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Zhenya NYC Irish Singers' Session June 30 (17) RE: NYC Irish Singers' Session June 30 01 Jul 08

Wayfarer, and anyone else who may have stopped by Paddy Reilly's last night my apologies. The session never took place last evening.

I had to stay later at work and arrived about 7:15 - usually at that time there's a group singing already. When I didn't see anyone I knew, I asked the woman at the bar if any singers had come in, and she said no. I left and later on got in touch with a few people. Apparently, the woman who runs the session did show up around 6:30,and waited quite a while, but finally left when no one showed up. She said the bartenders change shifts at 7, so the new one wouldn't have known she was there. Usually she sends an email a few days before the session to remind people, but she never sent one this month. Because of this, at least one person told me they assumed there was no session so they didn't bother going over to the pub. Another person I heard from is actually out of town. I'm not sure about the others yet.

This happened once before, over a year ago, but generally, we've had a nice crowd of 10 or so regulars and a few visitors or rotating people each month for months now. Maybe the date change and summer vacation plans just threw everything off. Again, my apologies, especially after I went and posted this thread.

I'll post future meetings, but next time, I'll check with individual people first to make sure a reasonable amount are planning to be there and the circle will really come off.

As for sessions, the one I'm most familiar with is at Dempsey's Pub on 2nd avenue between E. 3rd and 4th sts in Manhattan. The session is weekly on Tuesdays starting at 8 P.M and running until at least 10:30-11:00 and usually later. This is a completely open session and generally gets a large crowd. Playing guitar there would be fine. I go to this about 1-2 times a month right now, depending on the rest of my schedule. I won't be there tonight, but maybe next week. I would say this is generally an intermediate to advanced intermediate level session, but there are some very good players, and a few advanced beginners who join in. Until 10:00, round robin format is usually used, and from 10:00 on it's anyone's call to start a tune. About once a month, there's a guest musician, and then the round robin may be suspended for that week.

Another open session takes place on Monday night at the Landmark Tavern on 11th avenue and W.46 st in Manhattan. This one features Don Meade and a weekly guest musician. I've only been there once, due to scheduling issues, but it was very nice. That night, it seemed quite a bit more advanced than the Dempsey's session, and I mostly just listened. It was a very friendly atmosphere, though.

There are quite a few other sessions around in the area. If you want information about something in a specific location or on a specific night, let me know, and I'll ask around.


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