For those who may or may not be familiar with Ceilidh folk music, this page will offer some insight in that regard and it will explain what Ceilidh gatherings entail and which are the elements that give them their specificity in the Scottish music scene.
Basically representing a Scottish social gathering, Ceilidh are also seen in Ireland and in the simplest of senses this term can be used to describe a social visit. However, during the current era, the term has been more and more attributed to social gatherings that also involve dancing on Gaelic folk music, regardless if this takes place in someone’s house, pub or even concert location.
For those interested in the word’s origin, Ceilidh has its roots in Gaelic regions of Scotland and Ireland and it is derived from the old Irish language term, “cele”, which basically means companion, hence the nature of the gatherings themselves. Since originally these meetings did not involve any dancing, their nature was better established during the modern era, when more and more of them began to involve folk music and partying.
Even more, historians tell that during the cold winter nights, these meetings were the ideal place where stories, ballads or even poems were being rehearsed, recited or just told, with other interesting literary or cultural matters discussed. During more recent years, the gradual introduction of more and more folk music has lead to the occurrence of dancing and in the end, such gatherings became true parties.
Folk music lightens the mood at these gatherings and provides the great ambient that completes the ideal conditions for social interaction. Being mainly based on traditional tales, stories or even poems, the musical entertainment that is performed at such gatherings will brighten the spirits of all those who attend them and fascinate through its mesmerising chants.