Martin is well known for encouraging a wide range of tunes as well as players of all abilities at his sessions, whilst generally avoiding the staple Irish repertoire that is well represented elsewhere. Last night was no exception. The evening started with the well known tune Three Around Three, followed by a number of other traditional English tunes but then quickly branched off into a couple of ragtime tunes that Scott Joplin would have been proud of. Playford tunes from as far in the past as the 16th century were also well represented, sounding lovely as they always do, and there was a surprise and very welcome rendition of a Cornish tune called Fer Lyskeris which was lots of fun. I took the opportunity of replying by playing Estren which I learned at the 2nd Wednesday of the month Cornish music session Prys Ton at Kings Arms, Luxulyan, Bodmin, Cornwall and which I hear has found its way recently all the way up to Whitby Folk Week sessions.
|Traditional music session at Bell Inn, Ash, Martock, Somerset|
So, if you are a musician looking for a traditional pub music session that is easy to get to (the A303 is nearby), with great music from lots of different traditions and involving many different instruments, the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month sessions run by Martin Hughes at the Bell Inn, Ash, near Martock, Somerset are well worth checking out. Martin is also running some sessions at the Burnham on Sea Folk Music Festival. Perhaps I'll see you there :-)