5 stars - Sandpiper are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 5Lancashire
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 - The Last Saloon are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 5West Yorkshire
Equipped with stetsons, top musicality and a great sense of fun and dances for all ages and experience, The Last Saloon will provide a hoedown showdown of dynamic swinging modern songs with a traditional country twist!...
5 stars - Connery are Highly Recommended41 Reviews Number of members: 4Cheshire
Professional male lead 4-piece Irish band playing a lively range of traditional & contemporary Irish, Scottish or English songs & tunes plus Celtic & Country Rock. Full PA supplied. Full Ceilidh with caller if required. Great for parties & celebrations!...
5 stars - The Banjo Guy are Highly Recommended6 Reviews Number of members: 1Cornwall
An award winning & highly experienced Banjo player providing fun & unique entertainment! From exciting foot tapping bluegrass to interpretations of Jazz, Blues & Romantic pieces, The Banjo Guy is musically versatile & ready to entertain at any occasion!...
5 stars - The Manchester Ceilidh Trio are Highly Recommended8 Reviews Number of members: 3Greater Manchester
One of the finest Ceilidh bands around, The Manchester Ceilidh Trio are a young and extremely talented trio who will have your guests dancing from the first note to the very last! All Royal Northern College of Music graduates, members have performed with UK leading orchestras, indie-folk band Belle & Sebastian & Andrea Bocelli!...
5 stars - Celtic Cello are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 1Glasgow
Acclaimed cellist, Celtic Cello, will bring a unique quality to your event with solo cello in Scottish / Celtic style. Also available with a looping pedal, allowing for full arrangements with driving rhythm or delicate, sensitive accompaniment!...
5 stars - Ceilidh And Co are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Ceilidh And Co are a collective of energetic, fresh faced musicians who are experts in the art of a great ceilidh. Including driving percussion, foot stomping piano & ferocious fiddle, this charming trio perform dances which are easy & fun!...
5 stars - Last Tango In Harris are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 3Glasgow
Made up of graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Last Tango in Harris are a highly experienced ceilidh band who have individually performed with BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners, Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain & many more. Performing a mix of ceilidh music and popular cover songs, they will keep audiences on their toes all night!...
5 stars - The Irish Ceilidh Band are Highly Recommended7 Reviews Number of members: 4Vale of Glamorgan
Introducing you to real Irish Ceilidh; guaranteed to get your feet stomping! This high energy 4-piece band features an array of traditional instruments from the fiddle, whistles and the Irish Bodhran! Complete with outstanding musicianship, warm wit and Irish charm, The Irish Ceilidh Band have entertained crowds across the UK!...
5 stars - Lord Strange are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Lord Strange are a striking instrumental folk trio that perform traditional tunes from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Scandinavia, America & more! With a flexible repertoire & a caller also available, Lord Strange are perfect for all types of events!...
5 stars - Last Dram are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 4Perthshire area
A high energy Scottish Ceilidh band that guarantee to make your event a sucess. Available in a range of line ups and including a caller as standard, Last Dram are a popular choice bringing great entertainment and most of all 'great fun' to all!...
5 stars - The Ceilidh-oots are Highly Recommended21 Reviews Number of members: 3Glasgow
The Ceilidh-oots are amongst the UK's finest ceilidh bands. They perform the most exciting, toe-tapping ceilidhs for weddings, parties, celebrations & corporate events. Previous engagements include performing at the 2012/13 BBC Scotland Hogmanay Celebration!...
5 stars - Artys Party are Highly Recommended52 Reviews Number of members: 3Swansea
A lively group of musicians including a Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize nominee. Arty’s Party play Irish singalong standards. You can dance the night away to the ceilidh calling dance tunes such as the Seige of Ennis, the Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow....
5 stars - Roses Of Ireland are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 3Southern Ireland
Roses Of Ireland are an exciting, classical crossover ensemble combining the talent & experience of some of Ireland's foremost musicians. Their unique arrangements & varied repertoire includes Irish traditional, operatic, classical & contemporary pieces....
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Everything you need to know to hire Ceilidh Bands for your event
What are Ceilidh Bands?
Ceilidh bands (sometimes also misspelt as caleigh, kaylee or kayleigh band) perform the cheery melodies of Scottish and Irish (ceili) Gaelic folk music, guaranteed to make your feet tap and get everyone up dancing!
Consisting of small groups of musicians or large ensembles, they always feature a range of instruments, such as fiddles, accordions, pipes, guitar, piano, and drums, and can be amplified or acoustic.
Traditionally, they include a ‘caller’ to teach or remind your guests of the dance routines, calling out reminders as each song progresses, ensuring you keep up with each move for the various dances.
From slow waltzes to a stomping, fast-paced ‘strip the willow’, a ceilidh is the best fun you can have in an evening’s entertainment, as well as a fantastic workout!
They usually perform a range of jaunty, lively and uplifting traditional Scottish dance music, Irish ceili & traditional English folk music music, intermingled with slower waltzes (allowing you to catch your breath a bit!). They’re likely to play any of a range of traditional tunes, including:
Canadian Barn Dance
Dashing White Sergeant
Pride of Erin Waltz
Siege of Ennis
St Bernard’s Waltz
Strip the Willow
The Bluebell Polka
The Flying Scotsman
The Stack of Barley
The Walls of Limerick
The repertoire for each of our bands is listed on their profile page.
