Third Friday January Irish Ceili Dance


We have survived the Mayan apocalyse, untold days of Rain and Darkness, and even Christmas. So now it is time to really celebrate. Join us for the Third Friday céilí.

When: Friday, January 18, 2013. Music and dancing at 8:00. A lesson at 7:15.


The Players: Dale Russ and Mike Saunders out of Seattle

 

The Crafter's Céilí

The Third Friday in December is our annual Crafter's Ceili. Many talented and crafty dancers will be coming to show off the things they make during the year. And a small portion of the sales will go to support the Portland Ceili Society.

Friday December 21st, 2012
Lesson at 7:00 PM, Dance at 8:00-11PM
PPAA, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland OR 97214

Cost: $8 students/seniors, $10 general admission

Mike Beglan, accordion and Nancy Conescu, guitar and vocals, play for dancers and lovers of traditional Irish music. All dances taught and called.  No partner or experience required.  Come at 7pm for the lesson, stay from 8 to11pm for the fun and frivolity.

Newsletter From The Past

We no longer make a newsletter, but here is one from 1988. See what the Portland Ceili Society was up to then:

November Ceili

November is a month of rain, dark and cold here in Portland. Warm yourself by dancing with our warm community at the PPAA Hall. Friday, November 16, 2012 starting a 8:00. There will be a brief dance lesson at about 7:30, just enough to get you going.

The Band: Johnny Connolly, Maty Sears, Cary Novotny

Friday, October 19th Ceili - Costume Ceili!


The Annual Costume Ceili approaches, oft dreaded ("I don't know what to wear!"). Fortunately, costumes are not mandatory! Or, if you are adventurous, deck yourself out! If you can't think of anything, wear a set of cat ears. It works! No one will ever suspect it is really you! 

We are now starting the dancing at 8, with a brief lesson at 7:30. At the PPAA Hall at 6th and Alder, as usual. Please bring your friends and spread the word!

The Band: Felim Egan, Eric Killops, Teresa Baker

Friday, September 21st Ceili

The new season of Irish dancing begins soon! The Portland Ceili Society continues the 30+ year tradition of the Third Friday Ceili at the PPAA hall, starting Friday, September 21st. New this year (based on feedback from our membership) we are starting the dancing an hour earlier, at 8:00 P.M., with a short lesson around 7:15 P.M. Please bring your friends and spread the word!

The Band: Eddie Parente, Mikey Beglan and Peter Yeates
A Lughnasadh Céilí

Join us for a céilí to help us celebrate Lughnasadh, a Celtic holiday celebrated around the beginning of August. This was the first of the harvest celebrations, usually conducted on a hilltop and featuring a bonfire. Well, we don't have a convenient hilltop, but we do have the 2nd floor of the Lucky Labrador pub in Multnomah Village! And we obviously must dance the Bonfire dance.

Bob Soper and Elizabeth Nicholson have generously agreed to donate their time and musical talents for a special céilí to help us offset the operating losses of the last season. Yes, we really are a non-profit! You can help us out greatly just by attending.

When: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 7:00 P.M. until the pub closes at 10:00 P.M.
Where: The Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village, 7675 SW Capital Highway
Admission: $10, $8 members/seniors/students
Any extra donations you care to make are both appreciated and tax deductible.

May 18th Ceili

How has the Portland Ceili Society been able to put on Irish dances for the past 29years?

Aerobic, fast paced and culturally disparate in a city far removed from the Emerald Island, the dancing is not for the weak of heart or faint of limb.
The simple answer is that is fun. Try not to smile as world famous Irish musicians (think Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes or Johnny Connolly) take to the stage. The May 19th Ceili features premier Seattle band Crumac with Dale Russ on fiddle, Tom Creegan on uellian pipes and Mike Saunders on guitar. With the ubiquitous Sam Keater calling, it should be a night to remember.

April 20th Ceili


This is the 30th year of the Portland Ceili Societies 3rd Friday dances. Eddie Parente, fiddle, has played in at least 30 of them over the years and will be joined by Geraldine Murray, penny whistle, and Nancy Conescu, guitar and vocals. Dance and enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music. No partner or experience required. All dances are taught and called.  Come at 8pm for the lesson, stay till midnight for the fun and frivolity.

