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A special one-off (or maybe first annual) Mangonui ceilidh was held on Saturday, the 19th of March 2016. Just like the old days, this Mangonui ceilidh was held on the 3rd Saturday of the month. The ceilidh was held, as always, in the Mangonui Hall, beginning at 7:00pm and was enjoyed by an enthusiastic group of dancers young and old.

There is talk of another one-off ceilidh in June and also talk of making the Mangonui ceilidh an annual event. Watch this space for updates.

Saturday, the 20th of December 2014, was, sadly, the last regular monthly ceilidh under the auspices of Ceili@Mangonui. The self-appointed "committee" decided to wind up the Ceili@Mangonui organisation and to stop holding monthly dances in Mangonui.

The regular Mangonui ceilidh band, Spootiskerry Spraoi, may play for other dances in Mangonui and elsewhere, but none have yet been organised. If you're in the Far North of New Zealand and would like to have a ceilidh in your community, contact Spootiskerry Spraoi and the Doubtless Bay Ceilidh Group (and also professional Celtic entertainers, Raging Gael) by using the (non-clickable, to foil spammers) address shown below:

The Doubtless Bay Ceili Group

Welcome to the home page of The Doubtless Bay Ceilidh Group. We are a group who live in the Far North of New Zealand and who enjoy celtic music and dance. For eight years we have held a dance on the third Saturday of every month at the Mangonui Hall. Live music was provided by Spootiskerry Spraoi, a band made up of mostly local musicians, some of them professionals and some talented amateurs.

These pages will provide information about our local dances and about other dances in our region and elsewhere. We will include maps & directions to help you find our dances. As time permits, we will also provide links to other sources of information about celtic music, dance, and culture and about our region. You can also view pictures of the ceili band and dancers.

A word of warning for purists: although we are great fans of celtic music and dance, and most of our tunes and dances are celtic, we do include a few dance sets that are not celtic in origin.

Céilidh means a good time. A céilidh was the traditional social dance of Ireland and Scotland, and the céilidh a frequent and important social event in those countries.

What's Celtic?

The celts came from the European continent and at various times became the dominant cultural group of almost every corner of the British Isles. The Breton celts remained on the continent and many still live in the parts of France nearest Britain. In more recent times, the celtic culture has remained most prominent in Ireland, Scotland, & Wales. The most widely known celtic music comes from Ireland (also called Eire or Erin) and Scotland (also called Caledonia). The traditional music of Ireland and Scotland has become dispersed throughout the English-speaking world and beyond. Breton music, too, has found adherents and performers beyond the shores of Brittany, most notably on Cape Breton Island in Canada. For more information on the celts and their culture, you might want to check out these links

Who plays this celtic stuff?

Many groups and individuals in Ireland, Scotland, England, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other odd corners of the world (English-speaking and otherwise) play, sing, & dance to celtic tunes. [I remember playing in quite a good jam session of celtic musicians at a folk festival in Denmark. -Bob]    Some of the groups, such as The Chieftains, The Dubliners, & the Irish Rovers have met with huge commercial success. Others, such as The Bothy Band, The Boys of the Lough, De Danaan (later De Dannan), & Patrick Street have achieved sufficient commercial success to provide their members with a decent living but never had major commercial air play and record sales.

Many other groups and individuals eke out a meagre living with their (celtic--as also with other) music, and many play for pocket money or just for fun and to spread the joy and beauty of celtic music. On our musicians page, we'll list as many of these as we can.

What's a céilidh?

For more information about the céilidh, follow these links:
the wikipedia definition
a factoid from factmonster
one band's idea of a céilidh
Scottish music
Sheffield University Ceilidh Society
Edinburgh's annual Ceilidh Culture showcase of traditional arts
dancing on the WorldWide Web with Webfeet

Some celtic links

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One of our band members has a beautiful piece of property for sale here in New Zealand's wonderful Far North. Click for more information.

Because several people involved in the ceilidh are involved in home learning (also called "home schooling" or "home educating", we will soon host some pages for the Far North Home Educators.

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