As you could probably tell from the title, this one is not very serious.
What fictional characters can you think of that play, or should play, a trad instrument? Also, what fictional places are there that have, or should have, a session? They can be from any book, film, cartoon, comic strip, you name it.
Here’s some I’ve thought of:
Hagrid, from the Harry Potter books, plays the flute. This is true. In the first book, he makes Harry a wooden flute, so he must be able to play it. He probably plays the bodhrán, too, knowing him.
And there’s just got to be a session somewhere in Hogsmeade. Probably the Three Broomsticks.
And Ankh-Morpork! The Mended Drum must have a fantastic session. Led by the Librarian, of course, who obviously plays the piano accordion. (For those of you who haven’t read the Discworld books, turn off your computer now and read them.)
Lord of the Rings: Merry and Pippin definitely seem like the concertina/fiddle duo to me. Bilbo probably also plays the fiddle, and is one of those lovely old folks who always sits in the same place in the session and tuts whenever someone (probably Merry or Pippin) plays a modern tune. There’s surely a session somewhere in Rivendell…
Asterix: obviously Cacofonix the Bard, but Fulliautomatix the blacksmith has always struck me as a whistle player. Or maybe fiddle…. probably bodhrán too.
Am I right in thinking that Popeye plays the concertina?
Anyway, more suggestions, please!