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DANCE TO TIPPERARY - Irish, EDM, Celtic, Rock, Pop, Trance music collective and DJ SET "Tipp' DJ" with many Top 30 Hits, No.1 Dance Singles, infectious tunes, party energy and timeless anthems. 

Dance To Tipperary are an Irish, EDM, Celtic, Rock, Pop, Trance music collective and DJ SET "Tipp' DJ" with many Top 30 Hits and No.1 Dance Singles under the belt including their biggest hits The Fields Of Athenry (Celtic F. C. Mix), The Irish Rover, The Foxhunters, Stop The Rock and Ole, Ole, Ole (We're Up For The Cup).

"The most successful exponents of techno diddley-aye are Dance To Tipperary" (Irish Times September 2008).

Illustrating their global appeal Dance To Tipperary have sales in more than 35 countries.

 

Round 1

The story of Dance To Tipperary began in London back in 1998.

In the midst of a flourishing UK dance scene, a new niche was forming in north London attracting London's numerous Irish musicians. One of the favourite haunts for this emerging scene was The Winning Post pub, a stones throw from Rayners Lane tube station in north London. Setanta Sports' screening of the Irish GAA Championship attracted a growing crowd of regulars to The Winning Post who wanted entertaining with Irish Music and Guinness 

With Riverdance at the peak of its popularity and the powerful techno beats of the club scene predominant, a group of musicians and producers decided to introduce some serious beats to Irish music. A meeting with Y-Tribe, 90's dance music hero's, led to a trip to the studio. Singers were found, beats were selected, tunes were played - all recorded and mixed on tape! A new blend of Irish Music was created.

Dance To Tipperary was created, played a first ever live show at London's Mean Fiddler during March 1999 and the first self-titled album, Dance To Tipperary, was finally completed in early summer 1999. With their unique sound, Dance To Tipperary quickly became a hit with fans. Their first single, Ride On, became an instant summer favourite on national radio in Ireland.

 

Round 2

That summer the band were invited to play at a number of high profile gigs and venues, including the prestigious RTE 2FM Beat on the Street and a second live gig at London's Mean Fiddler. 

Dance To Tipperary quickly gained a reputation for live music performance on the dance scene and news of the band travelled over to Ireland.

A request from the NSPCC for a track for their Full Stop album led to the band's first live TV performance of the single In The Ghetto on the Kelly Show in November 1999. In the Ghetto entered the Irish charts pre-Christmas 1999 and remained there into the new millennium.

The band continued making the trip from Ireland to London and back again – journeys which quickly became the stuff of folklore!

Gaining more and more fans on the way, the band appeared live and played their unique blend of Irish Music at The Guinness Village at the Cheltenham Festival and perform on the River Liffey in Dublin, as part of the first St. Patrick's Day celebrations of the new millennium. The band even worked some St. Patrick's Day revellers into such a frenzy that they even decided to jump into the river causing the second show that day to conclude one song into the encore. 

Dance To Tipperary's next single, The Irish Rover, entered the Irish top ten in February 2000 and remained in the charts for the next 7 weeks.

The album Dance to Tipperary was also riding high in the charts, achieving a top 20 position by the end of that month. The bands debut album, "Dance to Tipperary" continues to sell to this day.

At this time Dance To Tipperary's music was used extensively in the soundtrack to the internationally acclaimed TV series Relative Strangers starring Brenda Frickler which was shown on RTE, BBC as well as networks in Germany, Australia and USA. 

 

Round 3

Dance to Tipperary's fourth single, The Foxhunters, was released in September 2000, and the band performed as special quests at the 2FM Most Wanted Total Beat at Dublin's Point Depot, performing alongside Sophie Ellis Bector, Mark McCabe and DJ Visage. The live performance of the band's version of The Fields Of Athenry was particularly well received that night.

In the autumn of 2000, Martin O Neill and Celtic Football Club were laying the foundations of what became a memorable season for the team, culminating in the treble. Dance to Tipperary re-recorded their version of The Fields Of Athenry and it became the "Celtic F.C. Mix". The band performed at Celtic Park in the spring of 2001 and the video promo was filmed. 

