March is Irish month, so my letter G is for Ghillies. These are the soft, leather, laced up shoes worn by girls in Irish dancing. They are used for reels, light jigs, and slip jigs, while hard shoes are worn for hornpipes, treble jigs, treble reels and traditional set dances.
Ghillies (soft leather shoes)
(this photo is from the web)
Irish ghillies are different from Scottish ghillies, in that they lace through loops, rather than through eyelets, and the toe openings come closer to the end of the toe than the Scottish version.
G is also for Garden of Daisies, which is the name of my blog. And most of you are thinking this:
But Garden of Daisies is also the name of an Irish traditional set dance. I am posting two videos, one with a band playing the Garden of Daisies music, and another with an irish dancer practicing this dance. There are lots of other set dances, with fun names like Blackbird, King of the Fairies, The Downfall of Paris and The Blue Eyed Rascal. I hope you have a chance to watch one of these dances live some day.
Don't miss the Irish Dance post from yesterday.