St Patricks Day Ceilidh

On Saturday 14th March the Hayriders were once again back at the refurbished Country Park Hotel for the annual St Patricks celebrations.

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff John and Eddy

Caroline Ben Joe Geoff John and Eddy

After the wonderful Irish dancers had entertained the guests it was time for the ceilidh.

The guests were very keen to dance and especially enjoyed Thread the Needle and Snowball.

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Caroline played the Uilleann Pipes and the band played some of their favourite traditional Irish sets including The Kesh Jigs, Fr Kelly’s Reels and The Merry Blacksmith Reels.

The guests also enjoyed slow waltzes to The Pride of Erin set and Endearing Young Charms set.

The evening was brought to a close with everyone singing When Irish Eyes are Smiling.

It was a wonderful event and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

HER Breast Friends Ceilidh

On Saturday 7th March the Hayriders played for a ceilidh in support of HER Breast Friends.

Beckie Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and Eddy

Beckie Caroline Ben Joe Geoff and Eddy

It was a very well attended event and everyone was keen to dance. Ean soon had the guests dancing to the VIrginia Reel and The Blaydon Races.

Threading the Needle

Threading the Needle

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The Virginia Reel

During the interval a raffle was held and everyone ate the delicious pie and pea supper.

The band entertained with some of their new sets, Si Beag Si Mor set, Inisheer set and the Fiddlers Green Waltzes.

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It was a fantastic evening and the evening was brought to a close with our traditional CIrcassian Circle.

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.

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