On Friday 8th November the Hayriders attended a fantastic fundraising event at Lazaat’s in Cottingham to raise much needed funds for the amazing OPSA charity. The evening included a jazz saxophonist, traditional Indian dancing, a presentation from Nick Hart about the work of OPSA, a raffle, a charity auction and a fabulous meal courtesy of Lazaat’s. The ceilidh was the final event of the evening and Ean had no trouble encouraging guests to participate in the dancing.
On Saturday 31st August the Hayriders were invited to play for the wedding celebrations of Scott and Sylvia at Tickton Grange. It was a great evening of Scottish themed dances and music. Ean called the dances in his usual enthusiastic manner and soon had everyone whirling around to the dances. Everyone especially enjoyed the Orcadian Strip the WIllow!
The wedding ‘cake’ was most original. A real cheese-cake. Made up entirely of whole cheeses.
Unfortunately the dancing was over all too soon and it was time for the last dance. The DJ took over and the Hayriders said goodbye and thank you. We wish the happy couple best wishes for the future.
August 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm (Accordion, Avenues Open Gardens, Border Pipes, Ceilidh Band, Celtic Music, Folk Music, Guitar, Irish music, Irish Whistle, Jigs, Low Whistle, Northumbrian Pipes, Open Gardens, Reels, Scottish music, Shetland Reels, Uilleann Pipes, Ukelele)
Tags: open gardens
On Sunday 7th July it was once again the annual Avenues Open Gardens in Hull. The Hayriders were playing in Caroline and Ean’s back garden. The weather could not have been better – hot hot hot – but well shaded under parasols and trees!
The event was very well attended with many people staying for some time to listen to the music. (Even though our hero Andy Murray was playing to win at Wimbledon) (We did have the TV on in the kitchen for regular updates though)
We had a great time and look forward to playing again next year.
July 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm (Accordion, Barn Dance, Birthday Celebration, Birthdays, Border Pipes, Ceilidh Band, Ceilidh Dances, Circassian Circle, Dashing White Sergeant, Gay Gordons, Happy Birthday, Thread the Needle)
On Saturday 29th June the Hayriders were joined by amazing accordion player Ray to play for a ceilidh at Swanland village hall.
It was a great event to celebrate a 40th birthday. The dancing was excellent. Ean had no problems getting anyone up to dance and the floor was soon filled as you can see.
In between the dances the guests could catch their breath while the band entertained with a selection of folk tunes. Ray played smashing selections of French and American melodies on the accordion.
During the break there was a fantastic Hog Roast which the band enjoyed enormously. The event was brought to a close with the Hayriders traditional Circassian circle.
March 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm (Ceilidh, Ceilidh Band, Ceilidh Dances, Country Park Inn, Folk Music, Irish music, Irish Whistle, Jigs, Low Whistle, Lucky Seven, Reels, St. Patrick's Day, Uilleann Pipes, Virginia Reel, Waltz)
Tags: Ceilidh, ceilidh band, Danny Boy, humber bridge, irish jigs, low whistle, molly malone, St Patricks Day, traditional irish music, Uilleann Pipes
On Saturday 16th March the Hayriders played at the Humber Bridge Country Park Inn for St Patrick’s day celebrations. Geoff and John added to the jollity with their headgear as you can see in the picture.
The band opened with a set of Irish Jigs – The Kesh set – to get everyone in the mood. They then went into a set of waltzes based on favourite Irish tunes. The dance floor soon filled up with people dancing.
Ean soon had the guests dancing to Lucky Seven and Virginia Reel.
There was both music and singing to entertain the guests. Ben sang The Star of the County Down, John sang Molly Malone and Joe sang She Moved Through the Fair. The band played sets of Irish reels, jigs and slides too.
During the break a raffle was drawn while the Hayriders enjoyed a selection of tasty sandwiches kindly provided by the organiser.
Joe Ben and Caroline played a trio of Low Whistles after the break – perhaps the only Low Whistle Trio in the world?! Caroline played the Uilleann pipes in a set of Irish tunes including Buachaill on Eirne.
The evening was brought to a close with Danny Boy sung by Joe and Ben. All the guests made a big circle and sang along. It was a great evening and the Hayriders thoroughly enjoyed playing and singing for the St Patrick’s celebration.
January 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm (Border Pipes, Burns Night, Ceilidh, Ceilidh Band, Ceilidh Dances, Gay Gordons, Hull University, Low Whistle, Scottish music)
Tags: auld lang syne, Border Pipes, dashing white sergeant, shetland reels
On Saturday 26th January the Hayriders played at Hull University for the Scots Society’s Burns Night Ceilidh. It was a very well attended event with over 120 guests. After the dinner, speeches and raffle the ceilidh started.
Ean soon had everyone up on the floor dancing to traditional Scottish favourites such as the Gay Gordons, Friendly Waltz and the Dashing White Sergeant.
The band played a selection of traditional and original Scottish music in between the dances. including Shetland Reels and Scottish Waltzes.
Ben and Caroline played one of the band\s’ original sets – Cross of Hope and Spittal of Glenshee – on low whistles.
The evening was brought to a close with the traditional Auld Lang Syne.
On Friday 25th January the Hayriders were delighted to provide suitably Scottish entertainment for the Hull Golf Club’s Burns Night celebration dinner at Hull Golf Club, Kirkella. The band had a programme of traditional Scottish songs for everyone to sing and plenty of traditional and original Scottish music. A great time was had by everyone, with lusty singing and toe-tapping music.
January 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm (Ceilidh, Ceilidh Band, Ceilidh Dances, Gay Gordons, Irish music, Scottish music, Shetland Reels, Strip the Willow, Virginia Reel, Willerby Manor Hotel)
Tags: bellringers, Border Pipes, Gay Gordons, irish jigs, strip the willow, virginia reel, willerby manor hotel
On Saturday 5th January the Hayriders were once again playing for the Bellringers annual ceilidh. It was held at Willerby Manor – a great venue for a ceilidh with plenty of space for dancing. The band got everyone in the mood for dancing with some Irish Jigs then Ean soon had them up on the floor dancing to the Virginia Reel.
The dancing was brilliant as usual. The dancers enjoyed a selection af dances from the whole of the British Isles including the Shetland Strip the Willow, Thread the Needle, I Want to be Near You and The Gay Gordons to name but a few. The band played Song For Jock composed by band member Ben in memory of Jock, who many of the Bellringers remember well.
A great evening was had by everyone including the band. Thank you for booking us again and we hope to see you all next year!
On Saturday 22nd December the Hayriders and friends went to Figham House Residential Home to entertain the residents and families with a selection of Carols and Christmas songs. Shirley brought along her reindeer-pony again. After saying hello to everyone the reindeer-pony went outside to graze! The residents, friends and family sang enthusiastically enjoying White Christmas and Jingle Bells especially. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!