First Ceilidh of the year at St Mary’s on 5th Feb
Gateshead & North East Ceilidh Club will hold its fiorst ceilidh of 2019 on 5th February. Due to the absence of the Redheughers band leader the ceilidh will be supported by David Oliver with the Hexham Village Band.
Members of the Redheughers have been invited to join in if they wish.
Redheughers AGM to be held on 22 Jan
Dont forget its our AGM this week – about 6.30 in our normal rehearsal venue.
Each year our member Alan Alden plays carols for Ashburton Residents association, in Ashburton Road, Gosforth. Here’s what he said about it this year
We had really good day but verry, very cold.
We played for about 20/30 minutes then retired to our for coffee etc and to thaw out then reuturned for a similar stint.
I was joined by Ken, Marilyn, Malcom and Jen and it all sounded great. I think they enjoyed it despite the cold.
Our Christmas Ceilidh was a great success with more attending for the dancing and also more players than usual in the band. We all had a great time.
No January Ceilidh for 2019!
Ceilidhs are on the first Tuesday of each month; however for January 2019 that would be New Years Day.
All other Tuesday evenings that month are booked up, so it has reluctantly been decided that there will be no Ceilidh in January.
Last nights Ceilidh at St Mary’s was well attended by both dancers and band, with a good proportion of new faces. Judging from the laughter everyone had a great time.
Next public ceilidh at St Mary’s is on 6 November – hope to see you all there!
Redheughers win cup for best country dance band at the 2018 Morpeth gathering
A rainy day in Morpeth saw the band meet at St Georges church where once again we beat stiff competition to take first prize and the prestigious “Committee Cup”.
Afterwards we celebrated with delicious coffee and cakes at the Chantry Pantry. A good day.
The Morpeth Gathering & Committee Cup – a bit of history
The first Morpeth Gathering was held in 1968, and the Committee Cup for best country dance band was first awarded in 1969 to the “Eric Goodfellow Group”. The Redheughers first won this in 1987, and again in 1998.
The Blyth Valley Band had great success winning the cup in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006; (six wins) while the Redheughers held the cup in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and now 2018.
In between the cup was won by the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance in 2013,14,15, and Hexham Village band in 2017.
With 9 wins to their name the Redheughers have held this prestigious cup more than any other band.