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The Stanley Ceilidh

2008

At long last I've finally put pen to paper for the Stanley Ceilidh Report from that tail end of last year. It doesn't seem like eight months since we closed the doors on another successful weekend of traditional Scottish music at the Tayside Hotel.

Musicians, dancers, enthusiasts and Bon Viveurs made the annual pilgrimage to the sleepy Perthshire village on the Tay in anticipation of the weekend's entertainment. They were not to be disappointed in terms of the quality of music they heard.

Hamish MacDougall SDB

Over the weekend of 7 th -9 th November 2008 over 60 musicians performed on stage to entertain the assembled audience. Visitors travelled from as far apart as England, Ireland and the Shetland Isles. I'd like to make special mention of the Shetlanders who are now “in with the bricks” at the Ceilidh. Every year a contingent of around 25 make the not insignificant journey South to take in the weekend. Your contribution is very much appreciated, the Ceilidh now just wouldn't be the same without you.

This year's Saturday evening dance was in the able hands of Ian Hutson and his Scottish Dance Band, very much in their own patch and delighting the appreciative and knowledgeable Scottish dance music aficionados in attendence. Six of the country's finest musicians playing at the top of their game in their instantly recognisable relaxed but driving sound. A great band, great tempos and in great form.

Ian has been a regular attender at the Ceilidh for many years and was well overdue his crack at the dance.

Ian Hutson SDB

An alphabetical list of musicians who performed reads as follows:

