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Thread #97737   Message #1926652
Posted By: GUEST
04-Jan-07 - 02:57 PM
Thread Name: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
There are around 6 or 7 sessions a week in Miltown Malbay and they are of both types; those where a couple of musicians are booked in advance and those where whoever turns up sits in.
In the former, it is possible for a visiting musician to sit in, but as we have a number of excellent local players, visitors tend to defer to them. This can occasionally backfire - we've just had two potentially good sessions over the Christmas ruined by a virulent dose of spoons (don't get me started on bodhrans).
The most musically satisfying are those with regular, skilful musicians; if you want to hear the lower end of the scale, try Doolin where musicians (sic), just like Ladies Day at Ascot, go to be seen (or heard) and, just like the horses, good music takes a very second place.
Jim Carroll