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first time playing at a ceilidh
« on: August 04, 2012, 03:33:09 AM »

Hello fellow mad men and women,
thought I would post a video of my first time playing at a ceilidh
on Prince Edward Island. I had a great time played at three different ceilidh's
the video is a little rough as is my playing since I was a little nervous.
I not sure if this is the right place to post it but since I'm learning I thought it should go here?
maybe I could inspire others like me to get out and play even if your not where you want to be yet.

first tune is a mother's love is a blessing played at a dance night and I was surprise they were dancing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAbKyZ2PbkU&feature=youtu.be

second tune O'Donnell abu
http://youtu.be/svwIA5u2saw

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Re: first time playing at a ceilidh
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2012, 10:44:24 PM »

 nice rendition of a lovely waltz tune -   they got up and danced so it must be right!

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Re: first time playing at a ceilidh
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2012, 11:16:53 PM »

nice rendition of a lovely waltz tune -   they got up and danced so it must be right!

george

 Thanks George
It was fun, but nerve racking waiting to play but in the end the people did dance and were all very nice and on the second tune I posted I got to play with a wonderful & funny lady Margie Carmichael a good musician and singer songwriter who made it easy to relax and have fun. I think she has played in your area too.
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Re: first time playing at a ceilidh
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012, 02:46:58 PM »

It's a slippery slope - how many people do I want in the band?  How often do we want to play?  Playing for dancing is just so satisfying!

In the UK, the expression "ceilidh" has come to be used for a barn dance.  It's really nice though when the break is used for other performers to have a go.  The only fear is that a brilliant box player will step up.  It has happened, but it still doesn't matter.  Dance music is, in my opinion, better without too much clever playing - many exceptions though, but that doesn't detract from a workmanlike job.  Your audience enjoyed dancing to your playing!

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Re: first time playing at a ceilidh
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2012, 11:38:15 PM »

Your audience enjoyed dancing to your playing!

Rob.


And I enjoyed playing to their dancing!!  (:)
I was wondering how many times though should you play with a tune like this ?
I only went though three times . and felt after like it was to short (I think I was afraid I would screw up )
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Re: first time playing at a ceilidh
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2012, 11:46:15 AM »

opinions vary widely on this  and also on whether to play one tune  x many for a dance or a medley of 2 or mote.  It also depend on whether a dance is of indeterminate length eg  a simple waltz or th gay gordons  or if the dance requires a set number of bars. 

With the indeterminate ones its just a question of playing untill the ancrs look as if they've had enough & if one tune doingit over & over. If playing a medley  I personally would go through a tune twice & then change but there is no hard & fast rule on this.  If playing for a dance of fixed length  its a question of how many bars worth of music are required divided by how many bars in  the tune(s) you are using,

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Re: first time playing at a ceilidh
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2012, 12:10:42 AM »

Your audience enjoyed dancing to your playing!

Rob.


And I enjoyed playing to their dancing!!  (:)
I was wondering how many times though should you play with a tune like this ?
I only went though three times . and felt after like it was to short (I think I was afraid I would screw up )
Thanks
Michael
If a tune's worth playing, it's worth playing at least four times through :-)
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