ldpaulson Posted February 23, 2004 Share Posted February 23, 2004 This is a question broken off from another thread. There appears to be a wide variety in what constitutes a Celtic seisun/session in various reaches of the world. Here's what it's like where I am: The Celtic ceili group I have played with is an open session, but also offers a book of its sets to regular players. Certain songs are arranged. When playing "The Butterfly," for example, it's solo flute the first time through. We play traditional tunes (The exception being "Wizard's Walk" which is a favorite way to end the evening.) for two hours each week at a pub. This particular group I have played with does play for dancers. Yes, this is a pub session and there's barely enough room for dancing. It often serves as a practice for competitive dancers and there have been some set dances as well. Periodically, one of the virtuoso singers will treat us to a song or two. We had a pipes player ask to sit in. Um, they were field pipes! This particular session has players of all ages and skill levels. This includes many young people. The bodhran player has brought her daughter and a junior-sized drum, for example. One of the flautists brought a handful of her recorder students. We backed them (slowly) on several tunes they were perfecting. Several high school and college-aged kids come when studies allow. Some of the classically-trained professional musicans have played (or rather un-learn) with the group. Typically, there are plenty of fiddles, guitar, whistles, flutes, banjo, bodhran, mandolin (when I'm there), hammered dulcimer, and button accordion. The pub has an upright piano and the dulcimer player has been pressed into service when we were without our guitarist. I haven't been to other sessions, sadly. Perhaps that will change. What are sessions like where you are? ldp Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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