Wider Opportunities Ceilidh

Here are the tunes and dances for the Camden Music Wider Ops Ceilidh. There are written parts for lots of different instruments – click on the buttons at the bottom of the page.

If you need a part that isn’t here, get in touch with sheena.masson@camden.gov.uk or ask your music teacher.

The sections of the tunes are all eight bars long.

There are two sections in each tune, A and B.

Each section is repeated, so you get four sections in total – A1, A2, B1 and B2.

Each section fits with one part of the dance. The dances are done with a partner, sometimes with groups of people dancing with their partners. These groups are called “sets”.

There are five tunes and five dances. Click on the tune name at the bottom to find audio recordings, sheet music and dance descriptions.

We probably won’t be able to all get together this year at Cecil Sharp House to dance, but you can still learn the tunes and you may like to do the dances at home. Here’s a link the Living Room Ceilidh page with some videos to help you learn the dances.

Ceilidh resources and lots, lots more can be found here at the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Resource Bank. And here’s a video showing how much fun it is! The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is a partner in the Camden Music Hub. EFDSS is a national organisation, but we’re really lucky that they are based here in Camden at Cecil Sharp House. Have a look at what’s going on – they organise lots of things for young people, including ceilidhs.

If you need any help please email sheena.masson@camden.gov.uk

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