Ceilidh & folk bands for hire

Hire a ceilidh, folk or barn dance band to perform English, Irish and Scottish music for all ages

Our folk bands are perfect for family get-togethers and relaxed events. Our Irish or Scottish ceilidh bands play uptempo jigs and reels such as the Gay Gordons, Strip The Willow and The Eightsome Reel, and range in size from 3-piece to 10-piece bands. A starting line-up might consist of fiddle, acoustic guitar and bodhran, with larger line-ups adding caller, as well as instruments like banjo, mandolin, accordion, flute piano, drums and bass.

Ceilidh dancing is a great way of bringing people together and involving all ages at weddings, parties, family gatherings and anniversaries. And you don’t need to know the steps – most bands offer an optional caller to take you through the moves.

Our traditional English and Irish folk bands perform shanties, ballads and traditional songs such as Fields Of Anthenry and Whiskey In The Jar as well as more recent songs by The Pogues and The Dubliners.

We also have barn dance bands specialising in English or American country music (think square dances, hoedowns and line dances!)

If you’re booking a band for your wedding and can’t decide between ceilidh or a rock & pop function band, you don’t need to choose – some wedding ceilidh bands can offer rock & pop party sets or a DJ service after their sets of ceilidh music.

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from£615

Allemande Ceilidh Band

  • Manchester
  • 3-10
  • (5)

Youthful and lively party/wedding ceilidh band made up of professional musicians and a caller, performing a repertoire of traditional Scottish dance music. Available additional musicians or DJ service.

Between Friends
from£735

Between Friends

  • Nottinghamshire
  • 3-4
  • (5)

Versatile and lush-sounding ceilidh, barn dance and folk band, featuring both male and female vocals and calling. As well as traditional music, the band can perform a selection of classic and modern pop music, making them suitable for a wide range of events.

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from£740

Jolange

  • London
  • 3
  • (5)

Popular folk band playing Irish and Scottish ceilidh music, barn dances, bluegrass and even a few modern pop songs in a traditional style. Available with caller for ceilidhs and barn dances.

The Moonshiners
from£430

The Moonshiners

  • Cambridge
  • 3-4
  • (3)

Energetic ceilidh, folk and barn dance band, playing everything from Irish, English and Scottish classics through to old-time American and classical piano. The Moonshiners will throw it all together and make sure everyone has a good time! The band also come with the option of adding a caller to your booking.

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from£430

Wildwood Folk Duo

  • Devon
  • 2
  • (6)

Engaging and authentic acoustic folk duo with both male and female vocals, playing popular songs by artists such as Coldplay, Jake Bugg and The Beatles, in their own inimitable style. The duo can perform unplugged and provide a DJ service where requested.

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from£430

Mavericks

  • Bristol
  • 2
  • (2)

Lively charismatic fiddle and guitar duo playing everything from Irish traditional music to pop songs and rock music!

Merrily Kiss
from£625

Merrily Kiss

  • London
  • 3-6
  • (11)

Lively ceilidh band specialising in Irish and Scottish songs, dances and tunes and featuring both male and female vocals. With the option of an experienced caller as well as additional musicians, they will ensure you are dancing all night!

The Black Velvet Band
from£615

The Black Velvet Band

  • Sheffield
  • 4-5
  • (2)

The Black Velvet band are ideal for ceilidh dancing at weddings, parties and functions. A caller is available who will guide you through the dances and get guests pointing in the same direction. If you have never been to a ceilidh before, don't worry, the band will dance and play to suit both new and experienced dancers.

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from£800

The Premier Ceilidh Band

  • Ayrshire
  • 1-4

Popular Scottish Ceilidh band featuring a charismatic caller and a former Scottish National Fiddle Champion! This internationally acclaimed group have performed all over the UK and Europe. Solo fiddle, accordion & fiddle duo, fiddle & guitar duo, string trio or quartet also available!

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from£740

The Swashbucklers

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (3)

Thrilling performances of rum-soaked traditional maritime folk music, classic Irish folk and the occasional cheeky contemporary cover plus fun pirate troubadour costumes!

