Music,Dance Fun
Music,Dance Fun

If you're around and at a loose end, or keen to do some dancing to music that has our rhythm, a celtic rhythm, try dancing at a Ceilidh. (approximate pronounciation "Kaylee")

Ceilidhs are popular.So much so that the style and name for this dance form is now used even by Viking celebrations. It's Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and even people with an English background like it too - because Ceilidhs are fun. They're great aerobic exercise, very social and informal. They're a combination of individual and called group formation and set dances that draw on folk and dance styles from the celtic countries throughout Europe.

The music has an Irish/Scottish celtic style with great rhythm that sets your feet a-dancing, your pulse a-pumping and leaves you fully aware you've danced the night away.
Often items are interspersed with the dances so you get time to gather your breath and rest a while. The footwork can be casual (just what gets you from A to B), or be more stylish in either the Irish or Scottish techniques.

Celtic Accoustic Music Sessions.

Celtic Accoustic Music Sessions.

The Mitchell Kilt Hire & Mitchells' Bagpipe Centre organised, Celtic Accoustic Music Sessions firstly at the Olde Creamery, Ohaupo. But this proved too 'remote' for Hamilton punters. We had previously held them at the 'Powerhouse Cafe'. in Karapiro village. Then we tried the 'Old Post Office restaurant and bar in Cambridge but though that worked the place was sold and became an Italian restaurant which didn't jell. So we just put all attempts into abeyance. We got busy on other things, then Covid came along Now nothing is being done by us.
Maybe sometime??

If you play any of the instruments used in Scottish/Irish/Welsh folk music (not requiring electricity/amplifiers etc), or you like singing, or you just enjoy listening and adding to the atmosphere, then you are welcome to come along. These are informal sessions where musicians are welcome to participate. If you wish to check on music settings or songs (words) the organisers can provide you with a list of traditional tune names and where public domain settings can be found.

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Waikato Rose Of Tralee Contest
in Hamilton - details from the Waikato Irish Club.
Check Club details with Hamilton Information Centre.

Paeroa & District Caledonian Society
to check when the next Ceilidh is in Te Aroha
Contact Lyn (07)862 8018

Hillsborough (Auckland)
to check when the next Ceilidh is in Hillsborough
John C Hawthorn (09)524-2719 Heather Laird
[replace the "-(at)-" with "@" when sending them e-mail]

Hogmanay Ceilidh ~ Wellington
- Usually a rip-roaring night of footstomping Scottish music and dancing with Scottish food and drinks...


Hogmanay - the 31st of December is traditionally the biggest event in the Scottish Social Calendar. It's a celebration of the year gone past and the welcoming of the year to come. Wellington won't be any different this year, we're going to celebrate it in style!

Ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") - a damn good excuse for a good Scottish knees up.

There will be much dancing, drinking and revelry with a pay bar serving Scottish beer and delicacies - Haggis need we say more......

Keep this in mind for next end of year.


Hogmanay Ceilidh ~ Waipu

Jan. 1st, every year, 7.30pm. in the Settlers Hall, fronting Caledonian Park.

Check out the Waipu Highland Games web-site.



Welsh ceilis.

Below are the details and contact numbers.

* The Auckland Welsh Folkdancers
..............................present a Twmpath dawns/Ceili Folkdance evening

* Enquiries to 379-2487 Pam or 833-4177 Derek & Louise

PS. Do you know about the range of Welsh tartans now available?
Mitchell Kilt Hire have sample scarves and swatches of all the current Welsh tartans. If you're Welsh, curious, and visiting Hamilton, take the time to have a peek. You might decide a
cilt of your own family tartan would be worthwhile. They are very attractive tartans.


If you need to know what's likely to be on around
or e-mail
Wayne Lawrence on <>


The next Waikato

River Celts Ceilidh

Ceilidh Band List
Tartan Day details. and Winter Gaidhealtachd Feis


Scottish Ceilidh Dances - Workshop ~ cost only $3/ head Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Tutor: Dianne Murdoch
Enquiries: Ph. Fiona Murdoch (07) 843 7127
St.Stephen's Church Hall
Mahoe Street, Hamilton
Fiona also runs a weekly dance group learning International folk dances. Dances from many countries (including Central European countries).


