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Hire Ceilidh Band in London

Hiring a ceilidh band is a brilliant idea for weddings, birthday parties & corporate events in London. We provide both traditional instrumental ceilidh bands, as well as cover ceilidh bands, who play a variety of repertoire – from classic Scottish and Irish folk to modern hits.

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Ceilidh Bands in London

All our ceilidh bands for hire in London will provide all necessary equipment, PA, will set up before the event to make sure the party goes smoothly. A classic traditional 3-piece ceilidh band + a caller can fit even small venues and will require approximately 3m x 4m space.

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'Wraggle Taggle' Traditional Ceilidh Band & Caller
5( 21 reviews )
• 32 bookings
London

'Wraggle Taggle' Traditional Ceilidh Band & Caller

Wraggle Taggle are a professional award-winning and talented band traditional Ceilidh band with many years of experience. Can tailor a band to your particular requirements.

 
from £855 / per event
'Kingsfolk' For an Exciting Ceilidh Experience
5( 12 reviews )
• 19 bookings
Croydon

'Kingsfolk' For an Exciting Ceilidh Experience

With Kingsfolk you are going to get an evening of brilliant, live music and a caller who will encourage everyone up onto the dance floor. Everyone will have lots of fun.

 
from £550 / per event
'Spring Heel Jacks' Dynamic Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band
5( 11 reviews )
• 3 bookings
Chelmsford

'Spring Heel Jacks' Dynamic Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band

If you want a cracking ceilidh, blistering barn dance or humming hoedown, possibly including some sizzling folk songs and instrumentals, look no further.

 
from £600 / per event
Terrific & High-Energy Ceilidh Band 'Climax' with Caller
5( 8 reviews )
• 14 bookings
Maidstone

Terrific & High-Energy Ceilidh Band 'Climax' with Caller

This is a terrific and high-energy performance that will bring your guests to the dance floor with traditional ceilidh music!

 
from £850 / per event
'Newick Folk' Authentic Ceilidh Band & Caller
5( 12 reviews )
• 14 bookings
East Sussex

'Newick Folk' Authentic Ceilidh Band & Caller

This three piece ceilidh band and caller are a terrific addition to any event and provides lively, authentic Scottish entertainment.

 
from £600 / per event
Highly Skilled Ceilidh Band & Caller 'Over The Moon'
5( 2 reviews )
• 2 bookings
Brighton

Highly Skilled Ceilidh Band & Caller 'Over The Moon'

We are a highly skilled and tight ceilidh band of 3 musicians plus an expert caller who have been working together for 20 years plus.

 
from £650 / per event
'Buchanan' Brings Together Traditional Scottish Music
5( 4 reviews )
• 5 bookings
Brighton

'Buchanan' Brings Together Traditional Scottish Music

This brilliant band brings together traditional Scottish music to create a lively atmosphere at any special occasion.

 
from £750 / per event
A2 Barn Dance Band Good fun for all occasions
5( 11 reviews )
• 4 bookings
Faversham

A2 Barn Dance Band Good fun for all occasions

We want you to have the time of your lives and we're committed to making this the best barn dance you've ever been to.

 
from £650 / per event
Experienced & Energetic 'Swing The Bridge' Ceilidh Band
5( 1 review )
• 2 bookings
Kent

Experienced & Energetic 'Swing The Bridge' Ceilidh Band

'Swing The Bridge' is an Experienced, Energetic and Professional Folk/Rock Ceilidh Band performing lively traditional tunes!

 
from £950 / per event
'Swing the Bridge' Folk & Rock Ceilidh Band
🎉 New to Poptop
Herne Bay

'Swing the Bridge' Folk & Rock Ceilidh Band

We play lively traditional tunes in a fresh, modern way often coupled with a more up to date tune or song which might offer one or two surprises!

 
from £995 / per event
Elie Rees Ceilidh Band with Experience Caller
5( 3 reviews )
• 13 bookings
Brandon

Elie Rees Ceilidh Band with Experience Caller

Ceilidh/Barn dance band. 3 musicians & a caller teaching the dances includes well known folk artists & experienced ceilidh players. Gorgeous music, great caller for a fun, hassle-free event.

 
from £1000 / per event
Wild West & American Hoedown Barn Dance with 'Blazing Saddles'
5( 5 reviews )
• 5 bookings
Bradford On Avon

Wild West & American Hoedown Barn Dance with 'Blazing Saddles'

For an American themed hoedown or a barn dance with a twist Blazing saddles are the band for you. Great music, fun calling a party which you will remember with a big smile.

