Kaipara Flats hosts ‘ceilidh’

Wes and Barb Bycroft of Twisty Willow travel the country performing traditional Scottish music.

Dust off your kilt and put on your dancing shoes for a ‘ceilidh’ country dance in Kaipara Flats on July 6.

The Ranfurly Hall is hosting Scottish duo Twisty Willow for a night of jiving and jigs.

Organiser Erica Kretschmar says no experience of Scottish highland dancing is required and everybody is welcome.

“An announcer will call out all the moves as they happen. It’s a bit like American square dancing, but with more skipping. Even if you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter,” she says.

There won’t be any bagpipes, but drummer Wes Bycroft uses his traditional bodhrán to set the beat for his fine wife, Barb, on fiddle.

“After seeing them perform at the Waipu Highland Games we invited them down last year, and everybody loved it so much we decided to do it again,” Erica says.

The night will also feature a round of Monte Carlo, a game where the room is divided into four corners and a deck of cards is spread on the floor. When the music stops, a card is drawn and anyone in the corner of the corresponding suit is out of the game.

It continues until only the last dancer is standing – unless the joker is drawn, in which case everybody is back in the game.

Tickets are $20 including a supper plate, and are available from Harts Pharmacy on Queen Street, Warkworth. Kids are free. The proceeds go towards fundraising for the Kaipara Flats St John’s Cadets programme.

Doors open at 7pm and the cash bar will be open from 7.30pm to 11pm.


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