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Ceilidh band
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"There is an infectious joy about their music - it's raw and real"! Let's get dancing with the 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........" 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 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
Ceilidh, Christmas, Folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Crannog Ceilidh Dance List
Barley Reel
Borrodale Exchange
Bottoms Up
Bridge of Athelone
Chain Gang
Charly's Dance
Circassian Circle
Circle Waltz
Clopton Bridge
Cumberland Square 8
Dashing White Sergeant
Dippy Dance
Fairy Circle Dance
Farmer's Jig
Flying Scotsman
Gay Gordons
Hazelnut Dance
Horse's Brawl
Ice Breaker
Kennet Jig
Lead Me On
Log Cabin
Lonesome Pine Quadrille
Lucky Seven
Military Two-Step
Moving Along
Mutts March
Oxo Reel
Pat-a-Cake Polka
Rachel's Reel
Saluki Split
Scatter Promenade
Sicilian Circle
St Bernard's Waltz
Strip the Willow
The Haymakers
Virginia Reel
Witch's Reel
.........and some are made up on the spot depending on what is happening in the moment.....!
Songs - Irish set
Arthur McBride
Battle of new Orleans
Black Velvet Band
Bold Fenian Men
Brown Eyed Girl
Darby O Leary
Dirty Old Town
Female Highwayman
Fields of Athenry
Fields of France
Finnegan's Wake
Flower of sweet Strabane
Foggy Dew
Follow me up to Carlow
Galway Farmer
Galway Girl
Galway Shawl
Irish Rover
Johnny McEldoo
Kid on the mountain
Lakes of Ponchartrain
Leaving of Liverpool
McAlpine’s Fusiliers
Muirshen Durkin
Old Man came courting me
Paddys Green Shamrock Shore
Rocky Road to Dublin
Kid on the mountain
She moved through the fair
Spanish Lady
Star of the county down
Tell me Ma
Town I Loved so well
Waxies Dargle
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Rover
William Taylor
Yellow J.C.B
Fiddle tunes
Amasing Grapes
Andy Defarlis’ Jig
Atholl Highlanders
Ballyhoura Mountains
Brian Boru's March
Carousel Waltz
Carousel Waltz
Curly Headed Plough Boy
Cwrw Da
Dance the Baby
Danny Boy
Dashing White Sergeant
Declan's Dilemma
Difyrrwch Corbett o'r Ynysmaengwyn
Dorset Four Hand Reel Tune 1 & 2
Drops of Brandy
Drowsie Maggie
Famous Jimmy Murray
Ffarwell I'r Marianne
Foxhunter Jig
Frenhines y Frecwast
Ger the Rigger
Hayden Fancy
Jig Owe
Jig Run Rigbe
Jimmy Allen
Lacken House
Loch Lavan Castle
Loch Lomond
Masons Apron
Miss McCloud's Reel
Morgan Rhatlar
Morissons Jig
My Love She's but a Lassie
Old Joe Clark
Peat Fire Flame
Penguine Shuffle
Rakes of Kildare
Sailors Hornpipe
Scotland the Brave
Soldiers Joy
Spoot o'Skerry
Swallow Tail Jig
The Black Nag
The Black Velvet Band
The Clare Jig
The Cock of the North
The Fiery Clockface
The Flowers of Edinburgh
The Irish Washerwoman
The Old Horned Sheep
The Railway
The Sweets of May
Trip to the Cottage
Tripping up the Stairs
Turkey in the Straw
Tywysog y Brecwast
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Wi a Hundred Pipers
Wiltshire Six Hand Reel
Winster Gallop
Ymdaith Caerffili
Ymdaith Gwyr Dyfnaint
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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our obvious joy and rapport with our audience! We love what we do and it is our mission to give you a great night of dancing and fun!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We are Wedding Ceilidh specialists so ....... Lots and lots of fabulous hotels, village halls, country houses, music venues, private houses, etc.. At Festivals large and small. On hay wagons; in marques and tipees in fields and gardens ........

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Well thats a long story.....there are many!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

As a ceilidh band we have landed a regular spot at the prestigious Ruff Ceilidhs at Cardiff University Hospital! As individuals I guess its the big festivals - Sidmouth, Towersey, Hay on Wye and more.

Can you perform covers?

Yes we can do covers of traditional and popular folk songs.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our usual line up is fiddle, guitar/mandocello and caller for a ceilidh only. Our caller is also a cellist when three musicians are needed for an acoustic performance. We offer a duo of fiddle, mandocello and vocals - great for Irish themed events and traditional background music or concerts.

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

We are always happy to try to accommodate any changes in timings running up to your event. We take a flexible attitude once we are playing and will discuss with you any minor changes as they might occur.

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

We offer the use of our PA equipment for a playlist of your choice on ipod, ipad, laptop etc., played,under the supervision of our sound engineer, for up to 60 minutes immediately following the ceilidh. The fee for this service is £185.

How much time do you need to set up?

It only takes between 40 and 60 minutes to set up, however, we like to start the process about 90 minutes before starting so that we can soundcheck in good time.

Do you provide a caller?

Oh yes, we have a great caller! Di is charismatic, enthusiastic and more of an entertainer than an instructor!! .

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

Our caller uses her many years of experience to decide on the night what dances will work with your guest's dance experience and energy levels but is happy to accept any suggestions you might have. There is a comprehensive list of folk songs that Dan can perform and you are welcome to pick and request the ones you want.

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

Yes our quote is fully inclusive with no hidden extras.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Our mandocello player is also a talented singer and is happy to take requests.......however, he is a folk singer so no modern covers! We charge a fee of £60 for any requested new song which takes into account the rehearsal time required.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£750
Up to 2 hours£850
Up to 3 hours£850
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony3 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner3 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Available services
Tune or Song Request
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George T, 4 months ago

I cannot thank Crannog enough for their excellent professionalism which made my event spectacular amounts of fun! All three expert musicians performed their roles perfectly, making the most of the space available to get everyone up and dancing. I would recommend Crannog to anyone. Fantastic value for money too!

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Elizabeth M, 5 months ago

Excellent. The group were patient and charming and the calling was easy to follow and good humored.

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Andrea D, 6 months ago

An amazing party. Mic, Alan and Quince were fantastic! They did everything I asked and so much more. They helped create a perfect event. They were relaxed, punctual and flexible. They played the fiddle and guitar to a really high standard. Mic as caller was brilliant and kept charge of us and the pace of the party... not easy! Their background music was spot on, PA system great too. Great job. Thank you all so much and a special thanks to Di who organised the band in the beginning. We will use you again and recommend you to all! Merry Christmas! Best wishes Andrea

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Heather L, 9 months ago

Crannog were great with us! We got behind during our wedding day, so they were late getting into the hall to set up, but they did this quickly and smoothly, and we were soon underway! They were then flexible and accommodating with their schedule for the evening. Crannog were enthusiastic, and the music was great, and they even managed to get everyone up at the end for the last dance! Thank you for a great end to our wedding!

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From other customers:

Gary, 3 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, 3 years ago

......we had a wonderfully energetic night of dancing in the lovely Myddfai Community Hall last night......in 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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