Beautiful People (2010)

Musicians that specialize in Irish Traditional music show up every Tuesday night at a pub called Dempsey's, located on 2nd Ave in Manhattan's East Village area. For the last 12 years, a ... See full summary »

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Elzbieta Szoka
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Musicians that specialize in Irish Traditional music show up every Tuesday night at a pub called Dempsey's, located on 2nd Ave in Manhattan's East Village area. For the last 12 years, a group ranging from 30-50 musicians show up, fiddles, accordions, bodhrans, flutes and concertinas, to participate in the longest running session in NYC. The group welcomes all guests and visitors to sit in on their jam session, which usually runs for at least four hours. The film 'Beautiful People,' directed by Elzbieta Szoka and produced by Sam Adelman and Paradox Smoke Productions, captures the spirit of the group by specifically focusing on portraits of ten of its members, highlighting their diversity, and what draws them all together for this common interest. Written by Anonymous

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English

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Great documentary of an Irish Trad session at Dempsey's in New York
5 August 2016 | by mamanerdSee all my reviews

so many Trad (traditional Irish music) have just a few participants. Dempsey's had a Tuesday night regular session going for more than 12 years and could have dozen or more participants each session, with alternating "starters" and it welcomed the first timer as heartily as the old-timers.

This was a joy to watch.

I had been to Doolan in Ireland and various pubs in Dublin and around, and this was reminiscent of those wondrous evenings of familiar tunes with way more musicians than we saw there at a single session.

I loved hearing the stories of various participants, seeing their 'in real life" jobs and then hearing the reasons they kept coming back and back to Dempsey's.

I'm not a film reviewer, just a person who thoroughly enjoyed this informative and joyous documentary.

I was sad to hear it closed down in April 2016. I am sure the songs ring on in the building in the wee hours of the night.


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