Ceilidh caller

Erin Mansfield

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Ceilidh caller
Rainham
Erin is a talented, professional and energetic young musician and ceilidh caller looking for work anywhere in the UK

Erin has been immersed in many genres of music and dance since childhood, though her true love lies with traditional and contemporary folk music, song and dance. This love led her to begin participating in English social folk dance (ceilidh/country/morris) as a child; before turning to calling as a teenager. She has since broadened her horizons and is an accomplished musician as well, playing a variety of tin/penny whistles, recorders and flutes; as well as the melodeon and vocals. Erin first began calling in 2016 with her first casual gig at a friend's party where dancing went on until the early hours of the morning! Following on from this, Erin now performs with various different ceilidh bands such as The Hilltop Ceilidh Band and Bowreed who perform across the UK! She was also invited to undertake a Traineeship in Country Dancing with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, which expanded her repertoire further, to include dances collected from as far back as the 1400s. One of the biggest achievements of her life so far is alternative folk-punk-rock band, Foot Down. Formed in 2015 as a duo collaboration of herself on whistles and James Kerry on melodeon, Foot Down has gained strength in numbers and is now a 5-piece line-up which performs at festivals anywhere that will have them. The year 2018 was Foot Down's first international appearance, performing at Playing For Change Festival in Ibiza! Due to a mix of influences and experiences throughout her life and musical career, Erin has a broad repertoire of dances and tunes from across the British Isles and beyond! As well as her band projects, Erin also does session work, freelances, performs solo, calls at festivals, teaches dance and instrumental.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Ceillidh, Medieval music, Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Instruments:
Ceilidh caller, Tin whistle, Low whistle, Dance caller, Recorder, Descant recorder, Irish flute
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Dancer, Instrumental teaching, Fluent improviser, Arranger, Composer
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Song list

Ceilidh Dances (including but not limited to):
Circassian Circle
Packhorse Rant
Flying Scotsman
Cumberland Square Eight
Bridge of Athlone
Nottingham Swing
Clopton Bridge
Heel and Toe Polka
Strip the Willow
La Russe
Dashing White Sargent
Gay Gordons
Caerfili March
Sweets of May
Canadian Barn Dance
Sellinger's Round
Horse's Bransle
The Doon
Thady You Gander
Grenoside Processional Dance
The Black Nag
Heptathlon Jig
Gallopede
9 Pins
Lucky 7
AND MANY MORE!
*Requests Welcome!*
English Traditional Tunes - *Requests welcome!*
Irish Traditional Tunes - *Requests welcome!*
Scottish Traditional Tunes - *Requests welcome!*
Welsh Traditional Tunes - *Requests welcome!*
Customer questions

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

I will always do my best to be flexible and ensure your event runs as well as it possibly can. If timings change slightly, let me know in good time and we'll work things around!

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

Yes! Background/atmospheric music can be provided between sets (during sets) with no extra charge. If an iPod/DJ set is required after the performance has ended, this comes at an extra charge of £100 for a maximum of two hours recorded music. If you'd like more time, this can be arranged at time of booking.

How much time do you need to set up?

Approximately 1 hour - 1.5 hours to set up a full PA, including band. If it is just myself and backing tracks, this can be cut down to about 30 - 45 mins.

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

Everything that is on my list is a piece/dance I would normally use so yes. If for any reason this is not possible, I will happily discuss alternatives with you to ensure you get what works best for event!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I have my own instruments, microphone, leads and stands. If a PA is provided, I can plug straight in! I can also play/call with no amplification if needed. In some instances, I would need to hire a PA system which may result in a slight price increase.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Requests are always welcome as long as they are made at least 3 weeks in advance of your event. This gives musicians/callers time to learn and become familiar with pieces/dances. If for any reason, this is not possible, I will happily discuss alternatives with you and find what would best suit your event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am a very energetic and fun caller. I also dislike overly lengthy walk-throughs of dances as this eats away at dancing time! I also try to make learning a new skill exciting and fun; if you're not enjoying what you're doing, why do it at all?!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Festivals - Beverly Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Faversham Hop Festival, Rochester Sweeps Festival, IVFDF (Inter Varsity Folk Dance Festival), Folk East, Sandwich Folk Festival I have also performed in many (extremely) different venues ranging from fields full of cows, to stately homes and castles.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Any artists from the Revivalist era (1960s-70s) - Bothy Band, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span et al. Contemporary and Traditional Folk Artists - Seth Lakeman, Nancy Kerr, Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy, Brian Finnegan, Mary Bergin et al. Other Genres - The Levellers, Dreadzone, Flogging Molly, The Cranberries, Alt-J, The Smiths, Billie Holiday et al.

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

Playing For Change Festival - Ibiza (Charity gig for 'Playing For Change Foundation' which is an international organisation providing music lessons to disadvantaged and impoverished children)

Prices

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)£50
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£300

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Paul C, 7 months ago

We hired the Hilltop band for a village Barn Dance in Oct 2018. Band arrived early and got set up. They were great fun. The music was spot on and the caller had everyone up and dancing straight away. The hall was packed but the caller adjusted the groups to fit the available space so everyone could take part. We had young children and some senior citizens as well as all ages in between dancing away. Great feedback from the crowd and they were calling for an encore at the end. All in all highly recommended and will look to book them again for next year!

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Neil W, 9 months ago

We had a ceilidh for our wedding anniversary on Saturday and the Hilltop Ceilidh band were fantastic. The guitar and box player were brilliant musicians who set a great beat to dance to and the caller gave clear instructions that meant even the novice dancers were able to understand what they were meant to be doing without over explaining! We will definitely look to book the band again next time we have a party!

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