Last Night: Seisiún at the Plough and the Stars
Sunday, August 2, 2009
The Plough and the Stars
Better than: Drunk frat guys making all the noise at Irish bars.
With so much live entertainment happening in San Francisco every night of the week, it's easy to forget about the musical events that go on with zero fanfare. For every band in town or act touring through, there are handfuls of performances by musicians who don't need their names on the marquee. Often times, they don't even need a stage, or much feedback from the crowd. All they require is a public venue to play host and other players to join in the fun. Such was the case last night, during the Sunday night Seisiún at The Plough and the Stars.
Seisiún isn't the name of a band, but rather a concept that comes out of Irish pubs of performing traditional Irish music very informally--as the explanatory Web site puts it, musicians sit around a table "as if they were having a friendly game of cards" and anyone with a knowledge of the music on hand can join in and play. These Seisiúns are on the calendar every Sunday night at the Clement St. bar, and even on a foggy, wintry San Francisco summer night, they drew an eclectic crew of musicians and bar patrons.