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The Celtic Ceilidh Band are the perfect choice for Ceilidhs, and barn dances for weddings, functions and parties. The focus on their ceilidhs is fun and informality with their expert dance callers John McDonald, Neil Rabjohn or Cathy Lesurf, dance experience is not necessary and their caller on the night will clearly guide you through the steps. As a break from the Ceilidh dancing or as a great way to round the evening off, The Celtic Ceilidh Band can play a range of Irish songs and pop for everyone to have a bop. They are also ideal for burns night parties.

" We had a great day from start to finish. The venue food and music were all perfect. Specifically the Celtic ceilidh band were first rate. We had used them before and were impressed then. At our wedding reception they surpassed that first experience. We wanted a simple first dance that involved others quickly. This they did and by the end of it the floor was full and remained so throughout their two sets. The ceilidh was brilliant, getting confirmed non dancers involved, their ability to quietly get people organised adds greatly to their undoubted first rate musical ability. After the break, they switched effortlessly to pop music, showing their vast repertoire. Everyone had a fantastic time and we cannot recommend them highly enough. Also we would recommend Gigz highly, they are organised, efficient and make good use of technology to aid communication between client and band. We would highly recommend Gigz. "
Alan Watt | The Tythe Barn | 30 August 2015
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Set List/Repertoire

Should you proceed with your booking you will be able to select your favourite songs from the set list/repertoir to be played on the day of your event. This demo will show you how it works.

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Traditional Songs

  • The Wild Rover
  • The Black Velvet Band
  • The Irish Rover
  • The Fields Of Athenry
  • Danny Boy
  • Flower Of Scotland
  • Loch Lomond
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • The Galway Girl
  • The Raggle Taggle Gypsy
  • The Sally Garden
  • The Water Is Wide
  • She Moved Through the Fayre
  • Tell Me Ma
  • Spancil Hill
  • Whisky In The Jar
  • I'll Tell My Ma
  • The Sally Gardens
  • The Galway Shawl
  • + many jigs & reels

Pop Songs

  • I'm A Believer // The Monkees
  • Sweet Caroline // Neil Diamond
  • Why Do Fools Fall In Love // Frankie Lymon (and many others!)
  • Can't Buy Me Love // The Beatles
  • Fields Of Gold // Sting/Eva Cassidy
  • Moondance // Van Morrison
  • Brown Eyed Girl // Van Morrison
  • Have I Told You Lately // Van Morrison
  • Hound Dog/Whole Lotta Shaking // Elvis/Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Honky Tonk Woman // The Rolling Stones
  • Can't Buy Ne Love // Van Morrison
  • Don't Stop // Fleetwood Mac
  • California Dreaming // The Mammas and the Papas
  • Help Me Rhonda // Beach Boys
  • Ring Of Fire // Johnny Cash
  • Tequilla // Instrumental
  • Hit The Road Jack // Ray Charles
  • Fairytale Of New York // The Pogues
  • Wonderful World // Sam Cooke

Dances (The Celtic Ceilidh Band call a mixture of simple and fun ceilidh dances)

  • 9 Pin
  • The Gay Gordons
  • Flying Scotsman
  • Saint Bernards Waltz
  • Strip the willow
  • The Bridge Of Athlone
  • The Witch Reel
  • Ping
  • Window Washers
  • The Virginia Reel
  • Lucky 7
  • The Sarcasian Circle
" We had a great day from start to finish. The venue food and music were all perfect. Specifically the Celtic ceilidh band were first rate. We had used them before and were impressed then. At our wedding reception they surpassed that first experience. We wanted a simple first dance that involved others quickly. This they did and by the end of it the floor was full and remained so throughout their two sets. The ceilidh was brilliant, getting confirmed non dancers involved, their ability to quietly get people organised adds greatly to their undoubted first rate musical ability. After the break, they switched effortlessly to pop music, showing their vast repertoire. Everyone had a fantastic time and we cannot recommend them highly enough. Also we would recommend Gigz highly, they are organised, efficient and make good use of technology to aid communication between client and band. We would highly recommend Gigz. "
Alan Watt | The Tythe Barn | 30 August 2015
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" Just to say everyone thought they were fantastic. Thank you so much for all your help and Happy Christmas. "
Anna Berry | Meadway Sports and Social | 23 November 2013
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" Just wanted to say a really huge thank you to The Celtic Ceilidh Band for the live music at our party. It was a fantastic night - everyone throroughly enjoyed themsleves and the band contributed immensley to the atmosphere and fun we all had. They were brilliant in every way. Discreet setting up, flexible in their timing and responsive to the moods and tastes of our guests. I received so many positive comments about the night and most mentioned how impressed they were with the quality of the musicians. There was a splattering of Irish among the guests too, who enjoyed every minute! The band played some great choices of music and certainly got everyone up on the dance floor, which is what I had hoped for. "
Sally & Andy | Rutland | 21 July 2012
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" I wanted to get in touch and say thank you again for the fantastic music & service you provided during our wedding .... was really pleased at how much everyone enjoyed the music, and the dancing - we have had lots of positive feedback. John deserves a medal I think for managing to whip everyone into (some sort! of) shape. We had a lovely day, but you definitely made our evening. "
Heather & Tim | Bedfordshire | 5 May 2012
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" The Celtic Ceilidh Band play with passion, artistry and an easy going good humour, each in good measure for a night to remember "
Time Out | UK | 5 August 2011
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What's included

  • Standard Line Up:

    4 piece with Guitar/Vocals // keyboards/Whistles // Cajon drum // Violin // Vocals // Caller
  • Performance Times:

    2 x 50 minute sets
  • Standard Arrival Time:

    6pm for evening performance
  • Standard Finish Time:

    12am
  • Set Up Time:

    1 hour
  • Set Up Completion:

    7pm
  • Act dress Code:

    Traditional Ceilidh/Folk
  • Ideal Performance Area:

    2 m x 4 m but can be smaller
  • Power Requirements:

    Access to 2 separate 13amp sockets. They will not use more than 4000 Watts (4K) of power (including lighting)
  • Full PA system (included in quote):

    Suitable for up to 300 people
  • Play Client's iPod playlist through acts's PA:

    Included in fee
  • Public Liability Insurance:

    yes
  • Equipment PAT Tested:

    yes
  • Food/Drinks Required:

    4 x Hot meals please
  • PA/Mic for Use With Speeches:

    yes

How we manage your booking

Booking an act with Gigz is just the begining. To make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible on the day;

  • We will send you a secure online booking form. This page can be saved on your computer and accessed and updated as often as you like.
  • Your event manager will be in touch via email and phone regularly througout the build up to your event.
  • We can arrange for your act to call you should want to discuss tings with them directly.
  • We will liasie with your event coordinator or venue manager to ensure that they are happy with all the logistics.
  • You will be given a contact mobile number for your Gigz event manager should you need to contact them on the day of your event.
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