Sessions have markedly different characters, some are tune, some are song, some are both and some are different. It is the lifeblood of the aural tradition that songs and tunes are performed and copied, adapted and just plain changed, and the more occasions and locations that celebrate live acoustic music, the better for the music, and those who love making and hearing it.
So, I thought I'd have a stab at listing some other sessions.
Sadly, the Essex Folk Newssession listing hasn't been updated for over a year, so here's a current snapshot of sessions in mid-Essex, at least those that I am aware of. As Esther used to say, 'unless you know different', so please post any I have missed on this site. Sessions can die quite quickly, some endure quietly, and some run and run.
Firstly, I list the sessions organised by fellow Tollesbrarian, Fred Field. Fred is unmistakable, sporting a leather stetson, a real ale pewter tankard and big hair, so if you see him, buy him a pint.
First Friday of the month: Station Arms Southminster
Second Friday: Viper Mill Green, nr Ingatestone
Third Friday: Wheatsheaf, Writtle
Fourth Friday: King's Head, Tollesbury
Fifth Friday (if there is one): Queen's Head, Coggeshall (A120)
Last Sunday: Queen's Head, Burnham
Every Tuesday: United Brethren, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford
Coast Inn regular, Roy Nicholls, runs his own splendid sessions at:
1st Sunday, Blue Boar, Maldon
Other local sessions include:
2nd Sunday (at 5pm): Woolpack, Mildmay Road, Chelmsford (Irish tunes)
3rd Thursday: Ye Olde Swan, High Street, Brightlingsea
3rd Thursday: Rose and Crown, Great Waltham
3rd Thursday: s/b 'Gladys', Benfleet Creek