Fáilte! Welcome to The Musicians Guide to Féis
I’m excited that you’re interested in becoming a feis musician. It’s a challenging but rewarding experience.
Feiseanna are held all over the world, in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, all over Europe, the USA and Canada.
Please note that the observations listed here are just a general guideline to get you started & they apply primarily to my experiences playing for feiseanna in the Mid-America Region. You should research the specific rules of your region, as some feis rules & tempos may vary.
Terms Related To Irish Dance Competitions
Féis – (pronounced “FESH”) an Irish word that means festival, but is more commonly used to describe a sanctioned Irish dance competition
Féiseanna – plural of feis, pronounced “FESH-nah”
Oireachtas – (pronounced “O-ROCK-tus”) an Irish word that means gathering, but within the context of Irish dance generally refers to the Regional Championships
Majors – championship events with entry restricted to dancers who have qualified for Open Champion level, and/or who have qualified from a prior championship event
Region – There are 7 regions in North America
An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) – The Irish Dancing Commission; the oldest and largest governing body for competitive Irish step dancing globally