Riflemans Arms

4-6 Greenside, Kendal, Cumbria, England

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Session starts at 9 and runs until the last musician packs it in. Known for its friendliness and for being the only "genuine" session in Cumbria.

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‘Genuine!!’ possibly the only one Larke has ever been to. There are several in Cumbria, check them out on this site.

Hearsay, Not Opinion…

Never said it WAS the only genuine one, Sam, only that that’s what it was known for, i.e., what other well-established Cumbrian musicians were saying about it. 🙂 Think it has something to do with the fact that there are far more tunes than songs.

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‘Songs’ a session makes too, and some sessions are known, in Ireland and elsewhere, that are all song and little or no tunes… 😉

Very true, and while those of us who don’t sing in public certainly appreciate a good song, we can get very fidgety indeed when too many of them get strung together (as two or more) whilst we sit with our instruments idle in our laps neither playing nor speaking. (Why is it fine to converse during a tune but frowned upon during a song?) Nowt at all wrong with a singing session, as long as it is touted as such… there’s just this thing with having an instrument in your hands and not being able to play it for long stretches of time. One song every three or four tunes seems a happy medium to me…

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Hello Larke.
Nice to hear from you after all this time, hope all’s well with you and yours. The Riflemans has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and the principle of mainly tunes interspersed with the odd song holds true.
It is self evident that talk will occur during tunes as there are usually several musicians playing together to create sufficient volume. I (as a tune player and singer) opt to not converse when one of my comrades strikes up with a song. The Lamplighter in Windermere is also a genuine session of at least 25 years standing (see Hugh Taylor’s comments on this site)
Happy sessioning to all and keep the music flowing.
Sam.

Any recent info?

Hi all! I’m heading up to the Lakes for the last couple of days in October and wondered if this session is likely to be on (or any other regular ones)?

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Hello. Any regulars know if this session still exists? I’ve called the number above and the pub itself and can’t get any info. Would love to head down if still on.

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Yes this still is in operation - we start at 9pm sharp ish (but not before) on Thursday and I’m there most weeks - see you there? The beer is pretty good too 5 hand pumps, mainly Irish tunes but a smattering of Scottish & English stuff too depending who’s in oh and also a small no. of songs too.

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Is this on this week? I am traveling down to Preston and may stop over in Kendal for a tune.

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This is a very welcoming, friendly session. Well worth a visit. Thanks for the tunes.

Contact for Session

Sorry - Should have said something a few years back, as I am still getting the odd query about the Rifleman’s Session. I’ve flown the coop and have landed back of beyond, so am no longer qualified to be this session’s representative. Best to check in with Fergus MacGregor - https://thesession.org/members/43883 for any inquiries!

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Just to keep this updated the session is still doing well and offers a relaxed atmosphere to both regulars such as myself or to visitors. Of note is it is on every Thursday and will start at 9pm and run to midnight (and no later with respect to neighbours), we tend to be mainly tunes (no preference but leans more to Irish and Scott’s) with the odd song. There is no leader as such (we are a relaxed bunch), but I’m usually there most weeks - let me know if you need any assistance?

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Like many sessions we (the musicians) are taking a ‘virus holiday’ in light of what’s going on at the mo. How long for I don’t know but will post when we feel it’s safe to re-start.

Meanwhile the pub is still open - so support it whilst you can as Mel & Paul could do with the trade at this troubling time.