Popular types of band
1. Scottish and Irish Bands
Formed of anything from 2 to 8 and more members, Scottish and Irish bands incorporate a variety of traditional instruments, usually acoustic. The music they play will range from slow waltzes to fast polkas and everything in-between. They often feature a ‘caller’ who will help get your guests through each dance with lots of gusto.
Again, with any number of members and occasionally performing with a ‘caller’, there are several bands who perform crossover music – playing traditional Celtic ceilidh music and also offering a range of classic and contemporary rock and pop in a ceilidh style, giving your party a brilliant, fun twist. Rock and pop music covered will include tunes from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, The Beatles, and The Proclaimers. Many of these bands will also offer a range of other Celtic music, such as Whisky In The Jar, Flower o’ Scotland and Auld Lang Syne.
Where in the UK do Alive's bands perform?
Our artists perform for private events internationally and nation-wide, most frequently in:
If you’re planning a wedding, a live band can provide lively entertainment for the evening reception, and can start the party by performing for the bride and groom’s first dance, before all the guests take to the floor. Often bands can welcome or ‘pipe in’ the happy couple, to their wedding breakfast, if required too.
Ceilidhs are a common way to celebrate any occasion, and an excellent choice for a Hogmanay celebration, a private or corporate Burn’s supper or a Saint Patrick’s Day party where a big, lively event is called for.
At events where people are meeting each other for the first time, such as weddings and mixers, ceilidhs are fantastic ice breakers. They can include large or small groups of people and each dance is cyclical and very easy to pick up, so your guests can get into the swing and enjoy themselves within a few short bars.
If you want everyone on the dancefloor and to feel involved at your event, then a ceilidh – no matter how big or small – will really get you and your guests moving.
Space considerations at your event
The amount of space needed for your band will depend on the line-up you choose. It goes without saying that a ceilidh duo will need far less space than a 5-piece or an 8-piece band. If you’re limited for space at your venue, you can add or remove musicians from most bands in the Alive Network stable.
Of course, you will need plenty of room to swing your partner around on the dancefloor! A ceilidh can take place in a local village hall or a grand ballroom, depending on the number of guests who will be burling around, but it’s certainly wise to allow plenty of space for the dancing, fun and frivolities that a ceilidh will unleash!
The line-up of your chosen band, whether they play acoustically or with amplification, and the acoustics of your venue will impact the band’s volume at your event. A ceilidh – and the whooping of your guests! – can be loud and lively, somewhere in the region of 80–110 dB, so if you have your heart set on a ceilidh, do bear this in mind when you’re looking at venues. Some venues will be constrained by volume restrictions and sound limiters, so we recommend you ask your venue about their setup. For more information on sound limiters, visit our guide to sound limiters here
How much do they cost?
This table outlines the general prices of Alive Network's ceilidh bands:
Type of Artist
£300 - £1,065
£666 - £1,330
£540 - £1,920
5-piece bands and larger
£790 - £1,265
Adding or removing instrumentalists from your band will have implications on cost. You can reduce costs further by choosing a band who are based close to your chosen venue, since their travel costs will be minimised. The location of each band is shown on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can help by recommending a range of fantastic ceilidh musicians near your venue. You don’t need to limit yourself to local bands, however – your perfect ceilidh wedding band may be willing to travel at minimal cost!
Who are the top 10 Ceilidh artists in the UK right now?
This list is made up of our most entertaining UK-based bands that we recommend, based on a mixture of their popularity, high performance quality and originality:
Ceilidh groups normally perform two 60-minute sets, with many offering three 40-minute sets, or the option to play for longer. Generally, two sets work best but the band can advise on what format keeps the atmosphere lively and the dancefloor full.
Some bands also offer the option to finish after midnight, if your event calls for it.
How much space will they need?
This table gives an approximate guide to how much performance space various format bands will need:
Type of Band
Average Performance Space Required
3 × 2 metres
3 × 3 metres
4 × 3 metres
5- and 6-piece band
5 × 3 metres
7-piece band and larger
5/6 × 4 metres
These rough measurements will vary, depending on the number of musicians and the type of instruments in the band you select. Your Entertainment Coordinator can discuss the options with you further.
How long will it take for the band to set up?
Providing they can park close to your venue’s performance area, it can take around 60 – 90 minutes for a band to unload, set up and perform a vital sound check.
Following the ceilidh, the band usually takes around 30 – 60 minutes to pack away and load out.
What equipment will they need?
Wedding Ceilidh bands usually need the following:
parking provision, with easy access to the venue
refreshments – soft drinks and hot food, depending how long you’ve booked them for
good lighting – particularly if they’re playing in a marquee
a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, and flat performance area
if they’ve agreed to perform outside, your musicians will need shelter from the sun, wind and rain!
a sturdy, armless chair for each musician
a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up and whether they’re fully amplified or acoustic
a secure, lockable changing room
Most of Alive Network’s bands can provide their own microphones, and PA sound system or amplifiers.
If your event will have 200+ guests, you may need to hire a separate PA sound system. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator can discuss the requirements for your short-listed bands.
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