The Mitre Hotel

Ramsey, Ramsey, Isle Of Man

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  • Schedule: Friday.

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Mixed session of mainly Irish trad but also some singing (Irish, English, Manx, Scottish etc)

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worth making the effort to go to just to hear the landlord’s piping just beautiful honest stuff - he can hold a tune like we all wish we could

Starts off around 9 - 9:30. We watched from the others side of the bar, enjoyed the music, mostly Irish, some singing. It was a wild mix, two uilleann pipers and two tenor banjo players, a whistle, a guitarist, and a couple of ‘drummers’, to distinguish from ‘percussionist’, though one was a ‘constant’ spoon player with very little capability on the instrument, the same basics no matter what the tune form was, hmmmm. I want to say we were able to tune it out, but no, I’d be lieing. He seriously needs to learn a melody instrument, and to rest once in a while.

We were very pleasantly surprised by the two tenor banjo players, they played well, not throwing the relaxed tempos of the music off at all and very danceable it all was. While it was odd a session basically dominated by the four, the two pipers and the two pluckers, it was alright and the sort of session you had a sense about would welcome anyone to it. Our norm is that we don’t play the first time we go to a session, we just sit back and enjoy, sometimes we ‘comment’ between ourselves. Aside from ‘spoons’ we weren’t feeling critical and enjoyed our pints while others played and, credit to the main players, left the spoon player to his own amusements… So patient too, I wish I had that much…

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Mitre session

I have played in the session with said spoons player several times. It’s painful, but I have now developed this wonderful blocking mechanism whereby my ears somehow manage to become immune to the sound. Plus if I really want to annoy him, I will play a slip jig. Heh. Either that, or slow down and speed up on purpose til he gets the message.
The whistle player was probably my sister. It’s a good session to hone (sp?) your skills - they play a lot of standards. I find it useful to go there when I haven’t played in a while, because I know all the tunes so I’m playing all the time.
Doesn’t leave much time to get drunk though. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Still going strong! Not a lot of singing now - and no spoons ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was in the Isle of Man a few weeks ago so rang up the Mitre hotel (on a Friday) to see if there was a session that evening. The girl answering the phone thought that there was singing on a Thursday evening, but nothing on a Friday evening. Unfortunately I wasn’t there on a Thursday so couldn’t confirm this.

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Definitely still going on a friday night, and a regular session of Irish, and occasional Scottish and Manx depending who turns up. 2030ish until late…

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