Ceilidh Experience 2015
A sell out ceilidh was the culmination of the 2015 Ceilidh Experience course at the stables, and a packed dance floor saw the debut performances of 4 brand new ceilidh bands.
If you walked in on the ceilidh in full swing you wouldn’t have known that these were all brand new bands making their first appearance. The bands played with and energy and a confidence that kept the dancers on their feet and having a great time. Under the expert guidance of caller Bob Adams an audience of family, friends and ceilidh fans had an amazing evening of music and dance.
The expert team of tutors of Jenny Newman, Andy Glass and Simon Care, had done a fantastic job supporting the participants all the way through the course, with advice on tunes, techniques, and the performance skills needed to play for a dance audience.
The aim of Ceilidh Experience is to give anyone interested in traditional and folk music the chance to have ago at playing in a Ceilidh band and play for a real dance event. The players learn tunes and form small ceilidh bands, practice with a ‘caller’ and on a professional stage with sound equipment.
Four bands emerged from this year’s course. Each bands in turn playing for 3 different dances and across the evening gave the audience a taste of a wide range of dances and tunes. The evening finished off with all the bands and tutors joining together on stage to create one huge band for the final dance.
Now in its 6th year , the Ceilidh Experience gives has over the years over 120 players a chance to be in a Ceilidh band and play for dancing. Players have come form a wide range of musical backgrounds, some new to folk music, some new to playing in any kind of band, others who’ve been looking for opportunity just to get together with like-minded players.
Every Ceilidh Experience throws up something new and delightful – from combinations of instruments that you may to normally see in a ceilidh band, to a new tune written by one of the participants, or a whole bunch of people who never imagined they would like folk music, let alone play it, discovering a new reason to get out there and play.
Many players form the Ceilidh Experience course go on to play in ceilidh bands, and some of the bands formed during the course carry on and become regular gigging bands, taking the ‘Ceilidh Experience’ to even more people.
The Stables is delighted to be linking with Towersey Festival, to take a bit of the Ceilidh Experience to Towersey. As a community ceilidh band project it’s great for the Ceilidh Experience to be able to take part in such famous festival, especially when it’s just down the road! We are hugely excited about playing for a ceilidh on Sunday afternoon at the festival, and look forward to seeing lots of ceilidh enthusiasts there.