Glenbuchat ceilidh weekend a big success

Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective helad another successful event at Glenbuchat
Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective helad another successful event at Glenbuchat

The second of the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective weekends raised nearly £1500.

The Glenbuchat Hall was the venue and organisers say the success of the event shows the initiative is going from strength to strength in its aim to celebrate North-east traditional music and bring together people of all ages with dance, music and song.

More than 55 music students took part - a dozen more than at Ballater - with top tutors including Charlie McKerron from Capercaille, and the New Distillery Ceilidh Band brought in over 100 ceilidh dancers in the evening.

The ceilidh was compered by Alasdair Johnston who introduced a number of entertaining acts, including local ceilidh band the Buchateers, Pete MacCallum, Grace Bank’s singing group from earlier in the day, Megan Albon and Charlie McKerron.

Jenny Sturgeon gave an exclusive performance of songs from her new album From The Skein.

A total of £1430.50 was raised for Glenbuchat Hall and special thanks have gone to the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective steering committee - Steve Cameron, Wendy Simpson, Joanna Whysall from the Deeside Inn in Ballater, Alasdair Johnston, and Pete MacCallum for their ongoing support.

Organisers say the project would not have been possible without the generosity of the Crerar Hotels Trust Communities Grant.

Any feedback on the weekend would be most welcome and would help to make the next events even better.

Tullynessle Ceilidh Weekend will be on July 30 and 31 with another array of leading tutors, food, and dancing.