The Portland Ceili Society is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, educate and encourage the practice of traditional Irish dance, song and music in the Portland metropolitan area.

The April Irish Ceili Dance
Friday April 20th, 2012 Lessons at 8:00 PM, Dance at 9:00 PM
PPAA, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland OR 97214
$8 students/seniors, $10 general admission
Info: 503-701-3777

http://www.eddieparente.com
http://www.murrayirishdance.com
http://www.nancyconescu.com



Friday March 16th

3rd Friday of the Month Céilí Dance PPAA, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland, OR Dance Lesson (8-9pm) Dancing (9-12pm) $8 students/seniors, $10 General, PCS members $2 off ($30 max family rate) September through May Each Céilí starts with a lesson at 8pm and dancing at 9pm. Live music. The dances are taught and called, and no experience or partner is needed. Ages 8 and up welcome. Music by: Mikey Beglan, Landon Kuhn, & Nancy Conescu

PCS 31st Anniversary - 1st in a Series

Marilyn, Emily, Fay and Peg










Episode One – The Tribe

“We were a tribe.” Marilyn stated matter-of-factly. “We did everything together.”

“Marilyn made it all happen.”Fay added “She has wonderful ideas.” “Follow through? Well.., she’s very good at getting other people to do things.”

I’m at Cassidy’s bar in Northwest Portland sitting across a table from Fay Malloy and Marilyn Zornado, two of the founding members of the Portland Ceili Society.

Over the course of several Irish coffees, and hours of wonderful stories two things have become apparent to me: 1) The friendship these two share is a beautiful thing – something Hollywood could easily turn into a “buddy flick,” and 2) the founders of the PCS had a deep love of Irish music and dance - and were in the right place at the right time – perhaps more accurately, their actions and passion helped create that right place. As a result, Portland had a unique opportunity to experience Irish music at levels that no other city (outside of Ireland) could match

Now that I think about, I guess there was a third theme that became obvious in our talk – the founders of PCS loved to party. “It was sex, drugs and Irish music.” Marilyn joked.

The “tribe” lived mostly in Northwest Portland in the mid to late 1970’s. “We were young. Rents there were cheap.” Fay said.

Initially though, the average age of an Irish dance enthusiast in Portland was not so young. Fay explained “At that time, Brother Eugene was teaching an Irish dance class at St. Rita’s Church on Prescott”

“To a group of Septuagenarians.”Marilyn frowned.

“Yeah, so Marilyn would keep these lists with her wherever she went and any time someone would show the slightest interest in Irish music or dance, she would take down their name and number.” Fay recalled. “She even placed ads in the paper looking for younger dancers! She would call you if you missed an event – ‘Where were you last night?’”

“Well, I wasn’t going to keep dancing with a bunch of octogenarians.” (Apparently Brother Eugene’s class was aging rapidly).

Next Installment: Picnics, Folk Life and Ballots at a Deadlocked “Convention”

Jack Kenny

The Portland Ceili Society, established in 1981, will be running a series of posts commemorating our 31st Anniversary (The Board wanted to commemorate our 30th Anniversary but I procrastinated).

Ceili Friday Feb. 17th

Friday Feb. 17, 8pm-12am
PPAA, 618 SE Alder Street
Portland, OR

Music by:
Sean McComiskey
Bob Soper
Elizabeth Nicholson
Chaning Dodson

Plus guest performances by: SNNW staff www.seannos.org

About Sean:
Seán McComiskey, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is the son of famed button accordionist Billy McComiskey. Having learned under the tutelage of his father, Seán’s personal musical style has afforded him many great accolades as a performer and teacher at some North America’s most prominent music festivals and concert halls. He currently performs with fiddler Cleek Schrey and sean-nós dancers Kieran Jordan and Shannon Dunne as The Kitchen Quartet.

SNNW & PCS Join this February!




