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Wraggle Taggle

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Ceilidh band
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An award winning ceilidh band of fun traditional musicians with a caller to perform at your wedding or any other event.

Adored South East ceilidh band Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band have performed for Mick Jagger, Zoe Ball, Robert Smith of the Cure, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Frank Skinner to name a few. Contact us today for details. A professional, fun Ceilidh band! One of the most popular, versatile, successful and affordable traditional ceilidh bands based in London, Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band performs live Irish, Scottish, English and American music, dance and songs throughout South East England. They go out as anything from a duo to a six-piece amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller. Our founder Founded by Mick Bailey (Guitar/vocals) in 1998, the band has many years of success including performances for Mick Jagger, and Robert Smith of The Cure. Celebrities they've performed for include: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zoe Ball, Frank Skinner, Clive Anderson, Ian Hislop Stephen Fry, Alan Davis, Dara O'Briain, Sanjeev Bhaskhar, Meera Syal, Aimi MacDonald, Bert Weedon, Jon Snow, and Imelda Staunton. Many years' experience specialising in traditional music in pubs and clubs, and at schools and colleges, festivals, weddings, parties and corporate functions. All the musicians have been performing, touring and recording for many years. Please let me know the date you require traditional entertainment and I will gladly check our availability and pencil the date in our bookings diary. Award winning musicians Carlene Anglim (fiddle), Eugene Teevan (accordion), and Mick O'Connor (tenor banjo) form the "core" of the band performing in various line-ups with bandleader Mick Bailey (guitar/vocals). Other instruments such as, flute, tin-whistle, or percussion may also be added. Speciality instruments such as Irish or Scottish bagpipes or traditional dancers are also available. We are flexible enough as regards personnel, instrumentation and musical style to be able to tailor a band to your specific requirements, and go out as anything from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller. All bands are punctual, smart and sober, but still good fun Our most common format for a ceilidh consists of four musicians plus a caller who will teach the dances from scratch - no experience needed! A ceilidh is something really different and ideal for a successful party, as it is a fun way to get families, friends and colleagues to mix and meet and because all age groups become involved. The faster dances are an energetic work out, and we also play in a more relaxed romantic mood. Wraggle Taggle play traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs and tunes with innovation, flair and vitality. Musical influences include; The Chieftains; Planxty; The Bothy Band; Altan; Ally Bain; Boys of the Lough; Jimmy Shand; The Pogues; Van Morrison; The Dubliners and Christy Moore and the many talented friends we have met over the years in the vibrant traditional music scene. We are both sensitive to the occasion and responsive to the mood of the audience. If you wish we can concentrate on one particular style e.g. Scottish or Irish throughout the performance. We will bring all necessary instruments and equipment. All we need is a couple of normal 3 pin plug sockets and chairs without arms. I do bring an iPod to provide similar background music in the breaks. I have a wide selection of tracks available. We normally set up half an hour before the performance