June 2013 Concerts and Events:
Monday, June 17
Workshop prices - $20.00 for one, $30.00 for both
Space Still Available in both Classes
At the Commodore Barry Club, "The Irish Center" 6815 Emlen St. Phila PA 19119
Sean-nós means “old-style” in the Irish language. As a solo, improvised form of dance, the sean-nós style is as varied and unique as every dancer who dances it. Sean-nós dance performance is often informal, playful, and expressive, allowing the dancer to engage in a here-and-now dialogue with the music. Distinct from more modern forms of Irish step dancing, sean-nós steps feature short rhythmic patterns, subtle movements with footwork kept close-to-the-floor, and a loose, relaxed upper body. Sean-nós dance nearly died out in the 20th century but is now experiencing a major revival in Ireland and worldwide.
Kieran has studied sean-nós dance traditions from Connemara and West Clare, and has become a major figure in teaching and performing it in the US. In 2005, she won Second Place in the Comórtas Chóilín Sheáin Dharach, the sean-nós jig competition in Ros Muc, County Galway. She has produced two DVDs on sean-nós dance—the documentary Secrets of the Sole and the instructional video Musical Feet!
The workshops are open to students ages 9 and up. Please wear shoes with a smooth hard sole.
to learn more about Kieran, go to: http://www.kieranjordan.com/index.php
July 2013 Concerts and Events:
Martin de Cogain in Concert
SAVE the DATE!
July 19th, 8:00 pm, at the Irish Center, 6815 Emlen St. Philadelphia PA 19119
Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S…. and between and beyond, too! An infectious personality, Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people, from a concert hall to an intimate porch.
Descended from a long line of storytellers and with two CCÉ All-Ireland's for Storytelling under his belt, Máirtín gets no more joy out of life than the telling of stories. If you are lucky enough to catch him spinning a few yarns, you are in for a treat.
Put on your dancing shoes for the PCG's monthly "4th Friday Ceili", starts at 8:00pm, at the Irish Center.
Meet friends old and new while enjoying set and ceili dancing to live music.
Hosted by John Shields and Cass Tinney.
Admission $12 for Dances with recorded music, $15 for live music
Come on out, it's great fun for all levels of dancers!
Singers Session, Every 1st Wednesday of the month. Session run by Terry Kane Join local Irish Singers both of English and Irish songs. All levels of singers welcome. For more information check out the website: www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org Or call 215-704-5982 Bring a snack or dessert to share “It will be great craic!”
All are welcome.
7:30 - 9:30 PM
6815 Emlen St.
TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION
Every 1st Friday of the Month [please note we have moved the session from the 3rd Friday to the 1st Friday] from 8:00 -9:00 there is a slow session. This is a traditional Irish session in all ways except one: the tempo. You will play common session tunes at a slower than normal pace, so that beginning and intermediate players can more easily learn the tunes and join in the session. Also great for experienced players who are picking up another instrument! A regular session sponsored by the Irish Center will run after that from 9:00 - On.