The Best in the West!!...."as the fella says"
Ted has been facilitating a traditional music session for forty years. The Roisin Dubh in Gurteen has a welcome on the mat for all who visit there. Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, just in for the craic or even the beer there is no better place to be on a Tuesday night than Ted's. Both he and Jacqui run a house like no other that we are aware of. Their generousity seems unique to us, and music has brought us to many a house both at home and abroad.
It's time for a Christmas party night , and where better for the Tuesday regulars to have their celebtation.
The date is agreed upon, Tuesday night in Ted's but more chat than tunes this time.
Jacqui is, as always on Tuesday's, ready to welcome us. She makes it all seem to just happen without any effort or complaint.
Everything was ready when we arrived as if by magic or was it Santa's little helper ?
We ordered a great take away from the local Chineese, Gerry kindly collected it, No time was wasted getting started, and no food either.
Over the forty years Ted has seen a lot of changes. The session was started back in August 1973 by his brother Tom. Tom was a mighty Banjo player, who died a few years ago.
Lots of musicians have come and gone over the years, some have emigtated, some have died. A lot of visiting musicians some home on holiday others just passing through have played here and had a momorable time in the Roisin Dubh, and there are very few that Ted doesn't remember.
Ted has lots of stories to tell about musicians and non musicians alike for anyone who takes time out from this far too busy life for most. Stories of Peter Horan (who kept the Tuesday session alive for years), and of Finbar Dwyer, of the night they met for the first time in the Roisin Dubh.
Stories of a Princess during the time he lived and worked in London. Also some stories of queer goings on, in the bathroom of his flat there.
But the biggest change that he has seen are the number of people coming to both play and listen to the music.
It is a common problem all over the west and one after another pubs are closing. what a shame.
There seems to have been no shortage of Santa's little helpers.
Spirit's are rising.
Friends are Deer.
Old comer's .......... reliable and true.
and newcomer's ........ getting involved and adding to the dynamic
and Fellow travellers, hidden talents being uncovered.
Someone has to help satisfy those thirsty musicians,
There were Santa's, mrs Clause, Elves, Deer, Snow men, Kings, Queens,
Ted's words The Best in the West .
Sadly it is one of the few remaining open sessions in the west.
But the wonderful thing is that it carries on no matter how few poeple turn up. It only takes two to have a session, sometimes that is the case. There is a lot of laughs and story telling and a shor' bit of drink is taken too.
As some sessions are the first Wednesday, the second Sunday etc. it becomes confusing.
It's Every Tuesday in Ted's. Throughout the winter there is a blazing fire , which makes it easier to leave the home fire and be comforted by the welcome of Ted's fire.
Some arrive every Tuesday, others when they can. It always has the feel good factor. When the music ends the chat begins, about the tunes or the weather or to inquire of the others well being.
Some have been coming to Ted's for the last forty years for the music, the drink and the craic.
Batty and Tommy are loyal supporters of the Roisin Dubh.
There can be a lot of flowery music played after some wine is consumed. How about this one for the wall of fame.