Wedding Ceilidhs.

Ceilidhs are now very popular for the after wedding function and if you'd like something along these lines but need knowledgeable dancers to "prime" your guests and break the ice. Enquire here. "Ceilidh Dancers & Musicians"

Many Ceilidhs occur without us knowing.
If you'd like your NZ Ceilidh listed,
"Ceilidh Listing"

The Celts are not the only folk that enjoy traditional European dances. Scandinavians do to and if you're interested in Scandinavian dancing contact the Auckland Danish Club. Visit the Hamilton Danish Club web-page for Danish and Scandinavian links.

Dances you might do at a Celtic Ceilidh.

Waves of Tory, Walls of Innis, Strip the Willow, Haymakers Jig, Dashing White Sergeant, Step Dancing and Set Dances, Eightsome and Threesome Reels, Various Quadrille dances, Polkas, Waltzes, Jigs, Reels.
Most of the dances are called so even if you're new to them, you have the best chance to enjoy the dance with a group of your friends. Dances done at any particular Ceilidh will depend on the local dance band or caller.

Ceilidh music is usually played on a mixture of traditional Irish/Scottish instruments, but could include others as well...
Instruments such as: Fiddle, Whistle, Bodhran, Bagpipes, Harp, Banjo, Guitar, Flute, Bones, Spoons, various Squeeze boxes and Accordians, even modern keyboards. The rhythm is in the music, and it does not rely on loud drum beats, but that will vary with the band and form of "Celtic" style music they play.

If you don't know how to do these dances - don't worry,
come along to any Ceilidh - folk will be only too happy to help you learn.
The dances are called as well so that helps you along.
You will enjoy yourself and have a good time.

Gaidhealtachd Summer Schools.

If you want to register for the Gaidhealtachd Summer School, held at Whangarei Heads Primary School in the first week of January, This is a week long summer school and includes some instruction on the various dances. Ceilidhs are held each evening. Numbers attending are limited by camping sites available so a booking is essential. Request information from "Wayne"<>

The Gaidhealtachd participants do from time to time get involved with the Waipu Highland Games (see their web-site). 2003 was the 150th Anniversary of the settling of Waipu by Scots from Nova Scotia. Also the 132nd Highland Games as well. Visitors came from all over the world and of course from Canada & the USA.
Gaidhealtachd participants contributed some dances, music and songs etc.

Ceilidh Bands

Hamilton Bands:

"Celtic Fusion". has gone
but Sonya is still around: Sonya Mitchell

"Shenaniganz" Contact Keith Maynard Web-site:

"The Reelmen". Have gone too. But Max & Rod. Ph. (07)-834 0277 are still around.

Auckland bands:

"Twisty Willow" - Contact Wes and Barbara Bycroft Ph/Fax (09) 814 9203

"Tamlin". Contact Linda and Greg Whitcombe, Ph.(09) 489 3050
Regional bands:

"Jacky Tar". Wellington. Described as Celtic Funk. Jacky Tar are an established 5 piece playing traditional Celtic tunes and songs in a contemporary manner. Repertoire length is 3.5 hours. Debut CD "Poor Mans Labour" available at selected outlets or through their website
.Contact: Andy Kerr. Phone (04) 385 4465 / 025 2314290 Fax (04) 801 9996 Email:

"The Blarney Boys". Tauranga. Contact: The Blarney Boys, 145A Vale St, Otumoetai, Tauranga,(07)570 1112
"Andy Craw"

"The Barnstormers". Papakura. Contact Jim Jamieson (09)294 8107 or Richard Comrie - (09)299 7399

"Pumice Valley Trout Stompers". Taupo. Contact Ray/Linda Seaton. (07) 378 5164

"Slocken". Marlborough . E-mail: Web-site :

A Ceilidh band in Scotland:

" Scotland's Ceilidh Band Ceilidh band specialising in quality traditional Scottish entertainment for weddings, functions and party-nights. Pro. dance caller and musicians. Ceilidh disco mix available.

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