This may seem a familiar question, but what can you do about session crashers? At the session I’m referring to, three of them arrive before everyone else every week and start playing whatever suits them, whenever. They each probably buy 3 or 4 pints at the bar in a night and one of them is a pretty handy mouth organ player but the other two are 5 string banjo and fiddle players who are not up to standard and start playing one of the same old sets that they play every week as soon as there’s even a 2 second break in the music.
So it’s difficult to take this away from them, they obviously look forward to it all week if they’re all in before 9 and the fiddler had been coming to the session for a long time without his fiddle, they just don’t get any better, don’t make any effort to socially interact with people, and they just totally take over the session at times. At one point, from around 15 musicians last night, the entire session corner had been abandoned with the exception of these 3 gents.
A fourth gent has now taken to playing his guitar too, no doubt inspired by their example, and singing lightly to himself during other people’s sets, he always explains he’s just getting the song ready, but again, he does it all night.
Some of the other musicians at this session are top standard, two are renowned teachers for their instruments and we also have a very good rapport amongst each other from having played together for the past 2 years. I suppose some of us might all play a lot of the same tunes every week too - I usually try to learn a few more new ones each week but I’m also not as good.
Judging by how many threads there are on here, I’m assuming most folks would agree that somebody needs to say something, but what!? "Excuse me lads, could you please leave?", "We don’t like playing the sort of tunes you are playing", "You are not welcome to play music with us anymore", "You are being rude by starting to play without even so much as waiting to see if somebody else wanted to play next", "You always play the same tunes every week and we’ve had enough, we’d all prefer if you didn’t play with us"
I’m struggling with such ideas. I also suggested to the barman he may consider the situation if it’s bad next week, a bar never likes anyone to mess with their regulars after all. Maybe it’s better to leave it to the owner? On the other hand, some of the excellent musicians we’ve been attracting who are not paid to play in this session may never come back and most regular Joe’s with half an ear would know when the tunes are good or when one of these crashers is doing their thing.
Thoughts / HELP!!!! ?