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About Kingsfolk

This band has been bringing parties to life all over London and the South East with their exciting music and their professional touch.
Ceilidh band
South Croydon
Public liability insurance of £5 million

Kingsfolk has been providing quality music for ceilidhs and barn dances for more than 15 years. Our typical line-up includes accordion, violin, drums and bass, and we have a busy diary of events which include weddings, birthday parties and fundraising events. The traditional folk tunes we play are described as full-on and vibrant. It is just the kind of sound to liven up a party and get people onto the dance floor.

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Kingsfolk's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Rachelle S
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Fabulous band, great music, great evening, a pleasure to have them lead our Barn Dance. Thank you

Michael R
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Wonderful ceilidh. Brilliant musicians. Very communicative and accommodating and flexible. Very happy.

Reply from Kingsfolk
1 year ago

It was great fun to come and do the ceilidh at your party. Thanks for this lovely review and thanks for the food. Simon

Hannah D
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

It was wonderful, they played beautifully. the caller made everything very clear. They were very polite and punctual, communication with me was good. The whole experience was lovely from start to finish. I would definitely hire them again , they made everyone feel so relaxed and we all had such fun, I am so glad I picked kigsfolk out of all the ceilidh bands to play at my husbands birthday party. I highly recommend them. Thankyou so much to all the band and caller for helping to make my party what it was, without you it wouldn’t have been the same.

Venetia E
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Simon and the band were absolutely wonderful. They played so well at our wedding and created the best atmosphere. We weren't sure if the venue was big enough for a ceilidh and Simon was kind enough to visit in his own time to check the size and help us decide how the layout should be. We would really highly recommend Kingsfolk :)

Reply from Kingsfolk
1 year ago

There can't be many wedding venues that are so delightfully romantic as that lovely old barn at Stanlake Park! It was a real treat for the band to play for such an exciting wedding. The sound system provided by the venue was unfamiliar to us, but once we sorted it out, we really enjoyed playing for such a lively crowd.

From other customers:

Helen B
12 years ago

"The atmosphere you helped to create was amazing! The whole day truly was the greatest day of our lives. Thank you for helping to create some 'Magic Moments' that will stay with us forever"

Astrid S
13 years ago

I also would like to thank you for providing us with a lovely night, especially so last minute, we couldn't have done it without you. I will be passing on your details to next years social secretary so we will hopefully see you soon. Astrid - London

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Kingsfolk's Song list

😊 Dance Tunes
The Galopede
Winster Galop
Brighton Camp
Kemp’s Jig
The OXO Reel
Rakes of Mallow
Buffalo Girls
Buffalo Girls Reel
Gay Gordons
Marie’s Wedding/Scotland the Brave.
St.Bernard’s Waltz
Skye Boat Song
Coming ‘Round the Mountain
Bobby Shaftoe medley
Grand Circle Dance
Cock of the North
Dashing White Sergeant
The Flying Scotsman
Farewell to Whisky Reel
Cumberland Reel
Buttered Peas
English Polka
French Peasant Dance
Le Ruban Bleu
Lucky Seven
The Rogues March
Old Swan Gallop
Connaught Man’s Rambles
Sausage Machine
Scottish Dance
Strip the Willow
Whistling Rufus
Cumberland Square Eight
Athol Highlanders
Witches Reel
Davy Davy Knick-Knack
Goathland Square Eight
Heel Toe Polka
One, two, three four five / Belfast Polka Medley
Canadian Barn Dance
Shetland Two Step/Consider Yourself
Boston Tea Party
Eightsome Reel
De’ll Among the Tailors
Borrowdale Exchange
The Fairy Dance
Fiery Clock Face Medley
Virginia Reel
Soldier’s Joy
The Duke of Perth
The Haymakers
😊 Instrumental pieces
Lars Hokpers Vals
Mrs. Saggs
Irish Medley
The Cliffe Hornpipe
The Returned Yank
Dennis Murphy’s Polka
Pugwash - Sailor’s Hornpipe
Sea Shanties
Bonnie Dundee
Mason’s Apron / The Keel Row
Hut on Staffin Island
Leah’s Waltz
Rocky Road to Dublin
Marie’s Wed. / Scot the Brave
The Leaving of Liverpool
Cotton Eye Joe
Bluebell Polka
Beer Barrel polka
American set
Barwick Green
Captain Pugwash
Sea Shanties
El Condor Pasa
A Bunch of Thyme
Song of the Clyde
Down by the Sally Gardens
Whisky in the Jar
Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry
When You’re Smiling
Coming Through the Rye
My Love is like a Red, Red …
Loch Lomond
Ye Banks and Braes
Will Ye No Come Back Again
Auld Lang Syne
Westering Home
Mull of Kintyre
If You Ever go to Ireland
Galway Bay
Molly Molone
She Moved through the Fair
The Rose of Tralee
The Flower of Magherally
Londonderry Air – Danny Boy
Nut Brown Maiden
I’ll Take You Home Again K …
The Black Velvet Band
Tipperary - Pack up your …
Hole in the Hedge
The Mucking of Geordie's Byre

