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A barn dance or ceilidh is just the BEST way to get your party or celebration started! Barn dances really ARE for everyone!
Ceilidh band
Milton Keynes
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James McCafferty is the Caller for Barn Dances for Everyone, which means he explains and walks through each dance with you before we dance it. The music for all the dances is digitally recorded and played through a high-quality sound system, so the audio quality is at least as good as a live band. James taught country dancing in primary schools for many years. He first learned the art of English Folk Dance with Eastleigh Folk Dance Club (still going strong!) and danced with Winchester's international dance display team Woodfidley. He danced and played melodeon for King John's Morris of Southampton and founded the boys' morris dance team the Fryern Morris Minors. He also founded the unaccompanied folk song group Solstice and the early music group Milady Clare's Musicke, with whom he recorded the albums Minstrels Gallerie and Pastymes. He is the author of Live Recorder, a series of workbooks and CDs designed to teach basic musical literacy to complete beginners. Under the banner of Early Music in Schools, he continues to take his demonstrations of early musical instruments to schools and community groups. James accompanies much-loved traditional songs with a Celtic flavour on guitar, cittern, dulcimer and melodeon. So if you'd like to turn your Barn Dance into a proper Ceilidh ("kay-lee"), with live traditional songs and music during the food break, this can easily be arranged!

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Folk, Ceilidh
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Concert, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party
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Song list

The Caerphilly Ring Dance
The Big Set
The Flying Scotsman
The Oxo Reel
I Want to Be Near You
Cumberland Square Eight
Lucky Seven
Two Facing Two
The Bridge of Athlone
The Horwood Arches
Waves of Tory
La Russe
Djatchko Kolo
Jeanne Qui Saute
The Horse's Brawl
Circassian Circle
Soldier's Joy
The South Oxhey Stomp
The Sweets of May
Blaydon Races
The True Lover's Knot
Up the Sides and Down the Middle
The Honeywell Circle Dance
Thady You Gander
The Circle Waltz
Jack's the Lad
Meeting Six
The Six Reel


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

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Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£350


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Chloe H, 1 year ago

James was perfect for our Ceilidh with a mix of all ages and experience. He was very nice, well organised and easy to communicate with. James taught everyone some new dances and we all had a great time. Thank you.

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Jenny C, 2 years ago

Thank you for the fun and music James - such a lovely end to an extraordinary day when we said goodbye to mum at the Crematorium and danced at her wake. BRAVO!

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Amy F, 7 years ago

We were absolutely thrilled with the Barn Dance James called for our wedding guests; it made the evening and got everybody up and enjoying themselves. James was professional and enthusiastic and made everybody feel at ease. He made the dancing such fun and really set the happy mood for the rest of the night. We thoroughly recommend James and his barn dances for any party; guests young and old will enjoy themselves!