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Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band

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About Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band

We're a friendly, fun and professional ceilidh band and between us, we have over 50 years of experience in playing for dancing.
Ceilidh band
North Shields
Public liability insurance of £10 million

When you book us for a ceilidh, you can expect a reliable, friendly and professional service … and a great night! We've played in venues all across the North East of England and are equally at home in a top wedding venue or a local community centre. We’ll play great tunes that make you want to dance! No experience is necessary - we cater for absolute beginners as well as more experienced ceilidh dancers, and our caller Julie-Ann will keep everyone on track with clear instructions, demonstrations and a sprinkling of good humour! We’ll respond to your guests and pick dances that we think they will enjoy. We also recognise that some of your guests may prefer to sit and watch, and that’s fine. If everyone is enjoying themselves, then we’re getting it right! We are a three piece band with our own caller, and our combination of fiddle, guitar and piano makes a fun and lively sound. Our repertoire includes music from Northumberland alongside favourites from around the British Isles. All of us bring to the band extensive musical experience, and between us we have over 50 years of experience in playing for dancing. We have worked with each other in various bands and projects for many years, and we also run our own folk music company. We only use high quality equipment and have a choice of PA systems depending on the venue. We take pride in delivering excellent sound quality.

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Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band's Reviews

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Saskia N
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

They did a wonderful job - great music, good pace of dances and breaks, clear and good-humoured calling.

Reply from Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band
2 months ago

It was a lovely Ceilidh with some very enthusiastic dancing. We had a great time. Hope you enjoyed your birthday.

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Paul A
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent evening. Good choice of dances, good music.

Reply from Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band
2 months ago

It was a pleasure.

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Mark M
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you all so much it was an amazing performance! Everything was completely perfect and we can’t thank you enough. The calling was brilliant and everyone loved getting involved, we’ve had so many compliments on the ceilidh but really those compliments belong to you!

Reply from Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band
8 months ago

It was both a pleasure and an honour to play for you and your lovely guests. We wish you every happiness.

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Sue I
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant! Well explained for novices, everyone had a great time

Reply from Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band
8 months ago

We had a lovely time. Great crowd. Every happiness.

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Rachel P
4 years ago, for a Charity event in Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4AG
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5 out of 5

"We really enjoyed the ceilidh! It was so much fun. You played a great selection of tunes and gave us a nice variety of dances: a good mix of the sedate-paced and the more lively and challenging. The callers were clear and gave us good directions which was great. I hope we can do it again soon!"

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Rachel P
4 years ago, for a Charity event in Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4AG
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5 out of 5

"We really enjoyed the ceilidh! It was so much fun. You played a great selection of tunes and gave us a nice variety of dances: a good mix of the sedate-paced and the more lively and challenging. The callers were clear and gave us good directions which was great. I hope we can do it again soon!"

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Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band's Song list

This is a set list from a typical Ceilidh.
Each dance will take about 5 minutes for instruction (explaining the steps) and another 5 for the actual dance.
We will also mix in listening pieces throughout the ceilidh, usually after every two dances, to give everyone a chance to rest and have a drink.
Circassian Circle
• Whinshields Hornpipe (G)
• Whinham's Reel (G)
• Buttered Peas (G)
• Whinshields Hornpipe reprise (G) x1
Gay Gordons
• Scotland the Brave (G)
• Newcastle (G)
• Because he was a Bonny Lad (G)
• Scotland the Brave (G) x1
Strip the Willow
• Woodlands Jig D
• Sandgate Jig D
• Lasses of Stirling D
• Foxhunters. D.
Blaydon Races
• Blaydon Races (G)
• Bonny Gateshead Lass (G) x4
• Keel Row (G)
• Blaydon Races. (G)
Virginia Reel
• O Susannah. (G). Coming Round. The Mountain (G) x1 as chorus
• Marching Through Georgia (G). Coming Round. The Mountain (G) x1 as chorus
• Turkey In The Straw. (G). Coming Round. The Mountain (G) x1 as chorus
Military Two Step
• Calliope House (D)
• Bellingham Boat (G)
• Fogabella (Bm)
• Calliope House (D)
Dashing White Sergeant
• Dashing White Sergeant (D)
• Whitehaven (G)
• Earl Grey (G)
• Dashing White Sergeant (D) x1
Canadian Barn Dance
• Harvest Home (D)
• Off to Clifornia. (G)
• Boys of Bluehill (D)
St Bernard's Waltz
• Elsie's Waltz (D)
• Hancock Waltz (G)
• Wuppertal Waltz (D)
Rosa (Waltz)
• Bethany’s Waltz. (G)
• Dark Island. (Em)
Cumberland Square 8
• Soldiers Joy. (D)
• Hesleyside Reel (G)
• Morpeth Rant (D)
Rosa Waltz
• Ashokan Farewell (D)
• Lovers waltz. (G)
• Lovers waltz (D)
Swedish Masquerade
• Swedish Masquerade (G)
Bridge of Athlone
• Dingle Regatta (G)
• Banish Misfortune (D)
• Dingle Regatta (G)
Lucky 7
• Egan's Polka (D)
• Rakes of Mallow (G)
• John Ryan's Polka (G)
Oxo Reel
• Blackthorne Stick (G)
• Rakes of Kildare (G)
In addition to the above, we know literally hundreds of traditional Scottish, Irish, Northumbrian and English dance tunes and slow airs which we can use to give your ceilidh a particular flavour, if desired. We can also draw on these for our 'listening pieces' which we play throughout the event to give dances an opportunity to have a rest and a drink.

Miggins Fiddle Ceilidh Band'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£600
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£600
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We often receive positive feedback about our friendly approach as well as our music.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Between us, we have performed at many of the top venues around the North East for weddings and private parties.

Can you perform covers?

As a ceilidh band, we specialise in traditional folk dance music. We do not usually perform songs. If there is a particular folk tune that you would like us to play, feel free to get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our usual, and preferred, line-up is 3 musicians (fiddle, guitar and piano) plus a caller. If our pianist is unavailable, we can offer a 2 piece (fiddle & guitar) plus caller. We have lots of experience in both formations.

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 your timings change in the run up to the event, please just let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

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

We can provide iPod folk music between sets though our PA, or you can provide your own playlist.

How much time do you need to set up?

We will arrive one hour before the start of the event. It takes us around 30 minutes to set up and sound check.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes. We have our own caller who will guide everyone through the dances.

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

If there are any ceilidh dances that you would particularly like us to include, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

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

Yes

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We do not usually perform songs, but feel free to ask us if there is something that would make your event extra special, and we'll let you know if we can do it.
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Charity event, Burns night, Birthday party, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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