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Acoustic trio
Public liability insurance of £2 million
Stunningly good music and Calling from this 3 piece band .... Crannog Ceilidh Band

"Di is a particularly good caller – she does a great job of making people feel at ease when invited onto the floor and she is good at persuading people politely that they really should get off their backsides and dance NOW!!” A.C. – Brecon Who we are......... Crannog Ceilidh Band members - Al is a highly respected sound engineer as well as one of the best folk fiddlers in the country. Dan is a gifted singer/songwriter with a unique rhythmical style on mandocello, and Di is a talented cello player and Dance Caller. Together they provide a concert and dance band in one with the emphasis firmly on fun! Repertoire: Crannog's repertoire is varied encompassing tunes and songs from early music right through to modern self-penned compositions. Not content with just traditional Irish and Scottish tunes - which are the backbone of the Crannog sound - they also source tunes from further afield - Venezuela, Brittany, America etc. etc. Dan is a talented songwriter too and when appropriate will sing! Crannog is lucky enough to be joined by other talented artists when necessary. If, for example, a female singer is required, Catrin who sings in Welsh and English, will join them - and has the most lovely voice! If a bigger band is called for Crannog can call on the services of a talented guitarist Quince and Ade who is also a singer/songwriter! Alan Cooper (founder of Crannog) and Diana Esplin both started as classically trained musicians. Di went on to become a fully qualified cello teacher but now concentrates on playing in many other genres as well as classical. Al realised his passion and talent lay with folk and traditional music and naturally became one of the countries leading components of the folk fiddle. Together Al and Di work as recording artists and are the backbone of Crannog!! Crannog offer a bespoke, professional entertainment. Reliable, friendly and adaptable, Crannog musicians promise to bring everyone together on the dance floor for fun, laughter and a great time! There is an infectious joy about their music - which is spontaneous, raw and real. The humorous way in which everyone is included and encouraged to dance makes for a unique experience. Many people who were convinced that ceilidh dancing was not for them have been persuaded to have a go and later complimented Crannog for introducing them to it!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Christmas, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Easy listening, Originals, Light music, Welsh folk
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Acoustic trio, String duo, Ceilidh band, Contemporary folk band, Traditional English folk group, Folk fusion band, Acoustic band, Festival band, Strolling band, String ensemble
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Cumberland Square 8
Sicilian Circle
Lead Me On
Bottoms Up
Gay Gordons
Strip the Willow
Mutts March
Circassian Circle
Pat-a-Cake Polka
Lucky Seven
Witch's Reel
Farmer's Jig
Dashing White Sergeant
Fairy Circle Dance
Ice Breaker
Oxo Reel
Horse's Brawl
Bridge of Athelone
Barley Reel
Borrodale Exchange
Lonesome Pine Quadrille
Hazelnut Dance
Virginia Reel
Log Cabin
Circle Waltz
Kennet Jig
Rachel's Reel
Flying Scotsman
The Haymakers
St Bernard's Waltz
Dippy Dance
Moving Along
Scatter Promenade
Clopton Bridge
Chain Gang
Military Two-Step
Saluki Split
Charly's Dance
.........and some are made up on the spot depending on what is happening in the moment.....!


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£850


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Alice S, 2 months ago

We hired the Crannog Celidh for our wedding and they were blooming brilliant! Great mix of dances that were a good combination of fun and hilarity. They did a great job of gaging the room, getting everyone involved (not that much encouragement was needed - our guests were loving it!) and providing some additional silliness through hilarious banter and commentary on the night. In short, Di and the gang made the night! We would thoroughly recommend them!

From other customers:

Gary, 2 years ago

Anyway thank you so much for a great gig last night.  You have a unique ablility to meld band and audience, creating a sense of us all being part of one big family event.  You also seem to cast serenity and humour at the same time. Perfect!

Llandovery C, 2 years ago

......we had a wonderfully energetic night of dancing in the lovely Myddfai Community Hall last particular our thanks go to the amazing Crannog Ceilidh Band who had everyone up and dancing. What better way to spend a summer's evening!!

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