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POW Aberdeen sunday night session

The Prince of Wales is one of the best real ale pubs in Aberdeen and has won awards.
On a sunday night there’s a session from 9pm until 12.
it’s quite popular, full of characters, with quite some variety.

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Prince of Wales Session

This session is getting pretty dire sometimes due to the preponderance of bad singers and players. Many good musicians deliberately boycott this session.

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Prince of Wales Session

This session is up and down.

Last Sunday it was up when some Orkney fiddlers and some good local musicians showed up.

Well there you go. Sessions are totally unpredictable!

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Niels, you need to tell us whether it’s going to be a good one before not after

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Session

Brendan,

Havn’t learnt how to predict the future yet!

Although I have learnt that some musicians have a little sleep before they go out to Blue Lamp Session which didn’t get going until 11.00 last night.

Anyway unpredictability is part of the joy of sessions!

Niels

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Prince of Wales Session update

Dear Session lovers,

The pub has changed hands to a Dundee owner but the session remains the same: that is every Sunday night, 8.30pm until 12.

In the last few months this session has become very popular and reknowned. Last Sunday musicians were actually standing on chairs while playing! Songs sometimes get a bit bawdy and the whole atmosphere decends into a drunken state of enjoyment. The standard is still variable depending on who comes. There are some beginners and about five bodhran players!. It doesn’t reach the high musical standards of the Blue Lamp and Globe sessions but it makes up for it in sheer enjoyment, hgh energy and raunchiness. Lots of young people and players enjoy this session.
The popularity of this session creates a problem for musicians finding somewhere to sit. So please come early!
On Sunday an excellent fiddler from London said he had been recommended the Prince of Wales Session by a musician at a session in Kendal in Cumbria! So it’s reputation and infamy is spreading far and wide!
Niels

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Prince of Wales Session update

Dear Session Lovers,

STOP PRESS NEWS:

Bald Jim the incomprehensible singer from Troon has reportedly been banned from the pub for arguing with the bar staff, although it’s not clear yet how long the ban is for. He now enters a growing list of legendary musicians to be banned from the pub.

This piece of news may be warmly welcomed by some musicians who have been put off by his lack of rhythm, bad bodhran playing and his home made songs about terrorism. Occoassionally he was known to sing good folk songs like Banks of Sicily (which was done exceptionally well by Ian Benzie of (Ex) Old Blind Dogs) but the strange musical timings always managed to fox even the cleverest of musicians.

Last Sunday’s session was another record attendance and turned out quite entertaining. Getting a seat seems to be the problem nowadays sometimes, so get there early about 8.30pm.

Nice to see a wide range of instruments and ages turning out (although sometimes we seem to manage about 7 bodhrans playing at once). Keep coming!

Niels

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Sensational news Niels.
You must have been listening more closely than me. I thought his songs were about working on the rigs.
I don’t suppose the Lampie ever banned anyone so we’ll probably see more of him now.
If they could just get rid of that East Anglian box player ….

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East Anglian Box players

Brendan,

I don’t know who you mean!

Niels

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Hi everyone

Niels, everyone at the prince of wales. I was the guy playing accordion last week at the session. (I hope you don’t mean me Brendan!) I’d just like to say that was one of the best sessions I ever been to. You have a really good craic going down there and I really enjoyed myself. Can’t wait to get back up there in a few months time. Say hi to everyone for me, it was great meeting you all!

Haven’t been for there a good few weeks Daniel, I’m down under just now. Post a note when you’re coming back up

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Last night

We had a Kiwi, a brilliant guitarist/singer visiting from Edinburgh accompanying another lively and energetic evening at the Prince last night with Davy doing his delightful North East ballads, with lots of Shetland and Scottish fiddle music. At one point the musicians suddenly all stood up and danced to the Can Can while continuing to play much to the enjoyment of the regular growing audience.
Unfortunately some of us missed the round table being overturned and glasses broken last week. Never a dull moment at the Prince!
Dan, haste ye back as they say up here!

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Session CD

There have been some recording sessions to get some of the lovely songs down for posterity. So watch this space.

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Update…

Still going, as far as I know. I’ll say no more than that.

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Prince of Wales Session

I am pleased to report, after nearly 10 years of attending myself this session is alive and well. Maybe it hasn’t quite reached the popularity it had at one time but this session which I understand has been going since the 90’s when a good and well loved banjo player called Ray was it’s mainstay. There are currently still lots of north east Doric songs being sung from legendary Davie and Sandy, muted trumpets playing Nigerian tunes from Fola, American folk songs from Wes, obscure flute solos from Mark and even the occasional visiting fiddlers and concertina players from Brisbane down under such as John and Nicole…

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Re: Prince Of Wales

Former manager of Blackfriars , now managing PoW, was on social media recently looking to get some more musicians into the Sunday night session.

Maybe it’s due for a revival, not that it ever died.

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