News Update from Traditional Arts Collective - Bringing the Céilí back to the people!

If you are travelling through Dublin over the summer and want to experience an Irish Céilí then it its worth checking out TAC.  Here is a newsletter from Jonny Tennant who organises them. " From all at TAC we hope you're having a great summer! TAC are really looking forward to our Céilís upstairs in The Grand Social on Aug 1st and our first appearance at The Workman's Club on August 21st. If you would like accreditation to any of the Céilís let me know. Thanks for supporting us on our mission to bring the Céilí back to the people!  We have also been invited The Jack of Diamonds Rhythm and Roots Festival in The Grand Social on Fri Aug 16th in The Grand Social. It's in Aid of Focus Ireland.

So what separates TAC from other Céilí bands? They've supplemented the traditional Céilí line-up with full drum kit and bass guitar. This, combined with four other instrumentalists, singer, MC and a sean-nos dancers to boot makes for a rocking sound! The modern slant also brings the whole thing into the 21st century. At TAC Ceilis the MC teaches lively set dances through a Madonna style microphone and the whole room ends up dancing. The idea behind the collective is that reels and jigs are dance tunes and should therefore be danced to. What's the mission? to bring the Céilí back to the people! 

TAC have been making waves in traditional music circles performing storming sets at festivals such as The Spirit of Folk Festival, Phizzfest and The Glendalough Music and Arts Festival. They featured in the Céilí scene of The Hallmark film 'Chasing Leprechauns' with Amy Huberman and have also performed regular gigs at the IMRO award winning venue The Grand Social along with wedding and corporate bookings. Members have played with the likes of Stockton's Wing, Afro-Celt Soundsystem, Slide, Ciorras, Dun an Doras and many others.  Céilí dancing is sociable, its good for you and of course-it's great craic so come along, let your hair down and dance the night away!

Kind Regards
Jonny Tennant bouzouki player with TAC www.traditionalartscollective.com

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