The most boring music imaginable
There have recently been a few comments about how only musicians like Irish music. I’ve actually heard the comment above from the husband of an Irish-Music-Loving lady of my acquaintance.
Some people say that it’s the wall to wall reels and jigs of the typical modern instrumental session that the punters don’t like, and that might be the case. But I’ve been at hard-core tune sessions where the place has been jam-packed. It is true that some of the least ‘technically accomplished’ sessions seem to be most popular with the man on the Clapham Omnibus. I play in a little session once a month which largely (apart from what little new stuff we can inject) consists of sentimental ballads, Christy Moore songs and a selection of instrumentals first popularised by Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention back in the Middle Ages. People flood from miles around to hear this.
On the other hand, the session I play at in Oxford every Wednesday has a good mix of instrumental music, but very few people come to listen (those that do tend to return regularly). What was, in effect, the same session, when it was a mile closer to the centre of Oxford, had plenty of punters every time(!) Could it be that people like it if it’s there, but it’s not the sort of thing they can be bothered to make a special effort to get to? Should we be bothered?