Hull Golf Club Burn’s Night

On Friday 23rd January the Hayriders were invited by Hull Golf Club to provide a programme of Scottish music to celebrate Burn’s Night.

To open the concert Caroline played the Border pipes with the band in Scotland the Brave and Cock o’ the North which got everyone in the right mood.

Caroline Ben Joe and Geoff

Caroline Ben Joe and Geoff

The programme continued with a selection of well known Scottish songs led by Ean and traditional and modern Scottish folk music.

The guests sang with gusto and we all had a great time celebrating Burn’s Night.

The evening cam to a close with the traditional Auld Lang’s Syne.

Bellringers Ceilidh

On Saturday 3rd January the Hayriders were once again at Willerby Manor to play for the Bellringers annual ceilidh.

The ceilidh was the final event of the evening after the meal and speeches. It was a great evening of dancing and music. The dancers especially enjoyed the Orcadian Strip the Willow and The Blaydon Races

The band was joined by Eddy on guitar and they entertained the guests in between the dances with a selection of their favourite tunes including Fr Kelly’s Reels and the Kesh Jigs.

The evening was brought to a close with the Hayriders traditional finale – Circassian Circle.

Scots Society Burn’s Ceilidh

Beckie Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

Beckie Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and John

On Saturday 24th January The Hayriders were once again at Hull University for the Scots Society Burn’s Night ceilidh.

The ceilidh started after the meal and speeches.

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Ean called the guests up for the first dance. . The band played a selection of traditional and modern Scottish folk music in between the dances. Caroline played the Border pipes in The Sprig of Heather set.

Caroline Eddy and Ben

Caroline Eddy and Ben

Ben and Caroline played a duet – Cross of Hope and Spittle of Glenshee -on Low Whistles.

The dancing was excellent. The dancers especially enjoyed the Gay Gordons and the Friendly Waltz

Beckie led on the violin in a beautiful waltz tune and Ben led on accordion in Hamnataing.

The evening came to a close with the traditional Auld Lang’s Syne.

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Hornsea Bowling Club

Once again the Hayriders were at Hornsea Bowling Club for their annual ceilidh. Can it really be a year already? The band had a full compliment and they were soon setting the mood with their favourite sets of reels and jigs – Fr Kellys and The Kesh sets.

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Ean had no trouble getting the guests up to dance. As seasoned pros they easily stepped through Virginia Reel and Blaydon Races. The band played a new waltz called Amy’s featuring Beckie on the violin.

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During the break everyone was served the most delicious meat pie, chips and mushy peas. A great raffle was drawn with loads of prizes then the band played Dark Island featuring Caroline on the Northumbrian Pipes.

The dancing continued and great fun was had with Thread the Needle and Lucky Seven.

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The evening was brought to a close with our traditional Circassian Circle.

Happy Christmas and thank you to everyone at Hornsea Bowling Club and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Christmas Carols at Figham House, Beverley

After playing at Coletta and Tyson Shirley, Nick, Ean, Caroline, Joe, Jo, Chrissie and her husband continued onto Figham House to entertain the residents. On arrival we were offered a festive drop of sherry which was most kind.

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We handed out carol sheets to all the residents and their guests and Ean and Shirley led the singing. We all had great fun and everyone enjoyed themselves especially singing old favourites such as White Christmas and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.

 

Carols for Charity

On Saturday 6th December Joe, Caroline and Ean were joined by Nick and Shirley and friends at Coletta and Tyson Garden Centre to play and sing carols for charity.

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We set up near Santa’s Grotto under all the Christmas lights. Members of Ben’s NAPA choir and Joe’s wife Jo kindly gave their time to come along and sing too.

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Ean and Shirley led the proceedings and everyone sang their hearts out. Shirley had kindly brought minced pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine for us to enjoy during a much needed break.

Thanks to all at Colleta and Tyson for once again allowing us to play at your garden centre.

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!

 

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