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Posted By: GUEST
22-May-02 - 09:53 AM
Thread Name: How old is Brit trad of music in pubs?
Subject: RE: How old is Brit trad of music in pubs?
My reason is that the transmission of trad music in Ireland via pub sessions is very recent. In Ireland, music and dance occurred in homes, at crossroads, etc but the pub session in Ireland, as far as I recall, is common only in this century. There was something called the Dance Hall Act in Ireland also, which had some effect on the playing of music and dancing by the audience in the Republic.

Thanks Malcom, for the information. While there are many historic references to music being played in association with alcohol and/or public houses in literature, that isn't quite the same thing as pub sessions as we know them today. I'm guessing the beast we know today would be fairly easy to trace and documentable through the public house licensing records.