Ceilidh News Archives

Old archived ceilidh news and past events.  These are some of our archived events. We keep this old stuff for prosperity and because we are sentimental about our work. 

Archie Foundation Ceilidh
We organised a fundraiser ceilidh for the Archie Foundation.
Janie's School Ceilidh
Janie’s School Ceilidh

Old Ceilidh News….

Altens Thistle Hotel AberdeenDinner & Ceilidh Night with Iron Broo Scottish Themed dinner. 3 courses.

 Saturday 24th November 2012  7pm for 7.30 start.Ticket price including Dinner £19.95 per person.Special offers Available *  per person to stay over, price includes the 3 course meal and ceilidh.
*Contact the Hotel 01224 244603 or email letsmeet.aberdeenaltens@thistle.co.uk 

Bring in the new year with Iron Broo (and a wee dram or 2)
at the Hilton Tree Tops Aberdeen

Hogmanay Gala Ball at the
Hilton Aberdeen Treetops

31st December 2012 –  contact the hotel on 01224 313377

Bid farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013 in style at the Hogmanay Gala Ball at the
Hilton Aberdeen Treetops. Enjoy a sparkling drinks reception at 7:00pm with dinner being served in the ballroom at 7.30pm prompt. With a feast of mouth-watering dishes and a variety of entertainment in the lead up to the bells including Bucksburn Pipe Band, top ceilidh band IRON BROO and disco, the Treetops is the perfect venue for your New Year celebration.
The party will continue until 2:00am.
£80.00 per person
Please note: Children aged 16 years and over are welcome to attend the ball but
must be accompanied by an adult and will be charged the full adult rate.
Dress code: Formal
Download the hotel brochure for details and Hogmanay ceilidh accommodation specials.

Iron Broo Christmas Ceilidh 2010

Saturday the 18th of December 2010
Culter Club – Cairn Road – Peterculter – Aberdeen – AB14 0QD
Starting around 8pm till midnight.

Come and help us celebrate Christmas with a Cracker of a Ceilidh!Iron Broo are back at the Culter Club this Christmas for another night of festivities including the special Iron Broo Hamper Raffle and special guest ballroom DJ Gene Abel for fans of ‘Strictly’ All dances are called and all are welcome. Works parties, families, relatives….etcSpecial reservations accepted for large groups.

Tickets £10 each / £4 for under 16 / Children under 6 are free.

Plus – You’ll get a free sweetie!!!!

Advance tickets available from charlieabel@ironbroo.co.uk 

or by calling Charlie on 07802 861390.

Aberdeen’s St.Andrews Celebrations Ceilidh ChallengeTuesday 30th of November 2010
The Challenge: To create the biggest Gay Gordon’s dance that Aberdeen has ever seen! Which shopping centre will win by getting the most shoppers twirling around the floor?

● Taking place simultaneously at each shopping centre.
● Watch the live TV screen link ups to see who’s got the most dancers taking part in the ceilidh.
● Music provided by Scottish Culture and Traditions Association and Iron Broo
● Get dancing, cheer everyone on and enjoy the atmosphere. The faster and louder the better.

(Come Join Iron Broo at the Union Square Shopping Centre)Kilts For Kids CeilidhSat 20th November 2010 – Elgin Town Hall
At around St Andrews day each year, Children 1st hold various ‘Kilts for Kids’ events to raise money for this vital charity which provides support to families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them to recover from abuse and promote children’s rights and interests.

This year, our local group have organised a Ceilidh with stovies at Elgin Town Hall on Saturday 20th November. Music will be provided by one of the best Ceilidh Bands in the North; Iron Broo.

Dancing begins at 8pm and doors open at 7:30. Bring you own bottle is the order of the night and be prepared for a good physical workout. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know any of the dances as a ‘caller’ will explain each dance.

Tickets are £12 and can be purchased by calling Sandy Duncan on 01343 860388 or Andy Jamieson on 01343 860367.

AUSA Celtic Society Ceilidh ‘Heat the Hoose’

– The Blue LampFriday 22nd of October 2010
Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA) Celtic Society are holding a Ceilidh with the Iron Broo Duo of Fred Wilkinson (bouzouki) and Charlie Abel (accordion). All dances will be called, no experience is necessary.
The Ceilidh is being held in the legendary Blue Lamp, on the Gallowgate in Aberdeen – Surely the most famous Live music venue and finest pubs in Aberdeen. In case you’ve not been there before just look for the actual Blue lamp on the wall above the door. The entrance to the Ceilidh is through the revolving door to the right of the lamp up the hill.
There will be a raffle during the interval. Dancing will be from 7.45/8pm till midnight. The bar usually remains open till 2 if you are in need of some lubrication after the ceilidh.
The music will be lively.

