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Berking Mad Ceilidh Band

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About Berking Mad Ceilidh Band

Berking Mad is a very experienced ceilidh band with a dancer friendly caller who will help everyone to enjoy the event. Wide repertoire.
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Ceilidh band
Whitley Bay
Public liability insurance of £5 million

Berking Mad has been together as a ceilidh band for nearly twenty years. Beyond that, all members have been involved with various ceilidh bands for most of their long lives. Dave has been calling for over forty years and is considered a very considerate and dancer friendly caller. Mike has played melodeon all over the country and abroad most of his life and comes from a musical background. Gerry is an accomplished guitarist and has also played in ceilidh bands in the past. All members are folk singers in their own right and so can bring an element of variety to the night and thus ensuring a good time for all participants.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
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
2nd Encoreversary
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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, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Assorted jigs and reels.
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

No. We are a ceilidh band

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes we can include other instruments such as fiddle

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

We can usually be flexible

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes

Do you provide a caller?

Yes. We have a very dancer friendly caller who encourages dancers of all abilities

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

We don't do songs.

Can you learn song requests before the event?


What do your clients love most about your performances?

Berking Mad is both friendly and fun

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Too many to comment

Which artists have you been most influenced by?


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

Alnwick Castle


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£490
Up to 2 hours£490
Up to 3 hours£550


From customers:

Morpeth, 5 years ago

Hello, I’ve been Mrs Donnelly for 2 weeks now and I’m still smiling from how lovely our wedding was which is mainly thanks to you and your band mates. Our family and friends and still talking about the day and how great the ceilidh was. The atmosphere you created was just what we wanted and you were wonderful when the singer didn’t turn up. We can’t thank you enough. Kind regards, Jill

Durham, 4 years ago

Words cannot describe how pleased we are about the exceptional entertainment provided by Dave, Mike and Gerry at our wedding in Durham. Their fantastic repertoire truly added a special and unique touch to our evening, and provided many of our guests from all corners the world a wonderful introduction to British folk music. Not to mention how patient and friendly their caller Dave was especially in teaching the dances to our guests, many of whom had never danced a Ceilidh before. In addition, their cheerfulness and easygoing disposition really helped us and our guests have a marvellous time. To this day, our guests still constantly praise the ceilidh music provided during the evening. Thank you so much and we would recommend them over and over again to anyone seeking quality entertainment for any event." Thank you ever so much once again - you truly made it a night to remember for us. Best Wishes Mr Markus Kahl and Mrs Yun Long-Kahl

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