This weekend is huge for Irish dancers and musicians in Salt Lake City. Because Saturday, March 15, a Siamsa will be held.
What’s a Siamsa? Siamsa means entertainment or amusement, in Irish. Our interpretation of a Siamsa is basically a party with hours of Irish dance, music, and food. And what’s better than that?
The 2014 Salt Lake City Siamsa will be held at 10:45 a.m. in the Gateway’s Grand Hall at the Union Pacific Depot. Located at 400 West South Temple, this beautifully renovated and restored depot is “an important part of Utah’s history, serving as one of the outstanding architectural structures in Utah.” It’s truly stunning.
The Siamsa follows the parade, and boasts three stages of non-stop Irish entertainment. New to the event this year, musicians are invited to bring their pipes, fiddles, whistles, and bodhran to help celebrate at a traditional session beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The following is a list of Irish dance groups and musicians, the times they will be performing, and on which stage:
Grand Hall Dance Stage (inside)
11:00 a.m. Acadamh Rince
11:45 a.m. Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers
12:45 p.m. Scariff-Hardiman
1:20 p.m. Learn The Siege of Ennis with Harp
2:00 p.m. An Dragan Ceilteach
Shamrock-walk for the Kids at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:40
Music Stage (Thaifoon)
12 noon Red Branch
12:55 p.m. Republican Pub Players
1:50 p.m. Jim O’ The Mills
2:30 p.m. Sing-along & Session
Patio Stage (outside)
11:45 a.m. Jim O’ The Mills
12:25 a.m. Harp Irish Dance Company
1:05 a.m. Red Branch
1:45 a.m. Scariff-Hardiman’s 8-Hand Team
2:00 p.m. An Rogaire Dubh
Don’t forget that Irish food, drink, and items will be for sale from vendors.
We always look forward to dancing at the Siamsa and hope you’ll join us. It’s sure to be a grand time!
Featured photo courtesy Farris Gerard.