The Isle of Bute World Ceilidh Band Competition
The World Ceilidh Band COmpetition has been held on the Isle of Bute for the past
six years. They are now trying to gauge whether there is sufficient interest to
expand and have regional heats around the country prior to the actual competition
itself, with winners getting free travel to the finals at the festival itself.
If you are interested, or would like more information, please send mail to
Peter Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Isle of Bute Folk Festival Vice-Chairman).
Some notes provided by Peter Morrison:
- 2 years ago to mark the 5th year the 1st prize was a £1000 and a return
paid gig and digs to the island in 1996.
- 1997 was £500 of recording time and more importantly the prestige of
being officialy known as the World Ceilidh Band Champions.
- There is of course a trophy, a beautifully carved harp, donated by Billy
Connolly and named the Norman Buchan Trophy.
The Isle of Bute International Folk Festival is held over 5 days on the
second weekend of July.
The competion requires a 15 min sets of dance tunes a song and 1 other
piece from the band. The judgement is of course on the music but most
importantly is the ability to get the audience up dancing and calling
of the dances. The competition is always very well attended with willing
Last year's event brought Tom Paxton and Eric Bogle appearing on the same
bill. Wolfstone made one of their gigs. Donald Black with Malcolm Jones
of Runrig supported Wolfstone.
Along with this were workshops in voice, step dancing, harmonica (Donald Black and
Rory Mcleod) guitar ...
People appear on the island and don't even go to formal events, the pubs
having great sessions.
£5 for the weekend is the cost of a tent/caravan pitch. Some people
don't even leave this to go to events! The campsite is fully stewarded,
well lit, and food and facilities are available.
Information provided by Peter Morrison (email@example.com)