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Music Competitions

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
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instrumental:
    • 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.
  • 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.
    1. See below for suggestions of tunes to play:

      Traditional songs in English:
      (Please 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 Dublin
      The Sally Gardens
      The Shores of Amerikay
      Whiskey in the Jar
      Lannigan’s Ball
      Oft in the Stilly Night
      Believe Me if all these endearing Young Charms
      “P” Stands for Paddy
      My Parents Reared Me Tenderly
      The Lass of Glenshee
      Do You Love an Apple
      The False Knight
      Soldier, Soldier
      As I Roved Out
      Early In the Morning
      Black is the Colour
      Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore
      May Morning Dew

      O Ro Se Do Bheatha Abhaile
      Roisin Dubh
      Le Fainne Geal an Lae
      An Buacaill ban
      Rodi Mac Corlai
      Jimmy mo mile Stor
      Sean o Duibhir An Ghleanna
      Bead Aonach Amarach

      Morning Dew
      Mountain Road
      Boys of Ballisodare

      Blackthorn Stick
      Connaughtman's Rambles
      Haste to the Wedding
      Tripping Up the Stairs

      Off to California
      Kitty's Wedding
      Harvest Home
      Buck on the Mountain

      Terry Teehan's

      Julia Clifford's
      Connie Walsh's
      The Weaver's
      John Kelly's

      A Nation Once Again
      Brian Boru's March
      O'Neill's March
      Lord Mayo

      The South Wind
      Buachaill On Eirne
      Eamon a'Chnoic
      The Dear Irish Boy

      Updated January 19, 2019