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Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band

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About Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band

Traditional music by experienced professionals, lively, engaging, friendly, fun. All ages and abilities catered for. Clear & simple dances.
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Based in Wessex UK Will Antell - Caller & Fiddle Paul Chousmer - Accordion, Clarinet & Percussion Samantha Jane Flounders - Fiddle & Caller Chris King - Guitar Optional Bodhran Drum & Upright Bass Available PA System Provided to suit venue We also can advise on, or arrange lighting, generators & marquees. Hailing from the borders of Dorset/Somerset, Ceilidh's Comet have garnered quite a reputation for 'getting the party going'! We play traditional tunes for dancing as well as listening. Will Antell is a highly experienced caller, who will guide beginners and experienced dancers alike, and captivate and motivate your event with warm enthusiasm. We have a wide repertoire of dances from all over Europe, which are sure to get everyone of all ages up on their feet and enjoying themselves. Meet The Band - Will Antell, fiddle player and renowned dance-caller, has been expounding his love of the universal folk tradition for too many years to mention. Known for his energetic, vibrant calling style and boundless enthusiasm, he will enhance any occasion. Will has called and played for many top west country bands, including: Tear the Calico, Teasing the Cat, Fiddlestixs and The Lucy Lastic Band, he has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and the antipodes. Also a founding member of the Intrinseca String Quartet. Multi-intrumentalist Paul Chousmer - here playing Accordion and Clarinet - has a long history of doing weird stuff: Including playing keyboards on tour with goth band Fields of the Nephilim, psychedelic band Ozric Tentacles, and French circus Archaos. For many years ran Sherborne Jazz Club, and currently musical director for Wessex Big Band. A man of many hats! Samantha Jane on the fiddle teaches violin from her home in Somerset. Currently also performing with Ollie Back, and occasional gigs with Mustang Sally. Sam toured with FolkRockRoots band State of Undress and has performed gigs with The Desi Friel Band (incl Stu Pickering & Maartin Allcock - Fairport/Tull/Bad Shepherds); also Findhorn's very magical songwriter & harpist Iona Leigh; as part of a horse-drawn traveling stage with Showman Dave Sanger and Morag of the Marsh ~ folk singer & storyteller extraordinaire. Playing country with Somerset's Gareth Austin; and touring a summer of cowgirl jazz with The Senile Delinquents. Giging and recording original songs with Wayne Whitedog. Sam has also appeared on stage with The Magic Brothers (Daevid Allen -Gong, Mark Robson -Kangaroo Moon, Graham Clark -Gong) and Boo Hewerdine. Chris King keeps the band in time with his rhythmic guitar playing, and keeps us entertained with a truly astonishing array of random facts.

Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band's Reviews

From customers:

Mary C
7 years ago

The ceilidh band were brilliant and made the evening go with a bang. It was a brilliant idea to do the circle dance. Watching all the inhibitions just disperse. A huge thank you

Holly R
7 years ago

Recently saw these guys at a wedding in Dorset. Fantastic entertainment!!! Would 100% recommend them for any function!

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Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band's Song list

Dances Include -
Barn Polka
Clopton Bridge
Cumberland Square Eight
Dorset Ring Dance
I Want To Be Near You
Jigs & SlipJigs
Lucky Severn
Nigun Atik - Wedding Dance
Nottingham Swing
Roza - Mazurka
Strip The Willow
Tavern In The Town
Music Includes ~
Jacob / Gypsey's Hornpipe
Galopede & Soldiers Joy
Harvest Home / Liverpool Hornpipe
The South Wind / Planxty Irwin
Maggie in The Wood / Johnnie I Do Miss You
Ganivelle / Le Canal en Octobre

Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£340
Up to 2 hours£670
Up to 3 hours£960
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: Violin, Accordion, Guitar plus caller. We also have a 5 piece option that includes Bass.

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?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free

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.

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

Our 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 system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum space of 4m x 4m to perform.
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