and pack down as soon as we have finished. I can play iPod from a few minutes after we arrive and while we set up as well as during our breaks. My equipment can also be made available to play iPod before or after the performance for additional fees. To see videos a listen to Wraggle Taggle in action now please see elsewhere our Encore profile Clients include Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Robert Smith of The Cure, Guy Ritchie, Jackie Clune, The Baroness McDonagh and Sheila McDonagh MP, National Theatre, National Youth Orchestra, London Irish RFC and British Airways. Celebrities we've performed for include: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zoe Ball, Frank Skinner, Clive Anderson, Ian Hislop, Stephen Fry, Alan Davis, Dara O'Briain, Sanjeev Bhaskhar, Meera Syal, Aimi MacDonald, Bert Weedon, Jon Snow, Imelda Staunton Venues include Return to Camden Town Festival, London NW1 , Blenheim Palace, The National Liberal Club The Royal Festival Hall, Pinewood Studios, Grosvenor Square Hotel and HM Treasury TV appearences "Next" on Live TV, "Feilte" on TG4 End of shoot parties: "Poirot" & "The Bill" Film appearences "66" with Helena Bonham Carter and Catherine Tate Resident Musicians The Clayton Crown Hotel, London NW2 I look forward to hearing from you. Best Wishes Mick Bailey (Bandleader) Wraggle Taggle Wraggle Taggle Biographies Core band members Carlene Anglim a fabulous fiddle player who won the BBC young folk musician of the year and went on to earn many awards and accolades including performing at Cambridge Folk festival. Eugene Teevan Accordion is a talented accordion player from Luton. He competed in Fleadhs all over Britain and Ireland and was All-Ireland Champion in 1982 and 1986 and is now a qualified music teacher. Mick Bailey Guitar, Vocals, is the founder and lynch-pin of the band which he put together following many successful years organising sessions and gigs in and around his home in North London. Mick O'Connor Tenor Banjo, was invited to meet Irish President Mary McAleese at a special reception for traditional Irish musicians on 21st April 2004 Callers (If you need one) Margaret Morrin is a real traditional dancing enthusiast. If she isn't teaching traditional dance or calling for a ceilidh she will be out dancing with her husband John. Margaret teaches Irish set dancing at Harringay Irish Centre in London. Mary Panton Caller, Mary is a rare combination of expert country dance caller and crowd psychologist. Her knowledge of dance steps from the UK and beyond is based on decades of professional involvement and a true passion for her art. Other People A suitably talented deputy will be substituted if any of the main band members aren't available, (e.g. because of other commitments). Wraggle Taggle fans say "Wraggle Taggle were great and very professional." John Magee 10th November 2019 "The musicians were fantastic" Eileen Kelly 5th November 2019 "Wraggle Taggle were an awesome band" Beth Thayne 29th October 2019 "Everyone had such a great time" George Papadopolus, The Kensington Care Home 11th October 2019 "Lots of compliments about your band" Brian McGinley, Chairman, Maidenhead Golf Club 16th July 2019 "I would totally recommend Wraggle Taggle" Seb Teuber, The King's Royal Hussars 22nd February 2019 “This is the best birthday present I have ever had” Zoe Ball, 20th October 2018 "Fantastic and efficient" Marisa Smith Acting Events Manager: Adult Programmes, British Museum 12th October 2015 "They had a great time" Louise Fisher The Tour Company on behalf of Robert Smith of "The Cure" 1st December 2014 "They were marvellous" Ben Salter, Head of Support, National Youth Orchestra 20th January 2014 "We all loved the band" The Baroness McDonagh (life peer in the House of Lords) 22nd October 2013

