St Andrew’s Night Ceilidh

A packed hall enjoyed a St Andrew Night’s Ceilidh run by Sarah Campbell and the hall committee and compeered by Katy Crossant. The house band was Shindiggery, a Scots Music Group from Edinburgh some of whom had visited before as part of Mairi Campbell’s Lismore Fiddle retreats. They play a varied selection of Scottish traditional music in several sets and were joined by a host of local talent starting with Lismore Primary pupils, directed by Anne Livingstone performing some of their Scottish country dances. They also sang under the direction of head teacher Catherine Davies with duets from Shona Wright and Sophie King singing “Westering Ho” and Katie Cook and Rachel MacCormick “Mairi’s Wedding”. Adults Freda Drysdale, Mary MacDougal, Katy Crossant and Sarah Campbell all sang in the first half, Mary and Katy giving us some Gaelic songs.  The talented 16 year old Colin Black’s guitar playing was greatly appreciated as was Chris Small’s reading of a poem.

The second half was opened by 12 year old Tom Campbell Paine showing how well he is now playing the pipes after only two years, and he was followed by Murry Willis and Eoghan MacDonald on accordion and keyboard, two young talents going places musically. As well as the singers and instrumentalists from the first half we heard a very musical Gaelic song from Stephen Green and perhaps the highlight was a Polish lullaby sung with her babe in her arms by a member of Shindiggery.

Special mention must be made of Sarah Campbell’s hilarious rendition of “My Funny Valentine” accompanying herself on the keyboard. Thanks to the hall committee for a great Ceilidh and for the welcome  refreshments in the interval.

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