Wedding Ceilidh Bands for hire in the UK

Hire a Ceilidh band for your wedding in the UK today! We have 137 fantastic groups available to hire in the UK 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 bandWhitley Bay

Berking Mad is a very experienced ceilidh band with a dancer friendly caller who will help everyone to enjoy the event.

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From£900
Ceilidh bandTonbridge

The Hilltop Ceilidh band are a vibrant, young, professional ceilidh band. They travel England and Wales performing at all kinds of events!

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From£960
Ceilidh bandBirmingham

We are a five piece ceilidh band who play lively traditional tunes for all festive occasions. We work with our caller, Jono, for most gigs.

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From£560
Ceilidh bandGlasgow

Based in Central Scotland, Glenpark are a contemporary Scottish ceilidh and folk band, making the perfect addition to any function.

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From£640
Ceilidh bandLeeds

Vibrant and exciting ceilidh band based in Leeds, with experienced caller, Robin Fishwick.

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From£800
Ceilidh bandKenilworth

An exciting and upbeat ceilidh band comprised of professional folk musicians, serving the Midlands, and beyond!

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From£640
Ceilidh bandBrighton

We are a traditional Irish folk band comprising violin, whistle/flute and guitar . We play for ceilidhs and also music for listening.

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From£900
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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Ceilidh bandNewcastle upon Tyne

A dynamic three-piece ceilidh band made up of fiddle, accordion and percussion. We aim to provide a fun ceilidh for beginners and experts!

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From£800
Ceilidh bandLondon

A London based Ceilidh Band who will bring their brand of raucous folk music right into the heart of your event.

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From£700
Ceilidh bandLondon

Miles Ceilidh band has emerged as one of the most exciting, versatile bands on the London Ceilidh Dance Music Scene over the last 3 years.

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Ceilidh bandLondon

Scotch on the Rocks is a fun and professional London Ceilidh Band, available to hire for any event!

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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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From£450
Ceilidh bandTotnes

The hottest ceilidh band in Devon

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From£350
Ceilidh bandBraintree

Caperbility is able to play for different occasions, whether a standard ceilidh, barn dance, Playford or contradance. As seen on Holby City

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Ceilidh bandEvesham

Midlands based ceilidh band. Six piece to Two piece band available plus a caller for guiding you through the dances.

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Ceilidh bandShoreham-by-Sea

We are a traditional Irish/ Celtic band on uilleann pipes, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals in English and Irish. Acoustic or amplified.

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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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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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