Harvest Ceilidh, Sutton

On Saturday 4th October the Hayriders played at Sutton Methodist Church Hall for their Harvest Festival Ceilidh. The Hayriders were joined by Eddy on guitar. It was a fabulous event and very well attended. The dancing was excellent – really enthusiastic and full of energy. Ean led them through their paces. They had great fun with the Grand Chain and Threading the Needle.

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff Eddy and John

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff Eddy and John

The band entertained the guests in between the dances with some of their favourite tunes – Little Maggie Polkas and Amy’s Waltz to name a couple. Caroline played Dark Island and Herd on the Hill set on the Northumbrian pipes. Ben and Caroline played a duet on Low Whistles – Cross of Hope and Spittal of Glenshee. During the break there was a tasty supper of homemade pasties and apple crumble which the band enjoyed too.

The Pat-a-cake Polka

After the break everyone enjoyed the manic Pat-a-cake polka and the more leisurely Blaydon Races. The evening was brought to a close with the Hayriders traditional dance Circassian Circle.

Double Birthday Ceilidh at the Village Hotel

On Saturday 27th September the Hayriders played for a double birthday celebration at the Village Hotel Hessle. The Hayriders band was joined by Beckie on Violin and Eddy on Guitar. As the guests arrived the Hayriders entertained everyone with some exciting sets of music including the Kesh Jigs and Fr Kelly’s reels before Ean called them up to dance.

Beckie Caroline Ben Joe Geoff John and Eddy

Beckie Caroline Ben Joe Geoff John and Eddy

The dancing was excellent and the guests very keen to dance. They twirled around to favourites such as Virginia reel and Lucky seven. During the break the band was invited to enjoy the buffet which was delicious. Happy Birthday was played and the music started again. Caroline played a couple of sets on the Northumbrian Pipes – Herd on the Hill set and Swindon set – while the guests digested, then it was time to dance again. Everyone enjoyed the frantic Pat-a-cake Polka and the more gentle Waltz set. The evening came to a close with our traditional Circassian Circle.

Avenues Open Gardens 2014

Once again the Hayriders played in Caroline and Ean’s garden for the annual Avenues Open Gardens. The event is held every year on the first two Sundays in July from 1pm to 5pm. Over 50 gardens are open to the public.

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All week the weather had looked unpromising but on the day the sun shone and the clouds moved on. We even had to put up the sunshades!

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Many people visited the garden and stayed to listen to a selection of our favourite sets. We had a great afternoon and look forward to doing it all again next year!! (The rain finally did arrive – but luckily it was after we had finished playing and gone inside for refreshments!)

Bempton and Buckton Village Hall Ceilidh

On Saturday 28th June 2014 the Hayriders were playing at the new village hall in Bempton and Buckton. Geoff, Joe, John and Caroline were joined by Ray on accordion and new member Beckie on violin for her first ceilidh with the band.

Beckie Caroline Ray Joe Geoff and John

Beckie Caroline Ray Joe Geoff and John

To get everyone in the dancing mood the Hayriders played the Thursday Night jigs set and the Blackthorn Stick set.

Ean hardly had to ask who would like to dance as nearly everyone got up straight away for the first dance. The dancing was excellent and many guests waltzed in style to Endearing Young Charms set and the St Bernard’s.

Thread the Needle

Thread the Needle

During the break tea, coffee and biscuits were served and the Hayriders stepped outside to enjoy the beautiful summer evening and to get a breath of fresh air. A raffle was drawn and Caroline played a set of tunes from Northumberland on her Northumbrian pipes.

Caroline changed to the border pipes and the guests danced the Gay Gordons. Thread the needle went down very well as did Snowball.

Beckie was featured playing her violin in the last set played by the band – The Little Maggie Polkas – which sounded great. Well done Beckie!

The Hayriders

The Hayriders

The evening was drawn to a close with the Hayriders traditional last dance – Circassian Circle.

Thank you Bempton and Buckton for asking us to play – it was a fab evening. Hope to see you again soon!

 

60th Birthday Ceilidh

On Saturday 21st June 2014 the Hayriders were at the Marist church hall to celebrate Lesley’s 60th birthday. As the guests arrived Geoff, John, Ben and Caroline played some reel and jig sets to get everyone in the dancing mood.

Caroline Ben Geoff and John

Caroline Ben Geoff and John

The dancing was excellent – Virginia reel and Snowball went down especially well. The children were fantastic! They loved the Pat-a cake Polka.

