Mo Fest’s first ceilidh was a success

Dancers do the Strip the Willow dance at MoFest's first ceilidh
Dancers do the Strip the Willow dance at MoFest's first ceilidh

More than 100 people turned out for Montrose Music Festival’s first ceilidh to celebrate Burns night and raise money for this year’s event.

Montrose Town Hall was packed with around 150 people on Saturday, January 25, night for the dance.

Around £1,000 was raised from ticket sales, raffles and a bar on the night. All the proceeds will go towards this year’s Montrose Music Festival (Mo Fest), which is on the weekend of May 23.

David Paton, chairman of Mo Fest, said: “It was a really good night. There was great atmosphere. We got a really good response from people. They said it was well thought out.

“We hope to make this an annual event for Mo Fest.”

He added: “We are a charity and the only way we can raise money for the festival is through fund-raisers like this. I don’t think a lot of people realise that.”

Five piece Scottish ceilidh band Sporran Again got everyone up on their feet and dancing on Saturday. Fiddler for the Sporran Again Karen Harper used to play for Montrose band Heidrum.

Mr Paton said: “They were fantastic. It was the first time I had heard them. They got everyone up and explained all the dances.

“We were quite surprised, usually when you go to events like these it takes a while to get everyone on the dance floor, but after the first song, three quarters of the room were dancing. For the rest of the night, everyone was on the floor.”

Mr Paton said MoFest would like to thank everyone who attended the ceilidh and Johnston’s Bakery for suppling free shortbread.