The dance group, made up of seven irish dancers from Galway, Clare, and Cork, began in businesslike at the 2017 Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, Clare, but it did n’t in truth take off until the summer of 2020, when Ireland was beginning to recover from the first roll of COVID-19 .
Ronan O’Connell, one of the group ‘s founding members, told IrishCentral that the group had not seriously devoted time to making capacity until the startle of this summer when they joined TikTok, a enormously popular video-sharing app among teens and young adults .
“ We ‘d in truth just been a group chat for the better separate of two years up until this July, O’Connell said. “ We had an Instagram page of about 300 followers who were just our friends It was equitable for the craic actually. We never took it besides badly and we were n’t dedicating time to making content. ”
That all changed this summer, however, since all seven dancers had finally graduated secondary school, O’Connell said in the group ‘s first gear video recording on TikTok, and the group ‘s rise has been meteoric always since they joined the app .
Cairde, named after the Ennis chocolate patronize where they used to hang out that means “ friends ” in Irish, now boast more than 1.5 million followers on TikTok, a merely stagger calculate for a page that started less than four months ago .
The group – consist of Dara Kelly, Francis Fallon, Stephen McGuinness, Seamus Morrison, Brian Culligan, Ethan Sean, and O’Connell – has made a name for itself by putting a modern turn on irish dance, repurposing the traditional steps to fit mod beats and songs, and they have been a huge murder around the world .
Their most popular television, posted on August 28, has been viewed more than 80 million times and generated more than 13.5 million likes. It is besides one of the independent reasons for the group ‘s success, O’Connell said .
The video, set to the viral tune “ Banjo Beats, ” is the fourth-most liked video recording on TikTok that uses the music .
O’Connell said : ” We were following the trends on TikTok and putting our own spin on them when I found the birdcall ‘Banjo Beats. ‘ There was n’t even a course associated with it, it was just a sound that was doing well .
“ I thought, ‘we have to use this, it ‘s actually a banjo and has the lapp time as irish dance. ‘ The strait was about made for us. We fair got golden in that sense and we ‘ve fair been to keep the momentum going. ”
The dance that propelled Cairde to TikTok superstardom took less than two hours to put together, from coming up with the steps to actually performing them, O’Connell said .
Their efforts were good worth it though .
On the sidereal day Cairde recorded their Banjo Beats video recording, they had 70,000 followers on TikTok. The day after they posted the video recording, their follower count exploded to more than 300,000 and the video had been viewed a whopping 14 million times .
For a group that had started as a “ piece of craic, ” their newfound fame was difficult to process .
“ We were addicted to our phones. It was difficult to put them down, ” O’Connell said. “ It was brainsick. It was even unvoiced to sleep that night without picking up the earphone. ”
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Cairde, however, were lone getting started. They have seized on their newfound momentum to build a following that they could have hardly imagined four months ago .
The group has now appeared on The Late Late Show on RTÉ in addition to several Irish radio shows, while it is fielding calls from american talk shows and endowment shows who are desperate to fly them over .
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“ We got offered America ‘s Got Talent, but we had to turn it down because it ‘s not truly feasible with the way things are at the consequence, ” O’Connell said. “ We ‘re still hoping to go out to the US to do a few chew the fat shows and, in the future, hopefully we ‘ll get some shows of our own out there. ”
The group, who competed against and amongst each other at some of the highest levels of competitive Irish dance, is clearly ambitious as evidenced by its goal of making it to American stages, but their ambition is not misplaced .
They have found a captive audience in the United States, which makes up more than 30 % of its audience demographic. Older Americans are interested in connecting with their irish inheritance, O’Connell said, while younger ones are more impressed by the alone blend of traditional dancing and modern music .
Their newfound social media fame has helped to spread Irish dancing all over the populace to a generation that had never even heard of it, O’Connell explains .
“ It ‘s been capital for the whole irish dance community. I think we ‘ve given it a fresh light. Loads of people have been commenting on the video recording asking if it ‘s wiretap dance .
“ They have no mind that it ‘s irish dance. It ‘s nice to know that people are seeing Irish dancing for the inaugural clock on our account, doing it in a modern stylus with modern music. ”
Cairde is the most popular irish dancing group on TikTok by some distance and it has proved immeasurably popular outside of Ireland, with the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and the Philippines making up the exceed five countries in its hearing demographics .
The group has managed to spread the beauty of irish dance in the in-between of a ball-shaped pandemic and will soon offer a Cairde workshop, where fans can learn some basic steps .
You can check out all of Cairde ‘s viral choreographies on their Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok pages .
*Originally published in October 2020.
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