In Second Front we do not make a distinction between ‘English ceilidh’ and ‘English barn dance’ because our style of playing, and choice of tunes and dances have proved, over many years, to be popular at dances billed as either. We do a mix of fairly laid-back polkas and jigs, some lively reels and jigs, slower ‘stompy’ hornpipes, the occasional easy Scottish dance and possibly a waltz. The dances are all fairly straightforward and good fun to do. Each dance is explained at the outset by our caller, who will judge the mix of skills on the night, and tailor the initial instructions, and guidance once started, to suit – so no previous experience necessary.
With a Scottish band leader, we are well able to include the occasional Scottish ceilidh favourite to an authentic Scottish sound, which is a fine contrast to our ‘English style’ and always goes down well with the dancers. Let us know if you would like some of that or, indeed, if it is a Scottish ceilidh you are actually looking for.