Fuming. Landlords. ‘Sectarian’ songs.
So, i play whistle.
I was at my local session tonight (a Comhaltas one) and fancied singing a song as the evening wore on - the Boys of Barr na Sraide is what I went for because I was feeling homesick (also because there’s not so many songs i can be sure of knowing all the words for, but this one i’ve had in my head since my Dad bootlegging Arcady on cassette tape.) It went alright and people enjoyed it, i’m not a great singer at all but sometimes just playing jigs & reels doesn’t idk…
Anyway the landlord collared me on the way out and had a right go at me for singing a ‘sectarian’ song. Well, it is about the Troubles i guess, but that’s not why i sang it, nor am I even the first person to have sung that particular song in a session in that pub! This publican is a miserable @rse, and i think he has it in for me in particular, i’m not sure why exactly. I mean people have sung outright rebel songs and nobody batted an eye.
Me, i’ve copped it from this landlord for finishing a sandwich outside waiting for the Comhaltas AGM to finish so i can play some tunes, now this. Generally, i’m pretty inoffensive. I go to the session to play, catch up with the people there, who i have a lot of time for - not sure what his problem is, beyond being a plastic paddy who generally is happy for us to spend our money but honestly hates the music generally apart from that it makes him a bit more money of a tuesday night and is ostentatiously clockwatching from 11 pm on.
Landlords generally on a power trip. I’m sure i’m about to be barred; i mean i haven’t sung in public for more than 2 years i just fancied it tonight, and i didn’t see myself doing it again for another year or more, but i wish i knew what the real reason is. I’m on a hiding to nothing, but i dislike bullies. Feel like telling him to stick his pub, saves time waiting for him to come up with an excuse to bar me. Even before this he’s forever giving me looks like i’ve just took a dump on the pub floor. wtf did i actually do exactly?
I go there to try and lose myself in the music, it doesn’t always work but its the best remedy i have for life’s troubles lol. The musicians there are so warm & supportive (more really than i deserve) and i’d just got to a point where i felt i could go there & let my guard down (have an anxiety disorder). now this.