The Story-line 

Act 1

  1. Newgrange at Dawn
  2. Celtic Air
  3. The Plight of the Irish
  4. Bodhran
  5. Dancing at the Crossroads
  6. Journey to old Ireland (Song)
  7. The Gathering
  8. The Emigrants Lament (Song)
  9. The Departing

Act 2

  1. A New Dawn
  2. Thinking of Home (Song)
  3. The Irish overseas
  4. Beat of the Bodhran
  5. Conflicting Rhythms
  6. Billy Taylor (Song)
  7. Swing Time
  8. Musicians Farewell
  9. Home
  10. Finale
  11. Encore

NNewgrange at Dawn
The show begins in Newgrange, one of Irelands natural wonders. A haunting voice calls out, beckoning the cast to emerge on stage, standing strong, awaiting the sun to rise and bring life. The dance builds in layers of different rhythms until the full troupe are dancing together in powerful synchronisation, joined by the band in celebration, we are the people of Ireland..


Celtic Air
A lonesome whistle plays, although we stand strong today, our journey has been long, follow us back across the ocean to where it all began.


The Plight of the Irish
This piece displays the female soft shoe dance called a Slip Jig, it is danced with grace, like a swan. As the female troupe gather, their leader emerges, powerful and strong, standing victorious.


Bodhran
Our female lead is stirred by a rhythmic force, a brief encounter, she is not wooed and leaves. The powerful beats of the tribal drum transports us back to where it all began. The rhythms are intricate and dynamic, a perfect rivalry to the percussive feet.


Dancing at the Crossroads
A lone musician plays, beckoning all near and far, we gather together any place we can, to play our music and dance.


Journey to Old Ireland (Song)
A medley of classic Irish songs guaranteed to get your feet tapping and hands clapping.


The Gathering (Fireside)
The music takes a slower pace now as we all gather around the fireside, a playful scene like many an old pub, from Jigs to Reels to Polkas, our traditions are celebrated here.


The Emigrants Lament (Song)
The time has come for us to leave Ireland, our journey continues for a place to call home.


The Departing
Some of us must leave behind our loved ones, our home is no more, we search for new lands, but let us not be sad, let us celebrate together.


 

A New Dawn
The sun rises on a new place, our futures are bright and full of possibilities.


Thinking of Home (Song)
This song ‘Caledonia’ evokes memories of home.


The Irish Overseas
In this scene the male troupe take us through a variety of different rhythms, from the basic to the most intricate fast footwork, each exhibiting their power and strengths in competition with each other.


Beat of the Bodhran
The male troupe battle through rhythms as the bodhran player tries to seduce our female leader.


Trading tunes
Irish music is deep rooted in tradition, but as we travel the world, we meet new people along the way and learn from their traditions. Cultures exchanging.


Conflicting Rhythms
Our oldest, native dance style (Sean Nos) is free and simple yet intricate, from this, Irish dance evolved into the militant powerful style we see today. Our Irish cast battle the Sean Nos (meaning ‘old style’) dancer and join forces, old and new, together in harmony.


Billy Taylor (Song)
This old northern song tells the story of a woman who disguises herself as a sailor in order to search for her lost lover.


The Irish in America (Swing Time)
We find our cast in a different setting, the past is behind us and new places have brought a different era, its Swing time!


Musicians Farewell
Our band bring you their final performance in the show, highlighting each soloist and bringing the house down with foot stomping live Irish music.


Home
After all our time spent in foreign places, we must now return home, to celebrate our culture and heritage through music and dance.


Finale
The cast bid farewell to all the new friends we have made throughout the show.


Encore