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Celtic Night

Celtic Night

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  • Sat 15 Jul ’17, 6:00pm – 12:30am


Awakeri Events Centre, State Highway 30, Awakeri, Whakatane Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Ticket: $65.00

The Awakeri Events Centre Committee will be hosting a Celtic night to help raise funds for the ongoing maintenance of the centre.

With the British and Irish Lions tour well into the swing of things, it seemed fitting that a right ole’ shindig should take place with a ‘Keltic’ theme.

The Celtic night will include the McKay-Lee Project band, made up of local ‘trad.’ musicians; John McKay and Lee Barton. They are also drafting in some fine and dandy Celtic players from outside of the Eastern Bay.

Forming the McKay-Lee project will be Julie Grace from Hamilton on the fiddle, Chris Ennor (Rotorua) on the guitar and local goat skin beater, John Childs on the bodhran.

What makes the line-up very special is that collectively they will bang out a night of traditional Celtic tunes, soley for the purpose of dancing to.

The Celtic night is a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), which is a Scottish or Irish Gaelic term for a social gathering involving dancing and singing (accompanied with food, beverages and live music).

The band will be fronted by Noel Armstrong from Auckland, who is one of New Zealand's finest Celtic dance callers. His job will be to ensure the safe instruction to all the revellers and ‘call’ each dance throughout the night, ensuring all current health & safety regulations are observed and nobody is injured during the proceedings.

Ceilidh’s are extremely interactive occasions and offer an amazing way to meet and greet new people, in a fun, ‘hair down’ type of way.

What people can expect is to have plenty of giggles as they meander their way through do-si-do’s, promenades, ladies chains and all manners of swinging! All to the foot-tapping sounds of jigs, reels, polkas and waltze’s.

Mandola player, Lee Barton, gave some insight into what attendees can expect from the ceilidh, “They are so much fun, whoever or whatever you are and you can’t help yourself but join in; they carry the joy of a thousand friendly faeries and are totally inclusive.

“There has never been a time in my life when I haven’t been involved in a ceilidh at some point or another; as a dancer or a musician. When Viv contacted me and asked if we could do a ceilidh, I didn’t think twice and jumped on the phone!” Lee said.

Uilleann piper, John McKay, mentioned “I just love playing music at any opportunity I can; whilst watching others enjoy it at the same time is a real bonus.

“However, it does seem a bit strange why Barton would jump on his phone, but understandable considering how frustrating technology can be these days.” John stated.

There will be food included in the ticket price and a bar available for those that like to drink fluid.

Prizes are also up for grabs for those that can dress to the theme - Celtic night (lepracauns, tartan, kilts, faeries, scabbards, banshee’s etc.)

“A ceilidh at the Awakeri Events Centre will be amazing, the acoustics are incredible and if we fill the venue the atmosphere will be off the scale.” Lee concluded.

Tickets are on sale now and beginning to be snapped up by locals, doors open at 6pm with food served from 7pm.

If a ceilidh night with the McKay-Lee project, plenty of friendly faces and a night to remember is a bit of you, contact Viv for more information.

Tickets are available through Viv Barr or Email - barr.aj@xtra.co.nz

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