Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I was in fine company yesterday on Myles Dungan's "History Show" on RTE Radio One, with Barbara O'Connor (author of The Irish Dancing), Diarmaid Ferriter (author of Sin, Sexuality and Society), Percy Lovegrove (Author of An Auld Cockle Picker, husband of the late Doreen Cuthbert), and Ann Fryer-Walsh (1940s Modern Dancer, who still teaches keep fit classes at the League of Health), for a St. Patrick's Day Irish Dancing Special! We covered everything from the origin of dance in Ireland, whether there was ever a word, or a need for a word for it, to the weirdness of competition Irish dancing, to the ballroom of romance, to the glimmer of hope that was Erina Brady's Modern Dance in Emergency Dublin, to Riverdance.
Phew. It was a Dance Talk Marathon! You can listen back by clicking here:
They also wrote a nice blog about it on the show's website.
In other news, WB Yeats: Words for Music Perhaps is being re-broadcast on RTE Lyric FM on Friday April 4th at 7pm and Friday April 11th at 7pm in the RTE Lyric Feature slot. More of which anon. Have a wonderful day. Hope you find a nice ceili and kick up your heels! For something totally different, I'm off to "Yoga Stops Traffick" a Mysore style yoga class run by musician yogis John and Suzanne Brennan to raise money to help prevent child trafficking in India.