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Hire A Ceilidh Band

Headliner offers the best Ceilidh bands for hire. Ceilidh bands are fantastic for any event. Whether you are looking for traditional Ceilidh bands, folk bands, or Ceilidh-pop or Ceilidh-rock bands, Headliner has an option for you. These styles are particular popular at weddings and parties including barn dances. The Ceilidh band originates from Ceilidh social gatherings and encompass a mix of fiddle, flute, tin whistle, accordion, bodhrán, hammered dulcimer.

Ceilidh band performances are usually very lively; involving a range of Ceilidh dances from jigs to polkas.

Headliner helps you source and book great soloists, bands and DJs for your wedding, party or corporate event. Find and hire a local Ceilidh or Irish band to perform at your event.

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    • BlackRock Ceilidh

      Band act for hire
      Evanton, United Kingdom
      Formed around a fire in our local pub sessions 12 years ago the band has grown to a very busy and successful group playing Weddings, festivals, celebrations , parties, corporate functions, galas and pub/ hotel venues. We performed over 80 bookings & were chosen to contribute to a Channel 5 ...
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      Fee from £640
    • Annasach Ceilidh Band

      Band act for hire
      Edinburgh, United Kingdom
      Annasach has been playing for ceilidhs, parties, birthdays, folk festivals and weddings since 1990 throughout Scotland, the UK and most recently Germany, France, Portugal and Switzerland. We have a solid reputation, providing an energetic vibrant sound to entertain your guests. We have a ...
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      Fee from £695 (1 more option)
    • Ceilidh With Us

      Band act for hire
      London, United Kingdom
      Welcome to the Ceilidh With Us Experience - The Best Party Ever. We're bringing Ceilidh back and we're up for the craic! So come all ye lasses & rogues, strap in your brogues and step out with us for the Ceilidh. We pride ourselves on offering Traditional Scottish & Irish Barn Dancing, ...
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      Fee from £1016 (10 more options)
    • Debbie Boyd Band

      Band act for hire
      Newmarket, United Kingdom
      Experienced, versatile and very entertaining 5 to 10 piece female fronted wedding and corporate function band based in Norfolk, covering East Anglia. Huge repertoire of floor fillers from 7 decades, including up to date chart hits, both male and female lead vocals, optional brass section and DJ ...
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      Fee from £1055
    • The Stowes

      Trio act for hire
      Padstow, United Kingdom
      The Stowes are a Celtic Music trio from Cornwall, who play a powerful mix of Cornish, Irish and Scottish folk music. Armed with traditional acoustic instruments, they can deliver a driving, energetic performance whilst retaining the traditional sound and feel of folk music. With a scintillating ...
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      Fee from £450
    • Newick Folk

      Band act for hire
      Lewes, United Kingdom
      Formed in 2010, Newick Folk is a tight band suitable for pubs, parties and Ceilidhs. Think of a folk band with a boogie rhythem section. Newick Folk performs a wide range of tunes, covering full on Irish for St. Patrick’s Day to a number of what we term “off piste” numbers such as Lilt the Pink, ...
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      Fee from £900
    • The Ceilidh Circle

      London, United Kingdom
      We are an energetic Ceilidh dance band from North London. We play a range of Scottish, Irish and English reels, jigs and everything in between! We are passionate about the music we play and the dances we call and want to make your event memorable!
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    • The Flashes

      Band act for hire
      Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
      From weddings to corporate events, dinner dances and fundraisers, this fully-live trio has a strong track record of delighting dancers, with songs to suit every crowd. Featuring striking three part harmonies and a massive selection of music from 1950s right through to modern day, with the ...
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      Fee from £600
    • Mandolin Monday

      Band act for hire
      High Street, United Kingdom
      “Very Folk, very raw, very Irish and slightly pirate” Hughey Dixon, Hayes FM Keith (Keyboards), Andrew (Mandolin and Guitar), Chris (Guitar) and Paul (Mandolin and Tin Whistles) look forward to entertaining you with our eclectic range of folk, Irish, country and rock music. Familiar tunes ...
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      Fee from £950 (1 more option)
    • Lisa Canny

