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Zhenya NYC Irish Singers' Session June 30 (17) RE: NYC Irish Singers' Session June 30 29 Jun 08

Wayfarer - We mainly sing unaccompanied. Someone recently has used a concertina to back themselves on a few songs which was very nice. I think that's the only exception we've had though. Did you have a particular instrument in mind?

I will be honest it's not really the type of session for a lot of guitars, etc. But I wouldn't want to see anyone stay away just because they were uncomfortable singing unaccompanied. If that's truly the case I would say, bring the instrument, but think about trying to get to the point of singing unaccompanied. I play instruments as well, and like to sing with them in other settings, but I think the general ambiance here favors unaccompanied singing. Some of us go to Irish tune sessions where singing is not very welcome, if at all, and this session was started to place singing front and center. I think the general feeling in the group is that we'd like to keep it that way for this particular group. Maybe if there's enough interested, a second group could be started to combine the singing and instruments. (I'd join!)

Anyway, Wayfarer and Pamela, and anyone else interested, you're welcome to come by if you get the opportunity.

Perhaps see some of you tomorrow evening for the next session.


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