Mudcat Café message #3181673 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138735   Message #3181673
Posted By: Rob Naylor
05-Jul-11 - 06:18 AM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
Ripov: I don't know that there are more generalised events. Sessions at any rate tend to be advertised as Irish, English, French, Swedish, whatever.


I go to several sessions/ singarounds and NONE of them are advertised as either prescriptive or proscriptive.

The most "tuney" one that I've recently started to go to is more tunes than songs, but songs are still sung, and the repertoire, although encompassing a lot of traditional music (from all over the place....any part of the UK, the USA, various "mainland" European countries, etc) is also open to newer stuff.

At the club I went to last night (actually one of the more "traddy" venues I go to) the MC was careful to mix up unaccompanied and accompanied floor singers and the odd tune, while the main guest artists did songs and tunes from Scotland, Ireland, England, USA and Italy on an array of instruments which included some very traditional ones along with the ubiquitous guitar.

I think 3 hours listening to *only* unaccompanied ballads, or to *only* "tunes from the Irish repertoire" would turn a lot more people off than it would attract.

The *lack* of proscription in this neck of the woods might help to explain why my Monday nights are so difficult, with a choice of at least 3 and sometimes FIVE different venues to attend within 30 minutes of my home, according to which fortnightly ones are "in phase" with the weeklies on any particular week. And also why I have a choice of 3 venues on some Thursdays, and 3 venues on some Sundays.