BREVARD COUNTY — Céad míle fáilte, The Cottage Irish Pub gives a “hundred thousand welcomes” to patrons who come out for an evening of friendship and culture for its weekly Traditional Irish Seisiúns (Irish for “session”).
Each Traditional Irish Seisiún offers a bit of music, storytelling, jokes and poetry that can involve a bit of audience participation.
Each seisiún is held weekly from 5-7 p.m. on Saturdays, inside The Cottage Irish Pub, 1385 Highland Ave., Melbourne. The next Traditional Irish Seisiún is scheduled for Saturday, June 22.
“It’s just a nice gathering of friends that share their music and their tunes and their stories, that’s what I think is nice about the whole thing. It’s pretty casual,” said Ann Dillon, coordinator of The Cottage seisiúns.
Patrons can enjoy an authentic Irish meal while taking in the sights and sounds of Irish culture while inside the pub. Musicians vary each week with their banjo, fiddle, guitar and whistle.
Seisiúns are very common in Ireland, according to Mrs. Dillon, who herself comes from Mullingar, County Westmeath. She plays the concertina, accordian and whistle during seisiúns.
“I kind of just try to run it the Irish way; we don’t bring music, we don’t bring stands, we just bring the instruments and we play,” Mrs. Dillon said. “It keeps the tradition alive and it brings people out. They share their stories because it’s part of their history, it’s part of their raising. A lot of people in Ireland were raised sitting around fireplaces years ago and going to other people’s house and talking and singing and telling stories.”
Patrons can expect to hear Irish reels, jigs and pipes, with the occasional singer.
What people enjoy most of all, Mrs. Dillon said, is the community feeling of a seisiún. Whether patrons come alone or with others, it’s a safe environment that develops long lasting friendships over a pint and warm plate of food.
For more information, call (321) 610-1035 or search for “The Cottage Irish Pub” on Facebook.