What are the top tunes that are so overplayed at sessions, they make you groan?
This is meant to be a new twist on a well-worn topic. As a newish player, I’m interested in learning tunes that are likely to be familiar to at least some of the people I’m playing with (because the point, for me, is to play with others)…but I appreciate the oft-stated caution to avoid the tunes that are way too overplayed. I do not want to waste precious practice time learning tunes that will make my session mates silently groan. They’re too polite to tell me if they do, so I’d like to avoid that situation if I can.
What does your list of "please don’t play these ones, they’re too overplayed" look like? Granted, the list will vary from person to person and session to session, but it would be great to have a rough list.
I’ve gathered that "The Irish Washerwoman" makes the list. Also the "Kesh Jig." (Not that I know either of those tunes yet. In fact, I’m duly avoiding them, for now.) What else?
Oh, and in case anyone wants to jump in to tell me that it is never a waste of time to learn any tune, that every tune has something to teach, I agree. But with a repertoire of only about 20 tunes, and a strong desire to fit in as quickly as possible and contribute in the best way I can at my session, I think it’s a prudent approach for a newbie.