Portland Ceili Society and Sean-nos NorthWest join together for a weekend of Irish culture. 

5th Annual Sean-nós Northwest Festival February 17th, 18th  and 19th 2012
PPAA & Multnomah Village, Portland, OR 

The 5th annual Sean-nós Northwest festival returns to Portland, Oregon for the third weekend of February 2012.  SNNW aims to promote and educate the community at large on the sean-nós or “old-style” of interpretive percussive dance and unaccompanied song.  These art forms, both emanating from the Irish Gaelic speaking adistricts of Ireland, are rather apart from the stage craft of the many ubiquitous Irish dance shows touring the globe today.  You are invited to come and witness the remarriage of music, song and dance during this weekend-long celebration featuring workshops, performances, and sessions open to the public!

The festival opens Friday night with a dance at the PPAA, 618 SE Alder Street and continues Saturday and Sundazy with events held at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy and the Lucky Labrador Public House, 7675 SW Capitol Hwy. The festival will conclude with a concert on Sunday, 7pm at the Lucky Labrador.  

The Friday night ceili is sponsored by the Portland Ceili Society. The band for then evening will be Sean McComiskey, Bob Soper, Elizabeth Nicholson and Chaning Dodson. Also joining them for performance will be all the SNNW festival artists. It's a ceili not to be missed. 

Heading the weekend of festivities will be singer Micheál Ó Cuaig and dancer Ronan Regan, both natives of County Galway located in the culturally rich west of Ireland.  Micheál, from Cill Chiaráin in Connemara, is a singer, poet and retired educator who currently organizes the annual Féile Joe Einniú—a festival celebrating the life of Joe Heaney, a highly respected sean-nós singer who spent a considerable amount of time in the Pacific Northwest before his death in 1984.  Micheál has also served as Sean-Nós Singer in Residence at the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland in Galway, where he helped promote the traditions of his upbringing.  Ronan, from the thriving art center of Galway City, is a dancer, fiddler and educator who has toured extensively, promoting the tradition of sean-nós dancing throughout Europe and North America.  He has also produced two instructional sean-nós dancing DVDs and in 2012 won the All-Ireland Sean-nós Dance competition at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann hosted in Co. Cavan.       


 Also headlining the festival will be Traolach Ó Riordáin and Seán McComiskey.  Traolach, a native of County Cork in the south of Ireland, will be featured as this year’s premiere Irish language instructor.  Holding a PhD in Irish Literature from the National University of Ireland, he has taught at the University of Notre Dame as well as the University of Montana where he helped establish a program of Irish Studies.  He has lived in Missoula, Montana for over a decade now promoting the Irish language at the community and university level.  Seán McComiskey, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is the son of famed button accordionist Billy McComiskey.  Having learned under the tutelage of his father, Seán’s personal musical style has afforded him many great accolades as a performer and teacher at some North America’s most prominent music festivals and concert halls.  He currently performs with fiddler Cleek Schrey and sean-nós dancers Kieran Jordan and Shannon Dunne as The Kitchen Quartet.

Seán Williams, lecturer of Ethnomusicology and Irish Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and Bob Burke, lecturer of Irish language at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon will be joined by a host of local professionals including sean-nós dancer and instructor Maldon Meehan, singer and recent president of the Portland Folk Music Society David Ingerson and public speaker Kimberly Goetz to round out the weekend festivities, which joyously celebrate the cultural richness of Ireland.  

Press page with photos, videos and bios. 

Dance Workshops with Patrick O'Dea

Monday February 13, 2012

Irish Set Dancing Workshop, 7:00pm
Collins View Dance and Art School
318 SW Palatine Hill Rd, Portland, OR
Admission: cash only please  $10 per person with pre-registration , $15  at door  
(Student w/school ID: $5 per person with pre-registration or $10 day of event)
Contact: For additional info call:   Betty Woerner  (503) 244-1593 or  Judy Russell (503) 452-7544  
Shoes: Low heels with smooth/slick soles best, avoid gym/running shoes if possible
Irish Old-style Step Dance Workshop, 3:30pm
Stomptown Collective AudioCinema Building 226 SE Madison Street, Portland, OR
Admission: $15 general, $10 studio members
Contact: Maldon Meehan (503) 206-9311


