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Gerry Murray

Tuning the dance: Playing Irish music for dancers 

Workshop 1: Saturday 16 May 15.00 - 17.30 (20 euros)

Workshop 2: Sunday 17 May 10.30 - 12.30 (5 euros), but only musicians present at workshop 1 may attend workshop 2.)

All instruments from the traditional Irish music repertoire welcome.

Maximum 20 participants - Registration closes on Thursday May 7 at midnight

Many of the top Irish traditional musicians grew up playing for dancers and most of them attribute their “swing” or sense of rhythm to this aspect of their apprenticeship. So what does it take to play for Irish dancing?

In this workshop you’ll get to experience a range of Irish dances and tunes. You’ll work on:
* types of tunes that work well for dancing
* swing and rhythm
* speeds for dancers
* structuring tunes and counting the bars for the sets

And, at the end of the Sunday workshop you’ll get to perform live on stage for a full set during the Leuven ceili weekend! Please note that this workshop is not aimed at beginners. It is aimed at musicians who are already comfortable playing Irish traditional music in sessions in pubs, but feel unsure about playing for dancers. 

Gerry Murray grew up in Scotstown, Co Monaghan. As a teenager he often played for dancers in the local community as they prepared for competitions. Later, he won several national titles and was one of the first 50 people in Ireland to be awarded the Teastas i dTeagasc Ceolta Tíre (Irish Music Teaching Diploma).  A founder member of the internationally acclaimed Irish/Scottish band Shantalla, he still gives masterclasses on how to arrange and perform Irish music in ensembles. He is also the accordian player with The Flight of the Earls Céili Band, who will be playing for the ceilis at the Sets in Leuven dance weekend. 

When you register for the workshops, you will be sent some tunes to learn before arriving in Leuven. 

Padraig and Roisin McEneany

Dancing the tunes: set dancing workshops

Sets workshop 1: Saturday 16 May: 10.30 - 12.30 (8 euros)

Sets workshop 2: Saturday 16 May: 14.30 - 16.30 (8 euros)

Sets workshop 3: Sunday 17 May: 10.30 - 12.30 (8 euros)



Padraig and Roisin McEneany are extremely well known as excellent dancers and fantastic teachers on the set dancing circuit both at home and abroad. They run regular set dancing classes in the Cobblestone in Dublin and travel all around Europe and further afield sharing their knoweldge of the sets. We are absolutely thrilled to have them over with us in Leuven this year and look forward their warm company and fanstatic workshops.