Ceilidh band

The Ceilidh Band

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About The Ceilidh Band

We are a five piece ceilidh band who play lively traditional tunes for all festive occasions. We work with our caller, Jono, for most gigs.
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Having played lots together in a variety of Morris and Folk settings "the ceilidh band" was officially formed in Autumn 2013 to play for a wedding. Early 2014 saw Steve "Fiddler" a nasty knee injury, surgery, learning how to walk again and not much on the musical front. We came together again at the start of 2015 and were joined by Nigel on Bass. We Honed our repertoire during that year and launched ourselves in February 2016 with a benefit ceilidh for MoxAfrica - a charity working with TB sufferers in Uganda and South Africa. We raised over £1200 for them. Since then we have continued to perform regularly and constantly improve our repertoire giving our caller, Jono, plenty of scope for different dances. We come insured and fully equipped for your festive occasion.

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Birthday party, Wedding, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert
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Song list

Traditional English Ceilidh Folk Dance Tunes:
Three Around Three
Woodland Flowers and The Manchester Gallop (Jig)
The Bonny Breastknot
Three Around Three
Waiting for the Federals
Log Cabin
Navvy on the Line (Hornpipe)
Robertson’s Reel
The Great North Run
Fairy Dance
The Sweets of May (Jig)
Dingle’s Regatta (Jig)
Enrico (16 bars 1a/1b)
Ringwood & The Blue Eyed Stranger
Waltz Set
The Girl with the Blue Dress on
Three Jolly Black Sheep Skins
Lady in Boat (Jig)
Lady in Lake(Jig)
Sir Roger De Coverley (Slip Jig)
The Old Wife of Coverdale (Slip Jig)
Captain Larno's (Jig)
Maid of the Mill (Jig)
Steamboat Hornpipe
Walter Bulwar’s
Norton New Bell Wake
The Sloe
Bonny Kate
Old Tom
Curley Haired
Belfast Polka
The Creampot (Jig)
Firey Clockface (Jig)
Spirit of the Dance (Jig)
Old Lancashire Hornpipe
The New Rigged Ship (Jig)
Gary Owen (Jig)
Hunter’s Chorus
The Rochdale Nutters
Davy Nick Nack
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They have been impressed with our musicianship and the way that our callers have engaged the audience.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall Pelsall Village Hall University of Birmingham Students Guild Newman House (Birmingham University) Chuckery Club - Walsall The Queens Foundation

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I guess Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Hekety and other bands of this ilk.

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

I would say a gig for SSAGO in 2019 which had a group of about 250 students dancing in a big ceilidh.

Can you perform covers?

We don't do any covers I'm afraid.

Do you have different line-up options?

We usually perform as a 5 piece band plus a caller however we can provide a ceilidh band of between 4 and 6 musicians.

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

We pride ourselves on being easy to work with and we can often accommodate some changes to a planned schedule.

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

I usually have an iPod with a play list that I can put on before we play, during any interval or for part of the time whilst we pack down the gear after the performance.

How much time do you need to set up?

We have quite a large PA so we like to have at least 1.5 hours to set up the equipment and stage once we have all our gear in the room.

Do you provide a caller?

We provide a caller as part of our show.

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

We normally play what our caller suggests based on the type of audience and the dance experience they have.

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

All the equipment including the PA and stage lighting is included in our quote.


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Up to 1 hour£960
Up to 2 hours£960
Up to 3 hours£960
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From customers:

Daria T
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in The Bear Tavern B66 4BX
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5 out of 5

Never been on a barn dancing event before, but I had such a great time on The Ceilidh Band night in The Bear Tavern, that I am definitely going to do it again. I would even go further and say that I cannot wait to do it again! It doesn’t matter if you’re going on your own, or as a couple, if you a great dancer or have no experience - you’ll still have plenty of fun and laughter (and achy feet the next day, if you not use to do any exercise like me ;), so if you haven’t tried it yet, I would recommend to get ready your most comfortable shoes next time The Ceilidh Band is in the neighborhood!

Robert B
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Newman House
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5 out of 5

A friend of mine attended the UoB Cathsoc Ceilidh event ran this year and recommended your group to me... I'm planning a surprise 21st bday party...

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