It's not just the US either. I used to play sessions in Mayo where I could
barely hear the accordion player sitting next to me. The punters are drawn
to bars where there's music - not necessarily because they want to listen
to it, but just because music gives the place a bit of a buzz. You've just
got to grin and bear it. (Or give up paid sessions, which goes back to the
thread of a couple weeks ago.)
From: Sean O'Malley [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, November 13, 1998 7:38 AM
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Subject: Re: Burren Sunday session
> pub in the hood, but aren't in any wise used to anything like acoustic
> (hanging mikes not withstanding) and so just don't get the idea of
That's not just college kids. It's pretty general, at least in the US.
Unless an event is billed as a "concert," people are going to treat music
as background filler to be talked over. Blame that one on the ubiquity
of radio, I suppose. Same thing happens here in Athens, and the crowd
varies from an even mix to mostly townies. Noise levels follow crowd
size rather than make up, unless there's a birthday/thesis defense/going
away celebration... It doesn't help that the pub is an extremely live
room--brick walls and a peaked, paneled roof.
Except on nights when it's nigh impossible to hear each other, I
prefer that people just keep going about their usual bar business.
It's a session, not a gig.
Hmm, now that I think about it, didn't the whole "be quiet and respect
the music" thing just make the rounds a couple of months ago?