Mudcat Café message #1928232 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #97737   Message #1928232
Posted By: GUEST
06-Jan-07 - 10:43 AM
Thread Name: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Cover charge my arse!
We have music in at least five pubs in our town throughout the year and our tourist season lasts from March to October - which means us locals will be paying for the privelege of paying for our pints - and listening to our local musicians.
It's a sad fact - lamented by the older musicians - that the music moved into the pubs a long time ago, which at least gives the visitors a chance to hear it. The least they can be expected to do is buy a drink if they go into a pub (alchoholic or non, as the taste dictates).
It's not just Americans who have a bad reputation - we once watched a bunch of French tourists crowd out a session in Kerry, then proceed to open their own bottle of whiskey and packets of sandwiches - all looked somewhat puzzled and hurt when they were shown the door.
Too many visitors seem to think the world stops turning here after they go home (speaking as an ex-visitor who is now a resident).
Jim Carroll