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Fairgreen Ceilidh Band

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About Fairgreen Ceilidh Band

Ceilidh band
Dereham
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Great dances & Great Tunes ~ 5 piece fiddles/mandolin/banjo/wind/bass/guitar/vocals~ from rip-roaring frenetic fun to graceful slow & easy.

TRI the Fiddle & Mandolin: He has been playing the violin for 30 years or so, a full-time musician while living in Indonesia. He can turn his bow to all kinds of different genres - Irish folk, country/bluegrass, jazz and blues as well as original music and improvisation. All of which he uses to inject that extra special twist to his playing in the band - once he gets going it's hard to know when the good stuff is going to end. Influences; Irish fiddler Kevin Burke of the Bothy Band and Patrick Street, the 'Western Swing' style of Bob Wills and jazz rock violin of Jean Luc Ponty. He also teaches violin in Norwich. ALEX the Fiddle, Recorder & Vocals Alex always wanted to be in a ceilidh band and now has her wish - she plays violin, recorders and sometimes sings for the band. When not putting on one-man shows, she does a lot of session work and has opened for the legendary Dave Swarbrick, smash-hits Megson and the IT Boys' UK tour. (The Swarb said she played 'stunning fiddle')!  Her other love is Heavy Metal, but we don't talk about that.   ROB the Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals   Began playing guitar in his teens and played in several soul and rock bands based in the home counties. He discovered a love of Celtic music in his 30’s, soon learning to play the banjo and mandolin. He has played in folk bands in the UK including Merlin, The Boys of the Sluice, Jiggery Pokery, Cat and the Fiddle, Nappertandy, Ducks don’t Bark and the Albanian Washing Machine Co. With Nappertandy he played in Ireland and France, where the band had been invited to play in an international folk dance festival in Confolens and performed live on national French radio. Rob loves the way Celtic music is appreciated across cultures and the current revival of live folk music at family and celebratory occasions which gives a traditional feel to social events. He has a lovely rich sounding voice. PAUL the Bass European tours, videos, hit singles with the ace Norwich indie band the Nivens are all some of the excellent things Paul has played a part in! He's also written songs and music for films..... talking of films, he's acted in quite a few not to mention the stage appearances. He is also a voice over artist -  very talented man indeed. CHRIS the Dance Caller, Guitar & Mandolin After playing in York indie band Pinq Stuff for 5 years in the 1980's headed to Norfolk to play in several bands - the wedding cover band Moonshine, Peter Gold Country Band, Tom Thompson Band and more recently 5 years in a well known Norfolk Ceilidh Band, Whirligig. His hobby is trawling the internet for new dances and tunes. Favourite bands include Bellowhead, Altan, Solas, AfroCeltic Sound System, Imagined Village, Peatbog Fairies, Shooglenifty, Blazin Fiddles, Sharron Shannon...

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, 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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Song list

Dances
Here's a selection of some dances we do;
Orcadian Strip the Willow,
French-Canadian Big Circle 
The Gay Gordons
Bridge of Athlone
Three Around Three
Virginia Reel
Norfolk Long Dance
Clopton Bridge
Highland Barn Dance
Lucky Seven
Eightsome Reel
The Waves of Tory,
Seige of Ennis
Grand Chain Set
Goathland Square 8
The Flying Scotsman
Nottingham Swing,
Cumberland Square Eight (the dance with the 'basket' move in!).
Stoke Golding Country Dance
Paul Jones
Chappeloise
Horses Brawl
Dashing White Sergeant
Buttered Peas
T.A.G.
Ribbon Dance
Borrowdale Exchange
Sausage Machine
Snowball
Falling Masonary.
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Folk songs, tunes by people like Waterboys. Instrumentals by request such as Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, For the Dancing & The Dreaming.

Do you have different line-up options?

Ceilidh with 2,3,4 or 5 musicians - all include a caller

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

We're flexible and are open to discuss changes.

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

Yes we can play your playlist through our quality PA from a device between sets. The PA is also available for hire after the set - for example for a disco until midnight using your own playlist. Our lighting is also available.

How much time do you need to set up?

60 to 90 minutes.

Do you provide a caller?

The caller is a musician in the band.

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

We're happy to include particular dances, for example Strip the Willow. Most people are very happy with our selection of dances - although we have a basic set in mind we tailor this to the needs of the dancers on the night so the event flows nicely, everyone, young & old, gets involved.

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

Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We would definitely consider learning a song if we thought we could do a good job. This might entail a small charge for extra rehearsal time.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love the fact that all their guests, especially the ones who've never been to a ceilidh, had such a fun time.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many historic buildings - brilliant for ceilidhs.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Dave Swarbrick, Albion band, Altan, De Dannan, Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, Feast of Fiddlers, Eliza Carthy, Fairport Convention, The Committee Band

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

Battersea Arts Centre.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£480
Up to 2 hours£550
Up to 3 hours£625
Available services
PA & Lights Hire
+£125

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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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With 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 and appreciated the gentle nudging when we were in muddles.

Gareth, 2 years ago

Chris and the band played at our 10th Wedding Anniversary, a great night was had by all. As we had 20 kids under 6 it was a really great that we started with a few dances which the children could really get into. They even put some of the adults to shame at the later more complex arrangements"  Gareth, Beccles, Norfolk

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