Traditional Irish Music
As this is a site that deals with people having sufficient outlets/venues/opportunities etc to play and practice their music, what do the members think? Personally I think there should be more spontaneous opportunities to get together with others. To play at short notice. Get a few players together on a Saturday afternoon, head into town and pick a bar and have a few tunes ? Maybe on Sunday morning have a few tunes, a family session? Why be constrained by the weekly late night session?
What do our members think? What are the opportunities where you live? Are they limited? Let us know your thoughts and ideas?
Hey Lawrence, I am quick to agree with and admire your level of confidence in being able to play with "almost anyone". I also have been a musician for more than 45 years, and have had the pleasure and honor of playing with a number of different musicians, different levels and different genres,....and I do love a good Jam session (gets the blood moving and the juices flowing). But "Die-Hard Irish Trad Sessions" are a different kind of animal. In some, if you don't conform to the music being played or you're too "out there", you may find yourself being snubbed, or even told with some annoyance or hostility that: "this isn't a bloody jam session!!! What's that you think you're doing???". For the most part, session mates can be very tolerant and supportive to a new person joining in. But then there are those that might not take kindly to "someone messing things up from the way it aught to be". I've seen this happen on a number of occasions: from the polite suggestion to the rude and hostile confrontation. If it's an Irish Trad musician, no matter the level of experience, acceptance and tolerance is more forthcoming.
Creating a session (kitchen, parlour or cofee house/pub) gives you the flexibilty for a more forgiving atmosphere and acceptance of new members. After all, it's not only the music but the social activity and interaction that makes it what it is.
People like Barry and Nancy may not have the luxury of being able to interact with other players if they took the virtual route of playing along with LiveTrad.com or YouTube, but maybe starting a "home session" might be the way to go for their own unique situations. Cheers,