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Roisin Ban

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About Roisin Ban

Roisin Ban - One of the best traditional Irish Celtic folk & ceili band in the UK. Played at Whitby & Sidmouth Folk Weeks, Costa Del Folk +
Ceilidh band
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Roisin Ban is an acoustic traditional Celtic/Irish Folk & Ceili band. We bring our own PA & soundman so the full band would be 4 or 5 for ceilis. Our soundman is also our caller for Ceilis, so for wedding functions etc we can do a combination of some ceili dances along with songs & instrumental items to suit the occasion. Our instrumental line up is: Chris Dyson - band leader, fiddle, mandolin, octave mandola, vocals Gordon Tyrrall - flute, guitar, vocals Paddy Heffron - melodeon, vocals, sean nos dance (old style Irish dance) Richard Moss - guitar for ceilis Barry Evans - caller, soundman. For a concert type spot the band play a mixture on instrumental items, mostly Irish ie jigs, reels, waltzes & more with a range of folky songs from Ireland, Scotland & England. Roisin Ban is a very accomplished, professional band, well respected on the UK folk scene, having performed at numerous folk festivals in the UK.

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Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Wild rover
Black velvet band
Rocks of Bawn
Cropper Lads
Ramblin Rover
Devaneys reel set
Polka set
Pills of White Mercury
Innis Sheer
Susan Cooper reel set
Skye set
O Carolans set
Call the Yows
Railway Boy
Bretton set
Tippin up to Nancy
Ormond set
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

Its a ceili band so cover not appropriate but can do irish standards eg Wild Rover etc

Do you have different line-up options?

Only when individuals are unavailable

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

Let me know, will do everything we can to accommodate what you want

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

Yes, you can plug into our PA if you have a device. We have an IPOD with music on.

How much time do you need to set up?

max 1 hr

Do you provide a caller?

yes, Barry Evans, probably the best & most experienced caller in the North of England, he is also director of Whitby Folk Week.

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

If you have song requests we will play them if we know them.

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


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Maybe, if its a song in the folky/Irish genre. We all sing so if its suitable for our instruments then yes.
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From Encore customers:

Kerry W
22 days ago
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5 out of 5

The guys were brilliant! Really professional all the way through and did a fantastic job of providing the ceilidh for our wedding. Thoroughly recommend!

Reply from Roisin Ban
22 days ago

Thanks Kerry, it was a lovely wedding event in a teepee & wonderful guests including your brother who sand the wild rover with us doing the backing.

Simon P
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Great band and caller highly recommend

Reply from Roisin Ban
1 month ago

Thanks Simon.

Kirsty A
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent night , Roisin Ban we’re excellent , music was great and they really involved everyone , the dancing participation was fantastic

Diane H
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great band and caller, the guests at my daughter's wedding loved them, and they made our night. Highly recommend. Diane

From other customers:

Mary H
4 years ago

Thank you and the band Chris. You were fantastic. It was extra nice to have the band play for the dancers which you did so well.

Mary H
5 years ago

Hi Chris, Thanks again for the music and ceilli for James and Daisy’s Wedding. I am arranging a Fund raising Ceilli for Leeds Irish Health and Homes to be held on Saturday 11th November. at Immaculate heart Church Hall. Would you and the band and caller be able to play for us?

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