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk
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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, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Songs
Wraggle Taggle are equally at home doing a song-based performance as they are playing tunes for a dance. Bandleader Mick Bailey built his extensive repertoire of songs during many years performing in public.
Main Set
Auld Lang Syne - Robert Burns
Back Home in Derry - Bobby Sands
Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Eric Boggle
Black is the Colour - traditional
Black Velvet Band - traditional
Bonny Ship the Diamond - traditional
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
Clare to Here - Ralph McTell.
Cliffs of Doneen - Jack McAuliffe
Cockles & Mussels - James Yorkston
Come by the Hills - Fureys
Danny Boy - Frederic Weatherly
Dark Island - Iain MacLachlan
Dirty Old Town - Ewan McColl
Fairytale of New York - Shane McGowan
Far away in Australia - Delores Keane
Fiddlers Green - traditional
Fields of Athenry - Pete St. John
Fleur of Scotland - Roy Williamson
Foggy Dew - traditional
Galway Girl - Steve Earle
Galway Shawl - traditional
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
I'll Tell My Ma - traditional
Irish Rover - traditional
Isle of Tears - Brendan Graham.
Jambalaya - Hank Williams
Lakes of Ponchartrain - traditional
Last thing on my mind - Tom Paxton
Leaving of Liverpool - traditional
Lights of London - Daniel O'Donnell
McAlpine's Fusiliers - The Dubliners
Mountain Dew - The Clancy Brothers
Muirsheen Duirkin - The Dubliners
My Lovely Rose of Clare - traditional
Nancy Spain - Christy Moore
Only our Rivers run Free - Mickey MacConnell
Ordinary Man - Christy Moore
Peggy Gordon - traditional
Queen Jane - traditional
Ride On - Christy Moore
Sean South - Sean Costelloe
Seven Drunken Nights - The Dubliners
Spancil Hill - traditional
Star of the County Down - traditional
Sweet Sixteen - The Fureys
Sweet Thames Flow Softly - Ewan McColl
The Night Visit - Christy Moore
Tipping it up to Nancy - Christy Moore
Town I Love so well - The Dubliners
Whiskey in the Jar - The Dubliners
Whistling Gypsy Rover - Leo Maguire
Wild Colonial Boy - The Clancy Brothers
Wild Rover - The Dubliners
Will you go Lassie Go - Francis McPeake
Willie McBride- Eric Bogle
World of Our Own - The Seekers
Popular Covers
All My Loving - The Beatles
American Pie - Don McLean
Amorillo - Tony Christie
Annie's Song - John Denver
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can't buy me love - The Beatles
Country Roads - John Denver
Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
Fairytale of New York - Shane McGowan
From Me To You - The Beatles
Galway Girl - Steve Earle
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Hey Good Lookin - Hamk Williams
I just called to say I love you - Stevie Wonder
I'll never find another you - The Seekers
I wanna hold your hand - The Beatles
Return to Sender - Elvis
Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard
Twist & Shout / La Bamba - The Beatles
World of Our Own - The Seekers
Yesterday - The Beatles
Other popular songs we do
500 miles - The Proclaimers
American Pie - Don MacLean
Amorillo - Tony Christie
Banks of the Ohio - Olivia Newton John
Boys from the County Armagh - traditional
Bunch of Thyme - traditional
City of Chicago - Christy Moore
Country Roads - John Denver
Curragh of Kildare - traditional
Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
Do you want your old lobby washed down - traditional
Dublin in the Rare Old Times - The Dubliners
Follow me up to Carlow - Planxty
Hey Good Lookin - Hank Williams
Hokey Cokey - traditional
Maggie - The Fureys
Marie's Wedding - traditional
My own dear Galway Bay - traditional
Red Rose Cafe - The Fureys
Slievenamon - traditional
Soldiers' Song - traditional
Spanish Lady - traditional
Take me Home to Mayo - traditional
Waltzing Matilda - traditional
What shall we do with the drunken sailor? - traditional
Where the three counties meet - traditional
Willie and Mary - traditional
Songs popular in care centres
Ain't Misbehavin'
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
Annie's Song
