The Picts.png

A Ceilidh!

This year our evening party will be held again on the Friday evening (10th March 2017) and we are organising a ceilidh with live music for that occasion. 
A ceilidh needs a band, so we went off to hire one: The Picts!

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). The band also played at a private birthday party we attended some years ago and they left a lasting impression - hence the choice!

Why have we chosen to host a ceilidh again? Well, it was so popular last year and we have so many visitors from overseas that it would be fun to have a theme that reflects Scottish culture and one that is very much alive. With The Picts we have chosen a band that can play all the classic ceilidh dances with a modern twist. It will be fun - we promise!

In the Corn Exchange  - in the Baron room.
Doors open: 18.30 (through the small front Reception entrance of the Corn Exchange)
Buffet opens 19.00
Dancin' starts at 19.45!
The band stops playing at 23.00, but of cause you're welcome to stay on if you like.
Who will be there?
The EYF Team, the teaching designers, some yarnies and hopefully you!

Tickets for Ceilidh & Dinner
All tickets include dinner buffet and cost £35 (incl. VAT) per person.
Tickets are limited and non-refundable. A maximum of 2 tickets can be bought at once.
A fully licensed bar will be open all night to buy drinks.

The buffet

  • Poached Shetland salmon dressed with lemon, cucumber and crème fraiche
  • Smoked Dunlop (Scottish Cheese) and pear tartlet
  • Pulled pork sausage roll and BBQ sauce
  • Whipped black Crowdie (Scottish soft cheese) with baked and pickled beetroot and candied hazelnuts
  • Toasted focaccia with salsa rosso and crumbled goats cheese North
  • Atlantic prawns bound in cocktail sauce with baby gem hearts and toasted rye
  • House salad of tossed romaine lettuce, red peppers, shallots and garlic croutons
  • Spiral pasta bound in a tomato, oregano and chilli sauce, drizzled with olive oil
  • Steamed baby potatoes with Arran mustard mayonnaise, crispy bacon lardons and snipped chives
  • Celeriac remoulade with creamed horseradish and parsley Pickled heritage tomatoes, torn mozzarella and fresh basil
  • Puy lentils with wild mushrooms and rocket
  • Chocolate brownie and salted caramel
  • Mini Pavlova, raspberry and whipped cream

Special Dietary requirements
*GF can be accommodated if you let us know once you have bought 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.

Ceilidh FAQ

Ceilidhs are  an integral part of many types of  celebrations in Scotland and our native visitors wont need an explanation for the format, but we thought we 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 - we organised a buffet for people with some great options for 

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.