Tickets are £4 for Celtic Society members and £5 for non members.
Tickets are available on the door.The R.N.L.I. need Lifejackets.Iron Broo Accordionist Charlie Abel (me) will be taking part in The Great Scottish 10K on the 5th of September 2010 in Glasgow after an invitation from fiddler Sharon Hassan. Sharon along with fellow musicians Rachel Hair and Maeve MacKinnon came up with the  Traddies for 10k idea to get as much traditional musicians as possible to get up out of their beds early on a Sunday morning and run for 10K through the streets of Glasgow in the Great Scottish Run.  I would like to also use the opportunity for my effort to try and raise funds for the R.N.L.I. Who as many of you may know rely 100% on donations from the public. Saving lives at Sea is an expensive business. I aim to try to raise £500 to buy a Lifeboat crew some lifejackets. 
 Please visit my Justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Charlie-Abel-IronBroo or click the widget above and donate some dosh. Please dig deep and help me to raise enough for some lifejackets.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

The R.N.L.I. is not supported by any Government Money. It relies 100% on donations from the public to maintain it’s running costs.

Here’s an example of it’s costs….

  • £16 – pair of crew gloves
  • £55 – personal flare pack
  • £40 – crew member’s boots
  • £90 – thermal suit
  • £180 – safety helmet
  • £500 – crew lifejackets

I would like to raise enough money to at least buy the crew some lifejackets on one Lifeboat so please help me by giving a donation.

Every day an average of 22 people are rescued by the RNLI’s lifeboat crews around the coasts of the UK and Republic of Ireland. This service is only made possible because of the personal courage and commitment of  brave volunteers, their high quality equipment and their regular specialist training. Rescue doesn’t come cheap and is made possible by their dedication, training and commitment.  People from 45 communities around Scotland volunteer to crew RNLI lifeboats and in 2008 they rescued 762 people. Over a third of these rescues took place in the dark and Scottish RNLI crews spent a total of 1,642 hours at sea going to the aid of people in need of rescue. As an independent charity they rely on public donations to ensure rescues are possible.

So please dig deep,


***********SOLD OUT! *********Fantastic Highland Ceilidh with Iron Broo***********SOLD OUT! *********
Fundraising for the Archie Foundation at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Friday 30th July 2010.The Stag Ballroom – Mar Lodge – Braemar.Delicious Hogroast by Sheridans the Butcher, Ballatar. – Bar Available.Tickets £15 with Transport – £10 without Transport.Transport from Banchory by Bus. For further details and advance tickets contact Fay Jolly on 013397 41233email  Fay Jolly for Ceilidh Tickets

All dances will be called – no experience needed – 8.30pm start.



Victory Hall Aboyne 1st May 2010
Ceilidh organised by Aboyne British Legion.
Tickets Available from Ian Christie on 013398 86094
Tickets £10 each.
Licensed Bar Available.

Dance away the winter Blues with a fantastic May Day Ceilidh with a favourite Doric Detox –  Iron Broo.


Spring Ceilidh at CulterFriday 14th May 2010

Spring Ceilidh Night with Iron Broo
8pm till midnight
All welcome.
Ticket Information:£8 each. – £4 under 16 – Under 6 Free

Tickets available in advance  by email 

Tickets by phone call Gene Abel 07885 719863

Venue Detail:Culter Club, Cairn Road, Peterculter, Aberdeen. Christmas Ceilidh 2009
The Annual Iron Broo Christmas Ceilidh

A fantastic Ceilidh open to the public. All dances will be called, no experience necessary, friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Take two Aberdonians, a Dumbartonian and a Hungarian, what have you got? One of the North East’s finest Ceilidh bands Iron Broo who are back at the Culter Club for another Iron Broo Christmas Ceilidh.

This year on Saturday the 19th of December for another Reindeer reeling evening full of festive frolics. No experience is necessary for dancing as the bands experienced caller will guide the dancers and prancers through all the steps before take off. Iron Broo will also be joined by last years special guest Ballroom DJ disk spinner GENO G.

Saturday 19th December 2009
8pm till midnight.

Ticket Information: £8 each. – £4 under 16 – Under 6 Free

Venue Detail: Culter Club, Cairn Road, Peterculter, Aberdeen.

C.L.A.N. Ceilidh Saturday 14th of March 2009

At the Forum – Aberdeen

Charity ceilidh at the Forum, Skene Terrace Aberdeen, opposite the City library.  Saturday 14th March 2009, doors open 7pm – midnight. Tickets cost £15 inc. stovies. There are 350 tickets available. Raising funds for CLAN under climb for CLAN Everest 2009. Which aims to raise £50,000 through a series of fundraisiers. This being the last one before Allan Thomas goes off to climb Everest in April/May.

Contact Allan via the above website, this email address –
thomastravel@hotmail.com  or phone 07920 567150.

The Mad Friday Christmas Ceilidh 2008

Christmas Ceilidh at the Culter Mill Sports and Recreation Club, Peterculter, Aberdeen.Friday 19th of December 2008
After the success of last years Mad Friday Ceilidh, this year is sure to be a stotter.
There will be a special M&S Hamper raffle. ( this is no ordinary hamper…)
And a special guest appearance by DJ GENO G of Culter Club Dance fame, and Legend in the Nigg House Music Scene.
Iron Broo will be starting the Ceilidh from around 8pm till Midnight.
Families, Friends, Parties, All are welcome.
Ticket information will be available from October 2008.

