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 bandBelfast

The Hootin' Annies are a group of experienced and accomplished young men specialising in Folk music in it's many forms.

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Ceilidh bandNorth Shields
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Ceilidh bandGlasgow

Al & Grace are Two Far Flung: UK-based multi-instrument jazz/folk duo. Instruments: voice (both); piano; flute; fiddle; guitar.

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From£480
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

We are a traditional Ceilidh Band, available for events across all of Scotland.

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From£640
Ceilidh bandDundee

The very best in Wedding and Corporate Entertainment

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From£900
Ceilidh bandLlanelli

Energetic country-folk band from South Wales Bringing a mix of your favourite country/folk classics and modern hits

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From£800
Ceilidh bandTonbridge

Alt-folk band featuring melodeon, whistles, guitar, drums, bass and vocals. Traditional folk music with the influence of modern grunge/rock

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From£1280
Ceilidh bandWalsall

We play a great mix of Irish folk songs and other folk music, mostly in a tub-thumping style! We love people to sing & dance along with us.

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Ceilidh bandChipping Campden

Celtic influenced music ; fiddle, whistle, bodhran and guitar. Available for private parties, public events, ceilidhs & festivals.

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From£500
Ceilidh bandTroon

Concert Duo with a wide range in music styles, Scottish, Irish, Bluegrass, French, Italian, Latin, Swing and more

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From£460
Ceilidh bandLondon

Aaron Horlock and Nick Goode are a London based folk duo available for Ceilidhs and other events.

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From£665
Ceilidh bandSaint Leonards-on-sea

The caller, Vivienne Hamblin calls reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, waltzes, Stately Dance Forms, Circles, Lines, Farandoles, Waltzes, Polkas

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Ceilidh bandLincoln

A dynamic group of musicians who play a mix of Americana and traditional Irish tunes and songs

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From£835
Ceilidh bandFalkirk

Ceilidh Band available for all occasions from Aberdeen to Zurich!

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From£640
Ceilidh bandLewes

Sussex Folk / Ceilidh band playing traditional music of these islands + other stuff we like. Can be booked as Trio to 6 piece with caller

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Ceilidh bandBodmin

CARACANA are a Cornish Nos Lowen Ceilidh Folk Band based in Cornwall. We play music from Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany

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Ceilidh bandFaversham

A2 Barn Dance Band for vibrant music and lively dances. Good fun for all occasions.

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Ceilidh bandTroon

Scottish Band playing for Ceilidhs, RSCDS, Ballroom, Old Time and Sequence dancing. Ceildih dances are "Called" by Roy

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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
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Frequently asked questions

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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