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During the break a supper of pie and peas was served which the band thoroughly enjoyed! The band played Happy Birthday to Lesley, everyone sang along and the cake was cut.

After the break Caroline played a set of tunes from Northumberland on her Northumbrian pipes. After changing to the Border Pipes eveyone had great fun dancing the Gay Gordons.

Caroline plays the Border Pipes

The dancing continued until the Hayriders traditional finale – Circassian Circle. A fun evening was had by everyone!

 

St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh

On Saturday 15th March the Hayriders played at the Mercure Willerby Grange Hotel for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Irish dancers entertained the guests after the meal then it was time for the ceilidh. The Hayriders were joined by accordion supremo Ray for the event.

The Hayriders - Ray Caroline Joe Geoff and John

The Hayriders – Ray Caroline Joe Geoff and John

Ean called the guests to the dance floor for the first dance. Everyone was keen to participate and soon the dance floor was full!

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The Hayriders entertained the guests with a selection of Irish music in between the dances including reels, jigs and O’Carolan tunes. Caroline played a selection of Irish melodies on the Uilleann Pipes.

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The evening was brought to a close with a selection of Irish Waltzes including When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and the traditional Auld Lang Syne. Happy St Patrick’s Day to everyone!!

 

Duke of Cumberland Ceilidh

On Saturday 8th February the Hayriders played for a surprise 50th birthday party at the Duke of Cumberland North Ferriby.

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

It was a great venue – a stage for the band, plenty of space for dancing and a bar.

Plenty of space for dancing

Plenty of space for dancing

When the guest of honour arrived the band played Happy Birthday. Ean soon had everyone up and dancing. Favourite dances included Virginia Reel, Snowball and I want to be near you.

During the break a meal was served to the guests and the cake was cut and shared out!

The birthday cake

The birthday cake

The children were especially keen to dance even making up their own dances to the music in between!

The children

The children

Ben and Caroline played a duet on the low whistles – The Cross of Hope and Spittal of Glenshee.

Caroline and Ben play low whistles

Caroline and Ben play low whistles

It was a great evening thoroughly enjoyed by the Hayriders. The celebrations were brought to a close by our traditional Circassian Circle.

Fr Pat’s Leaving Party

It was on Sunday 26th January that the congregation of Holy Cross Cottingham said a sad farewell to Fr Pat Day. Everyone gathered at 1pm in Cottingham Civic Hall. The Hayriders set up on the stage and Fr Pat arrived to such a surprise.

Fr Pat arrives to a wonderful surprise party.

Fr Pat arrives to a wonderful surprise party.

The Hayriders played for the whole afternoon a selection of Irish music including reels, jigs, slides, airs and slip jigs. Joe, Ben and Caroline played a special arrangement of 2 beautiful Irish tunes on 3 low whistles accompanied by Geoff and John on guitar and ukulele.

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

Caroline played many tunes on the uilleann pipes and Geoff and John played beautiful Irish tunes on the guitar and banjo. A fabulous buffet was served during the break giving the Hayriders a well earned breather!

Fr Pat's party

Fr Pat’s party

The party came to a close at 5pm and a fond farewell was given to Fr Pat.

Burns Ceilidh

On Saturday 25th January 2014 the Hayriders were once again playing for the Scots Society of St Andrew as they celebrated Burns Night at Hull University.

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The Hayriders

 

 

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Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

Ean led the dancers through a programme of Scottish favourites including the Dashing White Sergeant and the Gay Gordons.

The Dashing White Sergeant

The Dashing White Sergeant

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The Military 2 Step

The band played a selection of their favourite Scottish music including the Oot be Est set of Shetland reels, Hamnataing led by Ben on the accordion and The Sprig of Heather set led by Caroline on the Border Pipes.

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Caroline plays the Border Pipes

Caroline plays the Border Pipes

Caroline plays the Border Pipes

It was a fabulous evening brought to a close with Auld Lang Syne.

Burns’ Night at Hull Golf Club

On Friday 24th January the Hayriders were invited to play at Hull Golf Club for their Burns Night celebrations. A mix of traditional and original Scottish music and singing was compiled making the event most enjoyable.

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

The guests sang with great enthusiasm enjoying such classics as Loch Lomond and My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean.

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Caroline played the Border Pipes in a new set put together especially for the event and Ben led the band in a fine rendition of Hamnataing.

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The evening came to a close with a fine delivery of Auld Lang Syne.

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