Sessions In A Changing Ireland in General Concertina Discussion Posted December 1, 2007 · Edited December 1, 2007 by laticsrblu Back to the Irish sessions, in particular, Doolin in County Clare. I stayed there for a week last yr whilst on a family holiday. My family and I were among the tourists crammed into O’Connor’s and McGann’s to hear live Irish music. The musicians had been paid by the pub to entertain the tourists and fill the pub, this kind of arrangement can never be a "session" merely a pretence of one and the pretence should be dropped. I was disappointed, not in the quality of the music but in the unintentional rudeness of the musicians who were trying to keep the session myth alive. They sat in a corner, half of them with their backs to the rest of the pub chatting amongst themselves between tunes and playing with little acknowledgement that there was a large expectant eager audience watching with all eyes on them. The session set up did the musicians no favours. The least they could have done was to nominate someone to introduce the next tune or ramble on a but about it. To me it felt like we were intruding on the privacy of a group of friends.