The Irish Legends
Pub and Restaurant
8933 South Archer Avenue
Willow Springs, IL
first Wednesday of the month from 7:30-10:00
and every Sunday afternoon
Please check our club calendar for the most
Murphy Roche Session
8933 South Archer Avenue,
Willow Springs, Illinois,
If you would like to play, learn or listen to traditional Irish music, the
Murphy Roche Irish Music Club cordially invites you to our session.
An Irish session is very much like a folk jam. You’ll hear banjo,
fiddles, flutes, pipes, tin whistles, piano, guitars, bodhran, and the
occasional hammered dulcimer, all blending for jigs, reels, and polkas.
Whether you bring your instrument or come to listen, we think you’ll
enjoy the warmth and tradition of this music.
People of all ages and musical abilities are welcomed warmly to these
friendly sessions. Come when you can and leave when you must.
When you arrive, please introduce yourself to Mike
Chole (the session leader, on banjo and fiddle), Kell Chole (club chair, on flute
or any of us. We want to get to know you.
For information on session tunes, finding it, session etiquette, or the Club, please browse
our web site or call Kell and Mike Chole at 630-212-7679. Let’s come
together with music and leave as friends!
The premier outlet for Irish traditional music is the session. These are
informal or semi-formal gatherings of musicians in pubs and other public
places, to play traditional Irish music. A session is the best way to
become involved and enjoy a night out or to learn how to play an
While there are no hard and fast rules governing sessions, and opinions
and practices will vary from session to session, the Murphy Roche
session prides itself on its friendliness. Leave aside any fears or
doubts you may have. We are the least intimidating and most welcoming
session in Chicago, if not the world. We want you to participate and
will do everything in our power to make you feel comfortable, welcome
and at home with us as either a listener or a musician.
Despite the informality of a session to the casual observer they do have a
structure. We will help you understand this structure and feel completely
comfortable with it.
If you've never been to a session before and don't know what to expect we
like to think that we have the friendliest and most inviting one in town.
Be courteous and respectful to everyone at the session regardless of
their playing ability.
Be appreciative of everyone's contribution to the session and be
generous with your help and encouragement.
Accompaniment instruments should allow the melody instruments to be
Always keep your instrument in tune. We encourage the use of electronic
We also encourage you to use sheet music until the tune is memorized. At our
session we play Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Polkas and Marches almost exclusively
but we always make room for anyone who wants to play a tune from outside the
Irish traditional genre. A song is always welcome and appreciated.
Be courteous and respectful to all musicians at the session, regardless of
their playing ability. Be appreciative of everyone’s contribution to the
session and feel free to voice your appreciation and put you hands together.
As this is a night out, we expect and encourage you to engage in animated
conversations with your friends, but while the music is playing, please try
and keep your conversations at a level so that those who want to hear the
music can. The edges will be rough and often there are long breaks between
the music. These breaks are an opportunity for the musicians to socialize
which is just as important as the music because at sessions you meet old
friends and make new ones for life.