What Is Ceilidh?

WHAT IS A CEILIDH?

CEILI, BARN DANCE OR HIGHLAND FLING

Originally the word Ceilidh (kay-lee) descended from the Gaelic word for ‘gathering’ or ‘party’… However, these days when people think of a Ceilidh, they think of a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company!

As for the rest: they all mean pretty much the same!

The beauty of a ceilidh or Barn Dance is that everyone can take part, young or old, experienced dancers to beginners and even those with two left feet!

Not all your guests will be interested in Disco music and many people are nervous on the dance floor – but with a Ceilidh you’re walked through the steps so there’s nothing to be worried about!

…and with Licence to Ceilidh’s unique combination of traditional tunes with modern funky rhythm section, musically there’s something for everyone!

No experience is necessary! You and you’re guests will be under the watchful eye of our professional caller who’ll be with you every step of the way – walking you through the moves before each dance and continuing to call out helpful hints through out the rest of the dances (with Licence to Ceilidh our Callers come as standard when you book the band and with years of experience calling for us).

Having a Ceilidh is the perfect Icebreaker! Whatever the occasion, from team-building days, to Weddings and Birthdays, Office Parties, Corporate Functions or Student Nights!The emphasis is on having fun and being sociable!

What Is Ceilidh? Licence To Ceilidh
What Is Ceilidh? Licence To Ceilidh

Those with a bit more experience often like to request the Eightsome Reel. This is the most complicated dance we offer, but a favourite with the Scots!

Then we round off the night with a good old fashioned Auld Lang Syne!

Other dances in our usual Scottish set-list include:
Virginia Reel Military Two-Step
Cumberland Reel Flying Scotsman
Canadian Barndance Cumberland Square 8 (the one with the baskets)
Circassian Circle St. Bernard’s Waltz

Please ask to see our sample dance list for a larger range of Scottish dances – if you can’t see your favourite dance, why not request it?

SCOTTISH CEILIDH

A SCOTTISH CEILIDH WITH LICENCE TO CEILIDH:

This is our speciality and what we get the most call for…

Our caller usually starts with the classic Gay Gordons and makes sure as many guests who are capable of standing get involved! After this initial icebreaker, it’s often difficult to get even the most reluctant punters to sit down again!

The next is the Dashing White Sergeant – a favourite with the gentlemen as it calls for having one lady on each arm!

Later in the night we’ll be sure to do the famous Orcadian Strip the Willow! Everyone’s favourite – a raucous affair with lines of people stretching all the way down the room…

What Is Ceilidh? Licence To Ceilidh
What Is Ceilidh? Licence To Ceilidh

IRISH CEILI

AN IRISH CEILI WITH LICENCE TO CEILIDH

Licence to Ceilidh also perform for lots of Irish events! For these we include a few well known Irish dances like The Bridge of Athlone, The Seige of Ennis or Waves of Tory, paired with some general favourite, easy to teach and fun dances that are popular across all traditions.

We tailor the music to a more Irish repertoire, including lots of well known tunes to suit the feel of the evening… Creating a night of entertainment with strong Irish links, that’s still inclusive for all and suitable for any beginners!

We also tone down the tartan, ladies wear green dress or black with green sashes and gents wear smart black suits with green ties!

If you’d like to add that extra Irish touch try including an Irish Flute/Whistle player and or a Bodhran (see our Larger Line-ups page for more info and ideas). We’ve done repeat bookings for Irish nights for Co-operation Ireland, Vinopolis and more…

ENGLISH CEILIDH

AN ENGLISH CEILIDH WITH LICENCE TO CEILIDH

Licence to Ceilidh also have a lot of experience performing for English ceilidh and barn dances!

For these we would tailor our set-list to the most English ad general fun dances we do like the Cumberland Square Eight, Cumberland Reel, Riverside Jig and the Circassian Circle.

What Is Ceilidh? Licence To Ceilidh

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