Thank you for the warm welcome and your feedback on getting out there and jamming.
I am waiting on a few things before I get out there amongst the crowd (long story), but I hear what you are saying about variety of instruments in the mix as opposed to just accordions. Probably my best experience thus far was with a guitar player I don't really know, however that jam fell apart about 12 months ago for various reasons - but the mutual respect and admiration was there so it worked. I think overall I like smaller groups of players - in all my experiences be it myself on guitar or accordion, I have found myself most comfortable with a bass and percussionist, who are more or less simple in their approach, but solid. I am not close minded though and am willing to give anything a go at least once, you never know what might turn out - there have been decent experiences with the likes of banjos and mandolins as well...I wouldn't rule out anything brass either, but I probably won't start there
. But definitely folk and acoustic!
A lot of it boils down to ensuring I am spending my time as wisely as possible, and respecting the time of others. Mistakes are meant to be made, so I don't fear making them as they might just make something better. Easy going, no rush, must have fun are prerequisites for sure!