Things to consider for a session?
I’m very eager to set up an Irish trad session locally, perhaps next year when I’m a stronger player. (I’m still working on NOT forgetting which repeat of which section I’m on!) My plan is to reach out locally, hold a kitchen session to exchange tunes, get to know where everyone is based, and choose a pub within reach of everyone if possible.
I figure now is a good time to get acquainted with the many pubs in the area and think about which places will or won’t be suitable. What should I consider besides suitable seating and space for the instruments and cases? Also, has anyone here used a café instead, or some other non-conventional session venue, and how did that differ?
Other questions I have - is it better to approach a venue that has regular live music as the customers are used to this? Is it worth trying pubs where there’s rarely any gigs, when the customers aren’t used to music being part of their scene?
What about choice of day/time, are certain days of the week more likely to fail than others? How hard is it to avoid clashing with football matches etc?