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sandpiper ceilidh band lancashire


Ceilidh Band based in Lancashire

Price from £817
The Sandpiper Band are amongst the UK's finest ceilidh bands. They perform the most exciting, entertaining and energetic ceilidhs for weddings, parties, celebrations & corporate events. Previous engagements include performing at festivals and events in Europe, North Africa and beyond.
5 stars - Sandpiper are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

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  • Exciting and eclectic Ceilidh band performing sets of Original, Scottish, Irish and English tunes with dances called by Ben Farmer!
  • Professional musicians who have studied at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Salford University and Lancaster University.

Line up:

Default lineup: 5 members

5 piece: Accordion & Caller, Fiddle, Bouzouki/Guitar, Bass, Drums

Ben Farmer is considered a “highly talented & versatile accordion, melodeon, keyboard, bass and ukelele-ist, music teacher and workshop leader”(, who's been playing folk music professionally since the age of 14.

He is regarded an ‘expert’ in melodeon, accordion and ukulele playing and teaching, with Folkus (Folk Arts North West), More Music and Charanga among others. “Formidable squeezing” Lancaster Jazz Festival 2014

Ben currently plays regularly with Gobble de Gook and SoLatino, as well as doing guest appearances with many others and leading the thrilling ceilidh and concert band: Sandpiper. Ben also acts as caller for the band. 

Dave Shooter, on bass, drives the Sandpiper’s sweat drenched groove-bus with funky hypnotic relentlessness.

He has held down many bass chairs, from 18 piece big bands and African dance bands to jazz combo’s and crazy Balkan bands and many points in between. Dave currently also plays bass in the Metermen (Meters and Booker T tunes), Gobble De Gook (post-Zappa French ska-pop) and co-leads the Initiative - big slabs of dirty, funky groovejazz.

He is a bit of an bass-fx pedal geek. In his spare time he teaches music and leads jazz groups and workshops for ages 8 to 80 and beyond.

Paul Ferguson plays fiddle and as well as playing with Sandpiper also plays in The Balkanics and a Lancaster-based Irish trad quintet. He learnt to play in pubs in the west of Cumbria, the west of Ireland and the west of Brittany as well as at various festivals across the UK and Europe.

Although his style is predominantly influenced by the Irish and Scottish traditions he is also interested in the rhythmic possibilities offered by the time signatures found in East European trad dance music.

Paul Beevers - guitar and bouzouki - has been active on the Lancaster folk scene for many years.

He has played guitar and bouzouki in numerous traditional ceilidh and dance bands, and currently plays bass in Baksheesh (groove-based Balkan tunes) and bouzouki/ mandolin in a new Lancaster- based trad quintet, as well as comprising part of the powerful rhythm section of Sandpiper.  He also teaches music as a day job.

Tony Harrison started on the cornet at primary school. He found the drums and from the age of 12 he was performing in hotels in Blackpool for dancing. Tony kept an open mind, and played in a wide range of styles that include swing, brass band, thrash metal, concert band and theatre pit amongst many others.

Tony has a degree from Salford University in Popular Music and Recording and spent some years working with TV stars on shows, cruises and holiday seasons. He has spent the last 18 years as a drum tutor for Lancashire Music Service whilst remaining very active on the live music scene across many genres.

Choose any of the following booking options when you hire Sandpiper from Alive Network

  • Laptop DJ service until midnight Add £180

    A laptop using basic DJ software with 1000's of songs manned by a member of the band taking requests and making basic announcements.

  • First dance request Add £120

    Sandpiper will learn your first dance song

Choose one of the following performance options when you hire Sandpiper from Alive Network

  • 2 x 60 minute sets £0