It’s just something that was hanging around my mind recently since I came back from the last festival (no more stories of cultural clashes nor references to 80’s TV series, I promise). Every now and then there is a "Name Yer God" discussion on the Session, and people come up with plenty of names from celebrity bands and of touring musicians.
Now during this passing year I was lucky enough to meet and play with some musicians whose skill and feel for the music changed my perception altogether. They were session musicians, never (as far as I know) recorded anything and were just doing it for pleasure, fun and good music. And some of them were better than whatever I’ve seen or heard from famous musicmakers. Or maybe it’s just their style that I liked more.
Therefore, even though I admire all the mighty heroes of guitar, with Donough Hennessy and John Doyle etc. etc., my god at the moment is a certain Parisian guitar player, whom I met in two festivals and both times his freestyle and effortless playing knocked me off my feet.
Also, my hero of the last festival is a certain middle-aged mandola player, who pushed Dervish into a distant second place.
Anyone else met a god in a humble, low-profile avatar?