Islands welcome Dannsa Gaelic ceilidh

The Dannsa ceilidh event will be staged in Uist and Barra at dates 21-23 Oct.

The Dannsa ceilidh event will be staged in Uist and Barra at dates 21-23 Oct.

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An afternoon or evening ceilidh will be sure to have everyone in great Gaelic song and dance, with Dean Dannsa running October 21-23.

The ‘Dean Dannsa’ project is aimed at over 50s, but open to all. Dannsa’s core members Sandra Robertson (dancer) and Fin Moore (pipes), will be joined by Linda MacLeod (Gaelic song) and Matheu Watson(fiddle and guitar). The afternoon ceilidh includes ceilidh dancing, with plenty of opportunity to sit back and enjoy Gaelic song, music played and a strupag.

For over 15 years, Dannsa have been blazing a trail throughout Scotland and elsewhere performing their unique blend of traditional dances and percussive Scottish step dance. They celebrate and promote the rich traditions and culture of Scottish dance, music and Gaelic language through research, sharing, teaching and performing. They have had first-foot involvement in shaping many traditional dance events as their essence is all about sharing a sense of fun, enjoyment, pleasure and community.

The relationship between the music, the language and the rhythm of the steps and dances is fundamental to the spirit and style of what Dannsa present and now they want to revisit the Western Isles visiting day-care centres in the morning and community halls in the evening.

Dannsa is extremely grateful to Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Enterprise Music Scotland(with funds from Creative Scotland) for part-financing and supporting this project.

Donations also gratefully received.

So whether you know the difference between a reel-step and a two-step, Dannsa’s informal afteroon ceilidh will have you up on the floor agus a’ Dannsa.

The dates and venues for the Dannsa ceilidh are:

21 October 2015, – Northbay Hall, Barra

22 October 2015 – St. Peter’s Hall, Daliburgh, South Uist

23 October 2015 – Carinish Hall, North Uist