2016 Election Night Session at The Ould Sod
The local session I co-host here in San Diego, CA is on Tuesday nights, so we’re always at the pub watching the results come in for every election on the many screens in the pub.
So, as in previous years we had an election day session last night. We knew a lot of people were going to stay home, it was quite small, only 3 of us. George on fiddle, Pete on mandolin, I was playing the Uilleann pipes.
The bar was full, so we moved the session to the back room There were about 25 people back there all watching the results come in as we played.
I’d say the vast majority of people in the pub were Clinton supporters. As the night went on and the states went one-by-one for Trump, the mood got more and more somber.
We kept playing tunes. It felt like we were the band playing as the Titanic sank.
At one point, I played a slow air on the pipes.
After that, I couldn’t handle the anxiety any more, was literally getting dizzy from the stress and had to go home.
People thanked us for being there to provide some small amount of joy in the overwhelming darkness that seemed to be descending upon us all.
Life goes on.
We’ll have another session next Tuesday and every Tuesday after that, but I’ll never forget this one.