ASHTABULA — The first Saturday of every month brings Irish musicians from all over northeastern Ohio together for an afternoon of fun.

Briquettes has become the home of the musicians who come from Cleveland’s eastern suburbs, Chardon, Youngstown and many other places in the area, said Kyle Smith who has been organizing the events for the past six years. He said the jam session is open to any Irish acoustic instruments, is free of charge and lasts from 2 to 4 p.m.

Seventeen people came to the Saturday event which Smith refers to as “A gathering of friends.” A wide variety of instruments are used to bring the Irish ballads to life ranging from flutes to button boxes.

Brendan Minougue, of Howland, event recited some Irish poetry.

The group is rather loyal to the experience. “We haven’t missed a Saturday in five years,” he said.

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