 
from £1100 / per event
'Spill The Whisky' Fantastic Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band
5( 13 reviews )
• 19 bookings
Bradford On Avon

'Spill The Whisky' Fantastic Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band

A ceilidh should be a fun event, even if you have never danced before. Spill The Whisky are a professional fun ceilidh/barn dance band featuring great musicians.

 
from £950 / per event
'Stomping Boondocks' Ceilidh & Folk Cover Band
5( 14 reviews )
• 36 bookings
Dorchester

'Stomping Boondocks' Ceilidh & Folk Cover Band

As an experienced function band, we have a wealth of experience performing at all manner of events! We'll ensure your ceilidh is unforgettable!

 
from £850 / per event
'Phil Preen' Traditional Ceilidh Band & Dance Caller
5( 12 reviews )
• 13 bookings
Frome

'Phil Preen' Traditional Ceilidh Band & Dance Caller

No matter the special occasion, a traditional Ceilidh or barn dance band will entertain you and your guests with brilliant Scottish, English, American and Irish music.

 
from £500 / per event
'Triple Scotch' Talented Ceilidh Band with Dance Caller
6 bookings
Manchester

'Triple Scotch' Talented Ceilidh Band with Dance Caller

Rest assured you'll be in safe hands whether you are a ceilidh novice or expert, and the sheer quality of the playing and calling is unrivalled.

 
from £1250 / per event
'The Jacobites' Combining Traditional Music with Modern Twist
5( 7 reviews )
Edinburgh

'The Jacobites' Combining Traditional Music with Modern Twist

The Jacobites are an exceptional ceilidh band based in Edinburgh that offer professional ceilidhs for weddings, festivals and events. We offer a ceilidh with a difference.

 
from £1200 / per event
'The Haggis Chasers' Scottish Ceilidh Band
5( 7 reviews )
• 1 booking
Edinburgh

'The Haggis Chasers' Scottish Ceilidh Band

Performing together for over 15 years bringing an exciting and energetic ceilidh experience to our customers without losing our heritage and roots in Traditional Scottish Dance-Band Music.

 
from £1000 / per event

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Dance the Night Away with the Ceilidh Band 'Blag'

5( 36 reviews )
• 85 bookings

We will teach you and your guest's well-known barn dances including all the Scottish favourites. We are experienced in teaching novices, understanding that it is more important that people have fun and keep dancing, rather than the dances being perfect! We also play an eclectic mix of songs from around the globe for your guests to dance or relax to, between the Ceilidh dances. We have performed on both TV and radio, including being featured in 'Loose Ends' on Radio 4.

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Our group has over 25 years of experience performing in the UK and at festivals internationally. Our aim is to get everyone dancing and hope everyone at your event has an amazing time. Our whole group loves performing together and our energy really shows on stage!

from £700 / per event
Dance the Night Away with the Ceilidh Band 'Blag'

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Set up & soundcheck before the event

Reviews for Ceilidh Bands in London

Read verified reviews from real clients, who booked with Poptop in London

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Rebecca D
• 17 December 2022

Booked with Poptop

The O'Marleys were the perfect band for my Irish Father-in-law's 80th birthday party. They were so friendly and entertaining and all the guests loved the music. Communication before the event was eas…
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Lydia M
• 08 July 2023

Booked with Poptop

Genuinely the best band and the best choice for our wedding day! We had a massive Ceilidh which was super fun! The band went above and beyond, setting up at the venue before guests arrived and sortin…
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Jo-Anne E
• 06 November 2021

Booked with Poptop

Great night, band were brilliant and the caller, Mary made the evening,! Easy, friendly, clear instruction. Enjoyed by all, the youngest, the eldest and all the ones (who had a one too many) in-betwe…
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Amy E
• 03 August 2019

Booked with Poptop

The Stomping Boondocks were fantastic! So glad we were able to have them at our a wedding. They got even the most awkward people dancig and everyone raving about how much fun they had had! We're even…
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Mark E
• 25 March 2023

Booked with Poptop

I booked Blag to provide the entertainment at my Retirement Ceilidh last Saturday and they were absolutely tremendous. With their fiddle player acting as caller, they guided a novice crowd of dancer…
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Rebecca W
• 22 September 2018

Booked with Poptop

Great communication from the band from the outset. I couldn't recommend them enough, I had them for the evening entertainment at my wedding and they were a great hit! Everyone got up and danced, it w…

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a ceilidh band?

