After fighting to overcome my lack of confidence, I started joining in at my local session early this year. It was fab; enjoying the music and expertise of the other players when sitting out a tune I didn’t know; enjoying the craic and getting a good buzz when I could join in, and also when able to start a few sets too… (I do recommend anyone else in similar situation to make that leap and do try join in, it really is a great buzz)
However, after a missing a few sessions due to other gigs (ceilidh band) and late summer hols, I turned up at the pub for a pleasant evening with my mandolin… and no sign of any other musos. Checked with the bar staff, and was told there were no more sessions, and no, she didn’t know if they’d moved on. 🙁
I’d heard a rumour that the council was getting feisty over public music licence and all that … but I don’t know why it’s stopped. Sessions in commutable distances are hard to come by here in rural somersetshire. Maybe the other sessioners had decided to move on and ‘"let’s not tell that crazy Irish mandolin player who always comes along and mucks up the sessions where we’re going to", - in truth rather that than find some beaurocrats decree it forbidden.
Once again a lone mando player in somerset….