My Dad and I watched The Lords of the Dance. A lot.

My paternal Grandfather insisted he was hidden on a ship as a little kid, got into the US from Ireland., until his dying day. Trouble is, he was a known bullshitter.
He did take part in the Oklahoma Land Rush. That is documented.
Genetic testing shows no Irish, but English, and German.
Oh, also, after them, Negro and Cherokee in me. 22%. (That does perfectly match up with family lore.)
Years ago, I saw that performance in Ireland. The stage was in some restaurant, my chicken dinner was...not up to speed. I had dessert, and beer, and was thrilled, because I was NOT in Texas. And I was learning something.

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a size that doesn't suck up MAJOR space.
So sorry.
When I mention to some judge, "size matters", they excuse me from the courtroom.
Maybe that will happen here.

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wrote one of the tunes in River dance and that provided his retirement funds.

I like playing "The El Paso Waltz" which he wrote. I got play it with him years ago when they came to lookout mt to record this ...

The El Paso Waltz · Norman and Nancy Blake & Boys of the Lough

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

@Lookout How the hell do El Paso thoughts translate to Irish traditional music?
That was just wonderful, Lookout.
You are so lucky, your buddy so talented!
I am glad he made some $ for that lovely tune!

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@on the cusp @on the cusp

but I don't play it. He lives in Edinburgh and I understand is in poor health.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

English is distinguished from Irish in genetic testing - was your paternal grandfather Catholic?

If not, could have been Scots-Irish, who were originally from the border regions of Southern Scotland & Northern England - Ulster Protestants are mostly descendants of this group.

Scots-Irish are among the four great migrations covered in David Hackett-Fischer's Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America

From 1629 to 1775, North America was settled by four great waves of English-speaking immigrants. The first was an exodus of Puritans from the east of England to Massachusetts (1629-1640). The second was the movement of a Royalist elite and indentured servants from the south of England to Virginia (ca. 1649-75). The third was the "Friends' migration,"--the Quakers--from the North Midlands and Wales to the Delaware Valley (ca. 1675-1725). The fourth was a great flight from the borderlands of North Britain and northern Ireland to the American backcountry (ca. 1717-75).

Also worthwhile (maybe a bit weak on its Scottish history) is James Webb's Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

Could be irrelevant to your own ancestry, but anyway some fascinating history there most Americans seem to know little or nothing about...

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