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Thread #97737   Message #1927979
Posted By: Seamus Kennedy
06-Jan-07 - 01:01 AM
Thread Name: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Shaneo, I'll respectfully disagree with you.
I'm an Irish performer living here in the States, but I bring a busload of tourists to Ireland - 10 days in the summer, and 2 one-week trips in November. Usually between 40 and 50 people.

I bring them into pubs with sessions where I'll sit in with the lads (and lassies), and I have a network of trad musical friends who are only too delighted to see me bring in a group of Yanks.

For instance, Hoban's in Westport, Co. Mayo, where I have become fast friends with John Hoban (great songwriter, fiddler and banjoist) and the session band, Tommie Lyons on the button-box, T.P. Lynn on the piano accordion, and Liam Grealis on the fiddle.

My tourists are respectful of the music (I usually explain the format to them ahead of time, so they don't embarrass themselves), they drink up a storm, they'll buy the musicians' CDs.

A good time is always had by all.

Oh, and the pub owners just love to see me come in with a group, especially on a slow night.

If there's no session going on in town, I usually organize one in our hotel. I've engaged the services of some Mudcatters to come in and perform, and once again everyone has a blast.

It's unfair to tar all Yanks with the same brush.