2019 Cleveland Feis Syllabus
All entry fee policies for the Cleveland Feis must be followed (See other Fees and Entry Rules). Age is
determined by the age on the first of January. In the event of a dispute, certificate of age must be
submitted upon request. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the Feis.
Electronic and amplified music may not be used in any competition.
Each competitor shall register for each competition for which he/she intends to compete.
(i.e. each member of an ensemble competition must submit an entry)
Available solo competitions in both instrumental and vocal are listed in the syllabus
Tunes are to be selected from among the following classes: air, reel, polka, hornpipe, jig (single, double, or
slip), slide, set dance, march, and mazurka. Competitors shall play each tune twice through. In the case of a
reel, which is played singly, a competitor shall play the reel three times through.
Sheet music is not to be used.
- Other instruments such as 3 and 5 row button accordion, fife, piccolo, harmonica, and other stringed
instruments shall be entered in the miscellaneous instruments category.
- Duets and trios may play any instrument or combination of instruments.
- Ceili bands must contain at least two different instruments.
- Solo competitions will also be held for vocals in English and Gaelic.
Vocal: In competitions for solo traditional singing, in both Irish and English, in all age groups, the
competitor shall sing two songs of contrasting tempo (i.e. one slow and one fast) unaccompanied. All tunes
and songs shall be traditional in character. A list of some suggested tunes can be found below.
Competitors are not limited to this list, but selections are required to be traditional.
Ensembles: Competitors may not change instruments during performance. In the case of duets and trios,
competitors must at all times play the melody of the tune. A competitor may compete only in one duet,
one trio and one ceili band. A competitor may compete in a higher age group, provided they change their
instrument. A ceili band shall consist of not less than five and not more than ten competitors.
Ensembles containing an incorrect number of competitors will be disqualified.
- In under 12 and 12-14 age groups, a competitor shall play one tune from each of two classes in rule 5.
- In 15-17 age groups, competitors shall play one tune from each of three classes in rule 5.
- In the 18 and over age group, competitors shall play one tune from each of four classes in rule 5.
See below for suggestions of tunes to play:
songs in English:
note, many familiar folk songs such as Danny Boy, Fields of Athenry and
Molly Malone are not considered traditional tunes in the strictest
sense. It is suggested that you not use them for competition.)
The Rocky Road to
The Sally Gardens
The Shores of
Whiskey in the Jar
Oft in the Stilly
Believe Me if all
these endearing Young Charms
“P” Stands for
My Parents Reared
The Lass of
Do You Love an
The False Knight
As I Roved Out
Early In the
Black is the
May Morning Dew
TRADITIONAL SONGS IN GAELIC
O Ro Se Do
Le Fainne Geal an
An Buacaill ban
Rodi Mac Corlai
Jimmy mo mile Stor
Sean o Duibhir An
Haste to the
Tripping Up the
Off to California
Buck on the
A Nation Once
Brian Boru's March
The South Wind
Buachaill On Eirne
The Dear Irish Boy
Updated January 19, 2019