Season Comes to a Close

Thanks to everyone who came out for a dance or contributed to the Portland Ceili Society this year. We will be back in September at a new venue with better parking!

April Events

The Third Friday Ceili

It's an early ceili this month! Unfortunately, it is also the last third Friday ceili until October. We're cutting some of the ceilis which don't traditionally make enough to cover expenses. We are also critically short on personnel to run the ceilis. So we'll take a bit of a break to recharge our batteries.

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm (come a bit earlier and we'll walk you through the basics)
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (at the corner of 11th and Couch Street)
The Band: Elizabeth Nicholson and Bob Soper

Portland Revels International Family Dance
Saturday, April 16th, 2016 6 – 9 PM
Kells Irish Pub
112 SW 2nd Avenue
Do you love to dance, and to learn about international culture? Join folk dance teacher Heidi Vorst and fiddler Betsy Branch, with Mark Douglass on piano and Bill Tomczak on clarinet, for a night of music and dance on April 16th at the Kells in downtown Portland. Heidi will be teaching dances from all over the world, including France, Italy, Romania, Russia, Bolivia, Columbia, Japan, Israel, USA, and more! Our family-friendly dances are a great way to enjoy an evening with friends of all ages. The Kells has food and drink for sale, and a dedicated parking lot across the street.
12 and over $10 ($12 at the door)
Children 4 to 12 years $5 ($6 at the door)
3 and under free

Patrick O'Dea Irish Set Dancing Workshop

Patrick O'Dea is returning to Portland and will be teaching a set dancing class on Monday, April 18 at 7pm.  The location will be 2201 SW Vermont St., which is the parish hall (Grafe Hall) of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.  There is a lovely wood floor, plenty of space, and ample parking, so please come and bring your friends. There will be a party afterwards at Betty's house, 2912 SW Arnold St.  There will be some food and wine, but potluck snacks and drinks are welcome. $20 recommended donation/tuition.

March Ceili

It's the high season of Irish dance. Come celebrate with us on

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (come a bit earlier and we'll walk you through the basics)
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (at the corner of 11th and Couch Street)
The Band: Geraldine Murray (whistles), Mikey Beglan (accordion), and Nancy Conescu (Guitar)

February Ceili

The crocus are out, and the daffodils are coming. Spring is starting to make an appearance. Celebrate the return of light with Irish social dancing!

Friday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (come a bit earlier and we'll walk you through the basics)
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (at the corner of 11th and Couch Street)
The Band: Teresa Baker (keyboards & whistles) and Conor O'Bryan (flute)

January Ceili

It is an early ceili this month, just in time to start working off those holiday desserts that you had a few too many of. We are still in Norse Hall for the rest of the season, thanks to many generous donations.

Friday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm (come a bit earlier and we'll walk you through the basics)
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (at the corner of 11th and Couch Street)
The Band: Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Bays (fiddle), and Suzanne Taylor (piano)

November Ceili - Last Ceili This Year!

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (come a bit earlier and we'll walk you through the basics)
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (at the corner of 11th and Couch Street)
The Band: Johnny Connelly, Brongaene Griffin, Cary Novotny
Called by Sam Keator

We will be taking the month of December off and starting up again on the third Friday in January.