They gathered again in the kitchen of John Treanor’s preserved ‘house’ but unfortunately
John himself was absent as he was in hospital. However modern technology connected
the kitchen to the ward and John was able to enjoy the music, song and chat. We all
wish John a very a speedy recovery. Margaret was a perfect host and ensured everyone
was comfortable and well fed with home-made produce of the tastiest kind. There was
a variety of liquid refreshments served up to the guests too and everyone had a great
night. Music, song and dance with the odd story thrown in reproduced what was the
standard night of entertainment decades ago before the TV took over.
A special guest there was Hugh Murphy who brought with him a selection of his ‘Dancing
Dolls’. Dancing Dolls is a centuries old tradition and were dolls carved from wood
and made to dance to music, producing a step-dancing beat in tune with the music.
Hugh has perfected the art and has performed all over Ireland and abroad. His Dolls
have been made by him and they are ‘Clog Dolls’, which jump up and down in response
to the tapping spring-board and they click their heels on the board as they dance.
These are also known as ‘Dancing Dans’ and were major in American Folk art. Hugh
is also a fine musician and plays the ‘Spoons’ and the bodhran. Our pictures give
you an idea of the Dolls. Joe McPhillips was there recording the event for posterity
and this will also be included in the forthcoming 4 X DVD set on the ‘life of turf’.
No doubt a special launch will take place for the DVDs and I will bring you news
of that anon.