A Great Day For The Irish

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I hope you enjoyed the Tulla Ceili Band video yesterday (if you haven’t watched it yet, it’s one post down). It was one of two clips I considered for the post, and I finally decided it would be a shame not to run them both. So here is the Gallowglass Ceili Band, from County Kildare. They call the tune Bluebell Polka, and that’s the title the great Jimmy Shand used when he had a hit with it in the 1950s, but it was known well before that as Siamsa Beirte.

The Gallowglass Ceili Band started playing in 1949, and this performance was taped at a reunion concert in the 1990s. Everyone is taking it pretty seriously here, the discipline as strict as the tempo, but the music is great and the young dancers do a wonderful job. Please enjoy!

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