Black Isle ceilidh workshops appeal to children as events pave the way for community get-togethers

Participants learn the steps of the Flying Scotsman. Pictured: James Mackenzie.

MOMENTUM is growing into a big toe of a community ceilidh in Ross-shire later this year thanks to the success of an initiative that put a spring in the step of the Black Islers over the weekend.

The Black Isle Ceilidh Band have embarked on a different tour thanks to the support of a project funded by the Creative Scotland Lottery.

The group performs in the community – in Munlochy and Avoch this past weekend – and holds workshops to teach children the dance and get them familiar with some of the tunes.

Chris Rasdale.  Pictured: James Mackenzie.
Chris Rasdale. Pictured: James Mackenzie.

The band’s Kenny Fraser said: “The workshops were at full capacity and the dancing really put a smile on everyone’s face, young and old. It showed how families have missed this type of social dancing participation in recent years.

His teammate Hugh Marwick was delighted to see people getting to grips with the dances and feels The Flying Scotsman has been a favorite so far.

Chris Rasdale, who is also a teacher, said: “After such a successful start, we are already gearing up for the next leg of our Black Isle tour. After the holidays, we will be in Resolis on September 10, and having recently entered the school to play some tunes, the children are eager to join in the fun.

Melody Rasdale.  Pictured: James Mackenzie.
Melody Rasdale. Pictured: James Mackenzie.

“The grand finale will be the big ceilidh dance in October which will also be open to the general public. We are also hoping to involve Fortrose Secondary School as it would be a great way for the older children to be able to look after the younger ones. .

Comments from Munlochy’s parents included, “We had such a great time. The dances were perfectly child-friendly. A full dance floor for every dance is always a good sign!

A relative of Avoch said, “It’s really good to see everyone involved. We’ve never been to a ceilidh before and had a great time.”

Alma and Maru Fraser.  Pictured: James Mackenzie.
Alma and Maru Fraser. Pictured: James Mackenzie.

Find out more on the Black Isle Ceilidh Band website.

More photos in this week’s Ross-shire Journal

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