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Ceilidh, Scotland

Saturday, March 20, 2010

This evening, I attended a community evening at Neilston, a small town about 10 miles from Glasgow. The event was centred around energy saving and reducing the carbon footprint. During the evening, the community benefited from entertainment including a group of 'exotic' drummers, the local Neilston & District Pipe Band and a Ceilidh Band.

Image below shows the drummers in action.

Pipe Band
The following two images shows the locals on a group march around the town with (battery powered) lanterns.

Pipe Band in action
Ceilidh Band in full flow.
Specialist Irish Dancer in action.

This proved an enjoyable evening with the Ceilidh attended by some 200 persons- a very successful and well organised event.


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Ceilidh Dance, Glasgow, Scotland

Saturday, January 30, 2010

This morning I am posting information and images from last evening's Ceilidh Dance held at Glasgow City Chambers in aid of Scottish Epilepsy Initiative.

Ceilidh is pronounced KAY-lay and is derived from a Gaelic word meaning visit or house party. The term has evolved to mean an informal Scottish traditional dance event.

At the event last night, music was provided by the Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra and the programme included a list of popular dances including Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, St. Bernard's Waltz and many more.

Also present were the McGinty Pinks and the Leaping Piper ( on which more below).

The venue was the sumptuous ballroom at Glasgow City Chambers which dates from the late 1880s. For more information on the City Chambers please refer my blog post of Jan 21st 2010.

Dancing in process. Refer also this video clip

The Leaping Piper

Next two images are of the McGinty Pinks, a very skilled quartet with pipes and drums.

This shows the Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra

Another view of the ballroom with 19th century chandelier


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Ceilidh at Glasgow, Scotland

Saturday, July 11, 2009

This evening I am posting a video from last evening's ceilidh in central Glasgow.

The name is a Gaelic word pronounced 'kaylee'.This type of event is popular in Scotland and Ireland and comprises an informal gathering with singing dancing and storytelling.



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