In article <005201be072d$2bbecd40$e5307dc2@etpswuxh>, Caoimhin Mac Aoidh
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>On this subject, there is a bit of wonder as regards why so many gifted
>traditional Irish musicians have not made their living from playing. So far
>no one has considered the view that many of them may not have wanted to have
>the career of a professional musician playing Irish music.
>I know several musicians here in Ireland who could easily walk into a
>professional career playing Irish music but actively and consciously choose
>not to do so.
I think that's very true.
I know of a couple of people who worked as professional musicians but
stopped because they found that it spoiled their love of the music.
There is a great freedom in being able to turn up at a session and spend
the whole evening propping up the bar just because you happen to feel
like it that evening.
I play in a local session here in Suffolk in England and we have ended
up not only playing *when* we feel like playing but playing *where* we
feel like playing. We take the session to a different pub every
fortnight, so we end up having absolutely no responsibilities at all
except to the session and to each other. We've been doing this for a
couple of years now and everybody seems to really appreciate it.
It's also a good thing if people can keep the idea that just because you
are good at something doesn't mean that you should go out and get paid
for it (unless that happens to be what you want).