From an article first published in Easdale People magazine, Issue No 20, Autumn 2004.
The Hall opened its doors yet again on
Saturday 22nd May when we had a visit from Scottish Dance Group Dannsa as
part of Turas Nan Innse Gall (The Hebridean Tour) entitled
Crossing The Minch.
The enthusiastic, heartfelt response from previous years of performing in
small, vibrant Highland communities
had inspired Dannsa to embark on their third tour. They took in mainly the
islands on the West coast and the Hall was lucky enough to secure a date.
Dannsa are a Highland based group of talented step-dancers - Mats Melin,
Frank McConnell, Caroline Reagh and Sandra
Robertson. They performed their own unique arrangements and Frank's brand
new quadrilles added excitement to a programme which included old Scottish
reels, an original Waulking song piece, a
Sword dance with an edge and more.
It was particularly appreciated that they interspersed these performance dances
with ones that we could do. They gave help where needed and there was plenty
of opportunity for everyone to join in.
They brought a band of talented players
with them - Fin Moore on pipes, Gabe McVarish on fidle, Liz Maclean gaelic song and a surprise late addition, Karen
Stevens on fidle.
We enjoyed all aspects of the night and the group have promised to come
back next year with a programme of
workshops. I have recently had a card from them thanking us for the hospitality
and for a great night.