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Swing The Bridge

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FOR ALL AGES AND EVERY OCCASION! We are a CEILIDH (or BARN DANCE BAND). English country dancing with ZEST!!!!! We sing too!
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SWING THE BRIDGE is an Experienced, Energetic and Professional 6 piece Folk/Rock Ceilidh Band comprising Pip Ives (Melodeon), Gemma Gayner (Violin), Ramona Egle (Violin, Tin Whistles, Celtic Harp), Geoff Sandiford (Bass Guitar), Neal Adams (Drums) and Martin Young (Guitar and Caller to teach you the dances, all in good humour). We do not substitute band members with any other musician who happens to be available. It might be a cliche but....... ....WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET! There are at least three ceilidh bands, that we know of, claiming to be.... “The UK’S Leading Ceilidh Band” We make no such claim but who is to say we are not?! It’s up to you We play lively traditional tunes in a fresh, modern way often coupled with a more up to date tune or song which might offer one or two surprises and..... To enhance the atmosphere we have our own lighting. Disco Packages We encourage our clients to book our ceilidh band and a separate disco package. While it might seem, in booking a ceilidh/disco package, that the total cost of your night would be slightly cheaper than booking them separately, we do not pretend to have the know-how of a dedicated and experienced DJ and we do not compromise simply to make more money. It is important that you have the very best entertainment and experience that we can offer. We are a ceilidh band. That’s what we do best. However, clients are welcome to play their own music through our pa system via ipod etc. Available: London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and, sometimes, to infinity and beyond!

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Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk
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Corporate event, Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Concert, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Folk Rock I Got New Shoes Ashley Hutchings
Folk Rock Two Left Feet Richard Thompson
Folk Rock Don't Sit On My Jimmy Shands Richard Thompson
Folk Rock Together Forever Rab Noakes
You Ain't Going Nowhere Bob Dylan


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Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£900
Up to 2 hours£1000
Up to 3 hours£1500
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From Encore customers:

Simon C
27 days ago
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5 out of 5

Martin and the band were excellent. They were very understanding and patient with us learning the dances and especially with the event running behind schedule. They entertained us all with their musicianship and sense of humour, and all of our guests told us how much they enjoyed the music and dancing.

Amelia C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely wonderful. Martin even suggested that our first dance should be the Gay Gordon’s. it was amazing. Thank you!

Rory M
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Swing The Bridge were brilliant. The band were regularly in touch before the event, arrived on time, set up and sound checked quickly and then made the party. Great sound and talented caller made a fantastic evening.

Sarah G
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Really lovely band. We had a brilliant night too.

From other customers:

Jennie R
6 years ago

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bowstring: their playing at our wedding's evening reception was one of our favourite parts of the day! Our guests loved it too and the dancefloor was packed the whole evening. Bowstring is a great band to hire if you want everyone up dancing, young and old (and in between!) They're a talented band and happy to turn their hand to a variety of music - perfect for us with a mix of Scottish, English & Irish guests. Martin and his team were a lovely friendly bunch and booking them and agreeing all the timings/details couldn't have been easier. Thank you so much for being part of a really special day.

Codie J
5 years ago

Hello Martin Thank you all so much!! It was all amazing and we've had so many compliments about how incredible you guys were. Everyone had a fantastic time and we are so so pleased we decided to break from the mould of traditional wedding DJ and go with you guys! Kind regards! And thank you again.

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