Mangonui / Doubtless Bay A special one-off Mangonui ceilidh was held on 19 March. Just like the old days, on the 3rd Saturday of the month. The ceilidh was held in the Mangonui Hall. There is talk of maybe making the Mangonui ceilidh an annual event.
Ceili @ Mangonui (Doubtless Bay), was held in the Mangonui Hall on the third Saturday of every month up to and including the 20th of December 2014. Unfortunately, the organisers shut down the monthly Mangonui ceilidh.
Kohukohu, North Hokianga, New Zealand in the Kohukohu Hall: annual, . . . The 2010 ceilidh was held on Saturday, May 1st, and was a smashing success. No ceilidh was held in 2011, and no community ceilidh was held in 2012. The 2013 Kohukohu ceilidh was held on Saturday, 22 June, and was a huge success enjoyed by more than a hundred dancers. Unfortunately, there was no Kohukohu ceilidh in 2014 -- but watch this space for updates.
Rawene, South Hokianga, New Zealand in the Rawene Hall: people in the community have spoken of making this dance annual. The most recent Rawene ceilidh was held on a Saturday, a very warm summer's evening, at the historic Rawene Town Hall and was a huge success enjoyed by all attendees. There were great Rawene ceilidhs in 2014 and 2015. Curiously, the organizers asked that we not publicize their event. They said they were afraid of having too many people for their hall to hold. [No, we've never heard of such a thing before either.]
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand (held in Kamo): theoretically annual but apparently irregular; in August 2008 and in July 2009. No ceilidh in 2011; not sure about 2012 through 2015, but Whangarei area musicians are talking about maybe putting on a ceilidh later this year -- watch this space.
Okaihau, Bay of Islands, Far North, New Zealand: occasional dances in the Okaihau Hall. The Okaihau Lions put on a wonderfully successful ceilidh in 2013 and another in 2014. Last year's Okaihau ceilidh (again put on by the Lions) was so well attended and so enthusiastically received that others are likely to follow.
Jam sessions in Auckland: excellent session at the Clare Inn, Dominion Road, Mt. Eden, on Monday nights. Good sessions on Tuesday evenings at Florrie McGreal's in Takapuna. Sessions at The Bog (renamed McCarthy's and subsequently closed) in Parnell on Sunday nights are no longer happening. Either that (Bog) session or the Kingsland jam session on Sunday afternoons may have been moved to Florrie McGreal's in Takapuna.
Contra dances in and about Wellington, New Zealand:
Sometimes held at St. Michaels's Church Hall in Kelburn (corner of Upland Road and St. Michael's Crescent). Starts at 7:30pm. Finishes 10:30 - 11:00pm (all are 3rd Saturday night of the month)
The Pride of Erin Ceilidh Dancers are an adult Irish ceilidh group which teaches traditional Irish folk dances in San Diego, California, USA. They hold dances and instruction on alternate Wednesdays. For more information, visit their website.
Tulsa Barn Dance holds a contra and square dance on the first Saturday of each month from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Cherry Street Studios at the corner of 15th and Evanston (2908 E. 15th Street) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. All their dances are taught and called to live music. Cost is $4.00. Beginners are welcome.
Seattle Community Open Band Contra Dance
Dances are held at a Lutheran church - 2102 N 40th, Seattle (Wallingford Neighborhood).
Potluck 5PM, Dancing 6:00-8:30PM. Cost: $5 per person, $10 per family.
Seattle Community Contra Dance - an open-band contra dance, featuring an open mic for callers, preceded by a potluck supper (please bring a dish to share, as well as your own plates and utensils). A supportive place to dance, call, and make music - beginners welcome! The band and the callers' open mic are led and hosted by a different local musician and caller each month.
For more information: valjc(at)juno.com, 206-784--5788
Every Sunday, Irish set dancing lessons at Molly Maguire's Pub, 610 NW 65th St, Ballard, Seattle, 7 - 8:30pm, $5, Live music by Michael Graham and Friends.
Irish country dance lessons and dances. Sundays, 4:30 - 6pm. Bayview Hall, Whidbey Island, Washington, USA. Info: Jeanne Lanigan, 360-579-1933
An Irish Set Dancing Class is currently being offered through the ASUW Experimental College, Seattle. Check ASUW online or call (206) 68-LEARN for more information.
There are (fiddle oriented) jam sessions in Seattle, Washington, USA, on the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Voyager Records for details.
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