The following videos show set dancing workshops and ceilis. Be careful of long loading times if you're dialling into the Internet over a phone line - broadband is recommended. The length of each video in minutes and seconds is shown following each link, along with its size in megabytes.
Bits of the Four-Hand Reel Newsreel footage of a crossroads dance, circa 1930. From University of South Caroline Newsfilm Library. Borlin Polka Set, third figure 2:50 From an afternoon ceili at the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co Clare, during the set dancing week in July 2006. From You Tube. Plain Set, figures 1 2:05, 2 2:15, 3 3:12, 4 4:33, 5 and 6 6:36; Clare Lancers Set, figures 1 3:10, 2 3:06, 3 2:22, 4 3:21 and 5 3:00; Cashel Set, figures 1 2:50, 2 and 3 5:08, 4 3:14, 5 3:39 and 6 1:46 Three complete sets from outdoor ceilis at Éigse Mrs Crotty, Kilrush, Co Clare, in August 2004. From You Tube. Plain Set, third figure 1:24 From a ceili in Glór, Ennis, Co Clare, in April 2003, filmed by Michael Harrison. Irish night at Hamilton International Folk Dance Club, part 1 0:56 and part 2 0:27 Two scenes from the Clare Mazurka Set taught by Maureen Mulvey-O'Leary in Hamilton, Ontario. From Google Video. Dancing at a house party, part 1 0:35 and part 2 0:39 Two clips of the Ballyvourney Jig Set danced in Middletown, Maryland. Unfortunately both videos are silent. From Google Video. A night out in Ireland 1:05 Holiday video showing two short scenes from a ceili. From You Tube. Claddagh Set, first figure 3:29, 10.7 mb, second figure 3:25, 10.2 mb and third figure 2:52, 11 mb From Mick Mulkerrin's workshop at Proïtzer Mühle, Germany, 29 September-3 October 2005. Filmed by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Fintown Set, first figure 3:01, 9.4 mb and second figure 3:23, 10.6 mb As danced by Mick Mulkerrin and team at Proïtzer Mühle, Germany, 29 September-3 October 2005. Video by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Williamstown Set, first figure 2:23, 6.7 mb, second figure 2:16, 6.9 mb, third figure 2:23, 6.6 mb and fourth figure 2:17, 7.0 mb Danced at Mick Mulkerrin's workshop at Proïtzer Mühle, Germany, 29 September-3 October 2005. By Werner, Celtic Bompa. 2005 Set Dancing Week, Chapter 1 4:09 and Chapter 3 3:54, 7.3 mb Scenes from week of dancing at the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co Clare, July 2005, by Mary Lynch, as seen on her Set Dance Week web site. Plain Set, third 0:37, 1.8 mb and fourth 0:43, 1.1 mb, Clare Lancers Set, fifth figure 0:39, 1.0 mb Exhibitions by the Branwen Set, based in Chartres, France as seen on their web site. Video Directory The US Library of Congress collection of over eighty videos of historical dances including a nineteenth century ballroom quadrille. Part of An American Ballroom Companion, an on-line collection of historical dance manuals. Corofin Plain Set, third figure 3:01, 10.2 mb A live music ceili in Tokyo, Japan, in May 2004. From the CCÉ Japan web site. Fairy Reel 0:26, 2.3 mb, solo jig and waltz, 0:31, 2.7 mb A ceili in Denton, Texas, with music by the Lone Star Ceili Band, from the local Irish Dance Club. Corofin Plain Set, fifth figure 2:36, 5.1 mb, large version, 55 mb From a ceili with music by Mind the Dresser and calling by Tony Ryan in Basel, Switzerland, November 2004, by Karl, Irish Set Dance Group Basel. Aran Set, first figure 2:59, 7.7 mb, second figure 5:46, 14 mb and third figure 1:46, 4.1 mb A demonstration set led by Mick Mulkerrin dances the Aran Set at the Irisher Herbst weekend at Proïtzer Mühle, Germany, 30 September-3 October 2004. Videos by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Borlin Jenny Set, fourth figure 1:40, 4.0 mb, fifth figure 2:11, 5.2 mb and sixth figure 2:10, 5.2 mb Danced by the class at Mick Mulkerrin's workshop at Proïtzer Mühle, Germany, 30 September-3 October 2004. Videos by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Kilfenora Set, first figure 1:57, 4.7 mb, second figure 2:04, 5.0 mb and third figure 3:21, 8.4 mb As danced at Proïtzer Mühle, Germany, 30 September-3 October 2004, in Mick Mulkerrin's workshop. Videos by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Traditional step dancing steps - Heels up front 0:41, 1.5 mb, the Buckle 0:10, 1.7 mb and a Shave and a Haircut danced slowly 0:05, 9.3 mb and normally 0:23, 4.0 mb Patrick O'Dea demonstrates steps from a traditional step dance at the Irisher Herbst weekend at Proïtzer Mühle, Germany, 30 September-3 October 2004. Videos