Session anchors/hosts etiquette
A few times the situation has arisen where the people hosting a session are late arriving and the people that came to join in are anxious to start playing regardless. They will take seats around the table and begin… and it seems awkward when the hosts arrive. The times I’ve been in Ireland and host are among the last to arrive no one even sits down at the table and they remain at the bar or whatever until the hosts arrive and get settled. I asked someone there about it and they said it’s just the polite and decent thing to do and sitting down and starting to play is "bad form." Among the locals in SF people would sit and start playing regardless and let the hosts fit themselves in wherever when they finally get there, but it seemed awkward enough… and I did notice that when we had well known musicians from Ireland scheduled to host, if they were late they seemed put off by it and would sit at the bar talking and wouldn’t join in for a long time. In the last 10 years or so I have been trying to get the locals to resist starting anyway when hosts are late… but some people still think it’s silly to wait and give me grief.
So here’s my query: what is the protocol where you have your sessions regarding this issue… what do you do when *hosts are late? (Please indicate your region so I have an idea where the particular protocol is located.)
*hosts: usually paid anchors in pub sessions.