Sun, Apr 14|
Flying Machine Brewing Company
Spring Cèilidh 2024
A Scottish cèilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is a traditional social gathering or dance event that originated in Scotland (and Ireland). Cèilidhs are known for their lively and inclusive atmosphere, featuring traditional Celtic music, dancing, and socializing.
Time & Location
Apr 14, 2024, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Flying Machine Brewing Company, 3130 Randall Pkwy, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA
About the event
The term "ceilidh" is derived from the Gaelic word for "gathering" or "visit." Scottish cèilidhs have become popular not only in Scotland but also in other parts of the world. They offer a delightful way for people to experience Scottish culture, connect with others, and revel in the joy of traditional music and dance.
What Happens at a typical Cèilidh?
- Dancing: Cèilidh dancing is a central element of the event. Traditional Scottish dances, such as the Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow, and the Gay Gordons, are commonly featured. These dances are often performed in sets with a caller guiding participants through the steps. Cèilidh dancing is known for its energetic and joyful nature, making it accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. Sadly, we do not have many dancers here in Wilmington, so our Cèilidhs have not featured organized dancing (but we'd like to!).
- Live Music: Live music is a crucial component of a ceilidh. Typically, a cèilidh band, often featuring instruments like the fiddle, accordion, guitar, and drums, provides the lively tunes that accompany the dances. The music is characterized by its upbeat tempo, and the band's performance is instrumental in creating the vibrant atmosphere of the ceilidh. Music we have! Two of our favorite groups are Barrowburn and The Blarney Brogues, but we're always looking for new entertainment!
- Socializing: Cèilidhs are social events where people come together to enjoy the music, dance, and each other's company. The friendly and inclusive nature of cèilidhs encourages participants to mix and mingle, fostering a sense of community and shared enjoyment. Our Cèilidhs are a great way to get to know others in the community and make new friends, or catch up with old ones!
- Caller: A cèilidh usually involves a caller, who guides the participants through the dance steps. The caller's role is to explain the movements before each dance begins and provide ongoing instructions during the dance to ensure everyone can participate and have a good time. Again, no dancers, so no caller.
- Attire: While there is no strict dress code, many ceilidh events have a casual or traditional Scottish theme. Participants might choose to wear kilts, tartan accessories, or other Scottish attire to add to the festive atmosphere. Encouraged, but not required!
- Occasions: Cèilidhs are held for various occasions, including weddings, birthdays, community gatherings, and festivals. They provide an opportunity for people to come together, celebrate, and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of Scotland. Our Cèilidhs are traditionally held in the Spring and Fall, often at a local brewery. (Hampstead, we're coming your way!)
- Inclusivity: One of the notable aspects of cèilidhs is their inclusivity. Whether you are an experienced dancer or a novice, everyone is encouraged to join in the fun. The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment rather than formalities or skill level. We don't care if your Scottish or not, just come and have some fun, taste some haggis, and drink a pint or two!