Irish Black Bottom

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Tap dancing started with African settlers in early America who would beat out rhythm in their dances with brushing and shuffling movements of the feet. Irish dance mixed with African-American tap dance and formed modern tap dancing which particularly evolved through the years 1900 to 1920. In New York, there were even “challenge dances”. A rivalry developed between two great dancers fromdifferent traditions – Master Juba, an African-American dancer, and John Diamond, an Irish-American. Traditionally there werethree judges at these challenges – one fortime, one for style and one for execution. Master Juba won the majority of these dance-offs, but together, they helped invent tap dancing. New York and other large cities became important breeding grounds for new art forms because, as New York journalist and novelist Pete Hamill noted, “people who were not like each other came up against each other, and then learned from each other …If Master Juba had stayed in Africa and the Irish had stayed in Ireland, none of this would have happened where they came from. Tap dancing wouldn’t have developed in West Africa. Tap dancing wouldn’t have developed in the west of Ireland. They would have stayed parochial and marrow”.
A dance of equal popularity to the “Charleston” of the 1920s was the “Black Bottom”. The Black Bottom started in New Orleans and worked its way to New York. It was named after the muddy bottom of the Mississippi River. It was derived from a basic tap dance groove and was embraced by all members of society to become a hugely all-popular dance of the 1920s. The great Louis Armstrong wrote a song documenting the Irish influence which he named, “The Irish Black Bottom”..

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from Beyond the Bog Road, released March 4, 2016
{Words & Music: Venaele / Armstrong, 3:42}

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