Ceilidh Bands For Hire

The Ceilidh Band

From £1150 + VAT

The Ceilidh Band are an exiting, young and professional group of musicians specialising in authentic Scottish Ceilidh with a few Irish and English barn dances thrown in for good measure.

Biography

The Ceilidh band combine traditional ceilidh dances with an uptempo rhythm section that will appeal to guests of all ages. Fun, energetic and sophisticated, they are the perfect choice for weddings, parties and corporate events.

For over 10 years the Ceilidh band have been performing at weddings and events throughout London, Surrey, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Surrounding areas. Their expert caller will have your guests on their feet in no time at all!

Although the band specialise in Scottish Ceilidh, they can easily transform into an Irish Ceilidh band, English Barn Dance band or American Hoedown band so do get in touch to find out more.

If you're looking for Ceilidh bands for hire and would like to find out more, please email us with your event details and we'll get back to you with a quote.

The Ceilidh Band Reviews
The Ceilidh Band were fantastic. Everyone said what a great time they had and how they thoroughly enjoyed the band and dancing. Marvellous stuff , would highly recommend them.
★★★★★
Tony Westbrook - Wedding
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Repertoire

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  • Scottish/Standard
  • Gay Gordons
  • Dashing White Sergeant
  • Cumberland Square Eight
  • Orcadian Strip the Willow
  • Traditional Strip the Willow
  • Virginia Reel
  • Cumberland Reel
  • Canadian Barn Dance
  • Flying Scotsman
  • OXO Reel
  • St. Bernards Waltz
  • Eightsome Reel
  • Circassian Circle
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Irish/English
  • Siege of Ennis
  • Walls of Limerick
  • Lucky 7's
  • Waves of Tory
  • The Willow Tree
  • The Mixer Reel
  • Riverside Jig

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Key Information

Learn more about what's included when booking The Ceilidh Band for your event. If you have requirements that differ from the below, please let us know when making your enquiry.

Line-ups & Extras

  • 5-piece band (Caller, Fiddle, Guitar/Piano, Bass Guitar & Drum Kit)
  • Optional DJ sets

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Ceilidh Band FAQs

If this is your first time hiring a Ceilidh band, you'll no doubt have lots of questions. Browse some of the most popular queries below and get in touch to speak to one of our team.

What is a Cèilidh?

A Cèilidh (pronounced ‘KAY-lee’, like the name ‘Kayleigh’) is a traditional get-together in Scotland and Ireland, the name meaning ‘visit’ in Gaelic. Before discos and nightclubs, cèilidhs were the main way people could meet and socialise in a fun, lively setting, much like English country dances back in the day.

What sets a cèilidh apart from an evening of regular musical entertainment is that, in addition to being treated to folk music so upbeat that no toe could resist tapping along to it, attendees are also invited to join in set dances - group dances with specific moves which everyone follows.

These dances, which mostly involve simple steps, are set at varying tempos, starting with a slower number such as a waltz before speeding up to a two-step. You’ll probably be paired up with a partner, who you’ll then swap during the dance - which is a great way to meet new people!

What is a Caller?

Now, a cèilidh band is only as good as its members, but arguably the most important member - or, at least, the member that defines the group as a bona fide cèilidh band - is the caller. While the fiddler, flautist, tin whistle player, accordionist, mandolinist and bodhrán player are channelling the spirit of Ireland and Scotland through their music, the caller is weaving a type of magic of their own - turning everyone in the room, regardless of age or ability, into a dancer!

Your caller will usually spend the first 5-10 minutes of your cèilidh band’s first set teaching - then, without any further ado, will launch you into your first dance - and things just get more and more fun from there!

How much does a Cèilidh band cost to hire?

Cèilidh bands vary in price but you can expect to receive quotes from £200-£300 per member, which works out at around £1000-£1500+ for a five-piece band with caller. However, we do offer a few alternative line-ups, such as a three-piece and four-piece, to meet differing budget and venue needs. As long as your line-up consists of a caller and at least two other players, your guests are guaranteed to have a great time!

What music would a Cèilidh band play?

Each of our cèilidh bands offers an extensive repertoire of traditional Gaelic folk music, but a proper cèilidh will feature such staples as ‘Gay Gordons’, ‘The Walls of Limerick’, ‘Dashing White Sergeant’, ‘Siege of Ennis’ and ‘The Stack of Barley’ - each with their own traditional dance steps, of course!

While many cèilidh bands like to keep the music they play 100% genuine, many others like to put a folk twist on modern and popular music. You might hear an even more Scottish-sounding ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by the Proclaimers before the night is over!

What type of event is a Cèilidh band suitable for?

The limit is your imagination! The inclusive nature of a cèilidh lends itself well to most event types with space in the schedule for a bit of a dance. Some obvious winnering choices include Burns Night Party, a St Patrick’s Day celebration or a Hogmanay event - but bringing some good auld Gaelic energy to your wedding reception, corporate event, birthday party, bah or bat mitzvah, gala or fundraiser event will guarantee each and every last one of your guests a brilliant time.

What type of venue is a Ceilidh suitable for?

Your venue doesn’t need to be huge - you just need to take into account how many musicians you want to hire, and how many guests you want to squeeze onto your dance floor. Most average-sized function rooms should offer plenty of space - village halls and community centres are also popular choices.

How long does a Cèilidh band play for?

Usually, the band will split their performance into two 60-minute sets. However, our flexible and accommodating musicians will be more than happy to work with you and advise whether these sets should be split up further if you need to fit them around other significant portions of your event, such as the best man’s speech at your wedding reception, or the blowing out of the candles on your birthday cake.

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A wonderful evening and the band was an integral part of the party. The band not only played/sang well but picked up the mood of the evening including knowing when to slow down, bearing in mind the age of the audience. The family and friends had an unforgettable evening, not least the Irish and Scottish contingents who were fully involved with the music. A huge thank you!

Philip Jones