One Hull Of A Ceilidh

If you are planning ‘One Hull of a Ceilidh’ sometimes called a barn dance is a great way to get your friends and family together and have a really great time. Ideal for birthdays, weddings, engagements, retirements and community events The Hessle Ceilidh Band are East Yorkshire’s busiest ceilidh band. Call  to make a booking ring Quentin on 07877434739.
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Long Riston Apple Festival – A truly amazing event!

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Long Riston Apple Festival

12 midday onwards there will be apple pressing 2pm William Tell archery, 2pm Morris Dancing Workshop, Cream teas from 3pm, 4pm Childrens Morris dancing stick making, Childrens barn dance 5pm £10 adults, children under 10 free…

Hessle Ceilidh Band (5 of 8)

The fantastic and most brilliant Hessle Ceilidh Band is once again setting the Long Riston Apple Festival alight with music and traditional folk dances. There is a Children’s Morris dancing workshop from 2pm with a show in the evening. The stage is already made in the Manor Farm Barn. £10 Adults, children under 10 free, children 10-16 £5 and this includes Hog roast and apple and blackberry crumble…..nothing better in the world to do on 4th october….is there?

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A hog from Buckden’s farm at Rise – where the apples come from too – you cannot get more local than that!! Cooked on the now famous Big Bess – the charcoal roaster…included in the barn dance ticket – Apple and blackberry crumble with cream…£10 adults, children 10-16 £5

Fundraising for Marie Curie cancer care – the village school and St Margaret’s Church…all monies taken on the day go to these charities.

Is it a ceili or ceilidh?

At last nights silver wedding celebrations in Kirkella village hall we were asked – is it a ceili or ceilidh?

 It’s both, but it depends which country you are in, or rather which Gaelic you are speaking. My Irish dictionary has it as Ceili.

It’s Ceili in Ireland (or with Irish people) or a Ceilidh with whisky if you are in Scotland (or with Scottish people)!

To be frank either spelling is good! What it means is a great time with lots of dancing and fun  Anyway here are acouple of images from last nights Ceili or Ceilidh

Ceilidh Night

 

Hessle Ceilidh Band

Organising a Successful Ceilidh or Barn Dance

The origins of the barn dance goes back hundreds of years, it is part of our culture, and has remained popular with all kinds of people today. They continue to be an effective community building activity that is lots of fun.

Barn Dances are social dances. Designed to let everyone enjoy themselves. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to join in and have fun. They appeal to all ages and are one of the few activities that an entire community can do and enjoy together. Here are some examples of the barn dances we have performed for:-

Weddings, village festivals, school parent teacher associations (PTAs), funerals, birthdays (from 5 – 95 years), wedding anniversaries, office christmas parties, Burn’s nights, St. George’s Nights, New Years Eve, Jubilee parties, fundraising, conference social evenings, homecomings, farewells, end of term parties, tea dances, Fun days, summer fetes, harvest festivals, VE day anniversaries, reunions, sports clubs, golf club dinners, ladies nights, Officers mess nights, christenings, family gatherings, holiday camps, pubs, twinning events and much more.

If you are organising a barn dance for the first time, here is a simple checklist. To help make sure you’ve thought of everything…

The Barn Dance Checklist

Step 1 – Know your audience

 

How many are realistically going to come?
What age range?
What time of the week suits your audience best?
How long an event? Usually 7.30 – 11pm or 8 – 11.30pm
If it is for a wedding, remember people may have had a very long day, don’t over estimate how much energy they will have left for dancing.

Step 2 – Find a Venue

Is it the right size?Ask about fire limits
Is there sufficient parking?
How much will is cost?
What dates are available?
Does it have an entertainments licence? If you are selling tickets to the general public
Power supply?
Lighting? Do you need to provide extra lighting for the audience and band?
Is the floor suitable?Carpets and carpet tiles are dangerous for dancing, so too are very slippery floors.
If the venue is a marquee the ground must be flat and even. Most marquee suppliers will provide a dance floor – this must be properly fixed.
Some provide large hessian mats – these must be stapled down to prevent tripping.

Step 3 Book a band and caller

Call: 0789190111 and ask for Pippa.
E-mail: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk

Tell us when, where, how many are expected, and what the occasion is.
We will recommend the most appropriate band and caller, and give you a price.
Check if the band knows the venue, if not, describe the venue.
Sound – Some venues have difficult acoustics (large rooms, bare walls, high ceilings, marquees), the band may have to provide additional P.A.
Lighting – Some venues (barns, marquees, etc.) have no lighting. Check if the band will need to bring their own lighting.

Step 4 – Tickets & Advertising

How much are the tickets?
For a successful barn dance – sell the tickets early!
Don’t rely on sales at the door.
Make it easy for people to buy tickets.
If you have a committee, allocate 10 to each member and tell them to sell them all.
Ask people personally to buy tickets
Even if the audience does not have to pay, tickets are still useful. Holding a ticket is an incentive to come, especially if it turns out to be a wet and rainy night. It also lets you know how many are coming.
Advertise widely.

