The Lee Sessions Trad Trail is an extensive series of free traditional Irish music sessions in Cork city centre, featuring masters of traditional music. The Gables has been the recipient of many awards including Oireachtas na Gaelige music award for pub session. The walls are lined with framed posters from past Cork Folk Festivals, the history of the music of a city, with some featured names of those appearing having played the Gables on many occasions.
The session has been visited by travelling musicians from far and wide with many diverse cultures. They have been tutored in all forms of music, classical, jazz, folk and blues but in some way all are drawn to the allure of traditional Irish music. They are drawn to the allure of the session. The way in which a group of musicians can gather, some having met only for the first time, pick a set of random tunes and yet all know exactly when to start, change and stop, all in perfect unison. Yes the phenomena of the musical gathering
that it ‘the session’.