Kingsfolk's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£650
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£850
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

As soon as we start playing everyone is impressed by the power of the Kingsfolk sound. Our experience of playing together puts a punch into the music which people respond to. Our clients also love it when we speed up during a dance. There are some straightforward dances when everyone enjoys trying to keep up with the band.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Brighton College Whitgift School Selsdon Park Hotel The London Scottish Building, Horseferry Road. The Royal Horseguards Hotel, Whitehall. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge The Institute of Directors, Pall Mall. Nutfield Priory, Reigate The Irish Centre, Camden Ickenham Community Centre Windlesham Golf Club Greenwich Yacht Club

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Celtic Spirit infuse their folk tunes with a power that we try to emulate. Another band that has influenced us by their pulsing style is the Glasgow based Imar.

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

One of our best events was a Burns Night Ceilidh at the Institute of Directors on Mall Pall. Not only was it a spectacular venue, but the clients were all young lawyers who brought a huge amount of energy to the party.

Can you perform covers?

We are not really a covers band. Our repertoire includes a lot of familiar tunes but our events focus on ceilidh dances and folk tunes. Very happy to have special requests, but they should really be in the same style as the rest of our pieces.

Do you have different line-up options?

We usually go out as a four piece band plus caller and the line up would be Accordion, violin, bass and drums. For small parties or venues where there is limited space, we sometimes go out as a three piece band plus caller, when the line up would be Accordion, violin and drums.

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

It is inevitable that schedules have to be adjusted at the last minute and we will always try and fit in with whatever the host wants on the night. If there is a good atmosphere at the time we are due to finish we will often play for a bit longer.

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

Yes, when we have set up our equipment we usually play appropriate ceilidh music on an iPod. We also have a selection of Irish and Scottish music which we play during the break.

How much time do you need to set up?

Provided we have access to the performance space, we only need about 30 minutes to set everything up. We may then spend between 10 - 15 minutes sound checking the instruments. We try to arrive about an hour and a half before the ceilidh is due to start to make sure we have time to set up properly.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes, we always include a caller when we go to an event. The people who call the dances are all members of Kingsfolk and they are very experienced at engaging with people and making them feel at ease. The will walk-through the dances so that everyone will know what to do.

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

We are very happy for clients to choose dance tunes and songs that they would like to hear during the evening. Our repertoire of Scottish songs is always popular at Burns Night events.

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

Yes, we bring all our own PA equipment. We also bring a small selection of stage lights to add atmosphere to the band area.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, provided we are given enough notice, we will do our best to play special requests. Our line up consists of accordion, violin, bass and drums, so the best tunes will be folky and traditional, but we don't rule anything out.
Ceilidh, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Charity event, New Year's Eve, Birthday party, Burns night, Private event, Corporate event
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