Ceilidh band

Firecrest Ceilidh Band

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About Firecrest Ceilidh Band

A young, energetic band of musicians playing traditional and modern folk music in and around Cambridge.
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Firecrest is a young but highly professional band of energetic folk musicians based in Cambridge. Mainly performing as a ceilidh band, we have an infectious enthusiasm that’s sure to get everyone onto the dancefloor. And once they’re up there, our professional callers will guide their feet with a smile. Our main lineup consists of 4 musicians and a caller. The band - with a contemporary lineup of fiddle, whistle, guitar and drum kit - is rooted in the traditional music of the British Isles, drawing chiefly on Scottish and Irish sounds. We make the most of all our musicians, creating a distinctive, exciting sound that is big on rhythm, melody and harmony. As well as a friendly, energetic, band, we will provide a professional caller and a full set of high-quality amplification equipment and lighting. We would usually play for up to 3 hours, around a break of about 30 minutes, but we are happy to perform for shorter periods as well. If you have any special requests for dances or the like, simply let us know when booking us and we'll do what we can. So whether you are hosting a wedding, party, Burns night celebration, society social event, or something more exotic, consider booking us! See you on the dancefloor!

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Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Traditional English folk
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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We would also be delighted to supply an enthusiastic, professional caller to guide you through the dances. They’ll carefully choose the dances they call to suit your event and keep everyone happy – on a typical evening, we will dance lots of classic dances such as those below, with perhaps a few more unusual ones thrown in to keep you on your toes! If you get in touch with any special requests in advance (whether there’s a favourite dance you want called, or you just want us to plan for having lots of children), we’ll happily try and accommodate them.
Here are some examples of dances we might call:
The Flying Scotsman
[Orcadian] Strip the Willow
The Witch’s Reel
The Gay Gordons
Bottoms Up
Riverside Remix
Dashing White Sergeant
St Bernard's Waltz
Circle Waltz
Oxo Reel
Cumberland Square Eight
Bridge of Athlone
Circassian Circle
Canadian Barn Dance
Lucky Seven
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our usual lineup is a four piece band (Whistle, Fiddle, Guitar, Drums) plus a caller to walk you through the dance at a ceilidh. We can sometimes provide larger or smaller bands on request. Please just let us know if you think a different arrangement would be suitable.

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know, and if we can accommodate them we will do so.

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes us about an hour to set up our equipment and have a short soundcheck, and we usually do this immediately before the event starts. We can set up quietly if needs be. If you would like us to quote for an early set up, please just let us know!

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do!

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

Yes, our fee includes everything we need to perform, including our excellent PA system.
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From Encore customers:

Mike W
5 months ago
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Firecrest Ceilidh band were the perfect choice for our wedding! They played beautifully, and were extremely communicative in the weeks and months approaching the big day. They helped us to co-ordinate our First Dance, which went smoothly, and all of our guests loved the ceilidh. Wonderful, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others. Thanks, Firecrest!

From other customers:

Joff (
4 years ago

Thank you Firecrest for the ceilidh at our conference dinner. Your music was excellent and the guests had a brilliant time. I really appreciated your friendliness and ability to adapt to the space and situation, it really helped with the organisation!

Event O
4 years ago

It was so great to see many people participating, spectating and having fun! Thank you for creating such a fun environment.