Sir Seed-- Blessed or damned in the Bay Area is a subjective question, why not make an informed decision after hearing some good local sessions? Tonight at the Starry Plough in Berkeley for instance! There's a regular named Bruce who knows the business end of a goatskin and I'll be there with my drum as well. It's a friendly session that welcomes newcomers, just check in with Shay Black if you know Irish tunes and want to play. Or come down for a pint and get a feel for the place, then bring the weapon of your choice next time. 3101 Shattuck Ave. (2 blocks South of Ashby in Berkeley) Roughly 8 pm - midnight Sundays.
Other bodhran venues include the Front Room, Plough and Stars, An Bodhran, Johnny Foley's, Durty Nelly's and the Abbey Tavern (all in SF). I highly recommend hearing Cormak Gannon (of Orla and the Gasmen) Saturday 6/26 at The Front Room. I'll give you directions tonight if I see ya.
Cheers The Bodhran Identity (PJ)