When The Fields of Athenry (Celtic F.C. Mix) was released in May 2001, it entered the Irish dance charts at No 1, where it stayed for 10 weeks becoming one of the best selling singles of the year.


Round 4 

By the middle of 2001, work had begun on a second album. The reason for the unique title of this album, which is named email@thecliffsofmoher, was down to then lead singer, Danielle who had a habit of disappearing to Internet cafes on promo tours.

The running joke was that whenever Danielle went missing, everyone presumed she was emailing somewhere. During a visit to the beautiful Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, Danielle momentarily went missing and it was commented that there's no email access around here! The joke stuck and the new album name was discovered. 

email@thecliffsofmoher was released in November 2001 with the first single The Rakes of Mallow released a month earlier.

The second single from the album, Great Moments With You, was released in December 2001, in memory of the band's friends Emma, Mark, and Bertie Fisher who died in a helicopter accident earlier in the year. The record launched for the Fisher Foundation, provided the band with their 7th chart single in a row. 

St Patrick's Day was approaching and Dance to Tipperary released the third single from email@thecliffsofmoher, Any Way You Want It. Two days after release the late great Tipperary rally driver Frank Meagher died in a testing accident. Frank was a great gentleman and had helped to promote the band to the rally fans of Ireland. 

Anyway You Want It gave Dance to Tipperary their eight hit single when it entered the charts later that week, but out of respect for their late friend the band withdraw the single and all St. Patrick's Day activities.

Summer 2002 saw World Cup fever reach Ireland. "Here Come The Good Times" was the album of the summer, featuring Dance to Tipperary's Fields Of Athenry (Celtic F.C. Mix), alongside U2's Beautiful Day and The Corrs' So Young on an album to celebrate Ireland's qualification for the 2002 World Cup.
Dance to Tipperary had their own celebrations planned, filming the video for Ole' Ole' Ole' (We're Up For The Cup) in The Winning Post.
 
All set for release on a Friday in Ireland, news began to filter through to The Winning Post on the Thursday that Roy Keane had returned home from Saipan. Despite this event, Ireland had some stunning performances and made it to the quarter finals of the World Cup. Ole' Ole' Ole' (We're Up For The Cup) followed them up the charts allowing the band to enjoy 5 weeks of chart success during summer 2002.
Success for the band continued in 2002, receiving a nomination for a Meteor Ireland Music Award in the Best Irish Dance Act/DJ category along with Stewart Dot Doogan, David Holmes, Mark McCabe and John Power.
October 2002 saw the release of  The Singles Collection, by Warner's Ireland and the single emails@thecliffsofmoher, which gave Dance to Tipperary their tenth Irish chart entry.

 
Round 5

Celtic FC. qualified for the UEFA Cup final in 2003 and Dance to Tipperary recorded The "Bhoys" Are Back In Town". The track entered both the Irish and UK charts on the week of the game but the dream result was not to be.
Dance to Tipperary were invited and performed at the Ireland vs Albania Worlds Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road in Dublin in 2003.
Later that year, the band made a headline appearance at the The Rose Of Tralee International festival to coincide with the release of their third studio Life Goes On.

At about this time, the band was struck a big blow. One of the band's record distributors ceased trading, leaving Dance To Tipperary with no payment for their earlier release. Without distribution and payment, the words of their previous single Don't know What you've Got Till Its Gone began to become a reality.
 
Round 6
 
But as that album title said "Life Goes On."  

Dance To Tipperary members performed with Horslips legend Johnny Fean at "The Boy Is Back In Town" concert at The Point Depot, Dublin, in August 2005 to celebrate the life and music of Philip Lynott on the weekend his statue was unveiled off Grafton street in Dublin.

The music business has become a changed landscape since those heady days 10 years ago. The Winning Post is now The Man Of Aran where Ambrose Gordon continues the wonderful days of ten years ago, Dance To Tipperary (DJ set) was launched in 2008. In a digital era Dance to Tipperary's unique sound is shining through again.
The band's extensive catalogue of hits is now distributed in the digital world.
  
