Saturday Burns Night Fever: Ceilidh callers sought after surge in demand

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Saturday Burns Night Fever: Ceilidh callers sought after surge in demand

With Burns Night nearly upon us, it’s peak ceilidh season and all over Scotland, and the world, the reeling and jigging is about to start.

Not everyone envies the job of the caller, but if a radio mic and command of a dancefloor is something you have always wanted to do, then there might be a job out there for you.

‘Sometimes it can be like herding cats in time to the music,’ says Kat Jones, founder of Disco Ceilidh who is seeking a new ceilidh caller (or two) to join her, ‘but it’s got to be the greatest feeling in the world getting a whole dancefloor ceilidhing together and creating a party atmosphere’

Kat is looking for a special person to join the team ‘We’ve had a huge increase in enquiries for ceilidhs and I am needing another caller to join me.’ she says. ‘Loving ceilidh dancing, having a sense of rhythm and being a natural communicator is more important than having called a ceilidh before. If I find the right person I also hope they may help to grow Disco Ceilidh with their own franchise’.

Kat taught herself to call ceilidhs a few years ago ‘I’d wanted to organise a ceilidh to raise money for the school but bands were so expensive. In the end I formed my own band from parents from the school and I ended up a caller by default’. Kat still plays with the band but set up Disco Ceilidh to bring ceilidh dancing to a wider audience and at a more affordable rate.

‘I set the traditional ceilidh dances to pop and disco tracks’ she says, ‘everyone loves the classic disco tracks – Le Freak for Dashing white Sergeant is a favourite- but people love to hear up to the minute chart tracks too.’

And it seems to be going down really well. The regular family ceilidhs she runs have been hugely popular and enquiries about private parties and community events are surging.

‘The best bit is when you see people really ad libbing on the dancefloor, and getting so into it they nearly forget the next move. It’s such a privilege to be able to call ceilidhs, I am looking forward to finding the right person to help me make more ceilidhs happen’.

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Notes:
1. Disco Ceilidh’s next family ceilidh is 24 January at St Silas church, Woodlands Road, Glasgow. https://discoceilidh.net/2014/12/23/burns-family-ceilidh/

2. The job description can be found here: https://discoceilidh.net/2015/01/22/disco-ceilidh-jobs/

3. Contact Details:
Kat Jones hello@discoceilidh.net
Www.discoceilidh.net
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Event Host and Ceilidh Caller
Do you love ceilidh dancing and think there just aren’t enough opportunities to strip the willow, dash the white sergeant and pas de bas? Do you want to spread the good news of traditional set dances to a wider audience? Have you always secretly wanted to call ceilidhs and have just been waiting for the right opportunity?

An enthusiastic, engaging, and reliable extrovert is sought to call ceilidh dances for Disco Ceilidh events. Needs a natural sense of rhythm, and to be a born communicator who comes into their own in front of an audience. Must be available evenings and weekends, and willing to travel.

Disco Ceilidh brings together the dances of a traditional ceilidh with the groove and floor filling anthems of disco and pop music to create a unique party experience. Bookings are growing for birthdays, weddings, community events, fundraisers and anniversaries so we are seeking an addition to the team. You will receive training, mentoring and support as you learn how to bring ceilidh joy to a wide audience and create a fabulous feel-good event.

Aptitude, ability to learn, passion for ceilidh dancing and temperament are extremely important in this job – training to call ceilidhs will be given.

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Disco Ceilidh Jobs!

Event Host and Apprentice Ceilidh Caller

Do you love ceilidh dancing and think there just aren’t enough opportunities to strip the willow, dash the white sergeant and pas de bas? Do you want to spread the good news of traditional set dances to a wider audience? Have you always secretly wanted to call ceilidhs and have just been waiting for the right opportunity?

An enthusiastic, engaging, and reliable extrovert with an entrepreneurial streak is sought to call ceilidh dances for Disco Ceilidh events. Needs a natural sense of rhythm, and to be a born communicator who comes into their own in front of an audience. There are opportunities to expand the offer and potential for taking on a business franchise for the right candidate. Must be available evenings and weekends, and willing to travel.

Disco Ceilidh brings together the dances of a traditional ceilidh with the groove and floor filling anthems of disco and pop music to create a unique party experience. Bookings are growing for birthdays, weddings, community events, fundraisers and anniversaries so we are seeking an addition to the team. You will receive training, mentoring and support as you learn how to bring ceilidh joy to a wide audience and create a fabulous feel-good event.

Aptitude, ability to learn, passion for ceilidh dancing and temperament are extremely important in this job – training to call ceilidhs will be given.

Job Description
The purpose of the job is to create a fantastic, memorable and hugely enjoyable, experience for the people taking part in a Disco Ceilidh event and to offer excellent customer service for the party organiser (client).

The role consists of the following tasks:
In advance of the event you will liaise with the party organiser (client) to confirm all the details and double-check arrival times, running order and any special requests. On the day of the event you will pick up the equipment needed and arrive in time to set up promptly at the venue, including setting up lighting and sound equipment.

A normal event constitutes two ceilidh sets and providing disco music between sets and afterwards. No two events will be the same and we aim to offer a unique experience to everyone so flexibility will be needed for times and set up and finishing.

Opportunities for development within the job, depending on performance and aptitude, include marketing and publicity, social media, expanding the range of the offer and, in the medium term, a possible business franchise.

Location of Job:
Based in Glasgow but willing to travel to events – travel time will be paid.

Person Specification

Qualifications (essential)
Valid Driving License

Skills/competencies (Essential)
Excellent sense of rhythm
Familiar with most basic ceilidh dances
Confident performing in front of an audience
Able to connect with an audience of all ages, abilities and backgrounds

Skills/competencies (Desirable)
Has own car
Has DJing skills
Events management skills

Experience (Essential)
Has experience of performing in front of an audience
Has worked in a customer-service environment

Experience (Desirable)
Has taught dance or called ceilidhs.
Has organised events
Has publicised events

Aptitudes /temperament (essential)
Extremely Reliable
Natural communicator
Hard-working and committed
Friendly, welcoming
Responsible.
Quick learner, can take initiative
Enthusiastic and outgoing

Aptitudes /temperament (desirable)
Entrepreneurial approach
Excellent problem solver

Other (Essential)
Comfortable moving, setting up and transporting equipment (training provided)
Able to work on a casual basis, evenings and weekends and commit time in advance.

Pay £10 per hour, double at Christmas and New Year. Holiday pay. Probation period three months.

To Apply:
If you would like to enquire further email hello@discoceilidh.net

To apply fill in application form on the website, Disco Ceilidh Job Application form specifically detailing how you meet the specification for the job. Accompanying material (videos/other) welcome. No CVs – please use application form

Closing Date 31 March 2015

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