A tapped twist on tradition!
Blending three of the finest traditional talents in the world, Officially Tapped is a Unique Traditional Music and Dance act for Weddings, Corporate Functions and All Occasions!
Spanning the three rival counties of Kerry, Cork and Mayo, the lads leave the rivalry aside and come together to give you an explosion of three tapped styles of traditional music and dance! With hardcore traditional roots along with modern influences, Officially Tapped showcases a highly entertaining performance that is easily adapted to any stage, venue or audience.
The idea behind this dynamic group came at the 2014 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo, where the lads were the 'talk of Sligo' as they lit up the Main St, dancing and playing tunes ’til the early hours of the morning, just for the craic! The feedback from the crowds encouraged the lads to make sure they continued working on this exciting project, bringing about Officially Tapped!
Given the calibre and experience of these young performers, already having performed to thousands of people in trad shows and concerts all over Ireland, you are guaranteed to make your special event that extra bit special!
With a series of performances over the last year together, the boys have ‘Officially’ decided to say they are 'Tapped’!
Meet The Lads
Dingle native, David Geaney, a 5 X World Champion Dancer, is taking the world by storm. After an illustrious competitive career, amassing numerous major titles including the All Ireland, European, All Scotland and Great Britain Championships alongside his five world titles, he has now set his sights on choreographing and performing to audiences worldwide. He has already performed in the Czech Republic, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States.
In 2011, David’s dancing started moving away from the strict competitive style to a performance style when he took part in and won TG4’S An Jig Gig. In the same year he was a top 10 finalist in the Young Entrepreneur Programme, with performance dancing being his business idea. In 2012, he went on to win Kerry’s Got Talent, pitting his talents against dancers, singers and musicians alike with a prize fund of €5,000.
David performs regularly in his family’s bar, The Dingle Pub, dancing with live musicians and entertaining tourists from all around the globe since he was 14! It is here that he established his strong connection with live music, freestyling his steps to match the beat of the music….which isn’t easy! David, Shane and Paul showcase this strong connection at its very best, between the pulsating music and the two unique styles of dancing.
With his talents well recognized at this stage, and with Riverdance and the likes an option, David has decided to remain at home to finish his degree in the University of Limerick studying Economics and Mathematical Sciences. This has allowed David to focus on his own projects like ‘Officially Tapped!’ , while performing to thousands of people from all over the world with various trad shows all over Ireland.
Dubbed ‘The present day Fred Astaire’ by world renowned musician Sharon Shannon, amassing over a million views online for various dancing performances, the global online sensation and 2014 Irish Dancing Magazine's Man of the Year is sure to keep you entertained!
Sean Nós Dancer
Shane Creed hails from Clondrohid, a small village in Co. Cork. He firstly learned the art of set dancing from an early age from his parents at their weekly ceili in Ballyvourney, Co. Cork. To this day, Shane can still be found dancing sets in The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney on a Thursday night; his appetite for sets has never left him. There are many set dance festivals all over Ireland that Shane religiously attends. One of the highlights of the year for Shane was going to Manchester every October to the Sean Dempsey Set Dance Festival, where he won the Sean Nós Dancing Competition on a number of occasions.
Shane got transfixed by the rhythms and energy of Sean Nós dancing and decided to teach himself this new art form. Shane’s style of Sean Nós dancing is about unique steps where the rhythms and movements are different from any other Sean Nós style out there. He is often praised for the ‘soul’ he brings to his dancing. The fact that Shane is self-taught means he has the ability to come up with new steps that are a little bit tapped!
Shane has been lucky enough to perform all over Ireland, England, Sweden, and as far afield as Brazil. He has performed at some of his favourite Irish festivals, such as The Dingle Trad Fest and The Con Curtin Festival. He has danced with the amazing band ‘Caladh Nua’ on a number of occasions, as well as his favourite duo, ‘Begley and Cooney’. He has also collaborated with the well-known Galway musician Yvonne Fahy.
This new project of ‘Officially Tapped’ has created a great blend between the Sean Nós stylings of Shane and the powerful Irish Dancing of David; through the note playing of Paul.
From Hollymount, near Claremorris in Co. Mayo, Paul Clesham began learning music at the age of eight, progressing quickly to learn the fiddle, accordion and the melodeon. He was taught by Bernie Geraghty from Ballindine, Co.Mayo for many years. The Mayo man has a Diploma in Classical piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, to add to his world class concertina playing, along with six All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles in Melodeon and Grúpaí Cheoil with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ballindine, and Céili Band with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Foxford. Paul also won the Senior Concertina and Senior Accompaniment competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015.
Since graduating with a first class honours degree in Music and Irish, he then progressed further to completing the BMus degree in UCC. Following completion of the BMus degree, Paul was awarded the Seán Ó Ríada memorial prize in UCC for Irish traditional music performance, along with being awarded the Mary V. Hart memorial prize for obtaining the highest result in the BMus examination for 2015 with another first class honours degree. He was awarded a scholarship from UCC to study Music for a semester at the prestigious Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA in 2012.
Paul now enjoys teaching music around Cork. He enjoys playing music with other people in various places around Cork, Munster and at various festivals, as well as around his native area in Mayo. He has a keen interest in Traditional Irish music, Classical music and many other genres of music from around the world. He received a Gold and Silver medal at the World Championships of Performing arts in Los Angeles in 2009 for piano. His music has enabled him to travel and perform in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Greece, and Sweden.