Thursday, 26 April 2012

Irish House Dance, 1987

"Two hornpipes played by Tony MacMahon - Accordian, Paul McGrattan - Flute, and Kevin Glackin - Fiddle. Clip from 1987.Quite different from step dancing is set dancing, which is the type of traditional social dancing done strictly for pleasure in rural communities in Ireland for a couple hundred years or more. 'Sets' came from quadrilles, the eighteenth and nineteenth century court dances of France which spread across Europe. Irish peasants learned the quadrilles from British landlords and soldiers and took them home to their cottages where they became the uniquely Irish sets when traditional music and steps were applied to them." Posted on Youtube on the 14th of March 2008 by clarebannerman.

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