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We're off!

The Cardiff ceilidh season has started with a delightful and fairly gentle Zesty Playford. All of us there had a lovely evening. Mike Courthold was a pleasure to listen to - taking us through a pretty wide variety of dances in some style. 

Paul Hutchinson, it turns out, is half of the wonderful Belshazzar's Feast! Who knew? They didn't tell me. Paul and Fiona Barrow were a musical double act that will be hard to follow. Luscious music laced with musical gags they were a pleasure to listen to all evening.

As to the vexed question - What is Zesty Playford? You should have come and then you would know.
Thanks to all of you who have responded to our interrogation. We can now take the light out of your eyes. 

There was a lot of support and encouragement for which thanks again. There were also many suggestions for improvement, these included - 
  • trying to improve the ambience of the hall (which is rather a barn until its full)
  • more interesting floor spots - does anyone know anyone who would like a spot? (Anyone who would be entertaining!)
  • finish at 11pm
  • more easy dances
  • more interesting dances
  • be more welcoming to single people who don't know the rules
  • more ceilidhs
  • more help for beginners
  • online booking
We'll do what we can to take advantage of these ideas. Thanks again for taking the trouble to respond, please feel free to send us a comment at any time.
Phil Bassindale
The next RuffCeilidh is on October 10th with Phil Bassindale calling and the 'Bernie and Imo' band playing. Eddie Jay will be joining Bernie Kilbride and Imogen O'Rourke to complete the line up.

Our interval will be filled with the air of the dragon - Idris - and his keepers the Cardiff Morris.

Please make sure the date is in your diary and your calendar and your phone so you don't miss it.

You heard it here first! Our 2016 dates are further down this email - book your holidays around them. for more details
You can now book and pay for your advance tickets online! That means £8 in place of £10 for most people.

You can pay or using any card or by using your PayPal account . You can have a ticket to print yourself or simply collect at the door (please bring your receipt e-mail.

Please note, advance ticket sales stop 24 hours before the event.
Cardiff Morris will be dancing in the interval in our October Ceilidh. I wonder if that will be a 'more interesting' spot?

I suppose if Idris were to gobble up a small child....
Calling all callers!

Martyn Harvey will be putting on a callers workshop before the ceilidh on Nov 14th. This is free but please book with michael at spencely dot net or call 01443 476 164

The workshop will be from 3pm to 5pm on the 14th Nov. at St Andrew's Church Hall, CF14 4AE
RuffCeilidhs programme -
  • October 10th - the return of Phil Bassindale calling with a completely new and untried band although you might recognise everyone in it. They are currently labelled as the 'Bernie and Imo' band. We also feature Cardiff Morris.
  • November 14th - Threepenny Bit, a lively young band from Hampshire, rapidly building a great reputation, with Martyn Harvey calling. the men of Sweyns Eye will dance.
  • December 12th - with Dave Parsons and Juice for the Christmas special.
I hope you all agree this sounds a tempting menu. We've also got the dates for 2016. 

  • Jan 16th - Cat's Claw and Mic Spenceley
  • Feb 20th - Keith Leech and Climax Ceilidh Band
  • April 16th - Junction 24 with Madeline Smith
  • October 15th - Ceilidh Chasers with Bob Morgan
  • November 19th - Steamchicken and Lisa Heywood
  • December 10th - Juice with Dave Parsons
Visit our website for more details
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