Dance is a fixture of Irish life—and has been for centuries. The art form was so highly valued that in the past, even poor families bought dance lessons for their children. In the KILFENORA tour stop on our award-winning Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way: County Clare 2.0 audio tour app for motorists, Dr Catherine Foley, ethnochoreologist at the University of Limerick, tells of the flamboyant dance masters who once roved from town to town teaching the children; she also illustrates the intimate relationship between music and dance.
The tour stop also features Jack Talty, concertina player extraordinaire, who demo’s the differences between the various types of Irish traditional dance structures. His helpful hints for learning to play dance tunes—including repeating the phrase “rashers and sausages” over and over—make today’s video+audio tour excerpt from the Clare 2.0 app a fun one!