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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From£630
Ceilidh bandBournemouth

A lively folk / covers / ceilidh band with tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, America and England.

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From£550
Ceilidh bandBournemouth

Friendly band who play celtic tunes and songs to keep a good balance of entertainment. We have a lively caller for barn dances.

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From£320
Ceilidh bandLondon

Narnain Duo is a flute and guitar ensemble specialising in providing suitable music for any special occasion. Classical, folk, jazz, ceilidh

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Ceilidh bandSouthampton

Rufus Return are a Ceilidh/Barn Dance Band on the 'rock ceilidh' side of the spectrum. Line up of Guitar, Drums, Violin, Accordion & 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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From£835
Ceilidh bandFalkirk

Ceilidh Band available for all occasions from Aberdeen to Zurich!

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From£750
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 bandFaversham

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

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Ceilidh bandLeeds

Best ceilidh band in West Yorkshire

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From£570
Ceilidh bandDarwen

Ceilidh and Barn Dance Band based in the North West of England

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From£400
Ceilidh bandEdinburgh

High energetic ceilidh band with years of experience. As seen on BBC Country file / Royal Highland Show / BBC Radio Scotland and more!

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From£480
Ceilidh bandDoncaster

Traditional Scottish/Irish accordion & fiddle band, playing for Burns, Ceilidh, Barn Dances, Weddings

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From£340
Ceilidh bandSherborne

Traditional music by experienced professionals, lively, engaging, friendly, fun. All ages and abilities catered for. Clear & simple dances.

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From£640
Ceilidh bandShrewsbury

Mixing the hottest breaks from old school and modern hip hop, disco and funk with blistering traditional tunes on fiddle and accordion.

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From£450
Ceilidh bandKirriemuir

If you are looking for a ceilidh band with energy and enthusiasm to fill your dance floor then you have come to the right place!

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Ceilidh bandMiddlesbrough

Professional Ceilidh Band, playing around North East UK for over 30yrs!

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From£480
Ceilidh bandGlenrothes

Experienced ceilidh musicians played at home and abroad

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Ceilidh bandLondon

Narnain is a trio of professional musicians passionate about bringing quality ceilidh & folk dance music to any special event.

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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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