FOOTNOTES Ceilidh and Barn Dance Agency

Ceilidh / Barn Dance

Why have a Ceilidh or Barn Dance for your social event?

A Barn Dance or Ceilidh is a great way to enjoy an evening's entertainment.

A Barn Dance / Ceilidh is not only great fun, but it's suitable for anyone to do and with little or no experience. From the oldest to the youngest member of your group, in fact even for anyone who has never danced before, everyone can have a really good time at a Ceilidh / Barn Dance.

The music is not intrusive and has a special quality of its own and together with a fun, experienced caller, will make your party enjoyable and your audience want to dance!

From surprise 50th birthday parties, to weddings, to church socials, a barn dance can be enjoyed whatever the occasion.

What is the difference between a Barn Dance and a Ceilidh?

There isn't really much difference between the two. The dances are fairly similar. The main difference really is where they come from. Barn Dances are associated with English dancing, whereas the Ceilidh is more associated with Scotland and Ireland but the Irish spell it differently - Ceili.

The dances may not be the same but they will be for anyone to do.

Some of the titles for English dances are:
'Oxo Reel'
'Circle Waltz'
'Circassian Circle'

Scottish dances will include:
'The Dashing White Sergeant'
'The Gay Gordons'

Irish ones will include:
'Bridge of Athlone'
'Waves of Tory'

Irish Ceili's

Irish Ceili's are also very popular. They are fun and easy to do.

With a fun caller and a good band, you're guaranteed to keep your feet tapping all the way through.

Sue can provide 'hot' Irish ceili bands from either a three or a ten piece band. Both will include a caller.

Both bands can either play for dancing all night or if you prefer, can include some singing.

The bands are:
a three piece led by Sue: the other two members are part of the Lowlands Fiddle Band. Instrumentation includes Sue on fiddle, Ken on banjo and Peter on guitar.
The ten piece band is the Lowlands Fiddle Band which is also led by Sue. You can find out about them on FOOTNOTES band page.

Scottish Ceilidh's

Scottish Ceilidh's are also very popular.

Unlike a formal Scottish night, the caller will walk you through the more familiar Scottish ceilidh dances.

For example, 'The Dashing White Sergeant', 'Strip the Willow'. 'The Eightsome Reel' and the most widely known of all, 'The Gay Gordons'.

Sue can also provide a Scottish band for your ceilidh.

Her duo Schottische, plays exciting, lively Scottish dance music and will have you up on the dance floor in no time at all!

Schottische are a more recent band. Sue and Les play fiddle / keyboard and piano accordion. Although they have only worked together for a couple of years, they have a wealth of experience playing for ceilidhs in their various other bands.

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