For some members of CUCB, one of the most enjoyable parts of being in the band is heading to the pub to have a drink, a chat and a bit of a traditional music session.
- On Thursday evenings in term, after the weekly rehearsal which finishes at 10PM, we're currently heading to The Anchor. This can most easily be found by following the trail of people heading over after a rehearsal - but it's best to come along to rehearsal or contacting someone there to make sure you know where people are going on any given evening!
- On Sunday afternoons, we are usually to be found in the Carpenter's Arms (see the map below) from 3PM or so, until we get hungry.
Make sure you're on the chat mailing list to get e-mails about sessions!
It's a chance for a bit of informal music making - generally someone will start a tune and others will start to join in, play accompaniment, or start to pick it out by ear. Maybe some one else will start a tune, or someone will sing a song, and there'll be an eclectic mix of music from around the British Isles and beyond.
Don't worry if you've never played in a session before, or aren't used to playing without the sheet music. Nobody's going to mind if you take a peek at the dots, and you'll probably find you get swept along and pick up more than you'd expect of the jigs, reels and whatever else gets thrown in the mix!
We know that sessions can be a little scary to begin with, and we try hard to make ours as welcoming as possible. For many of our members, both new and old to traditional music, they are the highlight of the CUCB calendar. Please come along to see one for yourself, and feel free to contact a member of the committee with any questions you might have.