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The Ceilidh Club Blog is here to bring you interesting things to do in London as well as highlighting small Scottish companies and the odd poem as well as other stuff you might find interesting. All you need do is stop by from time to time to find out what’s new. 

London is a great city and we love the multicultural feeling. We’re lucky at the Ceilidh Club to have access to so many wonderful people from all over the world, they bring their energy and their culture to our night and put their own spin to our dances. We remember well the Lithuanian Folk Dance group that came along and demonstrated their stuff at half time. So we like to highlight in this Blog some of the wonderful things to do in London – cultural highlights, sporting events etc.

There are lots of Scottish things to do in London too – from Gaelic choirs to Shinty, from whisky tasting to haggis eating.  If you want to know where to hire a kilt then check out our blog post on it. Are you interested in organising an Office Night Out or a Charity Ceilidh then you’ll find posts about that as well. We try to answer as many of your regular questions as we can via our blog posts or through the usual array of social media. 

We like to bring small Scottish companies to your attention – there is a wealth of high-quality businesses in Scotland and we like to showcase them here. Scotland produces 70% of the UK’s gin. That’s a lot of G and T’s. Scotland has also joined in the UK (worldwide?) boom in craft beer production and there are now over 30 beer producers in and around Edinburgh alone, with new ones popping up all the time.  

So please feel free to delve into the Ceilidh Club blog when you have the time. If there is anything that you would like us to cover then let me know and we’ll see what we can do. We try to keep it short, snappy and sweet. Because let’s face – you’re worth it. 

If you’re hankering for a bit of ceilidh then come down and see us…

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Strictly Come Dancing – with Amy McGregor. London Scots Podcast S2 E7

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Podcast, Strictly Come Dancing|Tags: , |

Strictly Come Dancing We find out why growing up in South Ayreshire is the perfect grounding for a career in TV and film.  Amy gives us the lowdown on what it is like to work on Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent. You can sometimes see Strictly Come Dancing Stars at Cecil Sharp. Both [...]

Canadian Barn Dance

By |November 28th, 2019|Categories: Dancing, Scottish Country Dances|Tags: |

The Canadian Barn Dance Steps The Canadian Barn Dance is a very popular couples ceilidh dance. It can either be danced in the same couples or be made progressive - either way, it is great fun! The dance begins with couples standing side by side facing anti-clockwise with their nearer hands joined. Traditionally the lady [...]

Collaboration – 8 reasons why it is important and how to build it

By |November 12th, 2019|Categories: Teambuilding|Tags: |

Collaboration - 8 reasons why it's important and how to build it. 1. Leadership is tough - Collaboration makes it easier. The burdens of leadership are many, and any effective team manager knows that delegation can be critical to a successful project. That is if the team is operating at their maximum capabilities. 2. It's [...]

Teamwork

By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Teamwork  We all want jobs that make us feel useful and fulfiled, bosses who make us feel valued, and colleagues who make us feel supported. Many of us spend years on a career path that doesn't bring us these things. Or we drift from dissatisfying job to dissatisfying job. Eventually, we begin to question what [...]

Scottish Halloween Traditions

By |October 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Scottish Halloween Traditions - check out our guide 1. The Gaelic Roots  Samhuinn acknowledged the onset of winter and marked the time of year when the harvest was finished. It is one of the 4 Gaelic festivals  (Imbolc, Beltaine and Lughnasadh being the others). Cattle would be brought down from the summer pastures and kept [...]

The Dashing White Sergeant

By |October 14th, 2019|Categories: Dancing, Scottish Country Dances|Tags: , , , |

The Dashing White Sergeant is based on the old Scottish dance formations of ‘setting’ and ‘reeling’. To begin, everyone must be in a group of three, traditionally either a man and two women or two women and a man. Non traditionally everyone can dance with everyone else, so don't worry about gender. Each trio should [...]