NY Times article on Old Time sessions
It doesn’t really have anything to do with Irish music directly, but the sentiment could be applicable. Maybe. The comments are interesting -- quite a few seem to be from other Old Time players who disagree with the article’s premise that the music is fragile, the tradition withering. According to the commentators,there are lots of Old Time sessions around the US, which I can believe (when I lived there, there were a few occasions where I accidentally found myself at one, which was awkward, and the occasional Old Time player found themselves at an Irish session, which was also awkward). I guess the style and tunes specific to that part of Missouri might be at risk, but not the tradition itself.
The article’s other premise -- that not having sessions sucks -- is one I can totally get on board with.