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About Wraggle Taggle

An award-winning Ceilidh Band of fun traditional musicians with a Caller available to perform at your wedding or any other event.
Ceilidh band
London
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Adored London-based Ceilidh band Wraggle Taggle have performed for Mick Jagger, Zoe Ball, Robert Smith of the Cure, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, and Frank Skinner to name a few. One of the most popular, versatile, professional, fun, and affordable traditional Ceilidh bands, Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band performs live Irish, Scottish, English, and American folk music, dances, and songs with innovation, flair, and vitality, throughout South East England. With many years of experience performing traditional music in pubs and clubs, schools and colleges, festivals, weddings, parties, and corporate functions, they can be hired from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller. We are flexible enough as regards personnel, instrumentation, and musical style to be able to tailor a band to your specific requirements. All band members have been performing, touring, and recording for many years and are punctual, smart, and sober, but still good fun! Founded by Mick Bailey (Guitar/vocals) in 1998, the band has had 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 Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Aimi MacDonald, Bert Weedon, Jon Snow, and Imelda Staunton. Award-winning musicians Carlene Anglim (fiddle), Eugene Teevan (accordion), and Mick O'Connor (tenor banjo) form the "core" of the band. 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. 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 workout, and we also play in a more relaxed romantic mood. Our musical influences include The Chieftains, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Altan, Ally Bain, Boys of the Lough, Jimmy Shand, The Pogues, Van Morrison, The Dubliners, 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 the necessary instruments and equipment. All we need is a couple of normal 3-pin plug sockets and chairs without arms. We bring an iPod to provide 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 personalised playlists before or after the performance, for an additional fee. To see videos and listen to Wraggle Taggle in action please see our media at the top of the profile page. Let us know the date you require traditional entertainment and we will gladly check our availability and pencil the date in our bookings diary. We look forward to hearing from you! Past Clients: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Robert Smith of The Cure, Guy Ritchie, Jackie Clune, Baroness McDonagh, and Sheila McDonagh MP, National Theatre, National Youth Orchestra, London Irish RFC, and British Airways. Celebrities: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zoe Ball, Frank Skinner, Clive Anderson, Ian Hislop, Stephen Fry, Alan Davis, Dara O'Briain, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Aimi MacDonald, Bert Weedon, Jon Snow, Imelda Staunton. Venues: 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 appearances: "Next" on Live TV, "Failte" on TG4 End-of-shoot parties: "Poirot" & "The Bill". Film appearances: "66" with Helena Bonham Carter and Catherine Tate. Musicians residencies: The Clayton Crown Hotel, London NW2. Core band members' bios: Carlene Anglim is 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 the Cambridge Folk Festival. Eugene Teevan 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 on Guitar and Vocals, is the founder and lynchpin 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 on 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 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. A suitably talented deputy will be substituted if any of the main band members aren't available, (e.g. because of other commitments). Past reviews: "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 Papadopoulos, 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" Baroness McDonagh (life peer in the House of Lords) 22nd October 2013

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Genres:
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Scottish music
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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

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 of 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:
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
VINTAGE POPULAR SONGS:
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
DANCES:
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 Scottish, Irish, and Barn Dance selections
TRADITIONAL TUNES:
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

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 "Failte" 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?

Glastonbury (stage 5).

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 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 band members are punctual, smart, and sober, but still good fun!

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

We aim to fit in with your arrangements. We are used to being flexible about timings on the night!

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

We bring an iPod to provide background music and have a wide selection of tracks. We can put the iPod a few minutes after arriving, while we set up, and during breaks. Our equipment can also be made available to use before or after the performance for an additional fee.

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 ready, 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. 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 play requests if we know them. We have a varied and entertaining programme in store for you. We're sure you'll be delighted!

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

We include instruments, PA, and lighting in our quote as a standard.

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.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£640
Up to 2 hours£690
Up to 3 hours£1035
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Kate W
8 days ago
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5 out of 5

We can't say enough good things about Wraggle Taggle! They played an anniversary party ceilidh for us, and the music was fantastic. The caller was very good with our group of range of skills and ages, and the kids had a terrific time. They were very flexible on the day (it was warm and people needed a break for cooling off!) and the communication in the lead-up was great. Strongly recommend for any occasion!

Reply from Wraggle Taggle
8 days ago

I am so glad you enjoyed our performance, the calling, our flexibility and the prior communication. Do let me know if you need us for any other events.

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Tasha B
8 days ago
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5 out of 5

Super! Very professional, listened well to my suggestions and direction. Creating a fabulous atmosphere and brought the magic of Ireland we were hoping for! Thank you

Reply from Wraggle Taggle
8 days ago

I'm so glad we created the atmosphere you were hoping for. It was great fun to play at your reception and I wish you every happiness for the future. Best Wishes Mick Bailey (Bandelader)

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Stephanie S
30 days ago
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5 out of 5

The band were AMAZING from the moment we booked to the day of our event. We booked Wraggle Taggle for a ceilidh for our wedding. The band were so responsive and always there is we had any questions. On the night the music was absolutely brilliant and the caller made the steps simple enough for everyone to enjoy, even 3 year old guests were able to join in. Would 100% recommend

Reply from Wraggle Taggle
29 days ago

Thank you Steph. I'm delighted you enjoyed our performance, It was a great party in a lovely venue. Best wishes for a wonderful life together. Mick Bailey (Bandleader) Wraggle Taggle

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Adam B
1 month ago
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4.5 out of 5

Booked for a party. They were friendly and welcoming, put up with our very very bad dancing, and generally did exactly what was asked of them.

Reply from Wraggle Taggle
1 month ago

Hi Adam, Thank you for your review and your kind comments about the band. I am delighted that you enjoyed our performance. Thank you for a lovely party. Best Wishes Mick Bailey (Bandleader) Wraggle Taggle

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Wayne
1 month ago, for a Birthday party in 127 Piccadilly
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5 out of 5

Hi Mick, great to meet you and the band {25th June 2022 Saturday The Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PX), and sorry to torture you with my singing at the end…You all did a great job, and happy to recommend to. Hopefully we’ll need your services again in the future!

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Paul
2 months ago, for a Wedding in Sapiston
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5 out of 5

Hi Wraggle Taggle Just to say a huge and grateful thanks to you all for your performance at our wedding in Suffolk (11th June 2022 Saturday Sapiston, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31). Every single guest enjoyed the evening, no one more than Bride and Groom! However, what gave us most pleasure was the great fun had by Jo’s Mum, Josephine!! Northern Irish by birth and a seasoned Scottish Dancer as was my late father John. Despite being 85 and living with very painful arthritis, Mum danced to almost every tune and loved every minute of it. Many many thanks to your superb caller Mary for spotting and celebrating Mum’s true soul of conviviality and participation. It was a beautiful evening. Best wishes from Jo Kemp and Paul

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