Saturday, February 13, 2010
Riverdance 15th Anniversary
Reflecting on the 15th anniversary of Riverdance, The Show, I'm just remembering this funny and informative one-hour radio show I did with producer Bernadette Comerford on RTE Radio One talking to musicians Robbie Harris and Kenneth Edge; and dancers Michelle Buffini, Michael Pat Gallagher and Joanne Doyle on how Riverdance changed their lives in On the Road With Riverdance. Sounded like they had a lot of fun touring the globe from the USA, Europe, China, New Zealand, and Japan to Mexico, first class. A long way from damp and musty Irish dancing halls! Must look for a copy of the actual show again, can't find a podcast right now. And also, to give immense credit where it is due, Moya Doherty kindly sponsored the research for my book, Irish Moves - so Riverdance certainly had a very positive influence on my life too. So, in brief (there's so much to be said about Riverdance, but I'll save that for another occasion), Happy 15th Anniversary to Riverdance. It's nice to have had a personal connection to a monumental Irish cultural phenomenon of the twentieth century.