Description, Listing of Repertoire and Short Film:
The Dan Furey group, led by Michael Tubridy and Noel Devery, is a group of like-minded souls who meet to preserve the dances of Dan Furey (1910-1994), a keen dancer and teacher – I have included the full listing of dances below. Dan and his close friend James Keane brought the dances to the Willie Clancy Summer School, which takes place in Miltown Malby, Co Clare each year in July. Michael Tubridy notated all the dances and has published them. The dances are taught regularly at workshops and festivals in Ireland and abroad; there are many people around the world now dancing this repertoire, not just in Europe but also Kieran Jordan’s dancers in Boston, dancers on the West Coast, Canada and as far as Comhaltas Japan.
The Irish group normally meets in different locations around Ireland 5 or 6 times a year, we meet to catch up, dance, drink tea and eat cake! We dance this repertoire in a circle, and towards the end of the session we might dance a couple of figures of a set, the emphasis of these events is to meet and share. Since Covid, the group has been meeting online, once a month on the 3rd Saturday, a free event and open to all. Drop me a line if you would like an invitation to join.
Kieran Jordan also created a short film about the group and is available to view below.
Dan Furey Repertoire
Book 1 (no longer in print)
Priest and His Boots
4 x Hornpipe Steps
Job of Journeywork
Double Jig I
St Patrick’s Day
Book 2 (this book also includes the Book 1 repertoire)
Gabairín Buí (Little Yellow Goat)
Little Dutch Dance (Mazurka)
Mont Phoebus’ Hunt
Jockey to the Fair
Celine’s Hornpipe - 5 Donegal Steps
Double Jig II
Paddy Bawn / Paidí Bán