A ceilidh band is a set of two to three people that perform ceilidh, a combination of Irish, Scottish, and English folk music. Also, ceilidh bands offer a twist to old folk songs and sing modern music. Their band features a fiddler, an accordionist, and a caller, to entertain everyone and help them learn different dances. Other instruments used by ceilidh bands include; pipes, guitar, acoustic, piano, drums, and amplifier. Ceilidh bands are becoming more popular because of the exciting atmosphere they bring to events.

How much does a ceilidh band for hire in London cost?

The average cost a ceilidh band for hire in London will charge you for an event is between £750 to £1300. However, the price of a ceilidh band on Poptop is between £727 to £1265. There is no set price to hire a ceilidh band in London because your event location, the number of members in the band, and travel expenses influence the price. You can get an instant quote for your event when you submit your event information on Poptop.

How can I get a ceilidh band to play my favourite song even if it is not on the setlist?

Most ceilidh bands in London will be willing to accept song requests. However, they may charge you an extra fee if your song request is not on their setlist. They will consider your song if it can be performed with their standard instrument because every band has its own inimitable style. So, not all ceilidh bands accept song requests. You can always check with the suppliers on Poptop to confirm if this service is included in their booking option.

How long is a ceilidh band's performance?

Our ceilidh bands available for hire in London have varying set durations, depending on your preference. Sets available include 2 x 45 minutes performances with a 30 minute break, 2 x 1 hour 45 minutes performances with a 30 minutes break, and 2 x 1 hour performances with a 15 minute break. For further details of a ceilidh wedding performance, navigate to the service you are querying for a more detailed description. Their varying set durations provide you with more of a choice in how long you want the performance to last, regardless of the set time - a live ceilidh band is guaranteed to get the party started.

Can I discuss a setlist before the event?

When you hire a London ceilidh band to perform at your event, the band will discuss the setlist with you as the party host prior to their performance - answering any queries that you may have. Each ceilidh band has their own setlist which can be found in the description of the service. It’s important to note that not all bands will accept song requests, however, some of our ceilidh bands will be more than happy to perform your favourite songs on request. Many of our ceilidh bands in London are not limited to just folk music, with some also playing rock and/or pop covers.

Will a London ceilidh band provide all the necessary equipment?

Our ceilidh bands available for hire in London will arrive at your event with their PAT (portable appliance testing) tested sound equipment. Musicians within the ceilidh band will turn up to your event ahead of time to ensure that they have sufficient time for set-up and soundcheck, prior to their performance. Musicians will have a dedicated area at your venue for their equipment, and will clear everything away after the performance has ended, leaving you to enjoy the event along with your guests. Our London ceilidh bands are professional musicians with high-quality equipment to ensure the perfect performance at a ceilidh wedding, or any other event.

Who is a caller in a ceilidh band?

Traditionally, most ceilidh bands are made up of two musicians (accordion and fiddle) plus a caller. The role of the caller is to teach all of your guests the dance. The general format of ceilidh callers is to talk through each move, and encourage your guests to try it out in-turn. After a couple of practices comes the main performance, which is when the incredible ceilidh band will play along as you and your guests dance. Ceilidh callers generally want to make it a relaxed and fun time for everyone involved, even if you’ve never heard of a ceilidh before!

How many guests do I need for a ceilidh?

If you’re looking to hire one of our London ceilidh bands to perform at your next event, then we recommend a minimum of around 8-10 guests to make up one dancing group - but, of course, the more the merrier. For a bigger event, such as a ceilidh wedding performance, between 20-30 people is perfect for the famous Strip the Willow dance. It’s always better to have more people than suggested as it allows guests to sit down and have a breather while other guests get up and dance along, and also not everyone may necessarily want to get up and join in with the performance.

What type of events are a ceilidh band good for?

Our ceilidh bands, London, are an incredible option for entertainment at any event. Ceilidh bands are a great ice-breaker, and they encourage your guests to get up on their feet and mingle with other guests. The friendly ceilidh callers keep the vibe both relaxed and fun, while offering an inclusive form of entertainment that even amateur dancers can enjoy. Whether it’s for a business conference, a ceilidh wedding, or any other celebration - our ceilidh bands available for hire in London are guaranteed to make your next event a party to remember!

When should I hire a ceilidh band in London?

If you’re looking to book one of our London ceilidh bands to perform at your next event, then we recommend doing so in advance so that you have a better variety of bands to choose from. The high seasons for our London ceilidh bands are wedding season, which is primarily in the summer, and the Christmas period. Depending on the ceilidh band you are looking to hire, some are available to accept requests as near as 1 day prior to the event date. To find out about our London ceilidh bands availability for a required date, fill in details of your event above.