Top Pick: Irish Folk group The Cassidys hit the Main Square

Popular Irish band The Cassidys, together with Bratislava dance group Petronella, will be putting on a hot show for all who come to the Old Town's Main Square (Hlavné námestie) on Tuesday June 27 at 19:30. Join in traditional Irish dances while listening to famous Irish folk songs such as Whisky in the Jar (which has been covered by the metal band Metallica), the warlike Rising of the Moon, or the violin ballad The Darry Day in their authentic folk versions.
The Cassidys, or Na Casaidigh in the original Irish, is a sextet of brothers who come from the harsh, windy Donegal coast in Ireland. Famous not only in their homeland but also worldwide, this will be their third performance in Bratislava. Each member plays an instrument, ranging from guitar, mandolin, violin, flute, and keyboard to the traditional Irish Uileann bagpipes, and also sings a solo ballad, either in their native Gaelic or in English.


The Cassidys will play the Old Town's Main Square June 27.
photo: Spectator archives

Popular Irish band The Cassidys, together with Bratislava dance group Petronella, will be putting on a hot show for all who come to the Old Town's Main Square (Hlavné námestie) on Tuesday June 27 at 19:30. Join in traditional Irish dances while listening to famous Irish folk songs such as Whisky in the Jar (which has been covered by the metal band Metallica), the warlike Rising of the Moon, or the violin ballad The Darry Day in their authentic folk versions.

The Cassidys, or Na Casaidigh in the original Irish, is a sextet of brothers who come from the harsh, windy Donegal coast in Ireland. Famous not only in their homeland but also worldwide, this will be their third performance in Bratislava. Each member plays an instrument, ranging from guitar, mandolin, violin, flute, and keyboard to the traditional Irish Uileann bagpipes, and also sings a solo ballad, either in their native Gaelic or in English. The group has issued several CDs, and has performed at almost every significant musical venue or festival around the world, such as the sold-out National Concert Hall in Dublin, Radio City Music Hall in New York, or the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The opening act will be a programme of traditional Irish dances and tap dancing exhibitions performed by Bratislava's own Petronella, one of the most successful dance groups in central Europe. Their programme, which was specially prepared for this occasion, was influenced by such personalities as Irish dance masters Carl Drake and Liam Harney.

Last time the two groups performed together, Petronella's tumultuous line tap dancing and the furious rhythms of The Cassidys shook even the cobblestones on Main Square. The weather permitting, this year again will bring Irish and non-Irish alike out to dance in front of the stage. The performance is supported by the Old Town City Council and The Dubliner Irish Pub.

Zuzana Habšudová

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