Dannsa meets Bealach for Homecoming Strathspey Away and Tour

15 Oct 2009

Dannsa meets Beòlach for Homecoming Strathspè Away and Tour

 

Dannsa is celebrating Homecoming with a spectacular blend of Scottish and Canadian traditional dance and musical talent, ‘at home’ for Strathspè Away in Kingussie, and on the road touring to Inverness, Skye, Edinburgh and Perth-shire.  

Be prepared for energy and innovation from both sides of the Atlantic, as Scotland’s favourite dance group joins forces with one of Cape Breton’s super-groups to produce a breathtaking programme of tuition and performance in traditional music and dance.  Beguiling audiences with their own sets, before coming together to perform an exciting newly choreographed piece, Dannsa and Beòlach are sure to impress.

Dannsa meets Beòlach on Tour, 7th – 14th November

Energy and innovation from both sides of the Atlantic, as Scotland’s favourite dance group Dannsa joins forces with Cape Breton super-group Beòlach, to produce a spectacular evening of traditional music and dance.  Beguiling audiences with their own sets, before coming together to perform an exciting newly choreographed piece, Dannsa and Beòlach are sure to impress.

Beòlach is one of Nova Scotia’s most exciting young bands. Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin, Mac Morin and Patrick Gillis perform an energetic mix of tunes featuring piano, pipes, guitar, and fiddles.  Beòlach has thrilled audiences with their dynamic arrangements of their favourite tunes, energetic performances and their sheer versatility as step dancers.

Dannsa’s new and innovative approach to traditional dance draws from the many rich and varied traditions throughout Scotland. From Highland to Step Dance, Ceilidh and Old Scotch Reels, they always bring something fresh to their dances. Caroline Reagh, Sandra Robertson and John Sikorski have been at the forefront of dancing in Scotland for a number of years and will be joined by some of Scotland’s best musicians in Dannsa’s own Ceilidh band, including Fin Moore (pipes), Gabe McVarish (fiddle), Ewan MacPherson (guitar, tenor banjo and mandola) and Gilliebride MacMillan (Gaelic song).

Dannsa meets Beòlach are teaching and performing at Strathspè Away before going on tour to

Saturday 7 November, 8.00pm, Kingussie - Strathspè Away, Badenoch Centre, Kingussie.  Ticket prices £8 / £6  Booking www.thebooth.co.uk or tel 01540 661594 www.dannsa.com

Wednesday 11 November, 7.30pm ,Inverness – Eden Court Theatre, One Touch Theatre.  Ticket prices £12/£10/£5  Booking  Tel 01463 234 234  www.eden-court.co.uk

Thursday 12 November, 8.00pm, Isle of Skye - Sabhal Mor Ostaig, nr Armadale.  Ticket prices  £10/ £4 students / £3 children / under 10s free  Booking www.thebooth.com or Tel 01471 844 207  or www.seall.co.uk or  info@seall.co.uk

Friday 13 November, 8.00pm, Edinburgh – Fiddle 2009, Assembly Rooms, Heat the Hoose with Session A9.  Ticket prices £18 / £13 / Family ticket 2 adults & 2 children £38  0131 473 2000  or www.hubtickets.co.uk

Saturday 14 November, 8.00pm – Birnam - Birnam Institute, Dunkeld.  Ticket prices £10 / £8.  Booking Tel  07511 414 849  www.thebooth.co.uk

Strathspè Away – 6th – 8th November

This year’s Strathspè Away in Kingussie looks like being Dannsa’s best festival yet.  Headline band Beòlach are performing and teaching all weekend, Mats Melin returns with his Irish dancers and musicians from University of Limerick, while other bands include The Bella MacNab Ceilidh Band, Alba Flamenca and Dannsa.  

Strathspè Away tutors are

Jim Barry teaching Irish Set Dance, Saliha Haouach teaching Flamenco, John Sikorski, Mac Moran and Mairi Rankin teaching Step Dancing, Sheila McCutcheon with Ceilidh Dancing, as well as Dannsa’s own regulars Caroline Reagh and Sandra Robertson.  Music tutors include: Gillebride MacMillan with Puirt-a-Beul, Wendy MacIsaac and Sarah Hoy on fiddle and Angus Nicolson on Tin Whistle.