Originally Posted by Wise-one
Hey!!Just wondering if anyone knows what the standard is like at these open mic gigs for example the one in starbucks....
I would love to play one or two songs but my guitar playing wouldnt be the best dont want to make a fool of myself!!!Thanks a mill!
I can't speak to the Starbucks gig because I've not had a chance to play it but I can give you some pointers on the others.
The session in the International Bar on monday nights is unamplified, small and has a broad range of abilities and experience. I've seen people get up here and play when they had only barely started to learn guitar and knew 2 cover versions. They were encouraged and welcomed. A good way to start. Go down some night and ask Jacqueline for a slot in the next couple of weeks, often though she can squeeze you into the line up for that night because she gets cancellations. Bring a couple of friends.
The session in Cassidy's on Tuesday nights has a small PA but it's not overwhelming. The size of the crowd varies. The two lads who run it are Fiach and Ro. They are really sound and encouraging. I've seen some really experienced people there and I've seen people doing their first gigs there. Everyone gets a fair crack of the whip and gets encouragement. It's a great way to get used to singing through a PA system. You can just turn up and put your name down. Bring a couple of friends to help fill the room a bit.
The sessions run by Dave Murphy in the Bankers on a Tuesday are very small. I reckon that room can barely hold a dozen people
No PA and very intimate. Dave is very welcoming and the regular crew aren't a clique - they will encourage and talk to you. I wouldn't go there for my first gig though because there tends to be some really good players and it might put you off if you go on a night where you're the first noob.
I've been to the Zodiac Sessions but to be completely honest I was very put off because I couldn't get to talk with any of the regulars and the guy running it didn't seem to be interested in newcomers. Now that could just have been an off-night. We all have them. Though I got the impression from a few others that it's hard to get 'into' that particular circle.
The Pure Sessions (listed as being in Slatterys) are run by a very nice bloke. The night I played there I was probably the oldest in the room
and the bar management were giving him a hard time. Nice PA but a very chatty room so you'll need to be reasonably confident in what you're doing.
One of the first gigs I did was the King Kong Club in Pravda. The guy running it (Kieron) is sound and encouraging. A chance to use a bigger PA but not one for a first gig because it's a large enough venue and there are often 2 or more bands playing. It's technically a competition but in my experience they didn't mind a solo artist going on early in the night.
I guess what most people are afraid of is that some idiot will shout something or say something. I've never experienced that happening. Ever. I have seen the odd drunk stumble into the gig and talk loudly but they get quickly escorted out again.