"In the documentary Beautiful People, ten members of the longest running traditional Irish music group in New York City talk about not only their interest in this type of music but offer a peek inside their lives to try and find what draws them towards this activity. An Asian American that plays the fiddle, a charismatic twenty one-year-old singer/guitarist, an 84-year-old Italian-American accordionist, and a 77-year-old woman that recently graduated from the police academy, exemplify the diversity of the group. They all get together every Tuesday night at a bar called Dempsey's Pub, located on Second Avenue in Manhattan's East Village.

It's currently the longest running traditional Irish seisiun in the city, and its unusual format permits anyone entering the bar with an instrument and a love of Irish music to sit and play. Typically, on any Tuesday night, somewhere around 35 to 40 musicians show up to play. Concentrating mostly on instrumentals, over the course of the evening a few classic Irish folk songs are thrown in for good measure. The usual session lasts until midnight- and sometimes, on special occasions and holidays, it can go on quite a bit longer.

Directed by Elzbieta Szoka and Produced by Sam Adelman and Paradox Smoke Productions, and photographed by Nadia Hallgren, Beautiful People captures the spirit, passion and commitment of this group, and looks to explore the binding element that brings them all together for this unusual common interest."

Perhaps something to look out for?

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Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on August 15, 2011 at 15:48

Hi Sam! No, i haven't (and will probably not be able to see the film) except on DVD since i live in Sweden and don't travel much abroad.

I don't remember how i found the site :) I found it fascinating (although i wouldn't feel really comfortable playing in such numbers) The most crowded session i have yet been to had maybe at the most 20 players, and already that was a bit much for me : )

As i said, i am fascinated by the concept and would like to see the whole film!

Best wishes!

Comment by Sam Adelman on August 15, 2011 at 14:44

Thank you for the plug Lars, have you seen the film somewhere?

We have more screenings planned starting October 6th at the Irish Arts Center in NYC, to coincide with the dvd release. For more info, please visit our site at and come say hello on our blog.

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