Patrick O'Dea of Roscommon Ireland will be in Portland for one night only to teach Traditional Irish Set Dances and Old-style step dance. Set are lively Irish dances similar to square dances. Patrick has taught throughout Europe, Japan, Ireland, the US, and is a regular instructor at the Willie Clancy Summer Festival in Ireland. Beginners are encouraged to join the fun.  No experience needed, all dancing taught and called. His vast experience and humorous personality will get your feet moving in the right direction. Patrick is highly regarded for his Munster style footwork & keeps the old set dancing traditions alive by generously passing steps on. Come learn a dance or two and have a lot of fun!



From Wikipedia:
"Stepdancing as a modern form is descended directly from old-style step dancing. There are several different forms of stepdancing in Ireland… but the style most familiar to the public at large is the Munster, or southern, form, which has been formalised by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha—the Irish Dancing Commission. Irish step dancing is primarily done in competitions, public performances or other formal settings."


"Old-Style step dancing
Old-style step dancing is a tradition related to, yet distinct from, sean-nós dancing, though it is sometimes called "Munster-style sean-nós". Old-style step dancing evolved in the late 18th and early 19th century from the dancing of traveling Irish dance masters. The dance masters slowly formalised and transformed both solo and social dances. Modern masters of old-style step dancing style can trace the lineage of their steps directly back to 18th century dancers.


The Irish dance masters refined and codified indigenous Irish dance traditions. Rules emerged about proper upper body, arm, and foot placement. Also, dancers were instructed to dance a step twice—first with the right foot then with the left. Old-style step dancers dance with arms loosely (but not rigidly) at their sides. They dance in a limited space. There is an emphasis on making percussive sound with the toes. The Irish dance masters of this period also choreographed particular steps to particular tunes in traditional music creating the solo set dances such as the Blackbird, St. Patrick's Day, and the Job of Journey Work, which also persist in Modern Irish Step Dancing. In this context, "set dance" signifies a separate tradition from the social dance tradition also called set dance."








Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Documentary

This Sunday January 29th the Alberta Street Public House is a showing of a video documentary of Micheal O Domhnailll. There will be two showings on at 4pm and 7pm.

Alberta Street Pubic House
1036 NE Alberta Street, Portland

About Micheal
http://www.michealodomhnaill.com/

Benefit Concert in support of Finn Mac Ginty

Musician, actor and voice artist Finn Mac Ginty comes from Coole in county Westmeath. After moving from Japan, Finn and his wife, Tamara, lived in Seattle from the late 1980s until 2007, when he moved back to Ireland. While in the Northwest, he played with many local musicians, and in the bands The Suffering Gaels and Setanta.

On December 18th of last year, Finn suffered a fall at his new home in Cloughjordan, county Tipperary, resulting in a severe brain injury. After a couple of weeks at Beaumont hospital in Dublin, where he underwent surgeries and was treated for his injury, Finn is now being cared for at the hospital in Tullamore. He has not regained consciousness since the accident.




January 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM
The Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA


Feb. 5, 2012 at 4pm
Alberta Street Public House, 1036 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR

Please do come along and show your support. Suggested donation is $20.

January Ceili

Event: The January Irish Ceili Dance

When: Friday January 20, 2012 Lessons at 8:00 PM, Dance at 9:00 PM

Location Name: PPAA
Address: 618 SE Alder Street

City and Zip Code: Portland OR 97214

Cost: $8 students/seniors, $10 general admission
Daytime Information: 503-701-3777
Nighttime Information: 503-701-3777

Event Description: Hanz Araki (Irish flute), and a troupe of great musicians will play for dancers and lovers of traditional Irish music. Join us for an evening of revelry. No partner or experience required. All dances are taught and called. Come at 8pm for the lesson, stay till midnight for the fun and frivolity.

The Portland Ceili Society is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, educate and encourage the practice of traditional Irish dance, song and music in the Portland metropolitan area.