Geoff Wright

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3rd generation accordionist playing scottish/irish ceilidhs/barn dances, brass band musician, cathedral layclerk, sword/rapper musician
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Bracken Rigg Band have been established for over 40 years so are extremely experienced in organising wedding ceilidhs. We are a specialist Scottish band playing borders, irish and English repertoire - specialising in the Northumbrian tradition. Our dances can be either totally Scottish or a mixture to match the event. The band all holiday in Ireland so we can get to play across there as well, and we are quite happy to play acoustic if required and can include a singer if necessary. Before we started to specialise in ceilidh, the band played regularly around the Working Mens' Clubs of South Yorkshire, playing for Old Tyme & Modern dancing and backing club singers. We also had a go at bierkeller nights, Continental music in restaurants and sing-songs in pubs. So have served our apprenticeships. Our lineup is a trio of accordion, fiddle and snare with a very experienced caller - an ex art teacher who is used to explaining to the class. We can provide a band of any size, and say we can provide most instruments you may require. We can work around your arrangements and an average evening is two sets across 3-4 hours before midnight including a break. We are happy to advise on any aspect of organising your dance and will ensure the evening runs smoothly.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, French music, Italian music, Scottish music, Tango, Bavarian oompah, Easy listening, Light music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Christmas, Military, Traditional church music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Scottish dances would normally be
Gay Gordons
Circassian Circle
Highland Schottische
Strip the Willow
Cumberland Reel
Canadian Barn Dance
Dashing White Sergeant
Scottish Veleta
Friendly Waltz
Virginia Reel
Boston Two Step
Foula Reel
St. Bernard's Waltz
Eightsome Reel (short Version)
Scottish Waltz
Orcadian Strip the Willow
Old Lang Syne
Otherwise we would include the likes of
Witches Reel
Bridge of Athlone
Patacake Polka
Muffin Man
and on request, Modern Waltzes, Quicksteps, Foxtrots, Military Twostep etc.


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)£35
Up to 1 hour£130
Up to 2 hours£150
Up to 3 hours£170


From customers:

Burns C, 2 years ago

Thank you so much for yet another fantastic ceilidh! You gave us a wonderful evening last night and everyone enjoyed themselves very much. Many thanks again

Birthday D, 3 years ago

Just wanted to say thanks again for Saturday night, received some good feedback from friends and family who enjoyed the band.

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