Cèilidh and Supper with Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band


Saturday 25 July at 8.00pm

Tom Fleming Centre

Price: £30 per ticket (includes food and professional, live Scottish dance band).

Buffet supper includes traditional Scottish stovies and haggis with vegetarian options.

There is also a bar where guests can pay for drinks (alcohol and non-alcohol).

Ceilidh band
Ceilidh band

What is a Cèilidh?

A cèilidh (pronounced ‘keli’) is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering.  It simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it involves dancing and playing Gaelic Folk music at a house party, large concert or a social hall or other community gathering place.

Dancing at cèilidhs is usually in the form of set dances or couple dances. A "set" consists of four to eight couples, with each pair of couples facing another in a square or rectangular formation. Couples exchange positions and dance in patterns - all the timekeeping in step with the music.

However, in the modern Scottish cèilidh, some couples' dances are performed in a ring, the lady moving to the next gentleman in the ring during the dance. Some of the dances are named after famous regiments, historical battles and events, others after items of daily rural life. The "Gay Gordons", "Hamilton House", and "The Stack of Barley" are popular dances in this genre.

Do I need to know the steps?

A "dance caller" will teach the steps before each dance. The Scottish cèilidh is not limited to younger people, and dances vary in speed and complexity to accommodate most age groups and levels of ability.

Who provides the music?

We are delighted to have the prestigious and best-known Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band.  An expert in traditional folk dance music, Iain and his musicians play for the Royal Family at Balmoral (their Scottish home) every year and are the leading cèilidh specialists in Scotland.  They will have a ‘caller’ who will teach the dances, making a great fun night for complete beginners or experienced dancers. It will be hard to get a more authentic Scottish cultural experience than this.  We hope you will join us…..! Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band - https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/hall-of-fame/iain-macphail/