> Jonathan wrote: > > Riverdance worked because people SAW it. If we > >could produce the SCD equivalent of Riverdance none of us would know what to > >do with all the new recruits we had. > > What a prospect ! > Ireland has definitely got the prestige in France. I have had more > enquiries about where to learn Irish dancing than about joining in SCD. > I'm sure it's Riverdance that's responsible. > But do we want SCD jazzed up in that way? > Martin,
Dear me no! The thing about Riverdance is that it is the Irish
equivalent of Highland dance. Their ballroom dancing is more like
our Ceilidh style and, at least when I did it many++ years ago,
needed someone like the RSCDS to organize things so the one dance was
done the same way wherever it was danced.
I don't know if the ballroom dances are done that much out of
Ireland these days?
On the subject of new music that has a different sound.
Has anyone else got a copy of The Host of the Air? It was done by
James Gray, Susie Petrov, Laura Risk and others and has a most
unusual sound. It is for the for the dances by James' Dad, Alex',
dances. It includes guest musicians playing such instruments as
highland pipes, small pipes, flute, whistle and mandolin. A most
unusual sound - often Folkey. It worked for a small but experienced
group in a small hall but it was sometimes not 'big' enough for the
It's great to listen to and for is great dance music, as can be
expected with these musicians, and has great possibilities but
I think it would take more time than the musicians have together to
really develop it.
If you can lay your hands on a copy, give it a try. You might get
hooked and ask for more !!
Cheers, Ron :)
< 0 Ron Mackey,(Purveyor of Pat's Party Pieces)
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