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Roisin Ban

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Roisin Ban - One of the best traditional Irish Celtic folk & ceili band in the UK. Played at Whitby & Sidmouth Folk Weeks, Costa Del Folk +
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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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Roisin Ban's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Rod A
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great band. Excellent communication, arrived with plenty of time and played two brilliant sets. I’d highly recommend Roisin Ban, and we’d definitely book them again for any future ceilidhs!

Reply from Roisin Ban
9 months ago

Thanks Rod , it was a pleasure to be there. Chris

Chris O
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely delighted with Roisin Ban who played for my wife’s 60th birthday party. From the moment I booked them Chris was responsive and happy to work out details. They arrived in plenty of time and did everything with minimum fuss which was much appreciated while looking after guests and food for our party. Most importantly the music was great, well judged to the size and ability and the calling was clear and helpful. We have professional musicians in our family and they were all really impressed and I was relieved ! We will look out for Roisin Ban playing any gigs in our area in future.

Reply from Roisin Ban
1 year ago

Thanks Chris & Sophia, it was a pleasure to be there & such a wonderful rural location. Chris & Roisin Ban

Gillian T
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

I booked Roisin Ban for my special birthday celebration and they were superb. The music, caller and atmosphere created was excellent, with even those more reluctant dancers unable to resist the call to the dance floor. We were all novices but with Barry as caller we all had a great time. I would highly recommend and book again.

Reply from Roisin Ban
1 year ago

Many thanks Gillian it was a pleasure. Chris

Gail B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

We hired Roisin Ban to play for our wedding reception drinks. We had so many guests comment on how great the music was and what a great atmosphere there was. Would def book again for future events. Thanks for making our wedding brilliant.

Reply from Roisin Ban
1 year ago

Thanks Gail, it was a pleasure to be there. Chris

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From other customers:

Mary H
6 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
7 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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Roisin Ban's 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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