      Solo act for hire
      London, United Kingdom
      Born and bred in County Mayo, Ireland, Lisa Canny is a notably talented musician - 7 time All-Ireland harp and banjo champion of her home nation; best known for her enchanting covers and sold out live performances. Crowned UK 'Future Music’s' Songwriting Champion 2016, Canny is gifted with ...
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      Fee from £1000 (1 more option)
    • Cut A Shine Barn Dance and Hoedown band

      Band act for hire
      London, United Kingdom
      Cut A Shine Ceilidh and Barn Dance Band Cut A Shine is a collective of musicians, dancers and callers who've been spreading their brand of rip roaring hoe down and barn dance music across the UK for ten years. Conceived in the squat parties and warehouse parties of London, the band host ...
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      Fee from £800 (1 more option)
    • Bass Rock Ceilidh Band

      Band act for hire
      Armadale, United Kingdom
      What happens when you put four insanely-talented musicians together from different genres? You get the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band! Playing an exciting fusion of energetic fiddle tunes combined with well-known rock riffs, a raucous ceilidh is guaranteed.
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      Fee from £980

    THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO booking ceilidh bands

    A Ceilidh band specialises in performing upbeat melodies of Scottish and Irish (ceili) Gaelic folk music. They focus on getting the whole crowd dancing and tapping their feet along to their tunes. Ceilidh bands range from small groups of musicians to very large ensembles with all different kinds of instruments. Many ceilidh bands feature accordions, pipes, guitars, fiddles, piano, and drums. They can either play acoustically or be amplified by a PA.

    One of the best things about a ceilidh band is that it often includes a caller. A caller is essentially someone who teaches your guests dance routines that go with the songs. They will call out reminders throughout each song, ensuring that you're able to understand the various dances and keep up with the fun! There are many types of dances that accompany ceilidh. Whether you are slowly waltzing or doing fast-paced stomping, a ceilidh will offer an amazing opportunity to have your guests let loose and dance!

    What music should I expect from ceilidh band hire?

    Ceilidh bands play traditional Scottish, Irish ceili and traditional English folk music. This usually means lively dance music alongside slower waltzes. Generally guests are encouraged to dance along. They're likely to play any of a range of traditional tunes, including: The Boston Two-Step, The Scottish Waltz and the Highland Schottische.

    Popular types of ceilidh bands

    1. Scottish ceilidh bands and and Irish ceili bands and English ceilidh bands Depending on your preference with tunes, both Scottish Ceilidh and Irish Ceili bands usually play traditional Scottish and Irish music. They are formed of anything from 2 to 8 and more musicians These bands incorporate a variety of traditional instruments, and are usually acoustic. The music they play will range from slow waltzes to fast polkas and everything in-between. With a traditional ceilidh band, they often also provide a 'caller' who helps to guide your guests through each dance.

    2. Crossover bands: ceilidh-rock or ceilidh-pop bands While traditional Ceilidh bands bring a certain spark to a party, some people are more interested in Rock or Pop bands that offer a Ceilidh flare. While they want both a 'caller' and dance moves, they also might want some more contemporary hits that audiences might enjoy. If you're planning a wedding, a ceilidh 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. A ceilidh band can welcome or 'pipe in' the happy couple, to their wedding breakfast, if required too.

    Ceilidh's are a common way to celebrate any occasion, and an excellent choice for a Hogmanay celebration, a private or corporate Burns supper or a Saint Patrick's Day party where a big, lively event is called for.

    If you are hosting an event where people may be meeting each other for the first time, like a wedding, then a ceilidh wedding band is a fantastic ice breaker. Ceilidh bands can encourage all different amounts of people to dance and enjoy themselves.

    If you want an all-inclusive feel to your dance floor, then a ceilidh band is the perfect choice for your event.

    Space considerations for ceilidh bands at your event

    The amount of space needed for a ceilidh band is entirely dependent on the line-up you select. If you have a ceilidh duo or trio, then they will require far less space then a larger 5 to 8-piece ceilidh band. If space is limited for your venue, then we recommend reaching out to the ceilidh band and seeing if you can request a smaller lineup to play.

    Please keep in mind, that outside of a stage for the ceilidh band, you will also need space for your audience to dance. Ceilidh is often partner based, so your dance floor should reflect that. Of course, you will need plenty of room to swing your partner around on the dance floor!

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