The word "gig" and "jig" both derive from the old French word "gigue", a wee
Not that I'm inclined to use the word "wee" that often. Skydiving perhaps.
If a session is a "free gig" then a gig is a "paid session", which it isn't.
Unless you are the Grateful Dead, or rather were, then you know what is to be
played at a gig. In that
sense of the word "free", a session is a free expression. If your friend is
in it for the money, he's in the wrong business, lemme tell ya!
Would your friend play a charity benefit for nothing? If not, he's placed
himself above most of the greatest, as well as the most successful, musicians
both in and out of the Tradition. Which he is "free" to do. But if I'll play
an old folks home at Christmas, you can bet your fipple I'll play a pub for
the craic! Especially insofar as it also serves as 1) a tune swap 2) a party
3) a chance to play with my betters and 4) is, after a fashion, traditional.
He's missing out. ---pg