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The Burdock Ceilidh Band

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About The Burdock Ceilidh Band

Ceilidh band
Birmingham
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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We get people up dancing together having fun - it's very inclusive!

The Burdocks have played together for many years in bands and sessions and this band was formed both out of friendship and a love for the music we play. We enjoy performing as a solo band, as well as for dances and ceilidh. We've been on the road for over 10 years now and we just love doing what we do. Every event is new and unknown, we never get complacent. The Burdocks have a core membership of six professional musicians, which is supplemented with our extended family of guest artists allowing us to be flexible, and available throughout the year. The eclectic European/Celtic sound of the band is derived from the diverse experiences of band members from classical/rock and jazz origins.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform with backing tracks
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Ceilidh, Folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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Types:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

We don't offer songs - we're a ceilidh band!!! Here is a very small sample of the dances that we often draw inspiration from:
Circassians
Zelda
DWS
Strip the Willow
Cumberland dances
The Swoon
Gay Gordons
English Gay Gordons
Human Cannonball
Drone Attack
Mystery Wedding Dance
Eightsome Reel
Boston Tea Party
Virginia Reel
Holmfirth Sq
Bear Dance
Galopedes
Bouree deux temps
Bridge of Athlone
Seige of Ennis
Waves of Tory
Borrowdale Exchange
Circle Waltz
St Bernard's Waltz
Military 2-step
Clopton Bridge
Confess
Cornish 6-hand Reel
Farandole
King Silvers Jig
Lucky 7
Zorba
Nottingham Swing
Oxo Reel
Pat-a-cakes
Runaway Train
Sausage Machine
Wars of the Roses
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

We're not a covers band and don't pretend to be. We concentrate on the ceilidh aspects of the evening, which is why we have such an impressive track record for getting your guests up dancing together. What we do have are upbeat instrumentals that we play to fill any gaps in the ceilidh.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes: the 4-piece is normally fiddle, guitar, accordion & bodhran/hand percussion. If you book the 3-piece, then one of fiddle, guitar or accordion is omitted. The aim is to achieve a balance of strong melody supported by harmony and rhythm. Our musicians do play other instruments, so you may get hurdy gurdy, pipes, mandolin, whistles, etc.

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

No problem at all; we will send you a 'final' email to confirm timings, etc about 10 days before your event.

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 unmanned DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £25/30 minutes. If you've booked the 3-piece, then we will need to charge extra travel (as if a 4-piece) so we can bring an additional vehicle.

How much time do you need to set up?

Set up time is 45 minutes; we normally aim to arrive 15 minutes earlier to liaise with venue team.

Do you provide a caller?

Yes. Our resident caller is Dan Longley, who also runs barndancefitness.co.uk. If he's unavailable, then we use two other highly experienced and capable callers. Dan practices gender-free calling, and makes the dancing accessible to all.

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

We don't normally use set lists: the decision as to what dance/tunes to do next is very much dependent on what feels right in the moment: the nature of the space, the dancers, the temperature, the timings - so many factors are taken into consideration, and we like to improvise and live on the edge, which means you'll always get a live performance!

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

Yes, we provide a PA at no extra charge.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We have been known to play tune requests, yes, and there is a £30 charge if it's not in our repertoire. We can also work up a dance specifically for you; one client asked us to come up with a dance about drinking tea, and we came up with the Teapot Tango.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Well, I think the reviews say it all really: we are approachable, our admin systems are very efficient, we are very professional, and we have a reputation for putting on a fantastic show. It's our ability to get all your guests up dancing together that clients rave about.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed in a small restaurant, a cattle shed, private lounge, old baths, great halls and mansions, marquees, fields, forests, village halls, town halls, hotels, universities, medieval banqueting halls, tourist attractions and so on across the land, from the smallest parties to corporate venues of 600+ guests.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We are a eclectic group of musicians from rock, folk and classical backgrounds so not really a relevant question, especially as the music we play tends to be traditional tunes of Celtic origin.

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

Every gig we do is the most high profile gig that we've performed. Stupid question!

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£950
Up to 2 hours£950
Up to 3 hours£950
Available services
Unmanned DJ
+£25
Silent Ceilidh
+£240

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Hannah P, 2 months ago

Everything we wanted This band and ceilidh was absolutely brilliant. All of our guests said how much they enjoyed the dancing. The caller was absolutely brilliant, loud, funny and direct and didn’t ever get frustrated. We had ours outside on a perfect day and the burdock band made our day 🤩

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Torrin G, 3 months ago

Perfect Wedding Band! The Band played our wedding earlier in the year, and we could not be happier! Dan is an excellent caller, and gets everyone up on the dance floor. Our friends and family all loved it, even though this was a first ceilidh for many! We really couldn't recommend the Burdock Band enough!

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