Family Disco Ceilidh: Joyful Chaos


We had so much fun last night at the family Disco Ceilidh. At times around three-quarters of the dancers were under the age of 10 which led to some added fun and unpredictability. But I was amazed at how well they all picked up the dances.

Some had learned the main ceilidh dances at school but many were new to it and there were enough adults on the dance floor to keep the kids in check in some of the more complex dances like strip the willow and dashing white sergeant.

The smallest kids were fascinated by my new disco light projector and gathered round to stare into the globe of bright coloured LEDs. And the swirling light projections helped turn the short interval between sets into a disco, with parents and kids taking to the dance floor to groove to Daddy Cool. Next time we’ll extend the time for the free disco dancing as it was so popular.

All in all, a great evening. A few comments from the feedback sheets follow and I look forward to the next Family Disco Ceilidh on 15th March

Quotes from the feedback sheets….
‘Great night – well done, children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.’

‘Make it last longer!’

‘Loved the venue and atmosphere’

Lights, Ceilidh, Action



It’s nearly time for the Hyndland Disco Ceilidh and the new disco lights have arrived.

I have no idea why I never thought to buy any before, just to use in in the living room for a bit of a boogie.

With the table-cloths I’ve been sewing from curtains and duvet covers from the best of Dumbarton road’s charity shops, I hope we’ll transform Hyndland Community Halls into a Disco Inferno tomorrow.



Wiggling at WEST

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Friday night we were at the amazing venue of WEST brewery for a Disco Ceilidh. It was great to see loads of folk turn out in their tartan to shoogle their bahookies.

There was a great atmosphere and extra folk kept piling onto the dance floor even as each dance was on the go. This made for a happy bedlam with sets of dancers growing as the song progressed which made for an interesting Flying Scotsman which started with the usual four carriages and ended with nine.

There seemed to be an awful lot of WEST’s famous 2-pint beer glasses around which presumably was why, towards the end of the night, there was some rather groovy ad-libbing on the dance floor as disco-ceilidh went freestyle.

The audience was great and weren’t the type to want a sit-down between dances so at the end of the night we did a back-to-back medley of Strip the Willow to ‘Born Slippy’, Circassian Circle to ‘Get Lucky’, Military Two-Step to ‘Born this Way’ and then, in a departure from my planned set, a rather experimental Gay Gordons to YMCA.

I’d had a hunch that the Village People and the Gay Gordons would be a good mix, though I hadn’t tried it before, and with such a fantastic group of dancers and the heroic quantities of WEST’s beer that was being consumed, I felt it was the right time to try.

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It worked a treat with dancers breaking out at intervals for the actions. It was brilliant fun, hugely cheesy and my only regret is that the various phones and cameras had all run out of battery/memory so I couldn’t record it on video for posterity.

Watch out for it at the next Disco ceilidh.

A few comments from the feedback forms:

‘Do it more, for longer and more often!’

‘Come and do Disco Ceilidh at our wedding!’

‘Unique, energetic, fun selection of music’

‘More Abba!’

What did you like best?

Was there anything you didn’t enjoy?
‘When there was a break/the end’

Battle of the Compilation CDs


My 11 year old daughter is mad on pop music. We all listen to Capital Radio whenever she is in the car and she sings the latest hits to whoever will listen, morning noon and night.

This year for Christmas she asked for Now 86 from her grandmother so she can listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ whenever she wants and stick it full-blast on the CD player for a dance round the living room.

The CD got a bit lost in the post and the long-anticipated present arrived today. Daughter ripped off the wrapping to discover she was now the owner of, not Now 86, but Now 1986.

Disappointment from daughter contrasted with unparalleled delight from me and my sister, triggering a full-blown biding war for the CD.

1986 turns out to have been the classic year for pop tunes: Thorn in my Side, Sledgehammer, Word Up, Kiss, Holding Back the Years, Don’t Leave me This Way, I Just Died in Your Arms, and those all-time favourites: The Final Countdown and In the Army Now.

That was the absolute hey-day of pop wasn’t it? And that is an objective opinion, It’s nothing to do with the fact that in 1986 I was an 11 year old pop fanatic.

What Excitement- We’re in Scotland on Sunday

scotsman websiteWow! Today we are on page three of Scotland on Sunday in an article by Alastair Dalton. Have to admit to doing a wee reel to celebrate: and because the Christmas music is still ringing in my ears, and I’m going to have to wait a whole year for it to come round again, it was to ‘I wish it would be Christmas every day’.

Here’s the link to the website article:

And we’ve even made it to the

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