“Well, that was embarrassing!” Not a great start for a blog post but that is about the size of it. The results are in from the global poll and I received a grand total of 91 voters, the lowest response by far of the three polls I have conducted.
This is despite the fact that almost 3 times that many people read the blog post, two-thirds of you readers did not vote.
However, my thanks to those who did vote, and the High Cauled Cap was in front all the way.
|RANK|| Céilí Dance Name
|1||High Cauled Cap||34||13%|
|2||Trip To The Cottage||18||7%|
|3||Walls of Limerick||16||6%|
|4||Siege of Ennis||16||6%|
|7||Sweets Of May||13||5%|
|9||Gates of Derry||11||4%|
|11||Four Hand Reel||10||4%|
|13||St. Patrick’s Day||9||3%|
|14||Rakes of Mallow||7||3%|
|18||Waves of Tory||5||2%|
|19||Hurry The Jug||5||2%|
|22||Humours of Bandon||4||2%|
|25||Polka Set (Berkeley Set)||2||1%|
|26||Saint Brigid’s Cross||2||1%|
|27||Siege of Carrick||2||1%|
|29||Dashing White Sergeant||2||1%|
|30||Harvest Time Jig||1||0%|
|32||Sweet Carol’s Fancy||1||0%|
|35||An Rince Mór||1||0%|
|36||Galway Reel (3-Hand Reel)||1||0%|
|37||Bridge of Athlone||1||0%|
|38||Dennis Murphy’s Reel||1||0%|
|39||Galway Reel (6 in Line)||1||0%|
ABOUT THE HIGH CAULED CAP
- The High Cauled Cap can be danced both in ballet style (up on toes: hands high) or low to the floor (flat feet: hands low)- I have written about this before
- It is also the name of a music tune played for this dance,
- The dance is 576 bars long – phew!
- A high caul cap was a style of close-fitting head covering worn by women to shield their hair, most popular during the Renaissance period. It could be made of cloth or leather, sometimes featured a turnback around the face (as we might nowadays think of for baby bonnets), and occasionally sported a short tail or peak at the crown. Men’s versions were worn to protect the head when wearing a metal cap or helm. In modern usage a caul refers to the part of the hat that is not the brim. READ MORE
ABOUT THIS POLL – At the end of this, I am left wondering why this poll attracted so little interest, despite being posted far and wide online and particularly on many Irish step dancing forums/fora. I estimate the global population of current Irish step dancers would have to be many multiples of 10,000 although I am unable to locate any population data. Some questions include:
- Do dancers actually care for these céilí dances?
- Where are the dancers? Online or offline?
I would be very pleased to hear from you about what you think!
Thanks again and happy dancing!
N.B. I will be running the annual Top 5 Irish Set Dances poll again early in 2016 – watch out for that.