Ceilidh band gets people dancing in the streets of Glasgow

The Open Air Ceilidh was organised as part of the West End Festival.

Passers-by stopped outside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to join in a ceilidh guided by the sound of a local band.

Glasgow Folk-Music Workshop organised an Open Air Ceilidh on Sunday as their contribution to the West End Festival.

Finlay Allison, senior tutor at GFW said: “Around 200 people attended. It was a great turnout of ordinary passers-by who were moved by the music and tried to dance following my instructions.

It was incredibly moving for the musicians to play together again and see the return of ceilidh dancing after a long hard slog over the last 18 months of Covid with no work and no social interaction.

“To be playing together and seeing the enjoyment of people dancing and laughing together again was very up-lifting.”

The GFW run weekly classes to teach people of all ages to play folk music instruments by ear.

“We have around 400 members who attend classes in fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, guitar, whistle, accordion, bodhran, song, cello, banjo and viola.

“We also have a mixed instrument class and a ceilidh band class.”

The band has already organised their next Open Air Ceilidh on September 18, in Vinicombe Street, Glasgow.

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