A couple of discussions about ITM in other fora have mentioned that veterans cringe and leave for a pint of something when someone (a visitor, usually) starts up one of the old chestnuts, although the reason for it is sort of left up to the reader to figure out. It seems to be a mix of people just not interested in playing a tune they've played 1,000 times and musical snobbery. Whatever. It just seems to be a fact of session life.
So I was surprised and delighted at a house concert last night featuring Clare fiddler Pat O'Connor and box player (I think from Kerry) Eoghan O'Sullivan who not only played lots of familiar tunes but even mentioned that people in Ireland seem embarrassed to play some of them out loud and that they never understood why.
Among the tunes they played: Boys of Blue Hill, the Blackbird, O'Keefe's slide and Cooley's reel.
It was refreshing. I almost never hear anything like the old favorites in real sessions (barring Cooley's reel) -- and made me wonder: Am I the only one who likes playing/hearing these old things?