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ruffCeilidh on Saturday 14th December 2019
Ceilidh (with Ceilidh being pronounced 'kaylee') is a more riotous and eclectic variation on English Folk, Barn or Country dancing. Simple Folk Dances done with energy to music deriving from Irish to Caribbean It's what you get when you take the gentler English Country or Folk dancing and .add excitement. The form of the dances is basically simple. The quality of the dance is very much dependent on the band plus how well the band, caller and dancers get on with each other. The new wave of English Ceilidh bands use a mix of traditional and recent tunes and variety of styles; there's as much Rock, Jazz and Roots as there is Folk.
Ruff Ceilidhs – what are they? Well, we always have a live band with a caller who explains the dances. Other names for this kind of event include Twmpath, Barn-dance, Country dance and also sometimes e-Ceilidh. Why RUFF? Well it has been described as short for ‘Roll Up For Folk’, but its really just a misspelling of Rough. Dave Parsons was once asked to create a display dance side very quickly, ‘What are you called?’ ‘Well its going to be rough…’ What we do is essentially traditional folk dancing. This does include new dances based on that tradition. You may have read of something like it in Jane Austen or Thomas Hardy. Nowadays these dances are often seen at weddings, birthdays, PTA fundraisers or even at schoolceilidh. The reason some of these dances have survived for hundreds of years is that they are infectious and great fun. It’s a wonderful way to meet people, mix the generations, get some exercise, laugh a lot and enjoy some really exciting live music. The figures can be danced, or walked, as energetically as age, agility and fitness allow. There’ll often be several different ‘styles’ of dancing within the same set. With a Ceilidh the emphasis is on having fun, not on getting it right or ‘historically correct’.
Music Genres: Folk, Rock
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