I went to see Pulses of Tradition last night with my dad and we were so proud to see the culture of our city so well represented!
I've grown up with trad as my parents are All-Ireland dancing champions, my father plays the accordion and I worked with Michael Flatley for a few years, so I guess if anyone would be critical it would be me!
The show brings you through a history of music, dance and song. It looks at the various forms of dance from tap dancing to soft shoe and set dancing, highlights our many Irish musical instruments including the the banjo, tin whistle, flute, fiddle, accordion and the innovative use of percussion with the bodhrán and voice, and it features a mix of sean nos and ballad singing. The audience even gets to sing along! The mix works really well in keeping the audience engaged and there's something for everyone - from tourists to pensioners to families with young kids and friends.
The Triskel Christchurch venue itself is gorgeous - it's a recently renovated church - and really sets the scene.
I'd really encourage locals, trad fans and tourists looking to experience a bit of culture on your trip to Cork to head along to this if you get a chance. And it's only €20 which I thought was excellent value for money.
The only negative is that it's only running until the end of September and needs to become a permanent fixture! Dates here http://triskelarts.ticketsolve.com/shows/126523110/events
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