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Leeder Are sessions elitist? (102* d) RE: Are sessions elitist? 29 Aug 02

So many good points here, and so many have been answered by others. I think some sessions aren't "Úlitist", and some are, and sometimes that's good. I take part in one which is an "invited session", i.e., only a set group participate unless someone specifically invites someone else (might be a friend from out of town, or whatever). It's a "session" in that there are no rehearsals and no set lists, we just play what we please, and the pub management like it that way. It's not a "session" in that the personnel is controlled. These sessions are one of the high points of my month.

On the other hand, until recently I took part in an "open session", i.e., the word was on the street and anyone who knew about it was invited. Philosophically I think this is a preferable concept; however, in this instance it went wrong. Certain people who showed up were controlling personalities, and tried to run things, and as the weeks went by, fewer and fewer of the regulars showed up. The session was deactivated for the summer, and won't be reactivated this fall. (But it's been replaced by another "invited session", with the offenders not invited. I don't know what will happen if they find out about it -- maybe they won't.)

I heard about a session in another city which had so many bodhrans that every few weeks the organizers would change venues without telling them. It'd take a few weeks for the bodhran players to find out the new location -- then the session would move again. This seems rather silly to me (but some of my best friends play the bodhran).

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