Swing with your sweetheart, dance a reel with the rellies, fling with your friends, grab a group for the Gay Gordon, do it with us at our 2018 Ceilidh.
Date: 17 November 2018
Time: Doors open at 6.30, music from 7pm
Venue: St Mary’s Hall, Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Refreshments: BYO Food and Alcohol – water and soft drink on sale
Ticketing info: from $20.00 pp, no charge for 12 and under.
What’s a Ceilidh, you ask? How do you even say it?
Firstly, it rhymes with ukulele (Kay-lee), and is a big rowdy evening of music and dancing. Traditional Ceilidhs can include story-telling, balladeers & poetry, as well as jigs, reels, and other Scottish dances. There is usually a set-dancing component of Scottish Country dances, and these are usually ‘called’, meaning you don’t need to know the steps to have a good time.
We are excited to be holding our first Ceilidh in a while. A ‘Ceilidh’ is literally a gathering, so we are bringing people together who want a good night of music and dancing. Groups of friends will love to come along especially for the sets, but it’s just as much fun if you don’t know anyone – you will soon meet them! And you don’t need to have danced before – there will be tunes for the newbies and the old hands (and feet).
We have the wonderful Borderline Kaylee coming from Melbourne to entertain us. Borderline Kaylee regularly play a variety of Celtic & folk music events, in Victoria and interstate, recently playing for the City of Melbourne Pipe Band’s gala dinner celebrating their 120 year anniversary. You can find out more about them on facebook @BorderlineKaylee.
And while the night isn’t featuring the Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band – bagpipes are sure to make an appearance at some point!
The Ceilidh is on in the recently renovated St Mary’s Hall, which has a longstanding tradition of hosting dances for the Castlemaine community. The hall is centrally located, an easy distance from the train station with ample parking.
The night is a fundraiser for Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band, so along with relentless dancing there will be raffles, lucky door prizes, photo opportunities, as well as some band merchandise for purchase. You can ‘tartan’ yourself up for the evening, but the main thing to remember is your dancing shoes for your twinkle toes.
Tickets are limited so GET IN QUICK!