About Participatory Music Sessions


Jam Sessions

One important way that folk music is passed along is by artists learning from one another by imitation or informal instruction. These "knee-to-knee" learning experiences are critical because they not only offer opportunities for learning and mentoring, but also they help foster a sense of community and belonging among folk music enthusiasts.

Consequently, PineCone partners with local musicians, organizations, and groups to present ongoing participatory music sessions and jams for bluegrass music, Irish music, and shape note singing. (Photo Credit: News & Observer; taken during World of Bluegrass 2013)

If you've never been to a jam or session and want to know more about how they work, here's a primer for your reference: Download Jam Session Etiquette

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

The third Saturday of each month, PineCone hosts an open Bluegrass/Old-Time/Americana jam at The Blue Note Grill in Durham from 1-3 p.m. The third Wednesday of each month, Harry's Guitars hosts a facilitated bluegrass jam for beginners from 7-9 p.m. And the fourth Monday of each month, the PineCone Bluegrass Jam meets from 7-10 p.m. at IMURJ in downtown Raleigh.

PineCone Irish Session

Meets every Sunday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. at The Stag's Head on Glenwood.

Shape Note Sing

Meets the second Sunday of each month in downtown Durham at the First Presbyterian Church from 2-4 p.m. and the fourth Sunday of each month in Raleigh  at the chapel in Mordecai Historic Park from 1:50-3:50 p.m. NOTE: No sing in Raleigh in December 2017.

These programs are free and open to the public, and all levels of players and singers are welcome at jams and sessions, as are folks to sit back and enjoy the music!

PineCone Youth Jams

PineCone hosts jams specifically for young musicians to have opportunities to learn and play together. Sign up to receive reminders about upcoming youth jams and other opportunities for young musicians