Aah, it’s been a while since my last post but I thought it would be nice to engage and see if dancers across the globe are interested in making their favourite sets known, like we did in 2015 and 2016.
I am just doing this for the craic – there are no prizes or accolades for the winning sets- just like there’s no prizes for set dancing:- we do it for the fun of it.
HOW IT WORKS
Pick your top 10 – Tick up to 10 sets you love dancing the most – you can add up to 10 additional sets at the bottom if your favourites are not listed. PLEASE ADD THEM ALL INTO THE ONE BOX – OTHER- with a comma between each set name.
Your favorite NEW set? I suggest you add these into the COMMENTS box below if you especially want to highlight that, and I will include a listing in the final results.
Vote once – You can only vote once, so choose carefully.
Closes – This poll is open for 1 week until around midnight Sunday 7th January2018.
Final results – full results will be published on Monday 8th January 2018. You can also see how it’s going by returning to this post and clicking on VIEW RESULTS at the bottom of the sets list.
Privacy – no private information is collected in this survey- completely anonymous.
Can’t see the poll below? Switch from private browsing in your internet browser may help. (Sorry, can’t do much about that for those worried about privacy.)
It’s on again – the battle of the Irish céilí bands to get a place in the top 5 for 2016.We had a brilliant response last yearand looking forward to supporting our old favourites and the newer bands within the ever-expanding stable of wonderful Irish dance musicians.
We dancers are so lucky to have so many talented and energetic musicians to play for us and giving support and a vote to our favourite bands is like the least we can do, although you can vote whether you dance or not. You just have to love the music!
“Well, that was embarrassing!” Not a great start for a blog post but that is about the size of it. The results are in from the global poll and I received a grand total of 91 voters, the lowest response by far of the three polls I have conducted.
This is despite the fact that almost 3 times that many people read the blog post, two-thirds of you readers did not vote.
However, my thanks to those who did vote, and the High Cauled Cap was in front all the way. Continue reading →
What an amazing response we had to this poll – the amount of interest far exceeded my wildest reckoning.
10,030 votes from 40 countries far and wide, with 128 bands on the list which expanded over the poll week to include 171 bands, suggested by you.
I’m not sure if this is the first poll of Irish céilí bands, but the purpose of holding a popular vote was to try increase the level of interest in Irish dance music. I can see that it doesn’t need a huge amount of help but I hope it has added something extra. I’d love to see the day where every country in the world has at least one céilí band.
Great music is the partner to great dancing, and to celebrate the vibrant music we lucky dancers and music fans have available, I thought it was time have a poll to find out what you think.
Putting this list of 157 céilí bands* together has been a real eye-opener, with your suggestion to include bands from as far back at the 1950’s, some I’ve never heard of but have won All-Ireland places in the Fleadh Cheoil over the years or come from the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan and yes, even Australia!
Deciding on the line-up of dances forIrish set dancingcan be torture for a dance/ céilí organiser- or not.
Debate has raged for some years now, particularly in Ireland, whether or not to continually expand the range of sets danced or to stick to the ones people know, especially the ones I call the “C” sets – Caledonian, Clare Plain, Cashel, Connemara, Corofin, etc. Learning new sets is great and it can be very disappointing if you never get to dance them at céilís.