Published on Sunday, 21 July 2013 11:21
Team #EJC2014 is pleased to announce that we will be running a very special event at this years EJC in Toulouse. The EJC2013 team have graciously supported us in bringing a little bit of Ireland to you this year so you can experience some Irish culture in advance of next years event!
On Saturday, the 3rd of August 2013 there will be a large Céilí, followed by a Seisiún Ceol Tradisiúnta (Traditional Irish music session) at the Toulouse Convention. We will have three Irish traditional musicians performing on the night and we will teach you how to dance at a Céilí! The Céilí starts at 8 o'clock and runs for just over two hours. That will be followed by a session of traditional Irish music and then a DJ will take over so we can dance into the early hours!
A céilí (Pronounced [ˈceːlʲiː] or kay-lee) is an Irish social event with traditional Irish music and dancing. Céilís were traditionally run at house parties and local halls and are still popular to this day. We even have professional level competitions for Céilí musicians and Céilí dancers.
At a céilí the dances take a follow-the-leader type approach so they can be learned quite quickly. We'll teach you some of the basic steps - 3/5/7 step jigs, reels, waltzes and hornpipes at the beginning of the event and before long that dancing will begin to move faster and faster! Many of the dances have specific names such as the Siege of Ennis, The haymaker, The Walls of Limerick, The Galway Reel or The Fairy Reel.
At a Céilí, the music that is played is "Ceol Tradisiúnta" and when the performers get together and get into the music, a Seisiún has begun. Some of the songs you might hear at the Céilí include: