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Ceilidh Dance Friday 28th October 2016

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     OCTOBER  DANCE  2016


       Friday 30 October turned out to be  a beautiful autumnal evening.  However it failed to bring out the expected large attendance for the Association’s first Ceilidh dance of the season, there being only sixty seven dancers present. President John Johnston opened the evening with a warm welcome to everyone and introduced the artistes who were to entertain us later in the evening.


       First up was solo accordionist Wullie (he said it) Scott,  who played three dances for the first part of the evening.  The Ceilidh artistes Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal then took the stage and entertained us royally for twenty or so minutes. Eilidh and Mark are well known locally. Eilidh lived in Helensburgh some years ago but now lives in Edinburgh, as does Mark. She is a virtuoso violinist and Mark is a full time career guitarist.  They played a great selection of Gaelic songs and traditional folk music, which was much appreciated by all.  A second helping of dance music by accordionist Wullie Scott took us neatly to the interval. 

        The refreshment break and presentation of raffle prizes followed for the next half hour. The raffle raised the magnificent sum of £190, which will be added to the sum already raised for charity. 


         The second half was a copy of the first half, ie dance period,  songs by Eilidh and Mark and a final dance session by Wullie, which featured some of the newer dances, viz,  Waltz Catherine and Edinburgh Mixture, both of which were a welcome addition to the programme . 


        The president brought the evening to a close with thanks to everyone who made the evening a resounding success. 


       The next dance will be on Friday 25th November at 8.00pm.  Please note that Xmas and Hogmany dance tickets  are now on sale from John Johnston and Bill Irvine respectively.


(See 'Future Events' section for the November Dance Programme) 



Accordionist Wullie Scott



Our Resident Piper Bruce Shearlaw 


Ceilidh artistes Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal
 Well Done the Dancers!
 A fine lookig couple!
And finally, here we have the author of our reviews for about the past year - Many thanks Bill, for all your literary work.. 
Last Updated on Monday, 07 November 2016 10:33

Monthly Function Friday 30th September 2016

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         This report must necessarily begin with an abject apology to all who were  in any way inconvenienced by the advert in the Lennox Herald and in our own web site, that the dance on 30th September was to be a Ceilidh and dance, when in fact,  it was simply a normal end of the month dance.  It was caused by our reporter simply misreading the calendar , and not by, in the words of Winston Churchill, a juxtaposition of elbow and other parts of his anatomy. 


(Don’t forget, Bill, that the 'proof reader', Ronnie, busy loading the web site and submitting the ad must also share a little responsibility for the slip up!!)


         That said, the actual dance was a very enjoyable evening, for the ninety members and guests who attended. Among the guests were some Australians, who energetically danced the night away and seemed to enjoy their visit to a genuine Scottish  dance evening.


         President John Johnston opened the evening by welcoming everyone and introduced the band for the evening – the Steven Carcary Scottish Country Dance Band  The band comprised, on drums, Kevin Milne; on second accordion Graeme Bell and on first accordion, the man himself, Steven Carcary.  


       During the interval, the raffle prizes were drawn. The raffle raised the magnificent sum of £243 which of course will be added to the already accumulated sum for distribution next year. The evening concluded with the votes of thanks and the singing of Auld Lang Syne.   


      The next event will be the aforementioned Ceilidh Dance, on 28th October when the artistes will be Eilidh Steele (fiddle) and Mark Leal (guitar). They will be playing a variety of gaelic and other songs.  Eilidh and Mark are well known in the area and we look forward to welcoming them.  


     An announcement will be made about the forthcoming Xmas and New Year Dances and names will be taken for both dances during the evening.  The prices are as follows:-

Xmas Supper Dance :  Members £13.50 : Non members £16.00  ( Friday 9th Dec at 7.30pm)

 Hogmanay Party Dance : Members £12.00 : Non members £17.00  ( Saturday 31st Dec at 9.00 pm.)


Steven Carcary Scottish Dance Band 

Well Done the Dancers, and a delight to see some younger guest's tonight.... 
Must be the Brittania Two Step!
A couple of poser's!  Nice photo... 
You two should be up dancing!! 
Great night had by all.....
Last Updated on Friday, 07 October 2016 22:27

Monthly Function Friday 26th August 2016 2016

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      The final Summer Dance was held on a fine evening, in the Osprey suite of the Commodore hotel on Friday 29th August and was attended by  sixty seven  keen members and friends. A warm welcome was extended to all by President John Johnston 

   The evening was a great success, thanks to the excellent music of the Scott Band Dance Band Trio, comprising drummer Kevin Milne, keyboard player  Bill Euan  and accordionist Scott Band.   This band has never played for us before but were so good, they will assuredly be asked back in the future.

     The raffle raised the magnificent sum of £181 which will of course be added to the pot for distribution in 2017.   

     The next event will be a Ceilidh and Dance on Friday 30th September, when the band will be the Steven Carcary Scottish Dance Band. Guest artistes will be fiddler Emma Steel and guitarist Mark Neal, both of them solo artistes but will also be entertaining us as a duet.  

      Membership fees have largely been paid over the last few weeks but a few still remain to be paid. It would be appreciated if this could be done fairly soon. 


Monthly Function Friday 29th July 2016

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Monthly Dance - 29th July, 2016.                  

Another very sociable and enjoyable night at the `dancin` has come and gone.   Over 70 attended the function in the Osprey Suite of the Commodore Hotel and danced the night away to Nicky McMichan and his Band - Nicky himself on lead Accordion, Matthew MacLennan on 2nd Box and Andrew Barrie on Drums.     The music was well enjoyed by all with good tunes to listen to and, more importantly to the Dancers, impeccable timing to dance to..


The interval provided the Dancers with some refreshments (tea and coffee) and the usual raffle.   This month the raffle generated £186 which helped us to a small profit overall on the night.  Many thanks to those who bought tickets on the night and to those who donated prizes.


Membership subscriptions are now due (£5 per annum or £40 life membership) and Ian Yule did a sterling job collecting monies and distributing the Syllabus on the night.  Ian will continue to take memberships until October, 2016.


Numbers attending over the past few months have been a bit up and down, but hopefully with Autumn just around the corner, numbers will improve.  We are a sociable group, all keen Dancers and we do endeavour to attract (successfully!) the best Bands around.


Our next Dance will be on Friday, 26th August, 2016.   See you all there and why not bring a friend!!


Monthly Function Friday 24th June 2016

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Monthly Function……24th JUNE 2016

             On  Friday, 24h, June was certainly not “bustin out all over”  but was  balmy enough to attract a smaller than usual crowd of sixty two dancers  to make their way to the Commodore hotel, where they were welcomed by President John Johnston.  John introduced the members of Liam Stewart’s Scottish  Dance Band  Trio who played their way through to the interval in a really rousing non- stop  manner.  The band had travelled some fair distance to be with us. Drummer Malcolm Ross had travelled from Arbroath, while Bobby and Liam Stewart had come from Galston.  It was generally agreed that they were one the best bands to have played at any of our functions.   

            During the interval, tea and coffee were of course served and the raffle was drawn. The sum of £158 was raised which will be added to the sum for donation in 2017. 

            The second half got under way promptly and the remainder of the evening’s dancing passed all too quickly. It seemed no time at all when  the President thanked  all who had helped make the evening a success. “Auld Lang Syne “ rounded off what was a very enjoyable and successful occasion.  

The next function is again a dance  on Friday, 29th July, at 8pm in the Osprey suite , Commodore Hotel.           


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