One of the wonderful things about dancing at home is that you get to choose the music. Don’t get me wrong. When I’m at a céilí or workshop, I’m happy to accept the music that has been chosen by others. Most of the time.
But when I’m at home, I go through phases of being absolutely in love with different tunes, different musicians and combinations of music and far beyond the usual recorded music specifically for set dances. Don’t you find that, too?
Some of the talented folk that really lift me are:
- Andrew MacNamara Dawn
- Arcady After The Ball and Many Happy Returns
- Border Collies Unleashed!
- Dennis Liddy & Elvie Miller Tradaree
- Feenish Rabharta
- Four Men and a Dog Barking Mad – should be called Four Mad Men and a Mad Dog!
- Jack Talty and Cormac Begley Na Fir Bolg
- Mary Macnamara Blackberry Blossom and Traditional Music of East Clare
- Máirtín O’Connor & Friends Crossroads
- Micheál O’Raghallaigh The Nervous Man and Inside Out
- Sharon Shannon Sharon Shannon
- Sliabh Notes Along Blackwater’s Banks
- 10 Years of Ceili House with Kieran Hanrahan (RTE) – Liz Doherty & Fiddlesticks medley: gives orchestral music a whole new meaning!
But a real treat is to have people play for you, in your own home! We are lucky enough to have talented and generous friends Mark (flute photo above), David (fiddle) and Ann (accordion) and Denis (banjo photo below) from Canada who occasionally are available to play for us
And look, it doesn’t matter whether you are a plumber, an electrician or a rocket scientist, come as you are, throw a few shapes and enjoy yourself!