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from£365

Wildlight Duo

  • London
  • 2
  • (3)

Vibrant, modern acoustic duo playing the latest pop songs, ideal for weddings and background music.

The Rare Old Mountain Dew
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from£980

The Jumping Tommys

  • London
  • 4-5
  • (3)

Compelling bluegrass, Irish and gypsy jazz band serving up a lively blend of toe-tapping tunes. Available to book with DJ service and afternoon jazz sets for non-stop music throughout the day.

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from£735

The Flying Sergeants

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (5)

Multi-talented ceilidh and folk band playing a mix of traditional English, Celtic and Eastern European styles for any event whether foot stompin' evening parties or mellow afternoon sessions. Available with caller for ceilidh dances.

Ho Hey / Little Lion Man / Jolene / Wagon Wheel
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from£920

Wildwood Folk

  • Devon
  • 4
  • (7)

Upbeat and rousing new folk-infused acoustic pop band with joint male and female vocals – ideal for vintage and festival fans alike! The band have won plaudits from modern folk hero Seth Lakeman, as well as featured on the BBC.

The Gleneagles Ceilidh Band
from£885

The Gleneagles Ceilidh Band

  • Stirlingshire
  • 4
  • (2)

Nationally cherished Scottish ceilidh band who have featured on BBC's Monarch of the Glen and STV's Heartless! Additional ceilidh horn section, caller and DJ services are all available.

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from£670

Box & Fiddle Dance Band

  • London
  • 4-6
  • (6)

Fun and friendly Ceilidh band playing Scottish, Irish, British, French and American tunes, featuring an experienced caller to get everyone dancing all the right steps! Additional musicians also available.

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from£1,475

Boho Folk

  • Buckinghamshire
  • 4
  • (7)

Talented young band playing the best of Mumford & Sons plus all your favourite rock and pop songs in their signature festival folk style! 3-piece band, acoustic sets and laptop DJ service also available.

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from£1,820

Folk Freakz

  • Surrey
  • 4
  • (3)

Fun folk-style covers band fronted by a female vocalist and performing both modern and classic songs in a Mumford & Sons style. Acoustic duo and extra sets also available.

Heron Ceilidh Band
from£615

Heron Ceilidh Band

  • Norwich
  • 5
  • (10)

Ceilidh band playing Scottish and Irish Ceilidh dances and barn dances for all the family! The band comes with a caller to make sure your guests can get involved with the dancing and various line-up options are also available.

Jumping Joan Ceilidh Band
from£735

Jumping Joan Ceilidh Band

  • Lancashire
  • 5-6
  • (4)

Experienced Ceilidh band playing traditional English, Scottish and Irish music for dancing. Caller also available.

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from£1,535

O'Reallys Ceilidh Band

  • London
  • 5-10
  • (8)

Cheerful ceilidh band who play all your favourite rock and pop party hits alongside more traditional folk pieces. Perfect for ceilidh dancing at weddings, parties and events! The band come with an experienced caller and can be booked as a trio or 10-piece line-up too.

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from£490

Partizan

  • London
  • 4-5

First-class female-fronted Balkan folk band with a varied collection of traditional songs ranging from Klezmer to Gypsy and Eastern European. Additional singer also available.

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from£470

The Caledonians

  • Fife
  • 2-4
  • (6)

Fun and lively ceilidh duo, whose unique line-up includes a mix of instruments, dances, and folk songs. A caller is included and a four piece line-up upgrade is also available.

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from£820

The Ceilidh Champs

  • London
  • 3-6
  • (4)

London’s finest young folk musicians play Irish and Scottish dance music, with caller included! Wide variety of line-ups available.

The Coisir Ceilidh Band
from£645

The Coisir Ceilidh Band

  • Kent
  • 3-4
  • (9)

Acclaimed ceilidh and barn dance band playing a mix of traditional Irish, Scottish, English and Americana for dancing or listening. Available with caller and extra musicians.


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