I heard from fiddler Dana Lyn yesterday that the Monday night session at
Mona's on Avenue B in New York City's East Village is ending after fifteen
years. The last session will be on March 16, though Dana did suggest in her
email that it might start up again at some point with different players.
Having to work on Tuesday morning made it difficult for me personally to get
there very often, but this was a legendary late-night rendezvous for local and
visiting musicians. Some of the great music played there was documented on
the "Live at Mona's" CD issued a few years ago.
The once-gritty neighborhood around Mona's has been radically gentrified over
the past decade and a half. And some of the key musicians (and bar staff),
who made Mona's what it was have moved on. So perhaps the end was
inevitable. Still, it's sad to see what was an important part of the New York
Irish music scene end.