During a recent trip to the US, I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting an old-time session in Lexington, KY. The session is held at a bike shop that is also a cafe, and it was such a delight. There was a wonderful balance between ability and openness, plenty of opportunities for anyone to call or lead a tune, and room in the shop to move around, talk, eat, and dance.
Mostly I played, which means I did not photograph my favorite part: young kids and grandparents who hit the dance floor together several times.
Astute observers might recognize Tom Turino playing banjo and then fiddle after loaning his banjo to me (I did not have room to bring mine from Hong Kong).
The joys of these musical experiences are deep.