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The Slappy Jessops Ceilidh Band

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About The Slappy Jessops Ceilidh Band

A high-energy three-piece ceilidh band made up of Fiddle, Piano Accordion and Percussion. We bring the party.
Ceilidh band
Newcastle upon Tyne
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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"It's not who you are, it's what you wish to become." -Bongo Dave Hailing from Newcastle University's prestigious music degree and equally vibrant folk scene, The Slappy Jessops Ceilidh Band look to get everyone dancing by mixing a range of different musical qualities that each member brings to the band. From foot-stomping fiddle lines and roaring accordion sweeps to daring dance rhythms, we intend to bring an excellent ceilidh experience with a taste for the unknown. Merle Harbron is a predominantly Scottish fiddle player who has recently graduated from Newcastle's prestigious folk music degree. As a Scottish player influenced by many genres and styles, her sound is unique and dynamic. Her love for ceilidh music stemmed from her participation in the Argyll Ceilidh Trail in which she gained experience in some 100 ceilidhs across Scotland and England. She enjoys the sound of rain. Michael McLernon grew up competing nationally with Piano Accordion and came through the St Rochs Irish Music organisation in Glasgow, in which he gained experience as a ceilidh accordionist and caller. He is now studying music at Newcastle University and enjoys playing traditional music from across the UK and abroad. He also enjoys long walks on the beach. Ben Fitzgerald is a Northumbrian musician and an accomplished percussionist. He is a multi-instrumentalist with experience drawn from eclectic world music, spanning from Latin America to West Africa. He is now looking to combine these different traditional dance rhythms and incorporate them into ceilidhs. He is currently studying music at Newcastle University and is an experienced folk player. Ben likes dogs. If you would like to engage with us on this polka through life, we'd love to hear from you! Happy Ceilidhing! Slappy and his Jessops x

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Ceilidh, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Marching, French music, Italian music, Scottish music, Russian music, Polka, Greek music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Cuban music
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, Hotel / Restaurant event, Recording session, New Year's Eve, Wedding proposal
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Song list

Gay Gordons
Canadian Barn Dance
Circassian Circle
Virginia Reel
Strip the Willow
Boston/Military Twostep
Gaelic Waltz
St Bernard's Waltz
Dashing White Sergeant
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They love our high energy and positivity, our authentic Scottish input and professional attitude. We understand your event is incredibly important and we want to make it go as smoothly as possible for you. We are incredibly easy-going and polite musicians who love to have craic, because that is what a ceilidh is all about, just having fun with one another.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed in churches, halls, hotels, bars, clubs, and lots of other venue types.

Can you perform covers?

Yes, no problem. We have a range of modern covers we're happy to perform in addition to the traditional Ceilidh music.

Do you have different line-up options?

As recent graduates across different music degrees at Newcastle University, we are in contact with multiple musicians who are willing to be added to the lineup if required.

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.

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. If you'd like a DJ service via a PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We only require no more than 30 minutes to setup prior to the event's start time.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do! We have a fantastic caller (Michael McLernon, Paino Accordion) as part of our Ceilidh band so just let us know whether you already have one, or don't need one, so we can adjust our line-up accordingly!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

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

We typically do not require a PA within our setup, but if your event is in a large establishment it is something we can outsource for you for an additional price of £50.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely. We are more than happy to provide this service, please let us know in advance of this so we can spend time rehearsing your requests!


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£400
Up to 2 hours£650
Up to 3 hours£800


From customers:

Ruth B, 5 years ago

It was AMAZING, we danced all night.

Reece T, 3 years ago

This band contains some of the finest musicians Newcastle has to offer. Listening to them perform is an absolute marvel!

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