Step 5 – Arrange Refreshment

 

Drinks:
Outside bar, DIY Bar or Bring your own?
Do you need a licence?
Food?
Some dances have no food refreshments, but most have something.
It is best to have someone to co-ordinate the food (be sure they are aware of food safety practices).
Popular options include:
Ploughman’s platter prepared on-site
Fish & Chips (delivered)
Buffet nibbles
Don’t forget to count the band into your numbers for food, they will probably leave home early to get to you and set up. They will be starving by 9pm.

Step 6 – 1 Week before

 

Ring around to check all arrangements are on track:
Hall,
Refreshments,
Band & Caller.
Raffle – this a good money earner. Get someone to organise raffle prizes and selling tickets on the night.

Step 7 – On the Day

 

Ensure the heating is switched on early (in the winter).
Ensure you have the money ready to pay the band and caller. They usually prefer to be paid in cash on the night.
Prepare the hall. Chairs around the edge of the hall are usually the best plan.
Avoid too many tables. Some people who have not been to a barn dance before may just sit at a table all evening drinking. If there are no tables there is all the more encouragement to dance (people put their drinks under the chairs).
Make sure someone is able to be there to let the band in to set up (they will arrive about 40 mins before the start time).
Organise a rota to collect tickets at the start of the evening.
Discuss with the caller the timings – food, raffle, speeches, presentations, etc.
Arrange the lighting with the caller. Barn Dances require more light than for discos or other kinds of dance.

Step 8  – The Barn Dance

 

The Barn Dance
Enjoy the evening.
The caller will m.c. the evening and make sure it all runs smoothly.
Get up promptly for every dance
Have a rest halfway through. Even if there is no food the band usually needs a break halfway through for 15-20 minutes.
Don’t forget to make a public ‘thank you’ for all the people who have helped put the show together (selling tickets, raffle, food, bar, door, etc).

 

Barn Dance? Ceilidh? – What’s the difference?

Essentially there is no difference, both are informal social gatherings involving traditional music, country dance, and sometimes song. Ceilidh is the Gaelic word, whilst the term Barn Dance came US from the tradition of holding a social dance after the community has helped construct a barn.

Country dance is the generic term for the traditional dances of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and USA.

Every dance is different.

If you have special requirements, or have any queries about the checklist,

just ring Quentin on 07877434739.

or e-mail hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk

Barn Dance Band In Hull

Looking for a Barn Dance  Band in Hull or the East Riding why not book the Hessle Ceilidh Band?

Here are some great reasons why you should choose a Ceilidh for your special event:

– Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups. The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker! Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create you can relax knowing that the we can provide  provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull. We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – for people who  like a good old Yorkshire knees up!

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun – has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk or ring Quentin on 07877434739.

Hull Barn Dance Band

Planning a celebration Barn Dance in Hull or the East Riding why not book the Hessle Ceilidh Band?

Here are some great reasons why you should choose a Ceilidh for your special event:

– Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups. The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker! Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create you can relax knowing that the we can provide  provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull. We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – for people who  like a good old Yorkshire knees up!

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun – has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk or ring Pippa on 07891 590111.

East Yorkshire Ceilidh Band For Hire with great live music – a great Yorkshire knees up is guaranteed!

Planning a celebration ceilidh in Hull or the East Riding why not book the Hessle Ceilidh Band?

Here are some great reasons why you should choose a Ceilidh for your special event:

– Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups. The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker! Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create you can relax knowing that the we can provide  provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull. We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – for people who  like a good old Yorkshire knees up!

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun – has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk or ring Pippa on 07891 590111.

Hull Ceilidh Band For Hire with great live music – a great Yorkshire knees up is guaranteed!

Planning a celebration ceilidh in Hull or the East Riding why not book the Hessle Ceilidh Band?

Here are some great reasons why you should choose a Ceilidh for your special event:

– Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups. The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker! Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create you can relax knowing that the we can provide  provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull. We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – for people who  like a good old Yorkshire knees up!

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun – has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk or ring Pippa on 07891 590111.

Celebrate with a Ceilidh in East Yorkshire

I’m working on a list of things to Celebrate with the Hessle Ceilidh Band in East Yorkshire

Wedding Anniversaries
Birthday Celebration
Birthdays
Burn’s Night
Charity Fund Raising
Student ball
Midsummer
Midwinter
Halloween
Beltane or May Day
St. Andrew’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day
St Georges Day
St Davids Day
Weddings
Engagements
Christenings
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
The Olympics
Harvest festival

Here are some great reasons why you should choose a Ceilidh for your special event:

– Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups. The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker! Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create you can relax knowing that the we can provide  provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull. We are a five to ten piece band including a dance caller. We have whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, various percussion and sometimes shawm. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – for people who  like a good old Yorkshire knees up!

Whatever the event, be it a Ceilidh or Barn Dance we have a vast amount of music that will create the right feel good factor for your event ranging from Scottish, Irish, European, Medieval and the traditional music of England.

But the band is only half the story – the other half is the caller – the person who shouts the moves out and guides you through the dances – we are really lucky to work with an exceptional caller who is full of energy and can get people up and enjoying themselves in no time – the dances are fantastic and really help to build a party atmosphere.

Our caller knows loads of amazing dances that are really great fun – has also been known to throw in the occasional story and exceptionally funny jokes to give the dancers time to rest and catch their breath.

Can you think of anything we have missed I wonder? To contact the band email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk  or ring Pippa on 7891 590111.