O’Flaherty 2017 – Dancing videos up

I didn’t do as much steady posting as I wanted to during the O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat but I’ve edited down the timelapse and videos I took and you can view them here!

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O’Flaherty 2017 – got floor?

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Music (& dance) Retreat

We’re ready. You? 8:30 in the Coffield!

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O’Flaherty 2017 – 1/2 day to go…

It’s almost time for the O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat to begin!

You packed and ready?

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O’Flaherty 2017 – 1 day to go…

One day to go before the O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat begins.  The music and dance are about to start!

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O’Flaherty 2017 – 1 1/2 days to go…

Until the O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat begins!

I thought you could use some video.  Ready for some dancing?

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O’Flaherty 2017 – 2 days to go…

Two more days until the O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat begins.  You’ll be at the big ceili on Saturday night, right?  The dance classes and ceilis are in a new location this year, the Coffield Center.

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O’Flaherty 2017 – 3 days to go…

Only three days left until the O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat begins.  Got your dancing shoes ready?

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O’Flaherty 2017 – 4 days to go…

Four days left until the O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat begins.  You are coming out on Thursday night for the picnic and welcome ceili, right?

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O’Flaherty 2017 – 5 days to go…

The 14th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music (& dance) Retreat is only 5 days away and today (Saturday the 14th) is your last day to register!

We need to fill the dance floor to overflowing (there’s a much larger floor this year!) so dance over to the O’Flaherty web site and get yourself registered!  Take all your friends too!

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O’Flaherty Retreat 2016

The following was originally written for inclusion in Set Dancing News but the print version of the magazine was shut down before the article was printed.  What follows is the original submission.  Another version will soon appear on sets.ie.
Michael & Susan Harrison
The 13th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat is a wrap and it was a great combination of music and dance. In addition to courses in fiddle, mandolin, harp and whistle, just to name a few, there was also a full course in Sean Nos dance for the second year in a row, taught this year by Kieran Jordan, along with set dance workshops by Susan and Michael Harrison.
The retreat opened with the Thursday night meet and greet of Texas barbecue outdoors, with dessert of smores, followed by the welcome ceili called by Susan and Michael with music by David and Daniel Mehalko and Kendall Rogers.
On Friday the full dance program began with Kieran’s Sean Nos classes which were a fun combination of steps and technique for both reels and jigs with an ever-increasing complexity over the course of the weekend. Kieran also had an informative session on Irish Dance Terminology that was well attended by both musicians and dancers. On Friday evening she had something different for us in the form of a “step swap” rather than a formal dance. Dancers of all levels were encouraged to share their favorite steps with each other and we spent a couple of hours dancing at each other and even had a brief dance-off with two groups seeing who could out-match each other with Kieran providing the steps.
There were mini concerts each day during breakfast and lunch, featuring area musicians and larger concerts each night featuring Alison Perkins, Nolan Ladewski, Grainne Hambly, Eamon O’Leary, Colin Farrell, Jimmy Keane, Mick Moloney, Kieran Jordan, Daniel Mehalko, Christian Stevens, Cillian Vallely, Kevin Crawford, Niall Vallely, Tommy O’Sullivan, Cathal Hayden, Hanz Araki, Andy Kruspe, Shay Black, Garry O’Meara, Danny Diamond and David Munnelly.
Saturday and Sunday continued with more Sean Nos and set dancing and the big ceili on Saturday night and farewell ceili Sunday afternoon.
The retreat provides ample room to relax in between classes and you’ll find people practicing their music and dance everywhere possible throughout the grounds. You’ll catch sight of several species of birds, some snakes (don’t worry, they’re shy) and depending on the weather you’ll be able to watch glider flights over the lake after lunch.
Here’s looking forward to the 2017 retreat!