In a fantastic tribute to the spirit of Robbie Burns, on Saturday, Jan. 23, the Fiddlejam Funtime Fiddlers will play for your dancing pleasure at the Big Yellow Merville Hall.
Along with the bagpipes, the fiddle is the musical instrument of choice for strapping, bare-legged, kilted Scots and the local Fiddlejam Fiddlers know how to shake the thistles and spurtles to get the dancers up onto the floor.
Celtic caller June Cannon will guide the dancers with her clear and clever instructions, always with an eye on those who might need a bit more guidance.
Doors open at 7 p.m., with a complimentary contra dance workshop right before the dance to loosen you up and to prepare you for the spins and lively steps of the Virginia Reel and the Gay Gordon.
The dancing begins at 7:30 and families and single dancers are very welcome. Singles can pair up with anyone during the contras and our contra sets last about 15 to 20 minutes. To strut our musical versatility, we also play old time waltzes and reels; jigs and swing; schottisches and foxtrots.
As we toast the celebration of the poetry of Robbie Burns and the new tradition of Scottish contra dances, we will have healthy helpings of “haggis” to titillate the tastebuds, along with other treats, from the contra canteen.
Kilts are great for dancing in, so wear your colours with flare and we’ll create a dance to make the Highlanders proud.
Cost is $10/adults, $5/youth and you can come as a family for $22. FMI 339-4249.