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sometimes unsure of the difference between a Ceilidh
dance and Barn Dance. The fact is that they are basically
the same thing. Both have a caller who guides the dancers,
and the band will play traditional folk music to
is the Scottish and Irish name, so this
covers Scottish Ceilidh Bands and Irish Ceili Bands.
(Notice the alternative spelling. Other versions are
Caleigh, Kaley, kaylee, kayleigh etc. so you can't
really spell it wrong!) The bands would mostly play
Celtic folk tunes. Many songs are claimed by the
Irish, Scotts, English and Americans, but the way of
playing them would vary.
tends to be the English or American name, where
English or American folk tunes would be played.
Having said that, a lot of the dances are common to
both a Ceilidh dance or a Barn dance.
Most bands play a range of
music covering both the Ceilidh & Barn Dance genres, and do
dance that spans all styles. This is particularly
suitable for a wedding ceilidh or birthday barn
dance, where all musical tastes need to be catered
for. For an evening such as a Irish St Patricks
night, or a Scottish Burns night, then a more
specialist band might be more suitable. For St Paddy's, for example, you might want to hire a band that can also offer some traditional Irish songs. For Burns Night, you may need to find a band that offers more of a traditional Scottish Ceilidh, with traditional Scottish dances like the Dashing White Sergeant or Strip The Willow.
about this on the following pages:
a Barn Dance
About an Irish Ceili
About a Scottish Ceilidh
About an American Barn Dance
Dancing is NOT the same as Ceilidh or Barn Dancing.
See Line Dancing
for more information.
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