Ceilidh band

Beer for Breakfast

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Beer for Breakfasts £1,400 quote includes:
PA / Amplification
All travel costs
In-person meeting before event (local only)
Mic for speeches
They require:
Sufficient space for the musician(s)
Agreed time for setup & sound check
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About Beer for Breakfast

Best Ceili band in NW England
Ceilidh band
Public liability insurance of £5 million

Beer for Breakfast specialise in Ceilis for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, folk festivals, PTAs, corporate events and for any other reason you wish, from very large events to small gatherings. Playing as a four piece ceili band, along with an excellent caller, we can give your Ceili an Irish, Scottish or English flavour- depending on what you want! Our callers are very experienced and are there to make your event very enjoyable and for you to have fun. The band comes equipped and ready to play at all types of venue - from small gatherings to very large events. Festivals, pubs, clubs, corporate events, weddings, ceilis, birthdays, anniversaries, folk festivals or PTA do's - you name it and we play for it! We have a top quality self-contained PA speaker system to suit most venues, with electrical equipment safety certificates and public liability insurance. If your special event or venue is too small to accommodate a ceili but you'd still like some traditional Irish or Scottish music, we will also play unplugged. Ceili, Cèilidh, Ceilidh or Céilí? How you spell it rather depends on where you come from, but everyone pronounces it ‘kay-lee.’ It's a gathering for music and dance and a great way to ensure that everyone at your event meet each other in a fun atmosphere. Any one who can walk can take part and no previous experience is necessary because ceili dancing is pretty easy to pick up. The dances are pattern dances and may be done in lines, squares and circles and many are progressive which means that couples change partners regularly during the dance. A ceili is particularly suitable for groups of mixed ages and tastes. Our caller will instruct you in each dance before you do it, ‘call’ the steps and supervise the dance once it starts. Getting the steps absolutely right is neither expected nor demanded, in fact the object is to have fun and lots of it. We will normally split the evening into periods of 45 mins to 60 mins and will perform a tune in between dances if you wish, to allow you to get your breath back! We are happy to organise the ceili to fit in with your disco, or any other activities you have planned. If in doubt contact us to discuss all your requirements. This is your event and we want to ensure it runs as smoothly and as successfully as possible and be great fun!

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Beer for Breakfast's Reviews

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Matt J
10 months ago, for a Wedding in Lancaster
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5 out of 5

Hi Bev and Ken! Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and to the band! You were all utterly fantastic and we couldn't have asked for more! Please do pass on my thanks to Beer for Breakfast too! You made the night!

Elaine M
1 year ago, for a Birthday party in Galgate
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5 out of 5

Hi, Just to say thanks once again for a brilliant evening-hope your journey home was trouble free Best Wishes Elaine Morphet

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Beer for Breakfast's Song list

Hi, Beer for Breakfast are a Ceili band who do dances with a caller:
Dance Sets:
Alderley Edge
Blaydon Races
Bridge of Athlone
Broken Heart
Canadian Barndance
Celtic Knot
Circassian Circle
Circle Hornpipe
Circle Stamp
Cornish Six Hand Reel
Cumberland Square Eight
Dashing White Sergeant
Drops of Brandy
Flying Scotsman
Four around Four
Galway Races
Gay Gordons
Harvest Time Jig
Haymakers Jig
High Gates Hornpipe
Holmfirth Square Dance
Hooligan's Jig
Horse's Bransle
Kesh Jig
Lucky 7
Military Two-Step
Muffin Man
Old English Barndance
Opening circle dance
Orcadian Strip the Willow
Oxo Reel
Patacake Polka
Pride of Erin
Rince Mor
Shoe the Donkey
Siege of Ennis
Silly Polka
Silly Square
St Bernard's Waltz
Stack of Barley
Strip the Willow
Swedish Masquerade
Three Hand Hornpipe
Two Hand Reel
Virginia Reel
Walls of Limerick
Waves of Tory
Willow Tree
Winster Gallop
Tunes for Dancing. These are just some of the sets of tunes in Beer For Breakfast's repertoire. If you see a favourite tune here, just ask and we'll make sure it gets played!
John Brennan’s / Sweeney’s Buttermilk /Crowley’s
Maid Behind the Bar / Lady Anne Montgomery / Road to Errogie
Maids of Mt Cisco / Paddy goes to Scotland / Sally Gardens
Turtle / Dunmore Lassies / Father Kelly’s
Mulhaire’s / Cameronian / Boy in the Gap
Silver spear / St Anne’s / Hunter’s House
Eddie Kelly’s / Peter Street / Golden Keyboard
Earl’s Chair / Lucy Campbell’s
Fairy Reel / Silver Spire / Tamlyn
Mac’s Fancy / Mist Covered Mountain / Geese in the Bog /
Little Fair Canavan’s / Whelan’s Old Sow
Patsy Geary’s / Coleman’s Cross / Out on the Ocean (2x keys)
Paddy’s Trip to London / Cleveland Park / Winnie Heyes
Brendan Tonra’s / When the Cock Crows it is day / Old Joe’s
Rose in the Heather / Aaron’s Key / O’Dea’s / Calliope house / Well for Water
Merrily Kissed the Quaker / Humours of Enistymon / Paddy O’Rafferty
Dashing White Sgt. / Marie’s Wedding / Wind that shakes the Barley / Sportskerry / Willafjord / Wild Irishman
Cock o’ the North / Palm Sunday / Burnt Old Man / Calliope house /Well for Water
Flowers of Edinburgh / Far from Home / Green fields of America
St Bernard’s Waltz / Margaret’s Waltz / Over the Sea to Skye / I belong to Glasgow
Athol Highlanders


St Patricks & Burns Nights
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Trad Ceili Music Only

Do you have different line-up options?

Our Line up is : Caller, Flute, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar If required we can add Fiddler -price is prorata extra

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

If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

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

If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £250/hr

How much time do you need to set up?

60 mins

Do you provide a caller?

We have a range of fantastic callers as part of our Ceilidh band

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

Our ceili dance set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. ”

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

Our PA and Speakers are included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 6.5m x3.5m space, preferably with stage/raised area.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We will play tunes if we know them - just ask
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