Are ITM sessions primarily older, white, male-dominant or is this a faulty premise about trad sessions?
I’m asking because it is a real concern, not because trad music itself is restrictive. I love the tunes. I love playing for dancers. I love sessions. But sometimes there is a protective, insular, possibly patriarchal sense which I feel when certain (I don’t have another way to phrase this) hierarchies are flipped.
Sessions vary and no two are alike. But they each have norms; sometimes deliberate structures, sometimes more loose. In many I’ve played in there may not be a patriarchy, but often there are certain players who are regarded more highly than others. Is this only natural? I know I always want to session with players who are better than myself. But how do the best players and most experienced players see their place?
I particularly would appreciate as many replies as possible from members who aren’t older, white, and male.
But everyone who wants to reply should reply.