For 13 years I have coordinated highly successful ceilidh dances in Bishopbriggs High School and now the new Bishopbriggs Academy. These Christmas dances are the culmination of 3 weeks of social dance with all year groups and it it a priority of mine that we have live music to create an upbeat atmosphere. I consider it part of my job to ensure these traditional dances are taught in school in a way pupils will enjoy and will perpetuate.
This year I secured the services of The Big Shoogle Scottish ceilidh band for our S5/6 dance.
The evening was a fantastic success and enjoyed immensely by pupils and staff alike. The band worked a perfect blend of traditional Scottish dance tunes with contemporary music the pupils are familiar with, which heightened their participation in – and positive attitude to – “social dancing”.
I have already asked the band to perform at next year’s S5/6 dance in the school. I know it will be a special occasion.
I recommend The Big Shoogle unreservedly to anyone hosting school dances, weddings or any kind of function.
R.D. Blackburn — Bishopbriggs Academy