session, and wishes to express his continued admiration for the people and unique culture of South Buffalo. There’s no place like it. 

* Especially Barry’s in Webster each Saturday, Kelly’s in Geneva on the Second Sunday of the month, and O’Lacy’s in Batavia on the Third Sunday.”