The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets.
The sessions are a key aspect of traditional music; some say it is the main sphere in which the music is formulated and innovated. Socially, sessions have often been compared to an evening of playing card games, where the conversation and camaraderie are an essential component. In many rural communities in Ireland, sessions are an integral part of community life
Barry Foy's Field Guide to the Irish Music Session defines a session as:
...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide.
We carry this tradition on here at White Horse each and every Tuesday with our free Irish jam sessions. Musicians begin gathering around 6:30pm and circle up their chairs for a traditional jam session.
It's a great way to enjoy music up in a relaxed casual setting.
Come out and join us !!!