Ceilidhs at Chiswick Town Hall

Image of Hambledon High Street Annual Barn Dance by Rob Haskell

Jonathan Geitner, who lives in Chiswick, has decided it would be fun to hold regular ceilidh dances in Chiswick Town Hall. He is holding the first in December and plans for them to become a monthly feature.

“I went to a ceilidh in Scotland. It was the first time I had ever come across one and I was totally blown away by it. I loved the way everyone got involved, young and old together.”

Whether the pandemic has given us a new sense of the importance I am not sure, but he is not the first to have had this idea. There are regular, and very well attended, ceilidhs in Camden Town also.

Looking forward and thinking big, he has called his business the London Ceilidh Club.

“The town hall is a great venue” he says, but as anyone who has tried to put on an event there will know, it does not come cheap.

“I need 125 people minimum to cover the costs.”

If the first couple of dances in November and December are a success he plans for the ceilidhs to become a regular event and is looking to expand to venues in other areas of London too.

“It’s informal, it’s relaxed, no one has to dress up. You need no prior experience as the band tells you what to do and it gets everyone up and moving.”

Band featured on Made In Chelsea

I’m not sure it is quite the recommendation he thinks it is, but the ceilidh band has featured on Channel 4’s Made In Chelsea. To be fair, Licence to Ceilidh are an excellent band who have featured elsewhere on BBC1 and BBC2 as well.

Jonathan himself has a background in marketing and event management, having run Rough Runner with friends until the pandemic put the kibosh on it. Rough Runner took the competitiveness of Total Wipeout or Gladiator and made it a bit more user friendly for a bunch of mates going round an obstacle course and having a laugh as they fell in the water and got covered in mud.

This new venture, he promises, will be more civilised.

The ceilidh night at Chiswick Town Hall is on 15 December 2022. Doors open at 7:30pm, the dancing goes from 8 to 11pm, with doors closing at 11:30pm. More details here.

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