Kids at sessions
(Perhaps I’m outing myself here…this is about me and my family, of course.)
Let’s say your session is in a family-friendly venue and a couple of preteen kids liked to join in your session. They’re polite, quiet, well-behaved, listen attentively, observe the etiquette, make an effort to start a tune or two that they know decently well, play only on tunes they know, and generally fit in as well as the entry-level adult players (minus the beer and banter).
What about the occasional younger kid who shows up with a fiddle and a couple of tunes once in a blue moon?
They also have a parent who plays in the session regularly and who helps them get a clue if ever they need it (not often).
The session host is supportive of their participation. The local regulars either don’t mind or don’t comment, and all are friendly.
Would you, as a session participant (regular or visitor) take any issue with this? Is it pushing the limits of the tradition in some way to have kids in a session? I am curious to know how others might feel about it. Do kids learn at their da’s elbow in sessions in Ireland, or does it come about some other way?
I’m always wondering if people are too polite to say what they really think in person, and I wonder whether the majority would mind this sort of thing.