Piano players in sessions - boon or bane?
Back from the 35th Copenhagen Irish festival, 2013. A very fine event. We had some nice sessions in the PH Café on the Friday and Saturday evenings/nights. The only thing that I found annoying was the piano vamping, German beer garden vibe from one young piano driver. Irish traditional music is modal, linear, melodic, flowing, not chord constrained, constipated marching music. Yer man was banging away on the ivories making more noise than the rest of the musicians combined. At times it was hard to hear tune. Then he had the gall to come over to me and ask if I could turn off my drones as he found it hard to decide chord changes as the drones tuned to D disturbed him. We packed up and left. Two other piano players, Stefan and a young lady, also used the resident café piano, but they played with taste, and didn’t have the audacity to ask me to silence an important part of the only truly traditional Irish instrument in the session. Didn’t have a snappy answer at the time, but next time I’ll be prepared. Thanks for listening