Ceilidh!! Videos and Stills

Jun 5th, 2010, 09:05 PM
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Ceilidh!! Videos and Stills

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Ever been to a Ceilidh? We went to one in Edinburgh last month and it was more fun than should be legal. If you are in Scotland, be sure to find one and attend - it is an authentic Scottish experience and often they are held to raise money for a charity - this one was to raise money to help Edinbugh's homeless. We learned of it through the TI office.

Although part of my continuing trip report, I wanted to post this separately for those who may miss it otherwise.

See if you can spot "The Jew Dance." As the Ceilidh was going on, the caller put a Virginia Reel in the mix for any Americans that might be in the crowd. I said to DW, "next they will be doing a hora. " Wouldn't you know, the next dance was announced as "The Jew Dance." It cracked me up. If you have never seen men in kilts doing a combination of hora and hasidic dance, you'll see it now. Also try to spot a fellow who is the John Travolta of Ceilidhs. He is a young man in a kilt, long hair and a beard.

Have fun and turn the sound up.
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Jun 6th, 2010, 06:41 AM
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I neglected to mention that another good way to find a Ceilidh to attend is to check www.MikesCommunity.com
Many are listed there.
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Jun 8th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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Assembly rooms, huh?

Good you had a nice time.

(we're all taught the Virginia Reel in school- well, we were when I was at school)
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Jun 8th, 2010, 03:20 PM
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The Assembly rooms is right - you have a good eye sheila. The little we saw of Scotland makes us want to come back for more. BTW, "good time" is an understatement.
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Jun 8th, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Oooh, that looks like fun.

Sheila, I think I remember learning the Virginia Reel in my elementary school, I'm wondering if it's the same. I didn't notice that in these videos, but I might have missed one or two. Or I might have forgotten what it looks like. Or I might be completely making it up.

Never mind.
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Jun 9th, 2010, 02:56 AM
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I think the story is that it's a Scottish Country dance exported to Virginia by Scots.
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Jun 18th, 2010, 07:05 AM
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Thanks for posting the ceilidh videos & pics! Colin Maclellan, the caller with the Thunderdog Ceilidh Band (www.thunderdog.co.uk) who were playing that evening, is an expert on dances from all over the world. He often sprinkles in a few unusual dances at ceilidhs. I'm surprised that he called it "The Jew Dance" though - he would usually use the proper title. I was present that night but don't remember if Colin mentioned the name (and I can't recall it off the top of my head). I'll ask him the next time I see him ;-)

For a view of an Assembly Rooms ceilidh from the Thunderdog band perspective, have a look at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5aGWv2gYTY

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Jun 18th, 2010, 07:42 AM
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What a great response! It is wonderful to have such insiders info - perhaps we saw you there. When you see Mr. Maclellan, please tell him for us that he provided a most memorable evening for some yanks that was the highlight of a visit to a city of highlights, and for that we offer our deepest appreciation and thanks. As I said above, it was more fun than should be legal, and he was the one who made it so.
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Jun 18th, 2010, 07:59 AM
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I neglegted to thank you Mike for that great video link. I just showed it and your website to a collegue who will soon be in Edinburgh with her husband and some friends, and she is planning to attend the ceilidh on June 26th. Thanks again.
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Jun 18th, 2010, 08:23 AM
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Awesome! I wish I knew of that site when we went - on the list for next time. We would have loved to go to a great ceilidh!
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Jun 27th, 2010, 05:58 PM
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Thanks basingstoke2! I'll certainly pass on your heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Colin when I see him soon!

You may have seen me there. In fact, I'm on some of your videos I'm the big guy with the jacobite shirt, dark green Scott tartan kilt and boots with rolled down socks (to stay cool - in both senses of the word )
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Jun 28th, 2010, 12:39 AM
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I love a good ceilidh! We were also taught the Virginia Reel at school (in Edinburgh/East Lothian in the 80s). Along with the Gay Gordon, Military Two Step, Canadian Barn Dance, Eightsome Reel, Strip the Willow, and my all time favourite, the Dashing White Sergeant. And a few others I've probably forgotten.
Every year instead of an end-of-term disco we had a school ceilidh.
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