Timmy “The Brit” McCarthy, as he is known, spent many years of his life in England.
He returned to Ireland in the mid 1960’s and his interest in Irish Folk Music and in particular, Irish Set dancing brought him in contact with those people who were largely responsible for the revival and continuance of the tradition.
He learned traditional dances from these people and today Timmy is regarded as the most experienced set dance instructor in Ireland.
Along with collecting and teaching the Sets from his native region He spends 50%of the year touring in
Europe and North America where the tradition of this dancing is very strong.
Set dances are based on quadrilles which were court dances transformed by the Irish into their own folk dance in rural communities.
Promotion of Céilí dance during the 1930's and 1940s, and the rise of Rock and Roll in the 1950s caused the popularity
of set dancing to fade.
However, in the 1980s, a revival started and many sets that have not been danced for forty years and more have been recovered and danced again.
In the following video you can see an example of Irish Set Dance: the final Ceili in Miltown Malbay 2008. It is the first figure of Sliabh Lauachra Set.Timmy Mc Carthy plays the button accordion.
CaFlà will take place in Cagliari. Cagliari is the capital city of Sardinia in Italy. The festival will be in the old town, in the piazzas of Marina neighborhood which is the fishermen ancient district.
from Friday afternoon 22nd till Monday morning 25th April
Golden Brown Six o'clock gig @ Cafè Barcelona
Gemma Martínez Callau and Joan Manuel Paños Ecija Sardana Catalana
Annalisa Ghiani (vocals) and Franco Fois (lute) at the "Six'O Clock gig" on Saturday 23rd
Gráinne Boyce is the Irish Singing Maestro
The Gruppo Folk Campidano is our Master of Sardinian Dances
Hostel Marina a great accomodation
Fernando Barroso is our Fretted Instrument Master: guitar, bouzouky, mandolin
Christine Dowling is our Tin Whistle Master
Davy Maguire is our Irish Flute Master
Svend Kjeldsen is our Bodhràn Master (profile uptdated)
Timmy "the Brit" McCarty
is our Irish Set Dances Master
Martin Dowling is our Fiddle Master