Once again, we're having a ceilidh! And once again, because they're great, the ceilidh band is: The Picts! This year we're using the Marquee, which means more people and more dancing!
Join us for an evening with one of Scotland's most popular 5 piece Ceilidh/Celtic Rock bands. The Picts have played at Scotland's biggest open air musical, T in the Park and in front of 40000 people at Glasgow's Hogmanay celebrations, headlining the event. Other claims to fame include playing at the wedding of Dougie Payne (Travis) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting).
Why have we chosen to host a ceilidh again? Well, simply because it was so popular in 2016 and 2017! And ceilidh music and dancing is a part of Scottish tradition that needs to be shared with our international visitors. (See the FAQ below with all you need to know about ceilidh dancing!) With The Picts we have chosen a band that can play all the classic ceilidh dances with a modern twist. It's great fun and very energetic!
In our Marquee at the Corn Exchange.
Doors open: 6.30pm
Friday general admission ticket holders will be able to stay on in the venue after 5.30pm when the marketplace closes and hang out in the Baron Room - there is plenty of seating and the bar will be open!
Buffet opens 7.15pm
Dancin' starts around 8.15pm!
The band stops playing at 11pm
Who will be there?
The EYF Team, the teaching designers, some yarnies and podcasters and hopefully you! We doubled capacity for this year's event, so it will be an even bigger party!
Last year's dancing...
The Photo Booth will be open in the evening too!
Tickets for Ceilidh & Dinner
Tickets go on sale on SUNDAY 4th FEBRUARY at 7pm UK time (GMT)
All tickets include dinner buffet and cost £45 (incl. VAT) per person.
Tickets are limited and non-refundable. A maximum of 2 tickets can be bought at once. Under 18s are not permitted (due to licensing laws).
A fully licensed bar will be open all night in the Concourse to buy drinks.
The Buffet Menu
Special Dietary requirements
*GF can be accommodated and we'll ask for that information when you buy your ticket. A link on the order confirmation will lead you to a form to submit your details so we can make arrangements with the chef. All food will be clearly labelled as vegetarian/GF where appropriate.
Ceilidhs are an integral part of many types of celebrations in Scotland and our native visitors won't need an explanation for the format, but we thought we'd put a little FAQ together for everybody else:
What is a ceilidh?
It's a good old Scottish party with a live band playing music to which to dance!
In modern usage, a cèilidh or ceilidh /ˈkeɪli/ is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing.
Do I need to know the dances?
No - not really! The caller of the band will explain what to do before each dance and there will be plenty of people who've done this before. If you want to practice have a look at these videos by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for the most popular dances. Last year we had a ton of fun with this and everybody was on the dance floor. You don't need to bring a partner!
What does Ceilidh dancing look like?
Have a look at this website to get an idea about some of the dances. Our band is more "rocky" though :-) Have a listen here.
Do I need to bring a dance partner?
No! Groups of people are formed from anybody who fancies joining in. The caller of the band will announce the next dance and explain how it works. Often spontaneous groups of 2,3,4,6 are formed.
Do I need to wear fancy clothes?
You can come as fancy or as casual as you want! It's supposed to be a fun and relaxed night. We recommend comfortable shoes & come as you like!
Do I need to dance to enjoy the party?
We certainly don't think so! You can join us or watch from sidelines, but in our experience people simply can't resist!
Will it be too dark to knit?
It depends, don't bring a dark project. But also - it's a party, people! :-)
But, but, we're mostly women!
That really doesn't matter - we will still be able to have fun! And there's absolutely nothing stopping you to book an additional ticket for your partner (male or female) and bring him or her along.
Will there be food?
Yes - the ticket price includes a buffet meal.
Is there a licensed bar?
When does the party end?
The band stops playing at 11pm, but you can stay for a drink after that if you like!
How will I get back?
There's public bus stop just outside the venue (please check The Lothian buses website for the last departure), or share a cab. We'll get the venue to warn the local taxi company to be prepared.