Glad to hear your session is still going strong in Galway city.
In a message dated 09/05/09 17:52:09 Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
Great stuff - one of the best threads on IRTRAD in a long time......
In my view, its harder to keep a session running a long time in one
of the corporate/superpubs, because the way they are run is complicated.
Basically, the guy behind the bar doesn't manage the pub.
And the pub manager doesn't own the pub.
So to get a session running for a long time, you often need
1) bar staff
all "OK" with irish music in some sense, and thats a tall order. If one
of these parties doesn't think a session is a good thing, you're likely
to run in to problems at some stage.
"Long long ago" when pubs were simpler, the owner was the manager, and
was probably the only guy working there (still true in the odd small
pub): So if he/she wanted a session, then that was it!
For what its worth, I also think in this day and age, musicians should
be given some money (how much is very debatable.....), even if for some
musicians it just pays for drinks/food/taxi. We've been running a very
enjoyable and open session for 3 years, where we get 200 euro for
playing, and split it between all musicians (whether thats 3, 7 or 12...,
and whether you're a regular who's played there every week for years, or
its your first time in). As far as I know its unique in running under that
system (all other paid sessions I know, a fixed pre-arranged number of
musicians (normally 2 or 3) get paid, anyone who "joins in" gets nothing
or a token drink.) For the curious, most weeks we have nearly 10 musicians
so everyone gets 20 euro. Hardly good "pay", but nice to get all the same.
It keeps away the musicians who play "just for money", and encourages
intermediate level players.
ps - we play in Galway City.