The TIMES Band & Session Players grew out of a group of DFW-area musicians that comprised the Trinity Hall Session Players that began having sessions on October 13th, 2002. Ken Fleming, host of the sessions, approached Trinity Hall Pub & Restaurant with an idea to have a performance every Sunday afternoon at the Dallas pub featuring the top players of traditional Irish music in the area and guest players from throughout the region. Marius Donnelly, proprietor of the pub, loved the idea and Trinity Hall Session Players has been playing ever since from 3-6 p.m. each Sunday.
The format is similar to a session, but players are invited and rotated each time to limit the number to four or five. Essentially, it's a performance, but it has an element of informality that makes the music fun for the players and listeners alike. In the spring of 2004, the Trinity Hall Session Players recorded their first CD called “Live at Trinity Hall” which is available for sale at the sessions and online. All of the proceeds go to support TIMES. To purchase a copy of the CD, go to RECORDING.
A few years later in 2005, Ken formed the “TIMES Band” to perfom at private parties, special events and raise funds for the TIMES organization. What makes the band interesting is that its music repertoire changes with each performance because its players change with each performance.
It is likely that at every TIMES Band performance the audience will hear musicians from several area bands that are joined together giving their music an exciting new sound each and every time.
In June of 2015, the TIMES Session Players will begin performing on Sunday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. at the Celt Pub in McKinney. The format will be the same as the one used at Trinity Hall pub featuring a rotating ensemble of area players with outside guests every Sunday.
TIMES Band and Sesion Players members currently include 48 musicians from the DFW area, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. For a complete listing of the players, go to PLAYERS.