Ceilidh Bands for hire in the UK

Hire a Ceilidh band in the UK for your event today. Ceilidh bands are one of the best ways to get everyone involved and on their feet. We have 138 of the best UK Ceilidh bands available to hire right here. Our groups have callers to instruct the dancing and many bands will also play your favourite pop covers. There's no better time to book your Ceilidh band.

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Ceilidh bandGlasgow

3 piece ceilidh band available to hire for events of all shapes and sizes!

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Ceilidh bandOxford

Electric ceilidh music with guts! Well established band with full PA looking to play at your wedding, event or barn dance!

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Ceilidh bandLarbert

Best Before Midnight use an eclectic mix of traditional and modern ceilidh music, giving the music a unique funky Celtic-fusion twist.

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From£720
Ceilidh bandDoune

Ceilidh Minogue is a Scottish ceilidh band covering all UK and Europe. The band plays and calls all the usual ceilidh dances.

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Ceilidh bandCoventry

Premium Experienced Professional Folk Musicians

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Ceilidh bandTotnes

The hottest ceilidh band in Devon

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Ceilidh bandCambridge

A young, energetic band of musicians playing traditional and modern folk music in and around Cambridge.

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From£640
Ceilidh bandPetersfield

The cutting edge of the UK's ceilidh scene.

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From£550
Ceilidh bandSale

Four-piece playing and singing Irish traditional music, Bluegrass. Vocals, guitar, flute, harmonica, uilleann pipes, banjo, bodhran.

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Ceilidh bandLondon

Multi-genre function bands & DJ service - From solo acts to 12pc bands, we interact with your guests on the floor for the REAL party effect!

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From£640
Ceilidh bandBrighton

Shenanigan provide authentic music for Irish and Scottish Nights, and also for Barn Dances and Ceilidhs

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Ceilidh bandLondon

Formed in 2012 Three Dollar Shoe has become one of the leading London Irish Trad. groups. Vocal led with fiddle, banjo/mandolin & guitar

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Ceilidh bandGlasgow

Professional 2 or 3 piece ceilidh band based in central Scotland. Also available as a classical or acoustic duo for ceremonies and parties!

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Ceilidh bandStoke-sub-Hamdon

We are a folk duo who play a mix of traditional tunes and songs on fiddle and guitar.

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From£640
Ceilidh bandLondon

When two Irishmen, an Englishman, a Swiss guy and a Bulgarian all walked into a bar, no one could have predicted what would happen next...

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Ceilidh bandArmagh

A duo of Irish musicians. With over 40 years of experience between them. They can entertain any crowd with ballads, tunes and the craic.

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Ceilidh bandBallymena

A genuine Irish folk/ band based in Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Altagore show is a mix of songs, tunes & Irish banter.

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From£750
Ceilidh bandBournemouth

Tweed in Bourbon | 2 to 6 piece | High energy Folk, Covers, Americana & Ceilidh | Wedding & Live Events band | Based in Dorset

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Ceilidh, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk
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How much does it cost to hire a ceilidh band?

The typical price per group member for ceilidh bands is:
£Budget£220
££Pro£330
£££High-end£400+

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What kind of ceilidh bands are there?

There are basically two types of ceilidh band: traditional instrumental bands, and ceilidh cover bands. A traditional ceilidh band will perform Scottish folk tunes without a singer. Importantly, a traditional band will include a caller: they'll announce the dances, shout instructions to beginners, and get everyone involved in the revelry! In contrast, a ceilidh cover band will mix the folk tunes with modern pop covers. They'll have a singer, and provide a wide range of music for all to enjoy: young and old.

Which parts of an event or wedding will the ceilidh band play at?

In the spirit of leaving the best until last, the ceilidh band will usually wrap up celebrations, providing an exciting musical finale for your special day. The band caller will ensure you and your guests know the moves for each dance, giving everyone the opportunity to get involved. Plus, if you haven't had the chance to say hello to everyone during the course of the day, you might just find yourself dancing with them before it's over! Ceilidh dances can be pretty tiring, so having it at the end of the day is a smart choice - your guests will certainly thank you for it!

Will I need to provide the ceilidh band with any equipment?

Professional ceilidh bands come fully kitted-out with all the equipment needed to get the dancing underway, including amplification and a mixing desk. If your wedding venue is regularly used for live music, they will likely have a dedicated in-house PA sound system - in this case, the band may not need to bring their own amplification.

How much space will I need for ceilidh dancing?

The more space, the better! Ceilidh dancing takes up a lot more room on the dance floor than your typical disco. Other than that: make sure table are removed (encourages dancing!), seats are available to the side, and there are no obstacles near the dance floor. Broken bones ain't craic.

Do traditional ceilidh bands take requests?

Not usually. Unless you have a specific Scottish or Irish tune in mind, the band will normally play a pre-planned set, designed to perfection and gleaned from years of experience. If you have a special song in mind, make sure you tell the band well in advance. It might just get added to their repertoire!

How do you pronounce 'ceilidh'?

'Kay-lee'

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