by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Ceili in Belgium - dancers 0:10, 1.3 mb, band 0:34, 4.0 mb and step dancers 1:21, 9.5 mb The Davey Ceili Band visiting the Irish Institute in Leuven in February 2004. By Werner, Celtic Bompa. Fermanagh Set, third figure 2:14, 5.7 mb A demonstration by Didier Matherat and Christine Droillard in Wattrelos, France, January 2004. By Werner from his website Celtic Bompa. Kilfenora Set, sixth figure 1:12, 3.0 mb Danced by Didier Matherat and Christine Droillard in Wattrelos, France, January 2004, and filmed by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Labasheeda Set, fifth figure 2:49, 7.2 mb and last figure 3:23, 8.7 mb Demonstrated by Didier Matherat and Christine Droillard in Wattrelos, France, January 2004. Video by Werner, Celtic Bompa. Connemara Set, second figure 0:12, 1.0 mb and third figure 0:15, 1.3 mb Willie Clancy Summer School ceili with Tulla Ceili Band, 6 July 2000, at the Mill Theatre, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, photographed by Tracy Paquette. Paris Set, third figure 0:10, 0.9 mb Also from the Willie Clancy Summer School, 6 July 2000, by Tracy Paquette.
A few sound bites from ceilis and workshops.
Sound samples Recordings of dancing in and around Seattle, Washington, by Mari Hoiland. Corofin Plain Set, third figure, 3:08, 0.4 mb Music by the Carousel Ceili Band from a ceili in Durrow Hall, Durrow, Co Offaly, in 2001.
The following radio programmes are available for listening over the Internet. Where possible, the link at the left will play the most recent broadcast of the programme. Where live is shown beside the link, you can only hear the programme when broadcast as this is a live stream from the station. Irish time is used for all programmes, even those in different time zones.
Comhaltas live, Monday, 7.30-8.30pm Comhaltas music programme with Donnchadh Ó Cinnéide on Tipperary Mid West Community Radio. The Wind that Blows live, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9-10pm Trad music show hosted by Martin Donohoe on Shannonside Northern Sound. The Heathery Breeze live, Saturday, 8-10pm Paddy Ryan's long-running show on Shannonside Northern Sound. Grace Notes, Saturday and Sunday, 6-7pm Programme presented by Ellen Cranitch on RTÉ Lyric FM. Trad Scene live, Saturday, 7-9pm Traditional music programme with Jacqueline O'Connor on West Limerick 102. Trad le do Thoil live, Monday and Friday, 7.30-8pm Irish language trad programme with Jacqueline O'Connor on West Limerick 102. Céilí House, Saturday, 9.02-10pm Listen to last Saturday's broadcast of this long running and popular programme, which regularly features set dancers and ceili band musicians. The Céilí House Archive lists several months of programmes. Hear the live broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. Céilí House, Saturday, 9.02-10pm Listen to last Saturday's broadcast of this long running and popular programme, which regularly features set dancers and ceili band musicians. The Céilí House Archive lists several months of programmes. Hear the live broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. The Late Session, Sunday, 10.02-11pm Traditional musicians are usually heard playing live or in concert in the latest broadcast of this programme. Hear more on The Late Session programme listings and The Late Session on Wednesdays. Listen live on RTÉ Radio 1. Éist-Ceol Recent music programmes from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta can be heard on this page. Reels to Ragas, Tuesday and Thursday live, 7-8pm Roots music including Irish from Gerry Godley on RTÉ Lyric FM. Coisle an Cheoil live, Music in the Glen, Reel Sound, Keep in Touch and Wheels of the World, Monday-Friday, 7-9pm Traditional music programmes every weeknight from Clare FM, Ennis, Co Clare. Traditional Music live, Thursday, 7-7.30pm From Southeast Radio, Wexford. Kingdom Céilí live, Friday, 8-10pm Traditional programme from Radio Kerry, Tralee. Lift the Latch, Wednesday, 7-8pm The latest programme in the series from Connemara Community Radio, Letterfrack, Co Galway. Fleadh Cheoil live, Sunday, 8.30-10pm, and Ceol agus Failte, Saturday, 10-11pm Programmes from Midwest Radio, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Mildred Beirne's ceili diary occurs mid-way through the Sunday show. Song from Ireland live, Monday, 8-10pm, repeated Thursday 1-3pm A programme of Irish music from Radio Rijnwoude in the Netherlands.
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