The Kerry Dance

While a song in it's own right, this is also an example of a 'Rinnce Fáda' or Irish long dance. This type of dance is a country dance, dating back to at least the sixteenth century.

Written in 6/8 metre, the predominant crotchet-quaver (quarter note-eighth note) rhythm has led to this sometimes being categorised as a 'single jig' as this is the fundamental characteristic of this type of Irish jig.

This song is great for:

  • Teaching the melodic element 'fi' (sharpened 'fa').
  • Teaching the rhythmic element 'tim-ka ti' (dotted quaver, semiquaver, quaver / dotted eighth note, sixteenth note, eighth note).
  • Teaching melodic sequence (as seen in bars 17 and 18).
  • Working with 6/8.
  • Teaching Irish music - historical notes are included on the download.
  • Singing, finding and identifying large intervals. Can your students spot the perfect octave, Major 6th and minor 6th?

This copy is in D Major - an easier vocal range for many!

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Kodály Analysis:

The Kerry Dance Theme: Irish Games:
Partner: Form: Verse & Chorus Song Type:
Scale: Major CSP: D Age: Middle Secondary - Upper Secondary
Tones: l low ti low d finalis r m f fi s l ti d high r high Rhythm: ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: d r m ; m r d ; d f ; f l s m ; m d high ; d high m ; r l low ; l low ti low d ; d r d finalis ; d s ; s l ti l s ; l m ; m fi s ; ti r high ti l ; s d high ; d high l f ; f s l ; ti s m ; m f s ; l l low ; l low f ; f m r d
Prep: , fi
MC: , fi
Prac: , fi


Origin: Traditional Irish Song and Dance Arr. M. McLatchey

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The Kerry Dance (F Major) An Irish 'long dance' in 6/8 metre.

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