Please come join our weekly virtual traditional Irish session on Zoom every Thursday night from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pacific Time! (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Eastern Time)

"The Ould Sod" is the San Diego neighborhood pub where, along with fiddler George Rubsamen, I've co-hosted a traditional Irish session every Tuesday night for over 20 years.

Of course, with COVID-19 precautions, pub sessions in person are on hold for many of us, so we're all looking for other ways to have tunes together.

Because this session is on Zoom, please enjoy youself however works best for you!

You are welcome to volunteer to start a set, play along muted the whole time, or just sit back and enjoy listening. We can handle up to 100 players and listeners in one session.

Here's How it Works

Anyone in the session may volunteer to start a set.

I mute everyone's microphones except the person playing the set.

The person plays their set, and everyone else can hear them and play along.

Because only one mike is un-muted, you hear only the person who started the set and yourself.

When done with the set, I will un-mute all the microphones (for those who have allowed the meeting host to un-mute).

At that point anyone can pick a new set to play and I do the same muting setup as before for the next set leader.

Recently, we've started adding some fun variations like "Celtic Karaoke" where players mix in recorded tunes from sessions or CDs along with their solo playing, and "Chained Sets" where we setup multiple players in advance to play a set of tunes in a specific style. As each player completes their one tune three times through, the next player unmutes and takes over with the next tune. This pattern then repeats for all the players involved.

Zoom Meeting Link

Here's the Zoom meeting info:

Every Thursday from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pacific Time
(9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Eastern Time)

Click here to join the Zoom session:

Meeting ID: 6193681854
Password: session

When joining the event, please use your full name and not just
initials as your Zoom name to avoid delays in the meeting waiting room.

Tip Jars

If you enjoy the weekly Zoom sessions, please consider
tossing a few bucks into one of my virtual tip jars:



Zoom Mute/Unmute Permissions

During the session, I mute all the participants other than the one person playing at the start of a set. When they have completed their set, I un-mute everyone at once.

As a result, if you have not specifically opted-out of letting me unmute you, your microphone will be live when I unmute everyone.

If you always want to remain muted, please check out this Zoom support article on setting unmute permissions:

Setting Zoom Mute/Unmute Permissions

Contact Me

If you have any questions, please email me at:

Michael Eskin

Best Audio Settings for Zoom

For best sound on Zoom, either on a desktop or mobile device there are two audio settings you need to change for best sound when playing music:

On the desktop clients, you MUST set "Suppress background noise" to "Low".

Generally it's best to leave "Echo Cancellation" enabled.

On the mobile clients, turn on "Enable Original Sound", found under the "More" menu while in a meeting.

Zoom audio settings

You must select "Show in-meeting option to "Enable Original Sound" from microphone" in order to see the Music and Professional sound options. Set the Music and Professional sound options as best matches your setup.

If you disable echo cancellation, you will need to wear headphones when using Zoom. Also, when using these higher quality settings, Zoom advises connecting to your network via Ethernet instead of WiFi for best performance.

In the meeting settings turn on "Use Original Sound" and in the meeting itself, turn on "Enable Original Sound"

iOS versions of Zoom now support the "Use Original Sound" option to improve sound for music. This turns off the background noise suppression that often causes instruments to get cut off on sustained notes.

You have to turn it on in both your meeting settings as well as when on a Zoom meeting.

In the meeting settings turn on "Use Original Sound" and in the meeting itself, turn on "Enable Original Sound"

For more information on "Use Original Sound" and how to configure it in both the desktop and mobile clients, please visit:

Zoom support article on "Use Original Sound"