Concerto Caledonia launch Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band Ceilidh Nights

Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band: Ceilidh Nights reimagine the 18th-century ceilidh, in a four-part series running from 14 December to 27 March in Glasgow venues The Glad Cafe and Oran More

Inspired by the father of the Scottish dance band, Nathaniel Gow, Concerto Caledonia collaborates with some of the creative powerhouses of Scottish traditional music, including fiddlers Lauren MacColl, Shona Mooney and Marie Fielding, as well as viola player, dancer and Scots Trad Awards 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year Mairi Campbell. The band performs acoustically, on gut-strong fiddles, cello, and Scottish small pipes, recreating the sounds and techniques of the 18th century.

Callers Mairi Campbell and the irrepressible dancer/guitarist Steve Player will lead the audience through a range of strathspeys, reels, quicksteps and country dances. Dance steps and music are taken from 18th-century Scottish sources, brought to life through a tapestry of traditions and styles, with the energy of a modern Scottish ceilidh. Nataniel Gow’s Dance Band: Ceilidh Nights are supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

Creative Scotland’s Head of Music Allan Morrison said: “Creative Scotland is delighted to support a bit of time-travel, as the heritage or traditional music legend Nathaniel Gow comes alive through the skills of some of the best players the Scottish scene has to offer. Concerto Caledonia’s Ceilidh Nights sparkle with period authenticity, but they’re all about audience participation too. What better way to experience Scotland’s musical past than to put your best foot forward and enter into the heart of the action”


Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band: Ceilidh Nights

The Glad Cafe – 14 December

Òran Mór – 23 January

The Glad Cafe – 23 February

Òran Mór – 27 March


Timing: 8.30-10.30pm

Tickets: £8 /£6 (Oran Mor) £7/£5 (Glad Cafe) available online or on the door.


Tickets and more info:


The Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG

Òran Mór, Top of Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX