The Catskills Céilí Band
A céilí is a party with music and dancing. Céilidhs (visits) were social gatherings where guests performed music, song, story-telling and poetry. In more recent decades, the dancing portion has become the focus. For several generations, East Durham, the heart of the Irish Catskills, has been a meeting place of Irish diaspora and its descendants. The members of the Catskills Céilí Band all started their musical careers in East Durham where playing lively cheerful music consisting of jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, slipjigs and waltzes for dancers has been a key element in keeping the tradition alive. John Nolan, Bernadette Fee and Paul Kenneally are steeped in this tradition. The foot-stomping music of The Catskills brings dancers to the floor for set and couple dances including the “Haymakers Jig”, “Gay Gordons”, “Siege of Ennis”, “The Walls of Limerick” and “The Stack of Barley.” Get ready to party!