We've not done this before. That is, we've not put ceilidh dancing into the EFC programme of events. Why's that? No-one really knows why not - unsuitable past venues perhaps, but we think it's simply not crossed the collective consciousness of earlier EFC committees. So, anyway, we thought we'd give it a try (or two - there's a second on Wednesday 29 June 2022, the last event of our current season). PLUS we've also got an opening act tonight ... Malcolm MacWatt!
The band is "Young Francis Gardner" led by EFC's own resident compere - Dave Francis - who has many years of experience playing in dance bands (and numerous other music-related activities) and calling the dances as well. Jenny Gardner (fiddle, viola, vocals, bass, guitar) is another vastly experienced musician who was a member of Salsa Celtica, Rock Salt and Nails, The Poozies and Eat the Seats. And then last but by no means least John Young on bass to drive it all along.
Young Francis Gardner are one half of the long-established Bella McNab's Dance Band, a swingy, string-driven sound (no accordion or percussion) which dancers love. Dave Francis is one of Scotland's most experienced callers with a mix of favourite, familiar and less-familiar dances.
At the very least it will be an interesting event but we think it will be a crackingly enjoyable knees up of an evening!