Around the end of each term, we typically have an end-of-term "hooley".
These "hoolies" are not open to the public - they are for people who have attended my classes during the term. They are an opportunity for us to
dance through the dances we have learned during the term.
It's not necessary to have been at class every week during the term, but people who attended every week will have been there when we
learned each of the dances, whereas people who missed weeks may find that they are doing a dance for the first time at the hooley.
In any case, I'll still describe each figure, before we dance it, at the hooley.
People from all three classes are welcome at all hoolies - it's an opportunity to cross the liffey and dance with class participants from "the other side of town" and, for those who attended regularly throughout the term, you need only "visit the box" at the first hooley you attend - you don't then need to do so again.
Upcoming Hoolies - December 2019:
Michael Tubridy (Flute), Bernie Hanley (accordion) and Maureen O'Reilly (Concertina): will play for both our Southside hoolies, on Tuesday evening, and again the following morning:
Michael Tubridy, originally from Kilrush, Co. Clare, is one of the greats of Traditional Irish Music.
He has won many awards including the prestigious TG4 Gradam Saoil / Lifetime Achievement Award.
Together with his late wife, Celine, they learned, and then passed on, the Step Dances of Labasheeda-man Dan Furey, saving them for future generations.
There's a plaque on the wall in the Labasheeda Community Centre thanking Michael and Celine for their work in preserving Dan's dances.
The orgaanising committee of the annual Dan Furey Weekend in Labasheeda described Michael as a
National Treasure, much to Michael's embarassment. His main instrument is the Flute, he also plays many other instruments, including concertina,
and dances both Set Dancingand Step Dancing.
Bernie Hanley, originally from Wicklow, plays accordion. She also has a powerful singing voice and always carries a pair of spoons in her accordion case.
We'll make time for Bernie to and play the spoons at some stage during the hoolies.
Maureen O'Reilly, originally from North Longford, plays concertina. She also does Dan Furey's dances, some of which she learned from Dan Furey and
James Keane at the Willie Clancy Summer School, and more of which she learned from Michael and Celine.
She also dances some of Celine's dances. Celine was originally from Gortahork in North
Donegal and she passed on some of the dances which she had learned in her youth.
We'll make time for Michael and Maureen to do some step dances.
I look forward with anticipation to both events:
Paudie and Aoife O'Connor , originally from Sliabh Luachra in Kerry, will play for us in Marino, Paudie on Accordion and Aoife on Fiddle.
This husband and wife duo are the Real Deal and we look forward to a great night.
Wednesday, 18th December May 2019 at 8pm
Dublin 9 (City North)
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Music by: Paudie O'Connor (Accordion) and Aoife Ní Chaoimh (Fiddle)
Proposed dances for all three hoolies: