Hello Nick, I did come accross this thread a few weeks ago and wasn't sure how to answer as I thought the issue had been taken well out of proportion. My Folk Festival phylosophy is "sing songs, drink beer and be friendly",- and I do know Jim Potter and Tyke quite well from The Grove Folk Club and so it wasn't the first time either of them have accompanied me in such a manner while singing a song. So when they joined in along with the accordian player (whom I do't know) although it mixed me up and drowned me out a bit, I didn't take it too seriously. Indeed over the next hour or so they invited me to join in with songs that they started.
I have been in sessions where someone had acted inapropriately or been ignorant and I would certainly tell someone off in such circumstances.
On the evening in question myself and my buddy Andrew had been singinging in the Endeavour since about 7pm and we had had a great time. Various folkies had drifted in, sang a song and then left again. Then later on the pub became very noisey with people comming in for a late drink as The Endeavour stayed open longer than some of the other pubs. So the people who had come in for a late bevvy were very loud and it was difficult to sing above the noise. So when Jim, Tyke and Accordianist came in it was kind of nice to see them - but I knew then in my heart, and I thought to my self - "it's a session Jim, but not as we know it". So I was a bit miffed that our singing was being drowned out by the noisey regular costomers.
So I had another pint or two, went back to the B&B, had a guid sleep, breakfast, then started all over again the following afternoon.
I enjoyed Whitby like every other year, and would have forgotten about that night in the Endeavour if I hadn't come accross this thread - I hope this clears things up a bit Nick.
Regards - jimmy