Strangest trad to non-trad (or vice versa) segue you’ve heard
So, I was a spectator at my local session last monday, and the session regulars were just on fire that evening.
About 11:30 p.m., a completely drunk young (20-ish) guy wanders in, and can’t believe his ears, the music is so good.
“WOW! YOU GUYS ARE FANTASTIC! HOW DID I MISS THIS PLACE? THIS IS GREAT!”
My fellow trad lovers sitting nearby and I nod our assent silently, not wanting to miss a note.
This guy is oblivious, though, to the intense listening going on, and continues to shout, um, encouragement.
So the box player, a young woman who plays professionally in a local “pub irish” band, launches into The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” at breakneck speed at the conclusion of a reel, sending our new friend into a frenzy (bobbing his head up and down, giving the “devil horn” sign, etc.)
I have my whistle in my jacket, so I whip it out (the whistle, that is) and start doubling her vocal line. The drunk sees me and yells
“YEAH, MAN, YOU GUYS ROCK!”.
At this point, one of the fiddlers is laughing so hard he has to excuse himself to the toilet before he pees himself.
But, fortunately, he makes it back just in time for the segue right into “The Foxhunter’s Reel”, played as fast and as well as I’ve ever heard.
Of course, that was the final tune of the evening, there’s no way you can top that performance.