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Thread #97737   Message #1928503
Posted By: GUEST
06-Jan-07 - 03:11 PM
Thread Name: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Are the sessions real in Ireland?
Skipjack K8
I have to say that even though I live about 20 miles away, it is a long time since I visited Doolin, but I understand nothing much has changed. The last time we passed through on our way home from The Aran Islands, there was a coach drawing up outside O'Connor's full of be-Stetsoned guitar toting visitors all rarin' to go - not my scene I'm afraid.
I prefer to live with my memories of the three Russell brothers playing to an attentive audience - though even this is tainted by the latter days of Packie, a very fine traditional concertina player, being frozen out of the music by "musicians" who had come to listen to themselves, banging away at anything from Hank Williams to the Beatles.
I'm glad your experiences were better than ours.
Jim Carroll
Up to the time Tommy Peoples went to the States for a long period, while he was living in Clare, we used to sit in the kitchen in Friel's (Miltown) on Wednesday nights in the winter, along with about a dozen others, listening to him play solo all night.