Based in the St. Paul & Minneapolis metropolitan region of Minnesota, the Twin Cities Céilí Band (TCCB) provides traditional Irish céilí [KAY-lee] music for all manners of Irish dance: step, set, sean-nós, and céilí.
“Why NOT traditional?”
Recently, while waiting in the wings to accompany a performance of the Mooncoin Céilí Dancers, one of TCCB’s fiddlers started a discussion about the current trend of dance schools using recorded music from one end of the musical spectrum to the other: Van Morrison to hip-hop, some traditional-ish music in the form of Gaelic Storm or Riverdance. Despite the fact that there is a lot of traditional Irish music in the Twin Cities, it is all too easy to drop in a CD or push “play” on an iPod.
Live traditional music, played by musicians who are in touch with the Irish music tradition, invites people to tap their feet, clap their hands, and get up and dance. Live music for dancers is a conversation between the dancers the musicians. The Twin Cities Céilí Band strives to be part of that conversation by playing for local céilí dances, set dances, and pretty much for anyone willing to dance.
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