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January-April 2018

January 2018 opened with our two gigs that we usually play at this time of year: Kendal Mountaineering Club in Kendal on Jan 20th is always a cracking, energy-packed night of ceilidh dancing for climbers!. The night works especially well now it is held in the spacious hall of Castle Street Centre; an ideal venue for ceilidhs in Kendal. Burns Night at Slyne with Hest on Jan 27th always goes down with the villagers who pack the hall for a good fun night of ceilidh-ing, with the added bonus of Burns recitations and 'toasting of the Haggis': For this, Carolyn our piper troops around the hall playing, with the steaming Haggis being carried in front of her, much to the merriment of the crowd! St James's Church, Heysham on February 24th was a new venue for us, and it was a packed house of about a hundred for a ceilidh of mixed ages, children and adults, and there was a full dance floor for every dance. Many people enjoyed this night and came over to tell us so at the end. Braving the snow we set forth on the road in March: On the 10th we played the very cozy Augill Castle in Kirkby Stephen in a tiny front room to a small but very lively and appreciative crowd. Arkholme on the 17th presented us with a skating rink of ice to get in, but proved to be a most warming crowd of dancers inside: Great to have our old friend Paddy guesting on mandolin for this show! Houghton Village Hall in Carlisle on 24th March was another packed house of around 100 dancers of all ages enjoying a great time together; we're hoping very much that we can make this a regular gig. It's always great to play up North as a lot of our tunes and songs are sourced from this aea of Cumbria. April now, and Easter was a really busy time with gigs taking us around different parts of Cumbria. Ambleside on the 6th was a new community ceilidh, not a huge turnout but enough to make a good dance happen; I'm sure it's an event that will build as time goes by and there will be probably a re-booking for us next year. April 8th saw us play a wedding at one of our regular hotel gigs in Glenridding; there was some excllent dancing on the floor and we held an i-pod disco for the clients after the ceilidh. April 12th and we played a lovely cozy venue in Belncow, NE of Penrith where Nick and his familly made us feel very valued and appreciated. Just like the 10th March, this was a tiny living room venue and a nice, intimate show for about 20 guests. They liked both our dances and our ballads and songs in between. It's great how our band have learnt to adapt to all different sized venues over the years! April 14th saw us playing at the village of Bampton, North of Shap, in the village hall for the community. A crowd of 55 dancers were really up for the dancing and made a very sucsessfull night.

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