Iron Broo Ceilidh – Inverurie Town Hall

Supporting the British Heart Foundation – Aberdeen Heart Nurse Appeal
Stovies Supper and Ceilidh with Iron Broo at Inverurie Town hall, Friday 28th November 2008, 7.30 till midnight. 

Friday the 28th of November 2008.

Licenced bar and fabulous raffle with prizes including hampers, vouchers, whisky,
meal for 2, Clay Pigeon Shooting and a football signed by Aberdeen football team.

Tickets available from:

Lyndsey Wallace
25 Rashieley Road
AB51 3YQ


Aberdeen Music Hall Ceilidh

Saturday 13th September 2008

Take two Aberdonians, a Dumartonian and a Hungarian, what have you got? One of the North-East’s favourite Ceilidh bands, Iron Broo, who are back at the Music Hall for another Full Monty Ceilidh night after playing at Ceilidhs and weddings up and down the country. No experience is necessary as the audience will be guided through the steps to all the dances while the band tear through some driving sets of tunes featuring many of the band’s own compositions.

Tickets available online from the Box website

Tickets cost £10 each Concession £2 off.
8pm start.

Erskine Fundraiser Ceilidh

SAT 28th June 2008
Erskine and Combat Stress Ceilidh. Iron Broo Ceilidh in association with Erskine and Combat Stress.

Britannia Hotel, Bucksburn, Aberdeen. 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets priced £10 each. (under 16’s Free entry!)

A plate of Stovies or Macaroni for the each dancer, included in ticket price.

Tickets available from Ann Henderson on 01224 716100 or on the door.

T in the Park 2008.

Sunday 13th of july 2008
Iron Broo are back in the Ceilidh tent at T in the Park for another, much demanded dose of elbow-crunching goodness. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket for this festival, come in to the Ceilidh tent and Ceilidh with your Wellies on.  This time you must shout at Fred if you know us. Shout –  ‘Ingin’ Johnny fars yer plottie.’

Aberdeen Parachute Regiment St.Andrews Ceilidh

Saturday the 17th November 2007 – Douglas Hotel, Market Street. Aberdeen.

A St Andrews Night PRA ‘fund raiser’ with the accent on “Reel FUN”
Saturday 17th November 2007
7.00pm ‘til 11.30pm
£10 per person (includes Stovies supper)
Tickets available from:
Sportsman’s Club bar – Tel No 322795
Or PRA committee
Tel No’s 316825, 852361, 01651 821967

Bring your own parachute.

T in the Park 2007

Iron Broo return to T in the Park this year and will be blasting out the Ceilidh goodness in the Ceilidh Tent on Sunday the 8th of July 2007.  3pm till 5pm.
Hope to see you there and remember to shout “Mince and Tatties” if you know us. Then we’ll ken your there.

Moray Ceilidh Club

Iron Broo will be playing at the Moray Ceilidh Club on Saturday the 21st of April 2007. Held at the Bishopmill Hall Elgin 8pm till midnight
Tickets are available from the club.

Aberdeen Music Hall

 Iron Broo are back  after popular demand for a full monty Ceilidh at the Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen, on Saturday the 11th of November 2006. Tickets are £7 or £8 each and are available from the Aberdeen Box Office website. Start training now!

are you still here?

Charity Ceilidh Night – Aberdeen Northern Hotel

25th November 2006
Another chance to catch Iron Broo in Aberdeen this November, they will be playing at a charity Ceilidh and Stovie night run by the Aberdeen Paras Association. It will be held at the Northern Hotel, Aberdeen on Saturday the 25th of November 2006.
There are a few tickets left for this event, so nip on.

Contact Bob Crocker for tickets, priced £10 each.

“The James Green Skydive* was a great day, he did us proud and raised some £4500 for Erskine!” – Bob Crocker. Aberdeen Paras Association.

* 81 year old battle of Arnhem veteran James Green made a charity fundraising tandem parachute jump with the Parachute Regiments world famous freefall display team the Red Devils on the 7th July at Kingsmuir Airfield St Andrews Fife.

Mr Green last parachuted in 1960 with the 15 Para TA unit B company from 800 ft, James made his tandem jump from 13000 ft to raise funds for the Aberdeen Paras and Erskine, Erskine care for ex-service men and women throughout Scotland, Aberdeen, Inverness and currently have 21 former service men and woman in care at Fairview nursing home at Danestone in Aberdeen.

Iron Broo – With T.T In The Park – UK’s Best Music Festival 2005 (as voted by YOU in the UK Festival Awards 2005)

Iron Broo are once again performing in the famous Ceilidh Tent at “T in the Park“, Balado by Kinross on sunday the 9th of July 2006, from 3pm till 5pm.  If you are one of the lucky people to have tickets for the event, come in and Ceilidh if you think you can handle it!

Iron Broo in Spain

Iron Broo have recently completed a small tour of Spain in the Alicante region, and a great time was had by all. Spanish food and wine is excellent, and after returning to a cold snowy Scotland the band were reminded of this fact whilst stopping at a road-side chipper on the way to a gig in Elgin last Saturday.