Session etiquette is simply a handful of mostly unspoken protocols for helping strangers play music together without needing to talk about all the possible permutations beforehand. I have shared these rules with everyone so they know there is a difference and know what to expect. Posted by 11 years ago. The etiquette that is expected is so different. I found this session a few years ago when in San Diego on business. A few extras, like his do-it-yourself tune titles and his glossary of important terms, are gems not to be missed.
I just finished reading this little book. Some people come from well outside the session tradition like myself and find it helpful to see the guidelines in print—for me it affirmed what I suspected: be nice, respect the music and musicians, and try to add to the fun. Posted by 11 years ago. It also happens that people who are reading tunes are no fun to play with, usually, so people look down on readers. Traditional Irish music is very specific: specific tunes and rhythms, played on specific instruments. I talked to tons of people.
They're fun, they're interactive, they're cooperative, they're encouraging. A few philosophical differences aside, Foy has written a deucedly clever, revealing book on the subject of Irish sessions. Posted by 17 years ago. It seemed a good idea to help create such a thing on this side of the ocean, specifically in my own hometown where I could enjoy such evenings on a more regular basis. Traditional Irish music is very specific: specific tunes and rhythms, played on specific instruments.
Other than that, I am an easygoing, relaxed sort of person, utterly adorable. I would enforce rule no. Re: Field Guide To The Irish Music Session I need to read this. Can he really be suggesting that musicians be spontaneous in precisely this way? Zina Posted by 17 years ago. Brad, I especially like your examples. Field guide to the irish music session barry foy rob adams on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the seemingly offhanded impromptu grace of a good irish session is no accident theres more to it than meets the eye or ear. This book explains it all and includes a glossary and charming line drawings.
I woulda bought Guiness but I had to drive. No culinary education is incomplete without it! Traditional Irish music is very specific: specific tunes and rhythms, played on specific instruments. But anyone brazen enough to bring a recorder, hammered dulcimer or viola to the room should be snubbed and banished. They start up Orange Blossom Special in the middle of a set of jigs, they try to drown everyone else out, they insult the bartender, they haul out their trumpet, and on and on. I think that everybody that shows up for a session in a new place ought to be handed a copy and handcuffed to the nearest plumbing fixture until they have read it and signed, in blood, an oath that they will abide by the etiquette explained therein. I guess even offering your seat can turn into a session rule. The key to me is to think of a session as a bunch of people at the bar having a conversation.
Joe Posted by 17 years ago. Oddly, Foy likes the bouzouki, a decidely non-Irish instrument from Greece, but frowns on any new incursions into the circle. This book explains it all and includes a glossary and charming line drawings. If you play Irish music, if you enjoy listening to Irish music, if you enjoy a dry wit with a lot of character, Field Guide to the Irish Music Session is a winner. Still, it makes them seem awfully touchy. I have missed your comments.
The seemingly offhanded, impromptu grace of a good Irish session is no accident. And I forgot all about etiquette. He's clever, witty and brimming with knowledge on his subject. Re field guide to the irish music session i guess the problem people have with sesion rules in the semantics some people abhor rules i guess a better term would be guidelines but if your turned off to itm because of semantics you should re think your entire life outlook. Posted by 17 years ago. Being aware of the nuances -- passed from generation to generation through the institution of the session -- allows the player or fan to easily follow the music. With the help of several local musicians, we seem to have done fairly well with our sessions here in central Pennsylvania.
Re: Field Guide To The Irish Music Session Great comments. Re: Field Guide To The Irish Music Session All good points Jon. I sometimes think Americans forget that Ireland is a different country with different society mores just as much as Turkey is. It is hosted by The Boxty Band, includes many other local players, and we welcome musicians from out of town to drop in and join us. Posted by 17 years ago. Fiddlers and pennywhistlers, be welcome! Posted by 17 years ago.
With nearly 1,100 entries, 250 footnotes, a complete spurious bibliography, and 26 peculiar illustrations, The Devil's Food Dictionary offers much-needed relief for the foodish person who is sagging under the triple burdens of veracity, reliability, and informativeness. Great information and general good craick for anyone interested in sessions or Irish traditional music. Posted by 17 years ago. So you start into reels and the Boys of the Lough goes by three times, then three times through Flowers of the Flock, then three of the Morning Dew, and so on. I played on maybe 5 tunes. Such an attitude, if taken seriously, would encourage stagnation and would eventually delegate Irish sessions into little more than museum pieces. Re: Field Guide To The Irish Music Session Linda: it depends on the drummer! This book explains it all and includes a glossary and charming line drawings.