I get this a lot: ‘How do you remember all those words?’ The short answer is, ‘Often I don’t.’ These factors make me forget words: Too much alcohol Not enough alcohol Tiredness/ lack of sleep Not having sung the song in a while Not having worked on the song enough for my mouth to know... Continue Reading →
This is probably the first of many times I’ll need to point out that I don’t make the rules, I’m just trying to articulate them. This blog is all about the etiquette I’ve been taught over many years of sessioning, and a fundamental puzzle when you join a session is where to sit. Sessions last... Continue Reading →
We often get questions about what kinds of instruments are 'allowable' in an acoustic music session. Well, generally speaking, acoustic instruments.
Once upon a time, I was sessioning in a pub (as you do) and a young woman, somewhat under the weather, approached the session table and picked up someone's guitar, presumably intending to launch into song. The owner, startled, reached out to reclaim it. 'You can't just grab someone's instrument without asking,' he protested. 'Why... Continue Reading →
For the purposes of this blog, an acoustic music session is one kind of occasion when people play acoustic instruments together. A session is different from a performance, but it's a little difficult to describe why, and publicans are often confused by the distinction.