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.

Walkington Birthday Ceilidh

On Saturday 18th January the Hayriders were at Walkington Village Hall. They were playing for the 70th Birthday celebrations for Jackie Dean.

Caroline, Ben, Geoff and John

Caroline, Ben, Geoff and John

It was a fabulous evening – great dancing, fab music and scrumptious fish and chips for supper.  Ean guided the dancers through their steps – Virginia Reel, Thread the needle and Strip the Willow to name but a few.

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The Gay Gordons

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More Gay Gordons!

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Strip the WIllow

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More Stripping!!

 

Ben and Caroline played the Cross of Hope and Spittal of Glenshee on their low whistles and later Caroline played the border pipes for the Gay Gordons.

Happy Birthday was sung with gusto and the cake was cut.

The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

The dancing continued until the final dance – our traditional Circassian Circle.

Happy Birthday Jackie!!

Bellringer’s Ceilidh

On Saturday 4th January the Hayriders were at Willerby Manor to play for the Bellringers annual ceilidh.Once again it was a brilliant event. Ean took the guests through some of the best dances around – Virginia Reel, Snowball, The Gay Gordons and The Blaydon Races to name a few.

The Hayriders

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The band played a variety of traditional and original folk music. Ben and Caroline played a Low Whistle duet, Caroline played the Border Pipes

Caroline and Ben

Caroline and Ben

Border Pipes

Border Pipes

and the band brought the evening to a close with their traditional Circassian Circle.

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Circassian Circle

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Gay Gordons

Christmas Entertainment at Figham House

On Saturday 14th December the Hayrdiers were at Figham House Residential Home in Beverley. They were joined by Shirley and Nick Hart, Edward on trumpet and Bramble the Shetland pony.

Shirley Caroline and Edward

Shirley Caroline and Edward

They were there to provide some festive entertainment to the all the residents, guests and staff. A welcome glass of brandy was kindly provided by the staff to all while Bramble was taken to say ‘Hello’ to everyone. The Hayriders played and sang a selection of traditional and modern Christmas songs while everyone joined in .  Happy Christmas to everyone at Figham.

Ellie

Ellie

Carol Singing

On Saturday 14th December the Hayrdiers were at Coletta and Tyson Garden Centre. They were joined by family and friends. members of NAPA Adult choir and Bramble the Shetland pony to sing festive songs and raise money for Hull’s Homeless and Rootless Project. Ean led the singing with aplomb but Bramble stole the show – even delivering a couple of presents especially for the roses!!

The Hayriders friends

The Hayriders friends

Bramble

Bramble

We all had a great time raising singing and playing. We wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

Hornsea Bowling Club

On Saturday 7th December the Hayriders played once again for the Hornsea Bowling Club Christmas Ceilidh. As usual it was a fabulous evening. Ean called a selection of dances including the Oxo Reel, Snowball, Blaydon Races and the Virginia Reel to name but a few.

Ben Caroline Joe Geoff and John

Ben Caroline Joe Geoff and John

The band played a selection of waltzes which was thoroughly enjoyed by the dancers. The band played a variety of folk music in between the dances including some of their favourite tunes – Katrin’s Waltz composed by former band member David, The Dusty Windowsills set and Spootoskerry set. Caroline played a set of tunes from Northumberland on the Northumberland pipes and then a set of Scottish tunes on the border pipes.

Guests enjoying some slow waltzes.

Guests enjoying some slow waltzes.

As usual there was a super supper – steak pie, chips and peas – delicious!! A raffle was drawn and the band members won some prizes!! We wish everyone at the bowling club a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

OPSA Charity Ceilidh Lazaat’s

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.

Ceilidh dancing at Lazaat

Ceilidh dancing at Lazaat

The ceilidh was the final event of the evening and Ean had no trouble encouraging guests to participate in the dancing. A fantastic £10K was raised at the event!!

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