‘Wow these people really know how to dance’: Jura’s 2021 champ crowned

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Clydebank band ‘Stilton all Stars’ drove its camper van to Jura for a ‘triumphant’ night of live music in Craighouse village hall, where it also found the island’s annual dance champion.

Helped by Jura Hall Committee, Stilton all Stars took part in an ‘absolutely brilliant’ night  of live music on Saturday November 20, featuring several live acts including Stilton, The Poachers, Lavinia Blackwall and Jura special guest Campbell Lindsay on guitar.

Bandsman Marco Rea said: ‘We had an evening of great live music, a raffle, ceilidh and held the annual Jura dance competition, with an engraved medal snapped up by Simon Timewell. Our previous champion [in 2019] was Vince Snell.

‘The people of Jura gave us a very warm welcome and we packed the evening full of entertainment,’ he said: ‘A chap even returned the next day to pick up the Christmas socks he won in the raffle!

‘We were very well looked after by the Jura committee and thanks go to Christine Thomson for tour managing the event. And the Antlers restaurant made it straight into our top favourites for food and service.

‘No-one held back; the dancing started early on and never stopped. I remember this from last time, saying to myself ‘wow these people really know how to dance’. This kicked off what has became our record label The Barne Society’s annual dance championships.

‘These engraved medals are now owned by a few of the best dancers we have ever came across. It’s great. Live music and dancing combined. We would hope to someday hold a championship where the winners of each location competed in a larger event.

‘The ceilidh went down a storm. There was absolutely no need to call the moves out as the locals got straight into position and went for it, as if by magic.

‘Stilton, which run these events, are the house band for our label ‘The Barne Society’, based at The Barne Studio, Clydebank. The band features members of The Wellgreen, Trembling Bells, Helicon, Alex Rex and Figure 5.

Stilton all Stars hope to tour Oban in the New Year.

‘Stilton are also the backing band for Lavinia Blackwall who will be touring the UK in April with her latest album Muggington Lane End.

‘We plan to return late March, before touring the UK over Easter with Lavinia and Stilton. We recommend watching Saturday Night Fever or even Flashdance before attending. We also hope to play in Oban, Dunoon, Tarbert and Islay, so get your best dance moves ready.’

One of the night’s performers Campbell Lindsay said: ‘Thanks go to the hall committee for putting on such a great night on Saturday. Great to see so many lovely locals too. Here’s to more of the same.’

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Caption: Stilton All Stars on stage in Jura Village Hall, Craighouse, with their Annual Jura Dance Champion Simon Timewell.

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Caption: Stilton all Stars hope to tour Oban in the New Year.