This was a most enjoyable and unusual ceildh. The groom was British, the bride Bulgarian: a lovely couple, to whom we wish every happiness. They opened the evening with a very graceful waltz, while we played Snow on the Benn and The Rope Waltz.

We played a good range of dances, including bits of our Scottish set, eliciting a spirited Dashing White Sergeant. It was a new experience, though, to be informed by the bride that some of the guests wanted to do some Bulgarian dances. Here we are watching in admiration!

A bit later one of the guests decided to teach the others a Bulgarian dance from scratch, while we played our French/Galician set, which seemed to fit the dance well enough. Here they are practising the dance.

And here we are accompanying them! (Missing melodeon player – Andrew taking the photo, as usual …)

We finished with the Drops of Brandy at breakneck speed, and packed up the PA amid several very welcome expressions of thanks and appreciation. Earlier in the evening an elderly gentleman had thanked us for our music, which took him back to his youth, and said he’d have been dancing but for a heart op!


About Andrew Burn

University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BT
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