Anniversary Waltz
Arriverdeci Roma
As Time Goes By
Blue Moon
Camptown Races / O'Suzannah / Turkey in the Straw
Daisy / Down at the Old Bull & Bush / I belong to Glasgow
Hey Good Lookin'
If you were the only Girl in the World
I just called to say I loved you
I know I'll never find another you
I'll Take you home again Kathleen
I'm getting married in the morning / Roll out the Barrel / My old Man said / Knees up Mother Brown
I'm in the mood for Love
It's a Long Way to Tipperary / Pack up your troubles / Coming Round the Mountain / When the Saints
Leaning on a Lampost
Lilly Marlene
Magic Moments
Maybe it's because / The Bells are Ringing / Lambeth Walk / Side by Side
My Way
On Mother Kelly's Doorstep
Que Sera Sera
Return to Sender
Rose, The
Show me the way to go Home
Strangers in The Night
Street Where you Live
Summer Holiday
Tea for Two
That's Amore
Underneath the Arches
We'll Meet Again
When Irish Eyes are Smiling
White Christmas
White Cliffs of Dover
You Are my Sunshine
You Made me Love You
And many, many more!....
Dances
A ceilidh or barn dance is an evening of informal traditional dancing. Perfect for a wedding or party, it is suitable for all ages and provides a great way for people to mix and socialize. The faster dances are an energetic work out, and Wraggle Taggle also play in a more relaxed romantic mood.
No experience necessary!
Our callers teach the dances from scratch - no experience necessary! Everyone will have a good time! Mistakes are half the fun of it! Nowadays there's lots of crossover between traditions, but the dances are thought to have originated in particular countries or regions. If you prefer, Wraggle Taggle can offer dances concentrating on one style e.g. Scottish or Irish.
The selection of dances at your function depends on your caller using their experience, working with the audience and going with what works best.
Some of the dances Wraggle Taggle have presented over the years
Barn Dance
Big Set
Bridge of Athlone
Circassian Circle
Circle dance
Circle Waltz
Cumberland reel
Cumberland Square Eights
Danish Waltz
Dashing White Sergeant
Gay Gordons
Harvesting Jig
Haymakers jig
Hokey Cokey
I Want to be near you
Longways dances
Sausage roll
Seige of Ennis
Square dance
Strip the Willow
Virginia Reel
Walls of Limerick
Waves of Tory
Plus many more Scotish, Irish and Barn Dance selections
Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band great wedding entertainment
Tunes
Wraggle Taggle have an extensive repertoire of traditional tunes. There wouldn't be space to list all the tunes we might do, there's literally thousands in the tradition.
Here's a few favorites
Arkansas Traveler:
Ashokan Farewell:
Athole Highlanders:
Banshee:
Blackthorne Stick:
Blarney Pilgrim:
Boys of Bluehill:
Calliopie House:
Cliffs of Moher:
College Hornpipe (Sailors Hornpipe):
Congress:
Cooley's:
Cup of tea:
Dashing White Sergeant:
Dingle Regatta:
Donnybrook Fair:
Drowsy Maggie:
Duke of Perth:
Dusty Windowsill:
Earl's Chair:
Fairy Dance:
Farewell To Erin:
Flowers of Edinburgh:
Golden Keyboard:
Gravel Walks:
Hag at The Churn:
Haste to the Wedding:
High Reel:
I'll buy boots for Maggie:
I wanna be near you:
Irish Washerwoman:
Jig of Slurs:
Keel Row:
Kesh:
Kid on the Mountain:
King of the Fairies:
Lark in the Morning:
Maggie in the Wood:
Maguire & Patterson's:
Maid behind the Bar:
Margaret's Waltz:
Marie's Wedding:
Martin Wynn's No 1 & No 2:
Mason's Apron:
Merry Blacksmith:
Miss McLeods:
Morrison's:
Mountain Road:
Musical priest:
My Love is but a Lassie yet:
Nine Points of Roguery:
Off to California:
Orange & Blue:
Otter's Den:
Over the Moor to Maggie:
Pinch of Snuff:
Planxty Irwin:
Rakish Paddy:
Rattling Bog:
Red Haired Boy/Little Beggarman:
Rights of Man:
Saddle the Pony:
Sailor's Bonnet:
Sally Gardens:
Scotland the Brave:
Sean Ryan's:
Si Bheag Si Mhor:
Silver Spear:
Skye Boat Song:
Sligo Maid:
Soldiers Joy:
Spanish Lady:
Spider in the Bog:
St Anne's:
St Bernard's Waltz:
Star of Munster:
Statten Island:
Swallows Tail:
Tam Linn:
Tarbolton:
Teetotallers:
The Rose Tree:
Toss the Feathers:
Tripping up the Stairs:
Trumpet Hornpipe (Captain Pugwash):
Turkey in the Straw:
Wise Maid:
And many, many more!....
Customer questions

