Mudcat Café message #1926491 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #97737   Message #1926491
Posted By: DMcG
04-Jan-07 - 11:41 AM
Thread Name: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
I've only been to Ireland for short periods, so can't really comment, beyond the fact that the only sessions I've been that did seem fake were all in Dublin.

I've spent a little while thinking what it is that seemed fake about those sessions and in most cases it seems to be more based around the banter between tunes rather than the music itself. After all, while there can be some 'unusual variations' in the tunes of the main sessions I go to, there can also be quite long periods where everyone plays as if they had been rehearsing those particular tunes together for weeks, so the accuracy of the playing itself is not a very reliable guide to whether the session is fake or not.