By FIONA SHEPHERD in The List on 01/08/2014 | Full Article
This is Ceilidh and Ready, Steady, Ceilidh! bring a touch of trad to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014
Both shows celebrate the high energy roots of traditional Scottish country song and dance
Why should cabaret acts and comedy clubs supply all the after-hours Fringe fun? This Is Ceilidh is an all-fiddling, all-piping, all-dancing hoolie from the producers of former Fringe crowdpleasers Eurobeat and Jerry Springer: The Opera which is poised to become this year’s late-night audience participation destination.
Former Red Hot Chilli Piper Stuart Cassells has assembled a revolving band of musicians including a number of graduates from the Royal Conservatoire’s Scottish music course, plus more established hands such as piper Lorne MacDougall and Martin O’Neill of Treacherous Orchestra on bodhran to supply a non-stop 90-minute ceilidh soundtrack, with theatrical performance elements and comic interludes popping up between Dashing White Sergeants.
Anyone who has witnessed a visceral crowd reaction to the rhythm of a reel already knows that there ain’t no party like a ceilidh party. Equally, there’s nothing like a Gay Gordons to start the day, so family-friendly sister show Ready, Steady, Ceilidh!, hosted by CBBC’s Iain Stirling, also runs throughout the Fringe, introducing kids to the energetic release of ceilidh dancing free from the social embarrassment of the school dancing lesson.
This is Ceilidh, until 24 Aug (not 11), 11pm, £16–£18; Ready Steady Ceilidh, until 25 Aug (not 11), 12.30pm, £10–£12, both Assembly George Square, 623 3030.