2007 saw the World Rally Championship visit Ireland for the first time and Dance to Tipperary recorded Its Rally Ireland Time. The single was released exclusively on 7digital where it spent 2 weeks at No.1.  

During 2008 the band's music becomes available and downloaded at all the large online music stores. More than a decade on Dance To Tipperary the Irish music hit continues with downloads all over the world and some of their tracks featuring on the download charts at many stores. Dance To Tipperary has a growing group of new fans around the world alongside their original fans.


Round 7

When Dance To Tipperary released their third album Life Goes On the band progressed from a dance beat influence to a rock and pop sound. This continued with the release of Dance To Tipperary's fourth studio album Return To Me.

The album featured 11 brand new tracks including the epic title track Return To Me which has recieved many accolades from online fans and was playlisted at RTE Radio 1 Irelands main national radio station during summer 2011.

A "Special Edition" of the album Return To Me is available and includes 5 additional bonus tracks including radio mixes of Never Let It Go and I'm Sorry.


Round 8

CELTIC CLUB ANTHEMS - The Irish Sessions Dance To Tipperary DJ SET was released March 2012 and included the Dance To Tipperary DJ SET single The Irish Rover (The Bantry Bay Remix)  and achived a Top 10 position at Amazon.com for MP3 Downloads in Dance/Trance.  

Dance To Tipperary DJ SET appeared at ShamrockFest 2012, RFK Stadium, Washington D.C. during March 2012 to promote CELTIC CLUB ANTHEMS - The Irish Sessions album.

The Official Dance To Tipperary DJ SET YouTube Channel "Tipp'DJ" was lauched and the video for The Irish Rover (The Bantry Bay remix) - Dance To Tipperary DJ Set is poplular online for St.Patrick'sDay festivities 2012 proving most popular on Dailymotion, Vevo and YouTube.

As Irish fans worldwide prepared for EURO 2012 the Ole, Ole, Ole (EURO 2012 Remix) was released on June 8th just as EURO 2012 began in Poland and Ukraine. It included the Dance To Tipperary DJ SET- Ole, Ole, Ole (EURO 2012 Remix) "Tipp'DJ Euphoria Extended Club Mix" and was a featured release on iTunes in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the week of release.

London Olympics 2012 was a wonderful occasion with some great Irish muisic and craic at Irish House 2012 where Ole' Ole' Ole' 2012 Remix received many an airing including when Katie Taylor won gold. 

 Round 9

A new collaboration and a brand new "Tipp' DJ"  Irish / Celtic EDM single was announced in January 2013 as Midem began and was released March 2013. 

During March 2013 Dance To Tipperary tracks including CAVALCADE became available on Beatport. Beatport is the largest music store for DJs in the world. 

Tipp'DJ headlined the return of Irish House to London for St. Patrick's Day 2013. 

Preparations and planning began to celebrate 15 years of Dance To Tipperary releases during 2014.

Round 10

Full details of 'Seven Drunken Nights' single release and 'Greatest Hits' album release to celebrate 15 years of Dance To Tipperary releases were announced October 2014.

Dance To Tipperary Greatest Hits was released on November 28th, 2014. 

During Easter 2015 Dance To Tipperary announced: "a well-earned hiatus for a while to recharge the batteries, write some tunes and return new and refreshed during 2016".

Round 11

As Euro 2016 began in France on Friday 10th June 2016, Dance To Tipperary were pleased to announce the release of Ole, Ole, Ole (EURO 2016 Remix). The track was made available from all good download stores and streaming destinations as Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign got underway.

Round 12

Wishing everyone a safe, great and very happy St. Patrick's Day 2017. Slainte! #FIONNGHUALA 

Round 14

A summer mix of #FIONNGHUALA is released during summer 2017 and early stage preparations being to celebrate 20 years of Dance To Tipperary during 2018 & 2019. 

Round 15

During November  2017 a new Dance To Tipperary logo is revealed online as preparation begins in earnest to celebrate 20 years of Dance To Tipperary. Also in November Dance To Tipperary is announced as the new title sponsor of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for 2018, 2019 & 2020. www.irishtarmac.com.