The Irish House Party coming to Swindon Arts Centre

By Amanda Wilkins - 25 March 2024

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Renowned Irish music and dance show The Irish House Party will take in the Arts Centre during its forthcoming tour.

The Swindon date is Wednesday 22 May. 

The captivating show transports audiences to the heart of Ireland, offering a unique blend of traditional Irish music, dance, and comedy.

From the lightning-fast footwork of the dancers to the infectious energy and humour of the musicians, the show promises a highly entertaining evening from start to finish.

Set up by a talented ensemble of musicians and dancers as an antidote to the cheesy and the twee, The Irish House Party showcases the rich tapestry of Irish music and dance through an unforgettable live experience.

From soul-stirring ballads to foot-stomping jigs and reels, the show captures the essence of Ireland's musical heritage, celebrating centuries-old traditions but with a contemporary twist.

Declan Quinn, one of the show’s co-founders said: "We are really excited to bring The Irish House Party to audiences across the UK.

"In fact the origins of a traditional Irish house party has very strong connections with the UK as it was originally associated with people emigrating from Ireland to the UK, Canada, America and Australia.

“These leaving parties were often referred to as ‘wakes’ because it would be years before many of these people would return to Ireland if ever. Neighbours and friends would gather in the house the night before the departure.

“Tunes would be played, songs would be sung and dances danced on the stone kitchen floor. These parties were great fun and this coming together and sharing of the music, song and dance has been a major reason why the music tradition has survived so strongly in Ireland.”

The original show was set up in Dublin by a group of musicians who wanted visitors to the city to experience what a real Irish house party is like. It’s all presented in a fun and humorous way, resulting in a fabulous theatre-going experience.

There are no flat caps or twee costumes; instead, audiences are promised incredibly talented musicians and dancers who simply want to bring the sound and fun of Ireland in an intimate and homely setting.

Tickets for The Irish House Party UK tour are now available, with early booking recommended to secure seats.

 For more information and to book tickets, visit www.theirishhouseparty.com/uktour or follow The Irish House Party on Facebook and Instagram.

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