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Newick Folk

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About Newick Folk

Sussex Folk / Ceilidh band playing traditional music of these islands + other stuff we like. Can be booked as Trio to 6 piece with caller
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The band was started in 2010 so now we have been playing together for 9 years. We’ve come a long way in that time. Karn (Bass), Roland (Piano), Rhiannon (Violin) and our Caller Jenny have joined Martin (Whistles) and Alan to form a tight line up suitable for pubs, parties and Ceilidhs. We’ve learned our trade as we went and our range of tunes and songs now covers all the traditions of these islands ranging from full on Irish for St Patrick’s day to a number of what we term “off piste” numbers such as Lily the Pink, My old man’s a Dustman, GI Blues and even The Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square. We always aim to tailor the repertoire to the event and we can guarantee an entertaining evening. If you would like to hear us play before you book us we host regular sessions on the evening of the first Sunday of the Month in the Crown in Newick.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Ceilidh, Folk, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Cabaret
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Burns night, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

We will be able to supply you full PA plus caller ready to deliver 2 x 1 hour dance sets plus a few tunes and songs. Most of our repertoire is Irish or Scottish Tunes
Typical Dances include
Dance Ceilidh Tunes
Hello Haste to the wed/Irish Washerwoman
I want to be near you Aupres de ma blonde
Blaydon Races Blaydon Races
Clopton Bridge Harvest Home/Alexander's hornpipe
Circle Waltz Planxty Fanny Power / Planxty Irwin
Bridge of Athlone Dingle Regatta
Train and Tunnel Ballydesmond Polka/ John Ryan Polka
Cumberland Square My love she's but a lassie yet /Atholl Highlanders
Circassian Circle Mucking of Geordies Byre/Lanigan's Ball
Oxo Reel Oh Susannah/This Land is Your Land
Snow Ball Bedbreaker
Cheltenham Flyer Ships in Full Sail/Rakes of Kildare
Dashing White Sergeant - own Tune
Gay Gordons - Cock of the North / Scotland the Brave
Strip the Willow - Morrisons Jig / Kesh Jig
We also play a wide range of tunes and songs including
Tell me Ma
Wild Rover
Irish Rover
Fiddlers Green
Sally McLennane
Fields of Athenry
Juice of the Barley
Star of the County Down
Dublin in the rare old times
Raglan Road
Ride On
Dirty old Town
Dingle Regatta
Battle of Brisbane
Foxhunters Jig
Fairy Tale of New York
Modern Folk / Rock
Galway Girl
Streets of New York
Grey Funnel LIne
John Wesley Harding
If you gotta go
Sloop John B
Cousin Jack
Three Drunken Maidens
Black Water Side
Let no man steal your Thyme
My old man's a dustman
Lily the Pink
Stanley and Dora
Ain't no Pleasing you
Route 66
Rave on
Bye Bye Love
It doesn't matter any more
Folsom Prison Blues
GI Blues
Traditional Folk
Come by the hills
The Galway Shawl
McFarlane of the Sprotts of Burnieboosie
Leaving of Liverpool
Kelly the Boy from Killane
Mountains of Mourne
Ye Banks and Braes
The Parting Glass
Arthur McBride
Blaydon Races
Lish Young Buy a Broom
This land is your land
Spencer the Rover
Goodnight Irene
Bonny Lass of Fyvie
McGinty's Meal and Ale
Bonny Portmore
The Zoological Gardens
A place called England
The Fair Flower of Northumberland
Tam Lin
Navvy Boots
Rounding the Horn
Shoals of Herring
I'll tell my ma
Bonnie Susie Cleland
Winter is gone
Green fields of France
Blackleg Miner
Lakes of Pontchartrain
Traditional Tunes
Lark in the Morning
Lark in the Clear Air
Ashokan farewell
Neil Gow's Lament
Parnells March
The Blackbird
Hardiman the Fiddler
The Bed Breaker
Out on the Ocean
Black Jack
Durham Rangers
Star above the Garter
Munster Cloak
Captain Pugwash
Sailor's Hornpipe
Ships in Full Sail
Loch Leven Castle
Battle of Aughrim
Off to California
Boys from Blue Hill
Egan's Hornpipe
Alexander's Hornpipe
Planxty Irving
Planxty Fanny Power
Haste to the wedding
Irish Washerwoman
Bally desmond Polka
Jeny Lind Polka
Bluebell Polka
John Ryan's Polka
My love she's but a lassie yet
Atholl Highlanders
Harvest Home
Metal Man
Lilting Banshee
Own Material
November Sunday
We're in the Slow Lane Now
Blue eyed stranger
Life's been an adventure
Bodmin Moor
Grogley Woods
Off Piste Numbers
Nobody Knows you when you're down and out
Sweet Georgia Brown
Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
La Mer
Aint Misbehavin
Blueberry Hill
The Lady is a Tramp
San Francisco Bay Blues
Blue Moon
Show me the way to go home
etc etc
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Yes - we can do a set that's half Ceilidh Half covers. There is an additional charge for this as we

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes we can perform as a five piece or a trio with or without a caller. If you would like to add other genres such as covers or jazz we can accomodate you but there may be additional charges if extra musicians are involved.

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 timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know. We know that catered events often don't run to time and it's our job to work with your other suppliers to deliver a smooth result

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually an hour

Do you provide a caller?

Yes, our caller Jenny is brilliant with Novice dancers but as a retired infants head, she can be quite strict. Non dancers risk getting a detention. However the band will stick up for miscreants

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

You can request favourites - if we know them we'll play them.

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


Can you learn song requests before the event?

If we can we will try and accomodate you . If we have to learn a song specially there will be a small charge

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Enthusiasm and the chance of musical adventures.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Many festivals and open air events throughout sussex. Lots of Weddings, Wiston Steam Fair, Lindfield Festival, Fairwarp Fete.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Show of Hands, Pogues, Dubliners, Steeleye Spann, June Tabor,

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

The Jubilee special edition of come dine with me.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£640
Up to 2 hours£1200
Up to 3 hours£1500
Additional genre set4 musicians
Sometimes particularly at birthdays or weddings, clients may require an additional set in a different genre to our usual Ceilidh offering. This could be a Jazz set or a Covers set. There is an additional charge for this as we may need to involve additional musicians


Early set up


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Mark H, 1 year ago

Many, many thanks for putting on such a great musical extravaganza on Sunday and taking the pressure off us organizing it! There were many positive comments from the visitors, and you could see that they were thoroughly enjoying your eclectic music selection throughout the day,

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Jane D, 1 year ago

Thank you so much for making my husbands 60th Birthday at the swan falmer a very special evening

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