RSCDS Twin Cities Branch 37th Annual Grand Ball
20 April 2013
an cuirm mor: le blasad de ghaidhlig
A Touch of Gaelic

Dance music by special guest fiddler Katie McNally, along with Don Ladig on flute and Sherry Ladig on piano
Entertainment during the interval by Jennifer Licko and Dick Hensold with Gaelic song and bagpipes from the Western Isles of Scotland
Music workshops with Katie McNally on Sunday!

Schedule | Registration | Accommodations | Contact | Program

rose and thistleKatie McNallyWe are excited to be featuring up-and-coming fiddler Katie McNally. Katie grew up steeped in the vibrant Scottish and Cape Breton music community in Boston and is the 2009 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion. She was a student of Hanneke Cassel and has performed at venues such as Club Passim, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Symphony Space, Brighton College in Brighton, England, and various folk venues throughout New England. Katie performs regularly with guitarist Eric McDonald, has been a member of the Boston-based fiddle supergroup Childsplay since 2009, and recently did a national tour with world-renowned Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez. Katie often plays for Scottish Country Dance events in the Boston area, and has been on staff at Pinewoods and at Scottish Weekend. Katie is a devoted teacher as well as a performer. In addition to her private students, she has taught at the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, Boston Symphony Hall, the Passim School of Music, and the Tufts University Community Music Program. Her debut album, Flourish, was released in December 2012.

Katie will be accompanied by pianist Sherry Ladig, along with Don Ladig on flute. A frequent performer of many styles of folk music including Traditional Irish (Dunquin), Scottish dance and concert performance (Night Scotsman), and mid-to-late 19th century American (The New Pearl Button Players), Sherry performs Celtic and 19th-century historic music regularly in the Twin Cities. She will be familiar to most local Scottish dancers as the bandleader of Thistledown and a frequent musician for other Branch socials and performances. Also an active composer, Sherry is the composer-in-residence for the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra and composes a wide range of works for all types of instrumental and choral ensembles. Don Ladig is a garden designer and commentator on all things horticultural. He plays the wooden flute and a phalanx of whistles in Dunquin, Night Scotsman, Elite Rabble, and The New Pearl Buttons.

Schedule of Events:
Saturday, 20 April
Ball Practice (walk-through) The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul

Grand Ball
The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul
6:00 pm -- Socializing and Heavy Appetizers
7:30 pm -- Grand March and Dancing [program]

Tiffany McCracken will once again be available to take professional portraits of you in your finery. Gratuities would be gratefully accepted (earning her way to Scotland!).

Featuring musical entertainment during the interval by guest artists Jennifer Licko and Dick Hensold with Gaelic song and bagpipes from the Western Isles of Scotland

There will be a silent auction as a fundraiser to subsidize the cost of the ball weekend. If you have items to donate, please contact Nathan Wilkowski (nateumsemail [at]

After-Glow Party Chandi McCracken will host an after-glow party immediately following the ball at her home in south Minneapolis. Please bring food or drink share. Directions available at the ball
Sunday, 21 April

Please join us for a potluck brunch, beginning at 10:30am at the home of Amy and Dean Muldoon in south Minneapolis. Directions available at the ball.

Music Workshops

Katie will be offering two workshops for fiddlers and other interested musicians who play a melody instrument starting at 2pm. » More information.


Dinner and Dancing: $35.00
Dinner and Dancing student rate: $28.00
Dinner Only (non-dancer): $25.00

Register by April 9 for the above rates
Registration at the Door / After April 9: $40.00
All registrations at the door, including students, will be $40

Registration here (Online registration and payment is now available!)

Ball registrar: Tom Harries, e-mail: registrar [at]


Hospitality is available for out of town guests in the homes of local dancers. Please indicate your needs on the registration form or, if you are registering online, email Chandi McCracken: chandi [at]


Andy McCracken, e-mail: andrewmcc [at]

Grand Ball Program:

1. Lamb Skinnet J323C Thompson (18C): RSCDS 14
2. Miss Ogilvie's Fancy S323C Campbell: RSCDS 20
3. Crom Allt R323C Goldring Graded Bk 1
4. Tribute to the Borders J323C Goldring: RSCDS Lflts
5. Gang The Same Gate S323C Levy: RSCDS 36
6. The Drunken Sailor R323C Werner
7. A Dancing Career J322C Drewry: Greenburn
8. Bruce's Men S323CS Goldring: Scotia Suite
9. Davy Nick Nack R323C Campbell: Glasgow Ass.
10. The Jubilee Jig J323C RSCDS Golden Jubilee
11. The Shores of Solway S323C Goldring 10 soc.
12. Bobby Brown's Canadian Breakdown R324C Sq Millar
13. The Zoologist J323C Brown: RSCDS 46
14. The Fireside Lounge S325C Harrison: TAC 50th Ann
15. Flowers of Edinburgh R323C RSCDS 1
16. The Dillsburg Jig J323C Tang: Red Thistle
17. Balquidder Strathspey S323C Rutherford: RSCDS 24
18. Mrs MacLeod R323C RSCDS 6

Download ball dance instructions (PDF) [corrected 15 April 2013 ]

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