We played the farmer's market (winter indoor version) today to generally positive reviews, despite missing a few of our regular members. Our reduced line-up was 2 fiddles, a mandola, a guitar, and me on the Lidl upright. Pure wood, no amps. Our drummer (generally playing a bodhrán, lately) also had something else to do so I was being the whole rhythm section, probably going at it a bit harder. I felt some wear on my tolerably well-callused middle finger plucking, so I was doing more with the index, and by the time we took an osmotic regulation break an hour and 15 in I had a pretty good blister on it. Working around that added some extra mental gymnastics to my mediocre playing for the rest of the time. I managed not to break it, and am now trying to wait for the darn thing to shrink and start a plucking callus for that finger, though at the moment its quite annoying, despite having iced it for a while when we got home. I'm considering sacrilege like using a pick on the upright, as well as more socially acceptable things like trying the bow (I've had it only since August, and it's been "in on the deep end" with it so I've been totally pitzing/plucking so far.) Presumably this will be less of an issue if that callus gets built, though the middle finger one is definitely also sore, and I should probably figure out what to do with that hairy stick thing anyway. Mediocrity was all around the group at various points, probably as a result of several influences, but evidently (per comments) we still managed to be better than some of the others they've had. It's been a while since we actually played a gig, that one was without our usual guitar guy (who was here for this one, so it's been a long, long time for him) and we normally only get an hour and a half or so of actual playing in when we either host a session or have a "closed" rehearsal which typically means we are preparing for a gig. We are not a particularly serious band being more of a weekly session (Irish/Celtic sense) with a core group that occasionally manages to play out - I think our next one is an hour at a nursing home in March. I bought a scone for lunch but I'm terrible at photo-documenting things, and I also bought some apples and was presented with a hefty musical discount (unasked) as I handed the nice lady a 5 and requested as many Braeburns as that would buy, and the scale showed something north of $7. Darn good apples, too.