Have you (or would you) walked out of a session in the huff?
Well, that’s what a couple of guys did last night at the start of a particular session. They were there early, in fact, and had unpacked their instruments ready to play. Then a chap arrived with his "bag of tricks". Admittedly, he’s eccentric and an acquired taste but the other two immediately "packed up" and said "Cheerio. See you another time".
Now, I’ve been in many’s a session where things haven’t been to my liking. Sometimes I’ve had a good moan or avoided a particular venue because of certain people and circumstances. However, I’ve never stormed out or made things look quite as obvious. In addition, I don’t think it’s fair on the others there and we should all be giving each other our support.
This particular session is just a monthly affair and mixture of songs and tunes. Perhaps, part of the problem is that many of those who attend wish "to perform" and be heard. A few months back, a singer stormed out "in the huff" because there "were too many fiddles sawing away". He never came back which was a pity for him because this was a "one off" night and the following month it was back to the usual mix of singers and musicians.
Now, I’ll freely admit that this isn’t my ideal type of session but it’s just a few yards from my house so I like to support it. It’s also what most of those attending seem to want- a mix of songs, tunes, and whatever. However, it just reinforces my opinion that singers and musicians don’t mix.