21st May 2022 7:00pm - 11:30pm


21st May 2022 7:00pm - 11:30pm
Individual Ticket: £12 | Under 26: £6 | Family: £30

Join D&G Art Festivals’ new Ceilidh nights, where local artists bring you an evening of storytelling, theatre, dance and music that celebrates being Gallovidian. Enjoy local food and drink, watch local artists perform and experience a new kind of night out with your friends and family.

Hosted by Chelsie Nash, you will watch performances from Mostly Ghostly, Bunbury Banter, the Littlest Chicken, Jodie Rae and dance the night away with the Whirligig Ceilidh Band and Dumfries & Galloway Dance.

Stories shape how we understand the world, and our place in it. Let’s gather together and hear from local artists, who have created and collected stories from people in our region, based on our folk legends, history and traditions, our home and our future.

Doors open at 7pm, where you’ll have a chance to grab a drink, and take a seat at one of our cabaret-style tables. At 7.30pm, your host Chelsie Nash will guide you through your night as you get to watch four fantastic performances, enjoy a light bite of Scottish foods to eat at 8.30pm and dance the night away with The Whirligig Ceilidh Band until midnight.

For only £12, you will get:

  • Six incredible artists entertaining you with theatre, dance, comedy, music and spoken word performances
  • A light bite of Scottish delicacies
  • A night to remember!

Artists Performing at the Gathering: 

Hosting the Evening – Chelsie Nash:

A local actor and writer from Dumfries, Chelsie has been creating colourful and absurd characters since 2019 and has developed a keen interest in spoken word and poetry. She has been involved in various local projects and is currently working as a practitioner at Moat Brae House. She performed her first full-length solo show at last year’s Festival.

Mostly Ghostly:

Mostly Ghostly are a trio of award-winning storytellers, festival founders and creators of an eclectic range of ghost and local history tours. The team thrive on their collective passion for folklore, the supernatural and exploring the darker side of our region’s history, which they love revealing to locals and visitors alike.

Bunbury Banter:

Bunbury Banter is an award-winning theatre company based in Dumfries and Galloway, creating extraordinary, immersive and up-close multi-sensory productions which inspire curiosity. Making work that responds to the local community and the wider theatrical and societal landscape, feeding into playful, shared experiences which provoke responses and resonate beyond the productions.

Littlest Chicken:

Get to see TikTok legend Littlest Chicken live as part of the Gathering Artists event where he will share his story and crack some jokes! Littlest Chicken has recently ventured into the realm of a larger music career with his recent releases “Homegrown” and “The Rain” in 2021.

Jodie Rae:

Jodie Rae is a singer-songwriter, musician, and actor from the West Coast of Scotland.  Jodie uses an upbeat, intricate, and often percussive finger-picking style which contrasts with her insightful and personal lyrics.  She has gigged and performed theatrically across Scotland, at venues and events such as Theatre Royal Dumfries, the DMC PLAZA, Celtic Connections and the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

The Whirligig Ceilidh Band:

Whirligig is a well-established and popular ceilidh band that has been playing for dances worldwide for the last 25 years. They perform a mix of lively traditional music, ancient, modern, and self-penned.

Current line-up:

Ruth Morris (fiddle/ nyckelharpa/ dance calling)

Gavin Marwick (fiddle)

Phil Alexander (accordion)

Donald Hay (percussion)

Our Stage iT programme, for young people, by young people is kindly sponsored by DYW Dumfries & Galloway: