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About Caperbility

Caperbility is able to play for different occasions, whether a standard ceilidh, barn dance, Playford or contradance. As seen on Holby City
Ceilidh band
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Caperbility is Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer's Dance Band. Able to play for different occasions, whether a standard ceilidh, barn dance, American contra or Playford Ball. In blacks, checked shirts or in period costume. Available as an affordable duo plus caller, or as a larger band with guest musicians. As seen on BBC1's Holby City. Caperbility can be booked as a fully costumed Playford Ensemble. With the spinet and nyckelharpa at the heart of the arrangements, these are spiced up with gandola (guitar shaped octave mandola) with octave pedal and bagpipes.

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Christmas, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Cruise, Burns night, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Charity event, Concert, Birthday party
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Song list

Aulderley Edge
Barley Reel
Bridge of Athlone
Circassian Circle
Circle Waltz
Clopton Bridge
Cumberland Reel
Cumberland Square 8
Dashing White Sergeant
Dracula's Supper Dance
Falling masonary
Flying Scotsman
Gay Gordons
Holmfirth Square Dance
Hooligan's Jig
Lucky 7
OXO Reel
Sausage Machine
Sir Roger de Coverly
Strip the Willow
Suicide Square Dance
Virginia Reel
Yarmouth Long Dance
Our ECD list during lockdown:
A Bruxa: Tune is Flying Sourceress
A Mover and Shaker
A New Beginning
A Trip to Paris
All Saints Day (tune: Chestnut)
An Early Frost
An Enchanted Place
Anniversary Waltz
Apley House
Apollo & Daphne
April Star
Archer (The)
Atomic (March of St Timothy)
Atossa's Gift
Ash Grove (The) Dance is Oak Grove
Ashworth for the dance Ponderosa Pines
Astoria Lass
Auretti's Dutch Skipper
Autumn in Amherst
Autumn on the River
Bar a Bar
Barbarini's Tambourine
Barham Down
Before the Light (Tune is Dawn)
Belle of Amherst
Benjamin's Birth Day
Birthday at Brasstown
Bishop of Chesters Jigg (Purcell/Playford)
Black Jack (Black Joke)
Blue Heron Waltz, tune by Rachel Bell
Bob's Boomerang
Bonnie at Morn
Boxing Day - Good King Wenceslas
The Countryman's Hat, Tune: Bracken Rigg
Braes of Nornoch
Bransl des Chevaux
Bryon's Boutade
Chelmsford Assembly
The Chocolate Equation
Chocolate Round O
Cockle Shells
Cold Weather Waltz
Come with Voices Singing
Constant Lover (The)
Corelli's Maggot
Cross My Heart
Darlene's Roll Tune (Fair Jenny's Jig)
Devils Maggot
Dick’s Maggot
Doctor Vincent's Delight
Dover Pier
Draw, Cupid, Draw
Dr. Who Pirate Jig for the dance The Unknown Buccaneer, green Barnes
Dublin Bay (We'll Wed and We'll Bed)
Duke of Kent's Waltz
Dunham Oaks
Drive the Cold Winter Away
Easter Thursday
Emma's Commencement
Emperor of the Moon
Epping Forest
Fair Quaker of Deal (The)
Ffaniglen - March of the Men of Devon
Farewell Marian
Farewell to Maine
Farmer's Joy
Female Sayler (The)
Fiddlers Wife (jon Berger)
Fireworks - zoomified
Flora and Phaon
Fourpence Ha'penny Farthing
Freeford Gardens
Gathering Peascods
Gentle Soul (A)
Gentleman's Delight
Gold for Mahieus
Goose and Gridiron
Gray's Inn Maske
Halfe Hannikin
Halsway Manors
Hambleton's Round-O
Handel With Care (Bouree by Handel)
Happy Marriage (The)
The Haymakers (Highland Lilt)
Heather Towers (Seven Stars)
Hill House
Highland Farewell
Hoffed Miss Hughes "Miss Hughes Fancy"
Holborn March
Hole in the wall
Horseplay (Branle des Chevaux)
Humours of Dublin, The Barnes 1, p. 54
Hyde Park
In the Bleak Mid Winter
In the Bleak Midwinter V2
Indian Queen
Irish Howle
Irish Lamentation
Jack’s Health
Jacques Latin
Jenny Pluck Pears
Josephines Dopvals
Juice of Barley
Kelstern Gardens
Kentish Cricketers
Kersty’s Jig (Tune is The Fair Witness)
Key to the Cellar
Kneeland Romp
La Fanatique
La Gavre
Leather Lake House
Look Park (Tambourin)
Love Always
Love and a Bottle
Love's Triumph
Lover's Luck (The)
Maiden Lane
Merry Gentles - God Rest Ye Merry
Merry Milkmaids in Green
Mendocino Redwoods
Michael and All Angels
Midnight Ramble
Midwinter Maggot
Mike's Health
Mile of Smiles
Millison’s Jig
Miss Sylvie's Delight
Mister Englefields New Hornpipe (Cobblers)
Mitre, The
Monterey Plowman
Mount Hills
Mr. Beveridge's Maggot
Mr. Eaglesfield's Hornpipe
Mr. Isaac's Maggot
Muriel's Treasure
New Friends
New Long Room at Scarborough
Nine for the Nine Bright Shiners NIB
O Hanukah
Old Wife Behind the Fire
Ore Boggy
Pat's Tradition
Peace Be With You
A Perfect Ten
Pines Cones
Physical Snob (The)
Play's the Thing (The)
Please release me: Tune: Southwind
Potter's Wheel
Prince of Westborough
Puck's Deceit: Tune Kettledrum
Queen's Almain
Queen’s Jig (The)
Quizzical Snob
Rafe's Waltz
Ramblin' Rosie
Rebecka Ridinghoode
Robin A Bobbin
Room for Ramblers
Rose of Sharon
Row Well, Ye Marriners
Rufty Tufty
Saint Margaret’s Hill
Salt of the Earth
Sapphire Sea
Saturday Triad (The) (Feeling for It)
Saucy Sailor
Scotch on the Rocks
Sellengers Round
Sheebeg and Sheemore (Bonny Cuckoo)
Shepherd's Delight
Sherry at the Ball
Simone's Semicentury - D'Utrechtse Vreeden
Simple Gifts / Shaker Tune
Six for Six Proud Walkers
Slaughter House
Softly Good Tummas
Spring in Sebastapol
Star of Kintra
Star of the County Down
Stitcher's Birthday (The)
Strawberrys and Cream
Summer in Morland
Sunlight Room (The) Dance is Sweet Cream
Sunlight Through the Draperies (Judy & Jims Wedding)
Take a dance
Tango in Toronto
Mr Lane's Maggot (La Rond)
Temple Tree (Founder's Day / Old Way's Best
Ties of Love (Tune The Rose By the Door)
Top and Bottom -note, this is AABB vs AABBB
Trip to Orpington
Trip to Tintagel Tune: Kings reel
Trip to Town-O (Foxhunters)
Turn of the Tide
Turning of the Year
Tyrolean Waltz (32),
Upon A Summer's Day
Ursa Minor
Vivaldi in Paradise
Waiting for Fish (Westward Bound)
Waterfall Waltz (Cascade Waltz)
Waves of Grain to Wheat
Way to Be Happy, The NIB
Way of the World
We Meet Again
Be Well in your Hall
Whately Barn
White Wheat
Winter in Brasstown (The Dovecote)
Winter Dreams
Winter Oranges Tune: (Pluck Me a Fig)
Wive's Victory
Woodshed (Tune: Megajig)
Wooing Mairi (and Maries Wedding)
Young Widow (The)
Zephyrs and Flora
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

As a ceilidh duo we don't perform modern covers as standard, but they can be requested. It is possible to request any type of dance however.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: Musician 1 - Nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), stomp box, flute Musician 2 - Bouzouki, accordion, keys, guitar plus caller Extra musicians can be brought in to augment the lineup.

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. 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?

We can provide an iPod service before and between our sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do! We have a fantastic caller as part of our Ceilidh band so just let us know whether you already have one, or don't need one, so we can adjust our line-up accordingly!

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

As a ceilidh band we don't generally have a song list. It is possible to choose from a variety of dances from standard to ceilidh to Playford.

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

Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

As a ceilidh band songs aren't included in the set as standard, but we are more than happy to take requests. There is a fee of £50 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our variety of instruments and feel. Having a fun upbeat evening.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed a lot of ceilidhs all over the country. From village halls and barns to town halls.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Melrose Quartet

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

Sidmouth Folk Week, Broadstairs Folk Week, Warwick Castle


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£450
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£450
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From Encore customers:

Hannah S
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

We had a truly amazing evening with wonderful music from caperbility! They were there in plenty of time to set up, with some excellent lights and sound system. The music was beautiful, they were kind and patient with the very inexperienced (and some very young) dancers! Vicky was easy to communicate with before the event and replied quickly to all my questions.

Tamasine B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely incredible band, with hauntingly beautiful music. They made what was already a special day even more amazing and we loved every minute of their music. I cannot recommend them enough!

From other customers:

7 years ago

Thank you for making our wedding so special, it was truly a night to remember

6 years ago

Right from the very start, they constantly surprise and amaze everyone with an appetising feast of maggots, jigs, bourees and anything that walks – or skips – on the earth.