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Anita MacDonald Ceilidh Band

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About Anita MacDonald Ceilidh Band

We are a London based ceilidh band, but travel extensively, at home and abroad. Set List included here.
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I qualified as a pianist and opera singer in the nineties, but always had a ceilidh band, which we loved. At that point it was an all girl band, before the Spice Girls! We have performed widely at home and abroad, including TV and radio appearances. Our lineup can be 2, 3, or 4 people, depending upon your budget, and we all have transport and our own PA system, instruments and mics. We perform every weekend at weddings, private functions, festivals and parties. Please note we get a lot of gigs, so early booking is essential. A list of our dances is on the songlist tab here. I call the dances, and get involved, dancing with audience members to demonstrate, prizes for the best dancers, competitions etc. I can use radio mics to call from the dancefloor or perform on keyboard and call too. We also provide backing music throughout the interval, and I can play/sing Celtic songs for you while you wind down, or eat a meal.

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Song list

Ae Fond Kiss
Afton Water
A Little Bit Of Heaven
A Mans a Man For A That
Annie Laurie
A Rosebud By My Early Walk
Ashokan Farewell
Aitken Drum
Auld Lang Syne
Barnyards O Dalgetty
Blackthorn Stick
Bluebell Polka
Bonnie Dundee
Bonnie Laddie
Bonnie Mary O Argyll
Bottom Of The Punchbowl
Boys Of Bluehill
Bonnie Dundee
Caddam Woods
Caledonian March
Canadian Barn Dance
Captain Jinks
Ceud Mile Failte
Charlie Is My Darling
Circassian Circle
Cock O The North
Cockles & Mussels
Come Back To Erin
Comin' Through The Rye
Corn Riggs
Cumberland Reel
Danny Boy
Dashing White Sergeant
Davie Knick Knack
Deil Amang The Tailors
Delaney's Donkey
Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?
Down In The Glen
Duke O Perth
Eightsome Reel
Farquar and Hettie Macrae waltz
Galway Bay
Grandfather's Pet
Greencastle Hornpipe
Hamilton House
Harvest Home Hornpipe
Haste To the Wedding
Highland Laddie
High Reel
Hopeful Lover
How Can You Buy Kilarney?
Hundred Pipers
Hunter's Hill
If You're Irish Come Into The Parlour
I Belong To Glasgow
I Know Where I'm Going
I Love a Lassie
I'll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Toon
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
Irishman's Heart
Irish Washerwoman
It's A Great Day For The Irish
Jeanie's Blue E'en
John Grumlie
Jonny Cope
Judique Jig
Just a Wee Doch and Doris
Kate Dalrymple
Kathleen Mavourmeen
La Russe
Lamb Skinnet
Lannagan's Ball
Lass O Gowry
Lass of Patie's Mill
Lay Dee at Dee
Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
Loch Lomond
Lochiel House
Long John's Wedding
Macnamara's Band
Merrily Danced
Military Two Step
Miss Bennett's Jig
Mrs McLeod
Muckin' O Georgie's Byre
My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose
My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
My Wild Irish Rose
New Rigged Ship
Off She Goes
On Mother Kelly's Doorstep
On The Banks Of Allan Water
Patsy Fagan
Peat Fire Flame
Peggy O'Neill
Peter's Peerie Boat
Phil The Fluter
Rakes Of Mallow
Ramblin Pitchfork
Reel Of Tullochgorum
Roamin' In The Gloamin
Roarin Jelly
Robin Adair
Roxburgh Castle
Saddle The Pony
Sailing Up The Clyde
Scotland The Brave
Shetland Fiddler
Soldier's Joy
Son of a Gambolier
St Bernards Waltz
Staten Island
Stop Yer Ticklin' Jock
Strip the Willow
Sweet Rose O'Grady
Sword of St Columba
That's An Irish Lullaby
The Bluebells Of Scotland
The Campbells Are Coming
The Dear Little Shamrock
The End Of The Road
The Foggy Dew
The Hundred Pipers
The Irish Rover
The Isle Of Innisfree
The Keel Row
The Kerry Dance
The Last Rose of Summer
The Little Minstrel Boy
The Road To The Isles
The Rose Tree
The Rose Of Tralee
The Skye Boat Song
The Spinning Wheel
The Tartan
The Wearin' O The Green
The Wild Colonial Boy
There Was A lad
Thistle O Scotland
Tom An t-Searraich
Trumpet Hornpipe
Wha Wadna Fecht
When Irish Eyes Are Shining
White Cockade
Will Ye No Come Back Again?
With My Shielagh Under My Arm
Ye Banks and Braes
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Yes, just ask and we will oblige. Some covers sound a bit odd played by a ceilidh band though, if they were written for a metal band, so be warned!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, caller/keys only, caller/keys fiddle drums, caller/keys accordion, drums

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

Please let us know in advance unless an emergency, as we are often coming a distance, and want to avoid waiting for a long and unscheduled meal to finish. I am always at the end of the phone, so just message to say plans have changed.

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

Yes, all good, with various playlists

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes minimum as we need to sound check too

Do you provide a caller?

Yes, I call all the dances (Anita) and demonstrate too!

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

Yes of course and more if you request a special one in advance

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

Yes, all equipment included.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, just message as above and we will learn, I can sightread everything so not a problem.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£480
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£720
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From customers:

Graham V
3 months ago, for a Wedding in Church Rd
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5 out of 5

Anita performed and called in a ceilidh for our wedding party, which was wonderful. She also played piano solos that we had requested for our function, so it was good to have an all rounded who could do everything that day. I would have no hesitation in hiring her again.