Yesterday, we held our last Afternoon Tea Ceilidh as part of the pilot year. We have been coming together every month to dance, sing, eat, drink and socialise since last October.
These ceilidhs have grown with each month. The atmosphere is always warm, welcoming and lively. We have welcomed groups from Tigh na Drochaid NHS Resource Centre, students of the Skills and Learning Programme at West Highland College, Budhmor Care-home, Alzheimer Scotland, Sense Scotland and Homefarm Nursing Home. Local Scottish country dancers, new parents, babies and toddlers have attended regularly, as well as some visitors to Skye.
Yesterday, we had three visitors from across the Atlantic join us – Catherine, along with her husband and cousin who were visiting from Saskatchewan, Canada and Los Angeles. Here is Catherine, who was excited to see the Canadian Barn Dance as her cousin’s grandparents came from the Ottawa Valley from where she believes the dance originates.
We had a special treat as singer-songwriter, Donald Livingstone joined the band and gave us some lovely songs.
The band has observed an amazing improvement in the dancing with each month that has passed. A Strip the Willow was one of the dances requested on Monday. Anyone who has ever danced one will surely tell you a Strip the Willow is no mean feat! We also enjoyed a Friendly Waltz, Canadian Barn Dance, Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant and Gaelic Waltz.
So, a big well done the dancers!
A big thanks also goes out to the musicians of the Breakish Ceilidh Band: Lis, Christine, Scott, Donald, Keri and John. Without them, we wouldn’t have had fantastic, uplifting live ceilidh music and songs every month. A special thanks to Lis for her fantastic dance calling.
We will not be holding Tea Ceilidhs over the summer months, but we hope to be back in September with more of the same. If you want to ceilidh with the Breakish Ceilidh Band before then, they will be playing at the Skye Food & Drinks Festival at Aros on 14th June.
Chì sinn a dh’aithghearr sibh!
See you soon!