Ian

Adamson

Sprinfield

Drums

Stuart

Adamson

Newcastleton

Accordion

Iain

Anderson

Gartocharn

Accordion/Piano

Scott

Band

Blairgowrie

Accordion

Graham

Berry

Newburgh

Piano

Jim

Berry

Newburgh

Accordion

Bill

Black

Stanley

Accordion

Christine

Black

Edinburgh

Fiddle

Duncan

Black

Edinburgh

Accordion/Piano

Gordon

Brown

Kelso

Accordion

Duncan

Burns

Doune

Drums

Iain

Cathcart

Law

Accordion

Shirley

Cathcart

Law

Accordion

Lynne

Christie

Aberdeen

Accordion

Joanna

Cockburn

Dunbar

Piano

James

Coutts

Dysart

Accordion

David

Cunningham

Kinsleith

Accordion

Scott

Cunningham

Kinsleith

Drums

Neil

Dawson

Afford

Fiddle

Carol

Dobson

Newcastleton

Fiddle

Colin

Donaldson

Inverness

Accordion

Karen

Ferguson

Dunlop

Accordion

Marie

Fielding

Rumford

Fiddle/Concertina

Heather

Fraser

Inverness

Drums

Graeme

Garrick

Shetland

Accordion

Colin

Garvin

Livingston

Accordion/Piano

Bill

Gillie

Kelso

Drums

Scott

Gordon

Westhill

Accordion/Drums

Susan

Gordon

Westhill

Fiddle

George

Gray

Alloa

Drums

Mabel

Gray

Alloa

Piano

Andrew

Gregory

Cardiff

Accordion

Caroline

Hardie

Earlston

Fiddle

Martin

Henderson

Shetland

Piano

Joe

Hunter

Gulberwick

Drums

Ian

Hutson

Blairgowrie

Accordion/Piano

Caroline

Irvine

Whalsay

Accordion

Linda

Irvine

Scalloway

Fiddle

Pauline

Irvine

Aberdeen

Fiddle

Niall

Kirkpatrick

Mull of Oa

Accordion

James

Leask

Lerwick

Accordion

John

Leask

Lerwick

Drums

Louise

Leslie

Bathgate

Piano

Scott

Leslie

Bathgate

Accordion

Hamish

MacDougall

Muir of Ord

Accordion

Mark

MacDougall

Newcastleton

Piano/Bass/Fiddle

Fraser

MacInnes

Tobermory

Drums

Matthew

MacLennan

Kiltarlity

Accordion

Alasdair

MacLeod

Crofthamie

Accordion

Ross

MacPherson

North Connel

Accordion

Nicol

McLaren

Blairgowrie

Accordion

Robert

Menzies

Closeburn

Accordion/Fiddle

Dave

Millward

Kilmelford

Accordion

Jim

Nichol

Pathhead

Piano

Scott

Nichol

Pathhead

Accordion/Piano

Callum

Nicolson

Shetland

Accordion/Drums

Tom

Orr

Lanark

Accordion/Piano

Davie

Scott

Dundee

Drums

Gordon

Smith

Tranent

Drums

Lindsay

Weir

Livingston

Accordion

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the weekend included an impromptu fiddle duet from Marie Fielding and Linda Irvine on the Saturday afternoon, some magnificent playing from the entire Tom Orr SDB. We really were blessed with some of the finest talent the music scene had to offer.

Marie Fielding & Linda Irvine entertain Fraser MacInnes

For the second year running, Marina Bruce travelled down from Lerwick and did an outstanding job of selling raffle tickets during the weekend. Marina sold almost £900 of tickets single handed. A remarkable feat, and one which we are very much indebted for. Thanks Marina.

Another regular visitor to the Ceilidh, Edmund MacKenzie from Plockton contributed £320 to our collection. This amount was the proceeds of a collection tin in his busy Craft Shop over the past year. Edmund has done so much to promote and support the ceilidh over the years. In addition to his many donations to the event, Edmund sold significant quantities of our first release on CD “The Stanley Ceilidh – Volume 1” through his shop and connections in the West Highlands and Islands. A lovely gentleman, with a heart of gold.

Again as in previous years large raffles were held on both evenings and all prizes and offerings are very much appreciated. None more so than the two hampers abound with goodies of food and drink which were donated by Jim & Sheena Cathcart, Robert & Jenny Campbell and Dave & Lil Millward. These featured as star prizes in each of the Friday and Saturday night raffles and were well worth winning.

Scott Gordon and Graham Berry again contributed in no small way by helping to supply the PA equipment and also thanks are due to Graham for his expertise with his knobs.

Pudsey

Once all expenses had been covered the total profit made over the weekend amounted to £2,300. All monies raised at this year's event as in previous years are destined for the Childrens Hospice Association Scotland [CHAS].

Jo and Neil Hardy bought the Tayside Hotel around two years ago and this was their second year as our hosts. Again, the service and assistance we received was excellent. They were always on hand to offer advice and went beyond the call to ensure we had a successful weekend in their hotel. Also thanks are due to all the hotel staff who helped during the weekend.

Ticket sales for the Saturday dance have worked very well over the past five years. Our previous adopted method was to sell dance tickets from 1pm on the Saturday afternoon. The reason for this being twofold:

1. to control dance entry numbers to a manageable level and

2 to encourage listeners to attend the Saturday afternoon free session

Regardless of this, we are still aware of unhelpful criticism levied last year when tickets sold out. I personally am bewildered by this given the number of times I announced where and when tickets would go on sale for the dance.

2009 Stanley Ceilidh

This year's event is causing some headaches already given the introduction of the new Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 which ironically comes into effect from 1 st September 2009.

We are now, apparently, required by law to employ qualified door stewards to control numbers in line with the premises limits. We believe the limit on the Friday night is sufficient given the concert style seating layout of the function suite, however we are strictly limited to 125 patrons for the Saturday night dance.

We have taken the decision to sell tickets for the Saturday night dance in advance of the Ceilidh. Tickets are priced at [SOLD OUT] £10 each which includes stovies during the interval. To purchase tickets please call Shirley Cathcart on 01555 771021. These will be available on a first come first served basis.

Please note, that entry on the Friday night is free of charge and tickets will not be required.

Stanley Ceilidh – Volume 2 CD

Work is nearing completion on the much awaited Volume 2 CD. Our aim is to release the CD at this year's Ceilidh, with 14 fantastic tracks recorded live over the last couple of years.

The dates for the 2009 Stanley Ceilidh are 6 th – 8 th November 2009, I'd like to reiterate that all who attend will be made most welcome, the Ceilidh is a charity fundraising event with the emphasis on fun and music.

Any enquiries should be directed to Shirley or myself on 01555 771021.

 

Iain Cathcart, July 2009

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