Video: Mrs. McCloud Irish reel

“Miss MacLeod” was popular as long ago as 1779 in Ireland

as its playing is mentioned in an account by a foreign visitor named Berringer or Beranger of a “cake” dance (i.e. where the prize was a cake) he participated in while visiting in Connacht. O’Neill (1913) relates Beranger’s observations somewhat differently and gives that it was one of six tunes played by Galway pipers in 1779 for the entertainment of the traveler. Irish violinist R.M. Levey includes the reel (as “Miss M’Cloud”) in his first collection of Irish dance tunes (1858), but notes its Irish provenance is “doubtful.” In modern times in Ireland the tune was included in a famous set of the late Donegal fiddlers, brothers Mickey and John Doherty, who played it as the last tune after “Enniskillen Dragoon” and “Nora Chrionna” (Wise Nora), though sometimes they substituted “Piper of Keadue (The)” for “Miss McLeod’s.” The whole set was played in the rare AAae tuning, which required playing in position (Caoimhin MacAoidh). See also “Foxhunter’s Reel” and “Grey Plover” for a related tunes in O’Neill. (Wikipedia)

Also known as Dance For Your Daddy My Little Laddie, Did You Ever Meet The Devil, Uncle Joe?, The Dun Cow, Eighthsome, Hop High Ladies, Iníon Mhic Leóid, May Day, McCleod’s, McCloud’s, McLeod’s, Miss MacLeod, Miss McCleod, Miss McCleod’s, Miss McCloud, Miss McCloud’s, Miss McLeod, Miss McLeod’s, Mrs MacLeod Of Raasay, Mrs Mc Leod’s, Mrs Mcleod Of Raasay, Mrs McLeod’s, Mrs McLeods, Mrs. MacLeod’s, Mrs. Mc Cloud, Mrs. McCloud, Mrs. McCloud’s, Mrs. McClouds, Mrs. McLeod, Mrs. McLeod Of Rasay, Mrs. McLeod’s, Mrs. McLeods, Ms McCloud’s, Old Mammy Knickerbocker, Uncle Joe’s.

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Video: Lord of the Dance

In writing the lyrics to “Lord of the Dance” in 1963,

Sydney Carter was inspired partly by Jesus, but also partly by a statue of the Hindu God Shiva as Nataraja (Shiva’s dancing pose) which sat on his desk, and was partly intending simply to give tribute to Shaker music. He later stated, “I did not think the churches would like it at all. I thought many people would find it pretty far flown, probably heretical and anyway dubiously Christian. But in fact people did sing it and, unknown to me, it touched a chord … Anyway, it’s the sort of Christianity I believe in.”

(Wikipedia)

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Video: The King of the Fairies

Also known as Bonny Charlie, Dance Of Love, The Fairies Selection,

Gradh Mo Chroidhe Do Shean Wig, King O’ The Fairies, King Of Fairies, King Of The Faeries, The King Of The Faeries, King Of The Fairies March, The King Of The Fairies, King William, King William Of Orange, King William’s, Prince William Of Orange, Rí Na Sideog, Set Dance, Setdance, Your Old Wig Is The Love Of My Heart.

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Video: “The Crown and the Ring” @ The Balver Höhle Irish Folk Festival

Rapalje is performing “The Crown and the Ring”

at The Balver Höhle Irish Folk Festival with Irish hardshoe step dancing from Jarno!

The Balve Cave is the biggest cultural cave in Europe. It is located in Balve, Germany.

And every year the Festspiele Balver Höhle organization is presenting the Balver Höhle Irish folk & Celtic Music Festival.

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Rapalje ladies shirts now available online!

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This ladies spaghetti-top shirt looks great on Maceál. How about you? And now this top is available online!

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Special offer: Double Live CD and DVD in our webshop!

Our beautiful Double Live CD is also available as DVD in our shop.

You can get them both for only €30,- (instead of €40,-)!

The same offer also applies at our merchandise at the live shows.

Have you already seen our Rapalje pouch?

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Our Rapalje leather pouch for your belt is not only wonderfully made; it is also very practical! Continue reading “Have you already seen our Rapalje pouch?”

Listen to our music for free!

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In our Webshop you can listen to all of our CDs for free! On our CD ‘Into Folk’ are many well known songs like “Whiskey in the Jar”. Enjoy!

How are “Asterix & Obelix” connected to our ‘Alesia’ album?

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Did you know that “Alesia” is a place in France? And not any place! If you’d like to know more, please take a look in our Webshop!

CD Rakish Paddies: did you know?

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Do you know that Dieb illustrated the cover of our “Rakish Paddies” CD? You can find the CD in our Webshop!