Ceilidh Caller

Chris Austin

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Ceilidh Caller - fun & frolic on the dancefloor ~ easy social dance that brings everyone together for a celebration.
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I've been playing in ceilidh bands for 15 years and took on the calling role in my own band about 8 years ago. I do the same great dances & music as can be seen in my band videos.

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Chris' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Paul W
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

All perfect, would/will recommend Chris to anybody

From other customers:

5 years ago, for a Birthday party in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Dear Chris I would like to thank you and all your players of your band for a very wonderful evening. The music and dancing was perfect. People were coming to me afterwards and since the party on how excellant you played. They love the dances especially the new ones and listening to the music. Everyone was happy and thank you so much for making the evening so very happy and enjoyable. Hugh and I thought the whole event wonderful and I shall always remember my 75th birthday party! Thank you again. - Carol & Hue

5 years ago, for a Wedding in Norwich
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5 out of 5

Thanks so much for playing at our wedding. You were fantastic and everyone has said they really enjoyed the music and dances! - Tom & Elle

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Chris' Song list

Virginia Reel (5 couple longways set)
Buttered Peas (2 couple set mixer)
Boston Tea Party (4 or 5 couple longways dip & dive)
Borrowdale Exchange (3 couple, circle mixer)
Three Around Three
The Grand Chain
Lucky Seven
Bridge of Athlone
Bilbo Baggins Birthday Dance
Snow Ball
Flying Scotsman
Paul Jones (Circle mixer)
Gay Gordon's (Round the room couple dance)
Horses brawl (Medieval type non couple dance)
Le Chapelloise (Progressive French dance)
Old Swan Gallop (Round the room couple mixer)
Goathland Square 8 (4 couple square set)
Circassion Circle (Couples Circle dance))
Strip the Willow (Orcadian version)
Stoke Golding Country Dance
Waves of Tory (Longways Dip & Dive)
Cumberland Square 8 (4 couple square set)
Dashing White Sergeants (Scottish)
Farondole (Medieval 'ice breaker' dance!)
Canadian/Highland Barndance Dance (Scottish)
Britannia Two-Step
Horses Brawl
Nottingham Swing (Step hop mixer)
St Bernard’s Waltz
Eightsome Reel (Scottish)

Chris' Prices

Last updated: 2024

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£1.25
Up to 1 hour£281.25
Up to 2 hours£312.50
Up to 3 hours£343.75


Post Ceilidh PA/Lights Hire
Customer questions

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

I'm flexible and do my best to fit in with your schedule.

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

The PA is great quality and can be used at no charge for background music before the event, between dances, in the break. Clients can compile and have complete control of their own playlist - connect via bluetooth or directly from android/apple/ laptop. Fancy a Post Ceilidh Bop? The PA is available for around £125 depending on time required.

How much time do you need to set up?

An hour is a comfortable time to get set up.

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

I'm happy to discuss the set of dances so we can include your favourites.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Everything you need for a fun, engaging ceilidh is included. All I need is somewhere to plug into and maybe a beer!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Given enough I'm happy to consider learning a new dance and sorting out the appropriate music at no extra charge.
Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Bluegrass, Acoustic, Covers, Pop, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Instrumental teaching
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