Ceilidh Dancing

We are experienced in providing music for weddings, Burns’ nights, parties and ceilidhs. We have played in church halls, school halls, marquees and in the Brighton Corn Exchange!

A standard ceilidh programme would include the following dances:
Gay Gordons, Scotch Mixer, The Flying Scotsman, Cumberland Reel, Dashing White Sergeant, Virginia Reel, Canadian Barndance, St. Bernard’s Waltz, Strip the Willow and the Eightsome Reel.

We can also provide background music with a Scottish flavour.

We work with several callers, all of whom are Scottish dance teachers who can choose and teach dances suitable for all levels of ability.

Simon

Hear a sample
(Strip the Willow - .mp3  833Kb)

(left) Simon Wales, one of our callers, demonstrating a dance.

Hear a sample
(Shetland Reels - .mp3  545Kb)

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Canterbury Burns 2006

(above) Rachel Wilton, another of our callers, with the band at Canterbury Scottish Association’s Burns’ Night ceilidh, 2006.

(above) Playing at the Canterbury Burns Association dance January 2011 (photo courtesy Carol Bryden)

HINTS ON ORGANISING YOUR EVENT

  • When booking your event, try to view the room where it will be held. It is best to have a room without a small wooden dance floor (made of blocks) set up in the middle as it is easier to dance on a floorboarded floor or one covered in carpet than try to dance around a raised floor more suited for disco dancing.
  • It is quite useful to have a room which is not L-shaped or with the bar in a separate room, as you will find people tend to disappear. Better to have one rectangular room with integral bar where they can stand and watch and hopefully be encouraged to join in!
  • If you plan to have a disco as well as Scottish dancing it is better to have the Scottish dancing first and then follow with the disco rather than alternate the two. This is because the Scottish dancing builds up throughout the evening and having breaks usually interrupts the momentum.