Re Black boy session.
This was set up by Warpy and me as a "tunes session" specifically because there wasnt one in Hull on a regular basis and we knew that there were instrumentalists that were looking to go to exactly that. So that was what it said on all the flyers and adverts that were handed out and that has been almost exactly what has happened.
It is true that our "bloke" gets to sing a couple of songs most weeks, usually when the players have collapsed with exhaustion and there is a slight pause in the procedings. He does however earn that "indulgence" with his non stop guitar accompaniment to the tunes right through the night and he inevitably gets an "orchestral" sized accompaniment which wouldnt suit alot of singers but I think he accepts that as par for the course.
I am sure I speak for Warpy also when I say that we want to keep the Black Boy session as being identified as a "tunes only" session, as that was where we saw the need in the local session scene. However it is such a good venue I see no reason (if the landlord aproves) for a mixed session to be held on one of the other Mondays in the month if there was a demand. I would certainly support both and enjoy the mixed sessions that I go to that already exist elsewhere.
However, without wanting to appear dictatorial, I want to make the "tunes session" status of the First Monday session quite clear so that no one turns up expecting somthing other than that and then thinks we are being rude in not necessarily invitng them to perform. I hope that makes the situation clear to everyone. I think we have quite a rich choice of sessions in the Humberside region with something for just about everybody in the variety of formats.
I think the First Monday session has its place in helping to sustain that variety and choice and it is atracting players from both banks of the Humber and from West and South Yorkshire quite regularly so I think it is fulfilling our expectations. Now all I have to do is find a way of not having to work on Monday nights so I can get to go to our session again! ;-)