Social Dancing at NTIF 5 – 2016

This is the 5th in the series of posts leading up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival.  Make sure you’re ready for ceili, two-hand and sets.

We’re up to 2008 now with a dance workshop on Sean Nos by Kieran Jordan.

2008 Sean Nos workshop by Kieran jordan

and the evening ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison

2008 ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison

Come on out to the Emerald stage for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

If you’d like to see tons of pictures and video from past festival workshop and ceili’s, head over here.

Social Dancing at NTIF 4 – 2016

This is the fourth of the posts leading up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival.  Got your shoes shined?

This time we’re up to 2007 with the ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison.

Back 2 Back Hornpipe. Be careful what you grab.

2007 Ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison

As is usual, great music by the Lone Star Ceili Band

2007 Ceili music by the Lone Star Ceili Band and friends

Pictured are Ken Fleming, Heather Gilmer, ?, Jeff Philips, Kevin Alewine and Rick Cunningham.

I’m not sure who is behind Ken but those don’t look like Peggy Fleming’s legs.

Come on out to the Emerald stage for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

Social Dancing at NTIF 3 – 2016

You’re getting ready for the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival, aren’t you?

This time we’re up to 2006 with a the ceili workshop by Catherine Bishop nee Sherer, fresh from performing with the Jackson Irish Dancers.

2006 Ceili workshop called by Catherine Bishop

Followed by the ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison with music by the Lone Star Ceili Band.

2006 ceili called by Susan & Michael Harrison

Come on out to the Emerald stage for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

Social Dancing at NTIF 2 – 2016

This is the second post of a series that I’m doing during the run-up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival.  In each post I’ll feature a photo or two of the social dancing from past festivals to get you warmed up for this year.

This time we’ve got the ceili from 2005 called by Erin Bliss nee Reed

2005 Ceili called by Erin Bliss

and music by the Lone Star Ceili band

2005 Lone Star Ceili Band & Friends

with (from left to right) Mimi Rogers, Peggy Fleming, Allison Hicks, Ken Fleming, Kevin Alewine and (I think) Rick Cunningham.

Come on out to the Emerald stage for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

Social Dancing at NTIF 2.1 – 2016

This is the second (+1) post of a series that I’m doing during the run-up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival.  In each post I’ll feature a photo or two of the social dancing from past festivals to get you warmed up for this year.

I ran across a few older pictures so we’re going back in time from 2005 to 2002. We’ll be heading to 2006 tomorrow.

We’ve got a later afternoon ceili workshop and evening ceili called by Erin Bliss nee Reed

2002 Ceili workshop called by Erin Bliss
2002 Ceili called by Erin Bliss

Come on out to the Emerald stage for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

If you’re on Facebook, add the workshop and ceili events to your calendar.

Social Dancing at NTIF 1 – 2016

This is the first post of a series that I’m doing during the run-up to the 2016 North Texas Irish Festival.  In each post I’ll feature a photo or two of the social dancing from past festivals to get you warmed up for this year.

Beginning with the ceili called by Jesse Meredith in 2004.

Everyone dance sevens to the right.
Siege of Ennis anyone?

Come on out to the Emerald stage, in the Tower building, for the dance workshop on Saturday at 1pm and again for the ceili at 7pm-ish.

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O’Flaherty Retreat Benefit Sept 19, 2015

The benefit for the 2015 O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat is coming up on September 19th at Trinity Hall from 6pm to midnight.  Come out to help support the retreat and enjoy some great music!

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Churchill’s session Mar 24, 2015

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Grand tunes. Grand dancing too (dancers are behind the camera)

Ahh, a September Ceili

It’s finally cooling off, the clouds saw fit to mizzle on us most of the day and the temperature was finally in the range where it was pleasant to go for a walk in the middle of the day.

Naturally we all piled into the pub Trinity Hall to jump around and get hot to good music played by the Trinity Hall Session Players

The dances done were:

Haymakers jig,
Siege of Ennis
Kilfenora Set
High Cauled Cap
Ballyvourney jig
Rakes of Mallow

Hopefully next month I’ll be able to spend more time dancing and calling than this time.  Thanks to everyone how came out to dance and to Trinity Hall and the session players for the venue and wonderful music!

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