A big thank you to all who contributed to another successful annual ceilidh which has raised around £700 in support of Mary’s Meals and the Perth and Kinross food bank! Thank you to all those who baked, cooked, organised and played – and special thanks to all those who came and danced and made a fantastic evening 🙂
The passing of the shortest day has traditionally been followed by twelve days of festival, the exchange of gifts and the making of promises. The traditional contribution of BFG has been to learn to play seasonal tunes for our own entertainment and at gigs.
This year we have a new booklet of twelve seasonal tunes, some with harmonies. The booklet is available at the hall or as a PDF file. It may even appear on the Members’ Page.
You know you love to play these tunes so get the book and learn your favourites. Ho ho ho.
Another great evening at the Kirkstyle Inn in Dunning – thank you to Simon for organising and to the Kirkstyle for providing chips 🙂 The next session will be Sunday 1st December.
With the harvest festival of Samhuinn commencing on Halloween, we begin a period of many festivals. While we may not have songs for them all, carols (festival songs) and other seasonal tunes always feature in our gigs at the end of the year. We will soon be putting together a small book of our winter repertoire and its time for members to suggest things that we might include. Bear in mind that we want the range of tunes to be familiar and suitable for all gigs. The book will be ready in early November so everyone has a chance to learn the tunes for gigs in December.
The current list is this.
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- The Holly and the Ivy
- Deck the Hall
- Jingle Bells
- Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
- Silent Night
- White Christmas
- Good King Wenceslas
Send you your suggestions to Andrew B using the contacts form on the web or speak to him at the hall on a Friday evening. If you have the dots for your suggestion, please let him have those as well.
Only 70 shopping days to the most expensive consumer extravaganza of the year!
PS. We’ve already got 3 suggestions. Space in the book is filling up fast. (Added 9/10/19)
Just a reminder that we are playing in Crieff at St Michaels church next Saturday at 2pm – this is an Everybody Gig – ALL WELCOME!
Also – next Friday the hall is in use for the Blackford Flower Show, so we are meeting in the church session hall at the other end of the village instead.
This Saturday (17th August) we are having a “Bothy Session” in the barn at Stuart and Susie’s (Preston Park, Auchterader, PH3 1NP). ALL welcome.
It would be a big help to know numbers for the catering etc and, if it’s possible, please say by Friday night at the latest if you are planning on coming. We’ll play from 7 till about 8.30 then break for stovies and drinks then resume playing after that till late! There will be a vegetarian option too!
The village hall is not available on 6th September so we’ll be meeting at the church hall.
Don’t forget that we are heading away for the weekend on 24-25 August. Details from Susanne or Andrew.
You will need a packed lunch for the Saturday, towel and fiddle (and other instruments). Bring warm clothes as we will be having and outdoor campfire event in the evening.
Prizes for anyone who leaves their phones at home.
We have taken the unusal step of closing for 3 weeks this year.
A big thanks to all who played at the various gigs over the weekend. We got off to a flying start with the Ceilidh band playing in Crieff on Saturday night, then a great attendance playing at Kincarrathie house in Perth on Sunday afternoon, followed by the monthly session at the Kirkstyle in Dunning.
Everyone gigs really are for EVERYONE, no matter how new you are to playing we would love you to come and join us – and we will always make sure that we play some of the tunes you know!