Aye, we are still in lockdown, and the summer holidays are likely to be cancelled for all of us. But that doesn't mean we canna dream.
A wee bit of a laugh during the epidemic of Bogroll (toilet paper) panic buying which appears to be sweeping the western world driving lots of people crazy. I don't understand it and don't want to. I came across this tune called "The Smell of the Bog" and liked the title so I learned it for this moment in time to commemorate the occasion. This tune is an Irish traditional one I understand. It would be a hornpipe though I like it a wee bit faster. And the Bog might refer to the toilet or the peat bog. The lovely accordion is a Saltarelle Clifden.
https://youtu.be/dgZlpJkUgBE 'Up the Noran Water', it's a song I heard first from the late Jim Reid. He had put the melody to the words of a poem written many years earlier by Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975). The poem was called 'Shy Geordie' and features a young Angus mother who is pregnant out of wedlock. It was [...]
https://youtu.be/xCMcDRr3Ef0 Margaret's Waltz First Dance idea or a waltz at Wedding I had a special request to play this tune on my YouTube Channel by Kevin Dempsey. He is a regular at the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club and they have been dancing Rosa's Waltz to this tune. He also suggests it is a great tune for [...]
elebrate Burns night in style on Saturday the 25th of January 2020 at the Knowes Hotel in Macduff with a traditional Burns Supper ceilidh. Since new owners Wayne and Linda took over the Knowes and reimagined the building and services on offer, this family-run hotel has developed an excellent reputation. With great reviews, fantastic sea views, attention to detail with an emphasis on local produce, a Burns ceilidh here with Iron Broo is sure to be a great Burns supper recipe. Enjoy a fabulous 2 course Burns supper, a piper, a free Dram for the toast and a fantastic Burns ceilidh with the Iron Broo Duo.
The Garlogie Ceilidh with the Bothy Ballad King. The Garlogie Ceilidhs were on Sunday afternoons at the Garlogie Village Hall and were well attended by people from far and wide. The hall was full of tables and there was no space left for dancing. It was more an open mic ceilidh where local personalities got [...]
The Saturday before Christmas is a great way for folk to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas holiday with family or friends at a traditional Scottish ceilidh. A bit of entertainment and merriment is great for health. Tickets available online. Limited availability.
The Hogmanay Ceilidh is one of the most significant events of the year for any ceilidh band or lovers of Scottish culture. This New year's eve we will be at Pittodrie House for another fantastic ceilidh. Pittodrie House is a fantastic venue for a ceilidh. It's not miles away from Aberdeen, and it has a cosy charm about the place with excellent staff.
I have been told a few times recently that I'm not good at selling myself. The truth is it's because generally, I don't like people who are good at selling themselves. It's something ingrained in the northeast of Scotland psyche. Naebody likes a big heid. I've always been conscious of this. I really enjoy creating [...]