Wedding Ceilidh Bands for hire in Oxfordshire

Hire a Ceilidh band for your wedding in Oxfordshire today! We have 95 fantastic groups available to hire in Oxfordshire to make sure everybody gets on their feet during your wedding celebration! With varying line-ups and instruments, fantastic callers to instruct the dance moves, and bands that will also play your favourite pop covers, there's no better time to book a Ceilidh band.

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Ceilidh bandLondon(58 mi)

Jazz/folk duo with singing soprano saxophone and percussive acoustic guitar, playing novel interpretations and breathtaking originals.

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From£640
Ceilidh bandHope Valley(105 mi)

Whiskey in the Jar have been entertaining folks across the UK and Ireland for nearly 30 years, a great night guaranteed

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From£640
Ceilidh bandCarmarthen(129 mi)

Hounds are Wales's leading Folk Dance Band and have been called the Welsh Steeleye Span and the Welsh Peatbog Faeries.

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From£350
Ceilidh bandBolton(129 mi)

Instrumental duo specialising in traditional Celtic music, playing uilleann pipes, flute, Celtic harp, bouzouki, whistle & low D whistle.

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From£800
Ceilidh bandDenbigh(130 mi)

The Wee Bag Band's goal is to bring mad, bad, trad, popular and contemporary diddly, diddly IRISH / Celtic music and song to the masses.

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From£480
Ceilidh bandLancaster(165 mi)

Hole in the Hedge are an exciting and accomplished Irish Traditional Music band from the North West of England, playing tunes and songs.

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Ceilidh bandLancaster(165 mi)

Back of the Bush are a fabulously flexible duo of Richard Moss and Ben Farmer - songs tunes and dances from across the British Isles

Hiring a ceilidh band

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Popular genres:
Ceilidh, Irish rock, Traditional Irish folk
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Busiest times:
June, July, August

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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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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