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Workshops and ceilis in Britain

Leintwardine Village Hall, High Street, Leintwardine, Shropshire, SY7 0LX

20 September 2009, 1-4pm, £5

Monthly Sunday workshops with Pete Mawtea served

Future dates: 18 October, 15 November, 20 December 2009

Hammersmith Set Dancing Ceilis, Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9DT

20 September 2009, 5.30pm, £5

Ceili with music by Delga Trad. Contact Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith.

Next on: 8 November 2009

Gasra na nGael Ceilis, Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9DT

25 September 2009, 7.30pm, £5

Live music ceili dancing. Contact Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith.

Next on: 23 October, 20 November, 20 December 2009

Setsmad Revival Weekend, Old Basing Village Hall, The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8AR

25-27 September 2009, £40

Another in a series of workshop weekends where as many different sets as possible are danced without repetition. The marathon starts on Friday night when the McNamara Ceili Band from London plays from 8-11.30pm in Carnival Hall, Council Road, RG21 3DH. The rest of the weekend is in Old Basing, with a workshop by Tony Ryan all day Saturday and on Sunday morning. The Davey Ceili Band plays for ceilis on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Contact Kevin Monaghan.

Next weekend: 11-13 December 2009 with Pádraig and Róisín McEneany and Ceili Time, same venue except Friday ceili in Carnival Hall, Council Road

St Albans Irish Centre, Cotlandswick, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 1DW

2 October 2009, 8.30pm-12am

Dancing to Tony Kearney. Contact Tracey Mullen.

Workshop weekend, Birmingham Irish Club, 14-20 High Street, Deritend, Birmingham B12

3-4 October 2009

On his annual visit to Birmingham, Pat Murphy holds workshops on Saturday, 10.30am-5pm, and Sunday, 11.30am-1.30pm. The Ivy Leaf Ceili Band plays on Saturday night from 8.30pm, and again on Sunday from 2.30-5.30pm. Contact John and Sharon Holian.

Sets in Somerset, Village Hall, Dinder, Wells, Somerset

4 October 2009, 11am-5.30pm, £6

A day of dancing with a morning workshop from 11am to 1pm taught by Val Knight, a lunchtime session and an afternoon ceili from 2.30 to 5.30pm with live music by Eight Foot Four. Bring lunch for a picnic in the orchard, weather permitting. Contact Paul Harper.

Future dates: 1 November, 6 December 2009

London Irish Centre, 52 Camden Square, London NW1

4 October 2009, 12-4.30pm

Geoff's First Sunday is a popular afternoon session of ceili, two-hands, waltzes, jive and plenty of sets danced to recorded music. Contact Geoff Holland.

Also on: 1 November, 6 December 2009

Slough Irish Centre, Sheehy Way, The Frith, Slough, Berkshire

11 October 2009, 2pm

A charity ceili with Delga Trad. Contact Pat O'Sullivan.

Also on: 29 November 2009

St Joseph's Social Club, Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex

16 October 2009, 8.30pm

A charity ceili with Delga Trad. Contact Pat O'Sullivan.

Next ceili: 20 December 2009, 8pm

Sean Dempsey Set Dance Festival, Irish World Heritage Centre, 10 Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester 8

23-25 October 2009

Manchester's big weekend of competitions and ceilis features music by the Copperplate Ceili Band. Ceilis are at 8.30pm from Friday through Sunday. On Saturday the ceili is held in the Longfield Suite, Longfield Centre, Rectory Lane, Prestwich, M25, where junior and senior competitions take place all day from 10am. In addition, Pat Murphy teaches a workshop on Sunday. Contact Colman Murtagh, Anne Cahill and Barbara Aherne.

Return to Camden Town, London Irish Centre, 52 Camden Square, London NW1

23 October-1 November 2009

Return to Camden Town is a ten-day celebration of Irish music, song and dance in the inner London district of Camden which was once the home of many Irish immigrants. The festival offers a full programme of sessions, concerts and music classes, and also includes ceilis and dance workshops. The festival is based at the London Irish Centre which was the city's first such centre and has been operating for over fifty years.

Workshops on the first weekend, 24-25 November, are taught by Timmy McCarthy and the ceilis feature Taylor's Cross Ceili Band. A ceili on Tuesday evening has music by the McNamara Ceili Band with Karen Ryan, Gary Connolly, Kathy Walton and Pete Quinn. A beginners' ceili is held in the Boston Arms, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19, on Friday, 30 October; music is by the Long Notes and Cut-A-Shine. Special guests for the second weekend are the Kilfenora Ceili Band with workshops by Patrick O'Dea.

