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Thread #97737   Message #1926485
Posted By: The Sandman
04-Jan-07 - 11:27 AM
Thread Name: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
I can only speak from my own experience.
in my village, Ballydehob , co cork ,there is a session that was started by my partner, Cathy Cook,16 years ago,the session used to be held in rosies pub,it is still going every friday night,no one gets paid.and it goes on throughout the year.
I play in other venues during the summer,I never compromise my music,I play a mixture of polkas, slides, hornpipes, jigs and reels and sing both irish and english folk songs, you can see me at the coachmans in kenmare, or the sailors kenmare,or Caseys in baltimore.
unfortunately if it wasnt for the tourists in rural ireland,this music would not be so common,for several reasons.
1.drink drive laws[with no alternative public transport or taxis]means that many pubs in rural ireland, have and will close.
2.some irish people prefer country and western,45 per cent is my guess.
come to Ballydehob,and remember,[ please dont take offence] you like every holiday maker are a tourist and just as there are variations in folk clubs,there will be variations in sessions,but i hope there not as fake as the irish theme pubs in England.
Whenever I play, I try to sing and play with honesty and sincerity ,please visit my website