Celtic folk band

Celtic Confusion

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About Celtic Confusion

We are a friendly band who play celtic tunes and songs to keep a good balance of entertainment. We have a lively caller for barn dances.
Celtic folk band
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Celtic Confusion are a lively band based in Bournemouth and Poole. We play a mix of Irish, English, Scottish and European folk tunes : jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes and waltzes. We enjoy playing music for people who want to have fun and are experienced at playing for weddings, parties, barn dance / ceilidhs, country shows, fayres, pub gigs, beer festivals and wakes. We play for small intimate bookings as well as large venues in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

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Traditional Irish folk, Ceilidh, Folk
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Event types:
Birthday party, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Galway Girl
Irish Rover
A Walk in the Irish Rain
Tell Me Ma
Raggle Taggle Gypsies
The One
Whisky in the Jar
The Detectorists
Fisherman's Blues
Mattie Groves
Dirty Old Town
Copperhead Road
Fields of Athenry
Wild Rover
Losing My Religion
Mr Rock n'Roll
Drunken Sailor
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We are fun loving musicians who respond to the crowd. We want you to enjoy yourselves and adapt our set to what goes down well. We vary the tunes and tempos. Often described as uplifting, also slow and sensitive if required. The music we play is infectious.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We perform at parties, weddings, country fayres and shows, pubs, beer festivals, garden parties, funeral/wakes. Indoors or outdoors, centre stage or as background music.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Our favourite irish music is by Lunasa, Beoga, Dervish, Altan, Liz Carroll, The Waterboys.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is usually violin, guitar, bass guitar & vocals/cajon drum. A different line-up is violin and guitar.. This does not include singing.

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

Timings are flexible to being changed

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

Yes, absolutely fine.

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes 1 - 1.5 hours to set up before we start. We can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere whilst we do this.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes, if required. We have cordless attachments to our PA if required. Please ask if you would like this as we don't bring it automatically.

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

Full PA is included in our quote

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Possibly. There is an additional fee of £30 per musician for this service to take into account rehearsal times.


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£550
Up to 2 hours£550
Up to 3 hours£600
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From Encore customers:

Denise F
18 days ago
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5 out of 5

Celtic Confusion were superb. Great band. Excellent caller. Lots of fun and very good value for money. We wanted to book Celtic Confusion again at the end of the evening. Highly recommended.

Jean P
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great music, pleasant people. Caller encouraging without being bossy. Setting up and dismantling equipment efficient and unfussy. Would strongly recommend.

Denise W
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely brilliant evening. Everyone had so much fun. Sensitive, intelligent caller, great sense of humour. Skilled musicians. Thoroughly grateful and pleased. Thank you for all your hard work and in making the wedding reception evening so much fun XX would thoroughly recommend. Superb time xxx

Reply from Celtic Confusion
5 months ago

Thank you for making the band so welcome. From the moment we arrived you went out of your way to make us comfortable and were generous enough to include us in with the catering. We hope you all had a wonderful time at your wedding reception.

Nicky H
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

They were really good. Everyone enjoyed themselves and said what good musicians they were (and how good the caller was too). It was a very special occasion, and they made our ceilidh/barn dance even more special.

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From other customers:

Ben B
3 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Norden
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5 out of 5

Celtic Confusion have played for us at Norden Farm Campsite a number of times during the summer of 2019, and prior to that. We received great feedback from our customers about the music and it was ideal for campers of all ages. The communication from Gill was fantastic and we would highly recommend them and look forward to seeing them again in 2020.

Darren T
5 years ago, for a Charity event in Waterside Arts Summer Festival
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5 out of 5

I would just like to say thank you again for last Saturday, really excellent stuff!! Among lots of lovely tunes I particularly enjoyed The Monaghan Jig and Crested Hens. I also think both sound good on the whistle. I am also enjoying the CD and hope to whistle along to that when I get the chance. Anyway, it was good to meet you both and I hope to catch you somewhere soon. Please come back to Hythe!! In fact I overheard people talking about Celtic Confusion down the village this morning.