This is the full dance programme:

Saturday 24 October  10.30am-5pm  workshop with Timmy McCarthy
  8-11.30pm  ceili with Taylor's Cross Ceili Band
Sunday 25 October  10.30am-1.30pm  workshop with Timmy McCarthy
  2-5pm  ceili with Taylor's Cross Ceili Band
  8.30-11.30pm  ceili dancing with Tony Kearney
Tuesday 27 October  8-11pm  ceili with the McNamara Ceili Band
Friday 30 October  8-11pm  beginners' ceili with the Long Notes and Cut-A-Shine in the Boston Arms
Saturday 31 October  10.30am-5pm  workshop by Patrick O'Dea
  8-11.30pm  ceili with Kilfenora Ceili Band
Sunday 1 November  10.30am-1.30pm  workshop by Patrick O'Dea
  2-5pm  ceili with Kilfenora Ceili Band
  8.30-11.30pm  ceili dancing with Tony Kearney

During the Kilfenora's visit, their leader John Lynch will show In the Blood, the recent documentary on the ceili band, and give a talk.

Contact Terry O'Donnell.

Workshop weekend, Halsway Manor, Crowcombe, Taunton, Somerset

30 October-1 November 2009, £148

This weekend of set dancing is held in a traditional dance centre based in a beautiful Tudor mansion with a lounge bar, library, terraced lawns and scenic views. West country teacher Maggie Daniel leads the workshops and Pendragon led by John Dudley is the resident band. Ceilis are on Friday from 8.30 and Saturday 8 until 11pm and on Sunday from 2.30 to 5pm. Maggie's workshops are on Saturday from 10am to 4.45pm and on Sunday from 10am to 2.15pm. The price includes dancing, on-site B&B and full board. Contact Ken Lamport.

Strathspé Away, Badenoch Centre, Kingussie, Strathspey, Scotland

6-8 November 2009

This weekend of Scottish and Irish dancing in the Scottish highlands includes Irish set dancing workshops conducted by Jim Barry, plus more classes by at least four Scottish tutors in Scottish ceilidh, quadrilles, step and Highland dancing, plus flamenco and more. Classes feature live music and run morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am-3.30pm. Dancing starts with a Scottish ceilidh on Friday, 8pm-12am, on Saturday there's a big concert and ceilidh from 8 to 11pm, and the weekend concludes at a Ho-Ro Gheallaidh or a final session on Sunday afternoon, 3.45-5pm. Music for ceilis is by the Bella MacNab Ceilidh Band on Friday and by Beolach from Cape Breton on Saturday. Contact Sandra Robertson.

Pope John Centre, The Green, Heston Road, Heston, Middlesex

13 November 2009, 8.30pm, £6

Delga Trad plays for this charity ceili. Contact Moira Dempsey.

Workshop weekend, Servite Parish Centre, Cavendish Road, Prestwich, Manchester 7

13-15 November 2009, £20

Danny Webster visits Manchester to play for three ceilis, on Friday and Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday from 1 to 4pm. There's also a workshop on Saturday. Contact Breffni O'Brien.

St George's Hall, St Andrews Avenue, Harrow Road, Sudbury, Middlesex

20 November 2009, 8.30pm

A ceili with music by Tony Kearney. Contact Patsy Donnelly.

Emerald Sport and Social Club, Southgate Pavilion, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6HG

28 November 2009, 8pm

Ceili. Contact Mary T Allen.

Village Hall, Dinder, Wells, Somerset

10 December 2009, 8.30pm

A Christmas party for the weekly class held here every Thursday. Contact Paul Harper.

Christmas party, St Andrew's Church Hall, Colyton, Devon

19 December 2009, 2-5pm

Christmas party with music by Mooncoin Ceili Band. Contact Maggie Daniel.

Workshop weekend, St Patrick's Parish Centre, 100 Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester, LE4 2BD

23-24 January 2010

Mildred Beirne from Loughglynn, Co Roscommon, teaches workshops on Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11.30am to 1.30pm. The Saturday night ceili at 8.30pm features the music of the Ivy Leaf Ceili Band. Contact Annie Gallagher and Jo Edwards.

Johnny Reidy Weekend, Shirley Centre, 274 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3AD

13-14 February 2010

Johnny Reidy plays his Kerry music for two ceilis this weekend, on Saturday from 8 to 11.30pm and Sunday from 2 to 5.30pm. In addition Gerard Butler is on hand for two workshops - Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 1pm - in the Fircone Centre, 1237 Stratford Road, Hall Green. Contact Kate Howes.

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