Can you perform covers?

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

Do you have different line-up options?

We are flexible enough as regards personnel, instrumentation and musical style to be able to tailor a band to your specific requirements, and go out as anything from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller. All bands are punctual, smart and sober, but still good fun!

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

My aim is to fit in with your arrangements. I suggest two one hour sets or three 45 min sets as a guide. I am used to being flexible about timings on the night no party ever runs exactly to plan!

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

I do bring an iPod to provide similar background music in the breaks. I have a wide selection of tracks. I can play iPod from a few minutes after we arrive and while we set up as well as during our breaks. My equipment can also be made available to play iPod before or after the performance for additional fees.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Do you provide a caller?

Yes we do! We have a fantastic caller 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?

Please don't worry about the repertoire, we are a very experienced band and know what entertains. We'll gladly do requests if we know them. We have a varied and entertaining programme in store for you. I'm sure you'll be delighted!

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

Our PA and band lighting is included in your quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we may be able to do this for you if time permits.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Want an award winning band of fun traditional musicians to perform at your wedding or any other event in or near Greater London? Contact Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band. This band of musicians has performed for Mick Jagger, Zoe Ball, Robert Smith of the Cure, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Frank Skinner to name a few.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Wraggle Taggle are regular visitors to the annual "Return to Camden Town" festival in London and appeared at Luton St Patrick's Festival in March 2015. TV appearances include "Feilte" on TG4 and the band appeared in the Film "66" with Helena Bonham Carter and Catherine Tate. Wraggle Taggle are resident musicians at The Clayton Crown Hotel, London.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Wraggle Taggle are inspired by Altan The Bothy Band Boys of the Lough Cherish the Ladies The Chieftains Christy Moore The Dubliners Four Men & a Dog The Fureys Planxty The Pogues Van Morrison Many other artists of all styles and genres Many talented friends in the vibrant traditional music scene.

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

Glastonbuy (stage 5)

Prices

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Up to 1 hour£640
Up to 2 hours£690
Up to 3 hours£1035

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John M, 26 days ago

Wrangle Taggle were great and very professional. Would definitely recommend them.

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Eileen K, 1 month ago

The musicians were fantastic. Turned up when they said they would and were very accommodating. Margaret was great at encouraging the reticent and showing how to do the dances. Everyone had great fun and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of a ceilidh. Would definitely recommend Mick and his group to others.

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Beth T, 1 month ago

Wraggle Taggle were an awesome band - we had excellent feedback from all the guests and thoroughly enjoyed their playing. The Scottish songs they played during the breaks in our ceilidh dancing were such a nice touch.

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Seb T, 9 months ago

Wraggle Taggle were professional, very accommodating, and went down a treat. They offered both amplified and non-amplified music and using their amplifiers were able to hold a full room of 90 loud and merry party goers. I would totally recommend Wraggle Taggle for any party or event and if the theme lent itself, I would, without doubt, use them again.

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Mary B, 1 year ago

Excellent Band for a Wedding or Celebration! "Wraggle Taggle played at our wedding reception last weekend. (27th October 2018 Saturday, Garden Court, Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD) From first contact they have been professional, organised and punctual. Our guests really enjoyed the music and the ceilidh set dancing that was led by a dance caller, who got everyone up dancing, including the children present who loved it. We all had such great fun! We've had lots of compliments from the guests! The band played to a very high standard and we really enjoyed the authentic irish music. We would highly recommend you to others for all occasions!" Mary and Jonathan Bullock 2nd November 2018

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Julie H, 1 year ago

What a great time they had "We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to you and your band for playing at our party on Saturday (22nd September 2018 , Frinton Lawn & Tennis Club 36 Holland Road, Frinton-On-Sea, Essex, CO13 9ES) . So many of our guests commented on what a great time they had and thoroughly enjoyed the music and dancing. Hope you had a good journey home and thank you once again!" -Julie & Martyn Hunt 26th Sept 2018

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