Celtic Confusion 3-piece Ceilidh Band

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Celtic Confusion are available as a 3-piece Ceilidh Band for a dance band on a smaller budget. We are a violin & guitar with a dance caller.
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Gill and John are from Dorset. We are available as a 3-piece Ceilidh Band and use a selection of dance callers depending on availability and location. All are able to teach people whether they are beginners or more competant dancers. We are friendly and approachable musicians who want you to enjoy yourselves and we respond to the mood. We use traditional sets of irish and folk dances but do not perform Scottish Dances. To help you get your breath back imbetween sets, we can entertain as a Duo with a variety of tunes and vary the tempo to keep things interesting. We don't use backing tracks and provide our own PA. Please note, we don't sing songs so this is instrumental music only.

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Ceillidh, Classical, Pop, Electronic, Traditional Irish folk, Film / TV music, Covers, Ambient pop, Polka, Ceilidh
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Event types:
Birthday party, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

We play a variety of tunes including irish traditional jigs and reels, slipjigs and waltzes. We include arrangements of celtic tunes with our own twist and find it is perfect to listen to or for dancing. The rhythmn is infectious.
We are proud to have a large repertoire of tunes to keep things interesting.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They like the variation of tunes and tempos. Often described as uplifting and joyous, also slow and sensitive if required. There is a sense of fun in the music I play and it is infectious. Please note, I do not sing so it is a repertoire of different tunes.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I perform at parties, weddings, country fayres, garden parties, funeral/wakes. Indoors or outdoors, centre stage or as background music.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Vanessa Mae, Riverdance, John Barry, Mike Oldfield are the highest profile. My favourite irish music is by Natalie MacMaster, Liz Carroll, Lunasa, Beoga, Dervish, Altan.

Do you have different line-up options?

I can play as a solo violinist but most usually play with a guitarist as I do not use backing tracks. This fills the sound and makes a more complete performance. There is also an option to play with an accordianist.

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

Timings are flexible to being changed

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes up to one hour to set up

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I supply my own PA

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Possibly. There is an additional fee of £30 per musician for this service to take into account rehearsal times. Please note I do not use backing tracks and so a solo performance will be the tune on its own. If booked as a duo, there would be an arranged backing.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£280
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£320
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From customers:

Denise W
2 months ago, for a Private event in Bournemouth
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5 out of 5

Absolutely brilliant evening. Everyone had so much fun. Sensitive, intelligent caller, great sense of humour. Skilled musicians. Thoroughly grateful and pleased. Thank you for all your hard work and in making the wedding reception evening so much fun XX Would thoroughly recommend. Superb time xxx

Andrea C
1 year ago, for a Private event in Steeple
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5 out of 5

Private event in Steeple, Wareham BH20 5NX, UK (Fiddle & Guitar duo) Incredibly friendly. Very talented musicians. Would absolutely recommend them and will be booking them again.

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