What’s the difference between a StaffordshireBarn DanceBand and a StaffordshireCeilidh Band..??
Sounds like the start of a joke doesn’t it?
Actually, there’s precious little difference now. A Barn Dance sounds a bit more
‘English’, that’s all. To be fair, a ‘ceilidh’, as you might guess, is an Irish word,
and a ceilidh in Ireland used be be a mixture of song and dance, often in someone’s
house, (a bit cramped!!) but a ceilidh, as we now know it, is pretty much like a
barn dance. Every barn dance is different, of course, and there’s a vast range of
tunes to choose from. But whether it’s a barn dance or a ceilidh, they all follow
the same pattern; there’s a ‘caller’ to talk you through each dance before you start,
and even while you’re dancing, and everybody has a great laugh and everybody has
A GREAT TIME!!