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John Carver Reels & Ceilidh Calling

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About John Carver Reels & Ceilidh Calling

One of the most experienced callers in the UK, running large reeling/ceilidh events as well as 'calling' at private events of all kinds.
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John is a highly experienced ceilidh caller with over 350 successful events to his name, and he is capable of delivering an unforgettable Scottish dance experience for your guests. From intimate weddings to large Burns Night Suppers, private parties, and even a royal engagement at Buckingham Palace, he has a proven track record of success. John's calling skills are unparalleled and his carefully curated playlist of the best ceilidh tunes will have your guests dancing the night away. His streamlined setup eliminates the need for an additional band, and he has experience of entertaining groups from 40-400 in size, regardless of age or experience. With his upbeat, inclusive, and relaxed style, John guarantees to get everyone involved and having a great time. He will expertly guide your guests through the most popular ceilidh dances and end the evening on a high note with a rousing Strip the Willow that's sure to be remembered. John would be honoured to bring his skills and experience to your event. Please don't hesitate to contact him to discuss how he can make your ceilidh an unforgettable experience.

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Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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John has a tried & tested repertoire of dances that he 'calls' for events, depending on the age/ability/experience of his guests. Typical examples include the following, but he has many more dances up his sleeve too!
Dashing White Sergeant
Circassian Circle
Virginia Reel
Flying Scotsman
Gay Gordons
Canadian Barn Dance
Dunedin Festival Jig
Strip the Willow
Eightsome Reel
Foursome Reel
Duke of Perth
Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
Reel of the 51st


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From Encore customers:

Andrew G
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

John was brilliant. We had such a wonderful time at our wedding. John arrived on time, brought all the equipment. The dancing was so much fun and all our guests loved it. We had a lovely time. Thank you very much.

Linda F
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

John Carver was a delight - he coped very well when faced by a large group of English , French and German teenagers , none of whom had done it beforel. But a mixture of charm and clear exposition meant he had them in the palm of his hand almost straight away , They loved it!

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7 years ago

John has been the 'caller' at a number of major London ceilidh & reeling events I've hosted for the "We're here for the Dance" group in recent years, and has been instrumental to their success. Making an evening so much fun whilst transforming complete beginners into seasoned reeling pros is no easy challenge, but he achieves it every time. If you're planning a ceilidh or evening of reels, get John on board!

Richard T
3 years ago

John was our first choice of caller for our school's annual Caledonian Ball, as we knew we could rely on him to guide our enthusiastic (but inexperienced) pupils and parents through an evening of ceilidh and reeling dances. It was huge fun, and he delivered above and beyond our wildest expectations. Our guests are already queueing up for next year, so we will be sure to ask him to MC again. Great job!

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