Bridport Ceilidhs are run just for the fun of it about 7 times a year, usually on the first Saturday of the month.
Our home base is Church House Hall, adjacent to St Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport.
We look to engage some of the best bands and callers in the area, and mix and match them to give both experienced and new dancers an entertaining and exciting evening.
These ceilidhs are run by Mecki Testroet and Monty Crook, a couple who met at Sidmouth Folk Festival and now live in Pymore near Bridport. Being keen dancers they wanted to encourage more dances in the area and particularly in Bridport itself. It all started with a combined birthday party / public ceilidh in April 2011; since the date was three days after a significant anniversary, it was advertised as a ‘Three Days Late’ Ceilidh, and the name stuck.
That event was entertained by Somerset band ‘Crooked Furrow’ and was followed by the first fully public ceilidh in September, with ‘Teasing the Cat’. Other dances followed in February (‘Jigs for Gigs’ with caller Jane Thomas), March (Chris Toyne with Eileen Nightingale), April (‘JeRoKa’ with Ruth Thompson) and June (with ‘Crooked Furrow’ again). In May 2012 a Sunday afternoon Family Barn Dance was organised in conjunction with local legend ‘Stompin’ Dave Allen and caller Sandra Downton; a good time was had by all, but the attendance was somewhat disappointing.
It has often been suggested that all the dances should be run as barn dances and publicised with profits going to charity, but from the outset the decision was to promote ‘English ceilidhs’ run just ‘For the fun of it’. The name ceilidh, whilst Gaelic in origin and originally being an Irish or Scottish event comprising a mix of music, song, dance and ‘craic’, is now well established in the English folk dance / festival world.
The aim of ‘Three Days Late’ Ceilidhs is to attract experienced, keen and enthusiastic dancers with good local bands and callers, as well as to welcome all and everybody, whether experienced or not, single or partnered, and of any age*. Non-dancers are welcome too, the bands being well worth listening too in their own right. Most dances are run with Bring & Share (finger food) suppers; some soft drinks are provided, with attendees bringing their own wine or beer. So come along, bring a friend or two and make a party of it; we’ll provide a good evening’s entertainment.
* (Under 16’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult).
To complement the monthly ceilidhs, a fortnightly ‘Three Days Late’ Ceilidh Club was inaugurated in October 2012, running on 2nd and 4th Thursdays; this was advertised as an ideal venue for beginners, whether would-be dancers, musicians or callers, to come along and practice their art in a smaller venue and a friendly atmosphere. (It also provided a steep learning curve for Monty to try his hand – mouth – at calling; not an easy discipline and requiring a lot of background work to collect dances and music, write a dance out in an understandable form, select an appropriate tune and then put the two together. Then came the difficult bit – actually talking a dance walk-through, teaching and helping any beginners, and finally calling it! All with mixed results it must be said; good callers are much to be admired and are worth their weight in gold!)
Club evenings were undoubtedly a lot of fun, but numbers attending were very variable and after a year it was decided to discontinue in October 2012.
Meanwhile, after six dances, ‘Three Days Late’ Ceilidhs were well up and running, and are continuing at the rate of about 7 dances a year, with bands booked through to December 2013; for further details see Past Events and Up-and-Coming pages.
Since November 2012 and with establishment of this website the events are being advertised as ‘Bridport Ceilidhs’, but still with the line “A ‘Three Days Late’ Ceilidh Promotion” somewhere in the blurb to provide continuity.
See The Next Dance page for full details and for information on the band and caller.
There are several other folk dance clubs and dances held in the wider area, and details can be found in the Links page, which also shows popular websites for finding information about folk dancing both regionally and nationally.
‘Three Days Late’ Ceilidh Promotions
For the Fun of it!