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dulcimer Seeking Good Music While In Ireland (24) RE: Seeking Good Music While In Ireland 24 May 03

No one mentioned Cruise in Ennis- But a word of caution about pub sessions. I found them to be usually noisy and loud--the patrons that is. Many times one can't hear the music. Unless you get there early one many have to stand. If one doesn't care for smoke, don't go. I would suggest a couple of things. Explore. Check in at a local music store. Ask at the place you are staying. At one B&B it discovered the owner played music in a group every Friday night and I played with him in his home and was invited to play if I were in town on the next Friday. Check the signs. In Ennis, I was fortunate enough to note that the singing club was meeting with a special singer. That was about two hours of good unaccompanied singing with a local flavor--nothing canned for the tourist. Check to see if there are any music contests or fairs. One can hear people from 9 to 90 in contests and concert for a low price--and they can be heard. Finally, just go in and ask if there will be music and what kind. Several times, the local performers were glad to have a visitor play with them, even if they were getting paid. These are just some of my experiences.

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