Ceilidh Caller

Chris Calliope

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Ceilidh Caller
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Call for ceilidh/barn dances; play electric/acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo; folk roots, indie, rock/pop/folk - up for anything!

When 'I wurra lad', growing up in Lancashire back in the 70's, at high school the PE teachers had devised a form of torture far worse than cross country running in the rain - and it was called Country Dancing. Out would come the Jimmy Shand records and we would do The Gay Gordon's and Strip the Willow......... funny thing was I really enjoyed it and I bet the other students did too! Not that we would admit it. Not only did it give us a legitimate reason for getting close to the opposite gender there was something about the moving about in time to music that really made me feel good. The repetition of the rhythmic movements, once you get the hang of them, can be quite hypnotic. Just moving yourself about the dance floor with others gets the feel good endorphins racing around your system. After playing in various indie rock bands for 15 years I got the yearning for something different and rediscovered folk music and dancing. Joined a few ceilidh bands and got really interested in the dancing side of things – perhaps for nostalgic reasons. I spent hours trawling that well known video site for great dances and tunes and found plenty of them but it wasn’t until I formed my own ceilidh band and started to do the calling that I was able to express my passion for great fun social dance. At a dance I try to use a variety of different dance formations – circle dances, longways sets, square sets, ’round the room dances’, as mixers, progressives, couple and non-couple dances. Some events require very easy dances, others for a more experienced crowd, some more complex, possibly unfamiliar, dances. I recently called The Eightsome Reel which is definitely not for beginners or the faint hearted. Having done quite a few dances where there were quite a lot of children I’ve developed some ‘family friendly’ dances that even little ones can join in. Ultimately it’s all about people having a good time.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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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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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching
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Song list

All the usual suspects!


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Ross G, 1 year ago

The played a fantastic ceilidh and Chris tailored it to suit our event perfectly.

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Jamie W, 1 year ago

Chris and his colleagues played an excellent outdoor set at our wedding and encouraged our guests, including many who had never been to a ceilidh to participate. The music was great and the calling was perfect - detailed enough without preventing enjoyment of the dances. We would not hesitate to recommend them for a ceilidh at a wedding.

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Larry C, 2 years ago

Terrific, lovely group of people, they really made the party happen ! They managed to get people dancing and singing.... who hadn't done for years ! will definitely re-book when we have another event and recommend to all our friends, most of whom were there for the party and are already big fans.

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Myra L, 2 years ago

Fairgreen ceilidh band were excellent. Flexible, supportive and provided a brilliant evening of entertainment. I would not hesitate to hire them again. Thank you!

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David N, 2 years ago

We want to express our appreciation for the really excellent evening last Saturday. We thoroughly enjoyed the music and thought you had selected an excellent variety of dances. The caller did very clear explanations of the various steps and dances. It is clear from our friends' responses and their faces while dancing that they also thoroughly enjoyed it ....