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Aluinn Ceilidh Band

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About Aluinn Ceilidh Band

Top-class Ceilidh / Barndance band based in Northern England. Aluinn play an exciting mix of Scottish, Irish, English and American jigs
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Aluinn formed in 2011 and comprises some of the best folk players in the UK. The sound of the band combines driving, infectious rhythms with a rich melodic and harmonic knowledge drawing from the four corners of the British Isles. Over the past 8 years they have played at all of the top wedding venues in Yorkshire and beyond and have built up a strong reputation as one of the best Ceilidh bands around. Their combination of first-class musicianship, ultra-professional attitude, clear dance instructions and relaxed, friendly demeanor has made them a hit a many weddings, parties and corporate events across the north of England.

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10 gigs
Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Ceilidh, Classical, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Jazz
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Big Circle Mixer
Boston 2-step
Bridge Of Athlone
Canadian Barn Dance
Clopton Bridge
Circassian Circle
Cumberland Reel
Dashing White Sargeant
Eight-some Reel
Family circle waltz
Flying Scotsman
Free-style Waltz
Gay Gordens
Highland Scottische
Heel-toe Polka
Military Two-step
Orcadian strip the willow
Seige of Ennis
St. Bernard's Waltz
Strip The Willow
Swedish masquerade
Virginia Reel
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

We'll happily learn a first dance if it suits our folky instrumentation (acoustic guitar, fiddle, accordion & percussion). If you want a full-on pop/soul/rock covers band, then check out our sister band The Definitives (also on Encore) also run by bandleader Aly. He offers a £100 dual-booking discount if both bands are booked for the same event.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, our full band is the 4-piece; perc/caller, guitar fiddle and accordion. We also go out as a 3-piece; as above but fiddle or accordion. See the prices page for details.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Let us know if you would like a significantly earlier start to your event as we may have prior commitments earlier in the day. Don't worry though if timings slightly move throughout the evening, as we know that it is hard to keep everything to an exact schedule, particularly at weddings. Other than a fixed 12am finish, we don't mind exactly when we perform.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

You are welcome to play your own playlist through our speakers for the first dance and between our sets. We provide the connecting cable from an iPod/mobile etc. If you would like the use of our speakers beyond our standard 2x1hr sets, you can hire the use of them for £75 p/hr. We also hire out 2 sets of disco lights for a flat fee of £63 for the evening.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually give ourselves 1 hour from the point we arrive at a venue to load in, set up and sound check. Only the last 15 mins of this hour involves us making any noise. We are happy to quietly load in and set up whilst wedding speeches are taking place if this helps with the flow of the day. We can liase with the venue to arrange loading in.

Do you provide a caller?

Band leader Aly calls as well as plays percussion so this is included in our fee; why pay extra for a separate caller! He teaches each dance slowly and clearly, he then does a faster walk-through without the band and finally does the dance with music. No prior ceilidh experience is necessary to fully participate in the evening. Just enthusiasm required!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Let us know if you have any particular favourite dances and we'll be sure to include them. In a one hour set we'll play roughly 4/5 dances depending on how long it takes people to get onto the floor for each dance.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA) included in your quote?

Yes! We are fully self-sufficient. We bring our own speakers, mixing desk, microphones etc. All plugs etc are PAT tested annually and we have public liability through the Musician's Union. We can happily set up around a DJ if necessary although we do require a floor space of approximately 4m across by 3m deep.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

With at least two weeks notice, we'll happily learn and perform a dance which is not currently on our set list. Remember that many of your guests may be ceilidh novices, so keep the requests fairly simple for their sake!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Previous client testimonials (of which we have many!) have mentioned the clarity of the calling, the very high standard of musicianship, the sense of fun and the easy communication with bandleader Aly from the first point of contact through to the event itself.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We're about to enter our 9th year at the point of writing this so we've played at literally hundreds of venues all across the North of England. These include: East Riddlesden Hall, The Hospitium, Rise Hall, Carlton Towers, Bolton Castle, Holdsworth House, Merchant Adventurer's Hall, Blenheim House, Allerton Castle, Hazelwood Castle, Ruddying Park etc, etc!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We like to draw from the traditions of the best Scottish, Irish and English musicians from the past, but we inject our sound with a contemporary edge in terms of the harmony and a driving, funky rhythmic feel from the guitar and percussion. We dare you to try and not tap your toes!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Playing for Sarah Benny's birthday party in the splendour of Rise Hall was a definitive highlight. We've also done large scale weddings with hundreds of dancers on the floor; a fantastic sight to behold! Having said that, we also love doing intimate ceilidhs at the local village hall. Any gig where people are up for dancing is a fun night for us!


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£888
Up to 2 hours£888
Up to 3 hours£963
Aluinn Duo (pro/vln)2 musicians
Up to 3 x 30min sets of piano and violin playing a lovely mix of light classical, folk and jazz. Perfect for wedding drinks receptions or private afternoon parties. (£400 plus no additional travel costs if booked with either 3 or 4-piece Aluinn Ceilidh Band.
3/5 Dual-booking package3 musicians
Dual-booking with the Definitives Cover Band (also run by bandleader Aly). Get up to 2 x 1hr sets of 3-piece Aluinn followed by up to 2 x 1hr sets of 5-piece Definitives (female vocals, male vocals/guitar, keyboard, bass, drums. A fantastic mix of music to create a memorable night for your guests.
4/5 Dual-booking deal4 musicians
Dual-booking with The Definitives Cover Band (also run by bandleader Aly). Up to 2 x 1hr sets with 4-piece Aluinn followed by up to 2 x 1hr sets with 5-piece Definitives (female vocal, male vocals/guitar, keyboards, bass, drums). A fantastic mix of music to create a truly memorable night for your guests.


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From Encore customers:

Donna G
1 month ago
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4.8 out of 5

Absolutely fabulous. From the moment we booked couldn’t have been more helpful. Learnt a very special song for us and made the evening brilliant. Worked with the audience and made our wedding a truly memorable day thank you

Reply from Aluinn Ceilidh Band
1 month ago

Thanks Donna! It was a pleasure playing for you all :)

Oliver B
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Aluinn were excellent at our wedding and really made the evening great fun. They were very quick to reply to messages and were really good at giving clear calls for the dances to ensure even beginners could enjoy the ceilidh. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a wedding ceilidh

Reply from Aluinn Ceilidh Band
2 months ago

Thanks Oliver, really glad you enjoyed it!

Ruth B
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Really great ceilidh band. Good communication before our wedding and then arrived promptly on the day. Absolutely fantastic musicians. Everybody was up & dancing and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We would highly recommend Aluinn Ceilidh band to others.

Ben S
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Ceilidh that Aluinn did was fantastic. Ideal for a wedding reception. They drew everyone to the dancefloor and we all had a great time.

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From other customers:

Catherine J
3 years ago, for a Wedding in Fossgate
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5 out of 5

Thanks so much to Aluinn Ceilidh Band for helping to make our wedding celebrations so much fun! What a great way to get everyone up on the dance floor. The band was excellent and we enjoyed every dance. We'd recommend you to everyone!

Laura M
3 years ago, for a Birthday party in The Folk Hall
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5 out of 5

We've just completed our Ceilidh for my 50th birthday. I had the band Aluinn and they were absolutely fantastic, I really enjoyed it. They really got the party going and it was a fantastic quality of music. Thanks so much!

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