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Ceilidh Dance Friday 24th February 2017

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Ceilidh Dance Friday 24th February 2017 


On a rather wintry evening, the first Ceilidh of 2017 took place in the Osprey suite of the Commodore hotel. A rather poor attendance of sixty nine dancers ignored the weather and enjoyed an evening which surpassed expectations.


The evening opened with a stirring pipe selection by Bruce Shearlaw. Bruce informed us that this was his first piping evening since last year. It was certainly worth the wait. Bruce was followed by two popular dances where the music was provided by the ever popular Stuart McKeown.


Next up were the Deans Sisters, Emma and Rachel, who royally entertained the dancers with a lovely selection of Gaelic songs. The sisters are well known in Gaelic circles as they are gold medal Mod singers. They certainly demonstrated why and showed their versatility by performing their solo and duet songs beautifully.


More dances and songs made up the first part of the evening and the interval arrived on schedule. The raffle was drawn during this interval and the impressive total £207 was raised. The money of course, will be distributed to charity soon.


The second half of the evening followed the format of the first half with Bruce, Emma, Rachel and Stuart once again performing brilliantly. The evening passed all too quickly and it was soon time for President John Johnstone to round off the evening with votes of thanks to all who had contributed to the success of the years first Ceilidh.


The next event will be our monthly dance, on Friday 31st March at 8.00 pm, when the band will be the talented Lomond Ceilidh Band.


Guidheam slainte ghnath bhl mar ribh  ..... Let me wish health always to be with you.


(Please excuse the lateness of this report. It was due to the ill health of the author...... He should have got his flu jag!!!!) 


Guest Singers, Emma & Rachael Deans along with Bruce, our Piper and Stuart McKeown on Accordion..

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:05

Monthly Function Friday 27th January 2017

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The first dance of 2017 took place on 27th January in the Osprey suite of the Commodore Hotel, where seventy dancers took the floor to the music of the Ian Anderson Scottish Dance Band . The band comprised Ian on accordion, Gus Millar on drums  and Neil MacMillan on keyboard. 

A lively programme of dances was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The presentation of the dances in quick-fire, shorter rounds was greatly appreciated.

At the welcome  interval, tea, coffee and biscuits were served and the raffle was drawn. The wonderful amount of £200 was raised and will be added to the current amount of money raised for charity.  

  As usual, the second half of the evening passed all too quickly and it was soon time for President John Johnston to close proceedings with votes of thanks to all who had contributed to the success of the evening. 

The next event will be a Ceilidh/dance evening and will take place on Friday 24th February, when the band will be the Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band. The guest artistes will be the popular sisters team of Emma and Rachel Deans, so a great evening is guaranteed. 




Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:47

Hogmanay Dance 2016

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Geilston Hall, Cardross, was the venue for the Association’s final function of the year 2016. Eighty eight dancers and guests enjoyed a Hogmanay ceilidh dance until the early hours of New Year’s Day to the wonderful music of the ever popular Stuart McKeown’s Ceilidh Dance Band. A Group of nine younger dancers from Luss joined the assembly and contributed greatly to the jollity of the dances.  As the president remarked “ they lowered greatly the average age the assembled throng “.


The evening began promptly at 8pm with an introduction from President John Johnston who warmly welcomed everyone. The first one and a half hours  were devoted to dancing  followed by a half hour interval for refreshments and the drawing of the raffle prizes. The raffle raised the magnificent total of £185 for charity. so a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated so generously.


Two more hours of dancing took us to the end of 2016 and at the stroke of   midnight, the year 2017 was ushered in.  The traditional balloon free-for-all scrum ensued, interspersed with hugs and kisses all round.  Eventually, normal service was resumed and the stirring sound of Pipe Sergeant Darren Lynch’s bagpipes  returned the dancers to some form of normal behaviour.


        A kilted figure (committee member Jim Gray) then made an appearance carrying a bottle of the national drink. He gallantly passed his whisky around the company and wished everyone a very  happy New Year.  

Bonhomie and alcohol then took over the proceedings and some peculiar versions of The Dashing White Sergeant were observed. There appeared to no casualties and the final hour passed too quickly. Suddenly it was time  for the votes of thanks and the president closed the evening (and morning) by thanking everyone for their attendance and in particular, the people, who had in any way, helped make the dance a resounding success.




        Please note that the next function will be the usual monthly dance on 27th January in the Osprey suite, Commodore Hotel, commencing at 8pm, when the band will be the Iain Anderson Scottish Dance Band.  



Christmas Supper Dance 9th December 2016

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CHRISTMAS DANCE    9th Dec 2016


The eagerly awaited Christmas Supper Dance took place on December 9th in the Commodore Hotel. It was attended by some 110 dancers who enjoyed the excellent music of the Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance Band Trio. The band consisted of Nicky McMeechan on drums; Derek Hamilton on keyboard and Charlie himself on accordion.  Derek also competently supplied the vocal accompaniment.

The evening began promptly at 7.30 pm and the interval arrived all too soon. During the break an excellent supper of steak pie or salad, tea or coffee was enjoyed by all.  Much to our delight, the hotel management decided to serve each table separately this year and the arrangement proved to be a great success A very impressive array of prizes was then distributed to the raffle prize winners.  The raffle raised the magnificent sum of £240 , which will of course, be given to charity.

It was then time to welcome our star guest – Santa Claus.  He parked Prancer, Dancer and the other seven reindeer in the carpark while he distributed parcels of  sweets to all the tables. ( Mercifully he didn’t sing !!)

           The second half of the evening got under way and a great selection of dances was enjoyed till midnight  The evening concluded with votes of thanks to all who had made the evening a great success and a monetary gift was passed to the staff in recognition of their endeavours through the whole year.    

The final event of 2016 will be the Hogmanay dance , to be held in the Geilston Hall, Cardross, where the band will be the ever popular Stuart McKeown Scottish Dance Band Trio. Doors open at 8pm, the dance will start at 9pm  and finish at 2am.

              Please note that as of 11th December, some twenty tickets are still available for sale to members and non-members.  Contact number (01389 841728)


The  Association committee wishes all members a very happy Xmas.


Round the Tables.. 















Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance Band 


Our Special Guest Appearance!


Santa helps with the raffle






Well Done The Dancers!


Well Done The Dancers!


There's that Christmas Teddy again!! 

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 December 2016 23:10

Monthly Function Friday 25th November 2016

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       On  a chilly  autumn evening, sixty five members and guests gathered in the Osprey suite of the Commodore hotel for their November dance.   They certainly weren’t disappointed. The evening was a great success mainly due to the wonderful music played by the Wayne Robertson Scottish Dance Band. They went through the pre-arranged programme at express speed, without long intervals between dances and actually had time for four extra dances. Their format was much appreciated by all.


       They did stop to allow the dancers some tea/coffee refreshments and to accommodate the raffle. Despite the rather poor attendance, the raffle raised the

sum of £165 which, of course will be added the sum already collected for charity. 


       The dance was closed just short of midnight  by  vice- president  Ian Yule who thanked all who made the evening such a success. 


       Please note that tickets for the Xmas dance on 9th December are now in short supply. For the few remaining tickets, please contact President John Johnston.


     There are, at time of writing this report,  84 tickets sold for the New Year dance. The remainder will be on sale at the Xmas dance. Payment for ALL tickets should be paid on that evening to committee member Bill Irvine.  Please try to pay at a suitable interval, so the dance floor can be kept clear.   

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:15

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