Services From Pipley Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band
Pipley Barn dance and Ceilidh Band is based in Bath but available to play for barn dances and ceilidhs in Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Consisting of 6 experienced musicians + caller, Pipley will provide your event with dances that everyone can join in and enjoy. Suitable for all ages and abilities. The band plays a mixture of English, Scottish, Irish, American, Australian and Russian tunes. All styles are there – reels, jigs, waltzes, and dances range from ‘easy’ to ‘more challenging’.
Read our testimonials to find out more:
“Thank you for making our party go with a swing, lots of friends complimented your music and everyone had a great evening. Your caller remained wonderfully calm and cheerful despite the hilarious mayhem – perfect! Thanks again for a fantastic night. We all had a brilliant time." Ann and Sandra, Bath, June 2018
“A huge thank you to you and the rest of the band for the fantastic set on Friday night. You all sounded great, and I’ve heard lots of positive comments from our dancers. I’m hopeful there will be a next time – everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and with any luck some word of mouth will get round about how much fun it was.” Chair, Moorlands School PTA, Bath, April 2018
Sue• Jan. 25, 2020
Fantastic evening, The Nestling Trust are delighted to give Pipley Ceilidh 5 stars! Our fundraising event was a huge success thanks to the great music and enthusiastic musicians and caller. Cannot speak too highly of them all, who went out of their way to ensure our guests had great fun - so much so we’ve had numerous requests to run a similar event soon! Very professional band with a very personal approach. Thank you.
Rebecca Jones• March 2, 2019
My partner Becky organised Pipley Dance and Ceilidh Band for my surprise 30th birthday party and I cannot recommend them highly enough! We had such a brilliant time and the band really made it the perfect celebration. As a group we were mixed abilities and ages, but everyone got involved at some point and we have had so many wonderful comments from guests about how much they enjoyed it! Rachel and the band were so friendly and such talented musicians. Their caller is excellent, offering really clear instructions and was great at making people feel welcome. I have been to a number of ceilidhs over the last few years and I definitely think that they are the best band I have seen. I just hope that we can go to see them again soon! Thanks to the band for being part of the celebration and making so many wonderful memories. Rob
Wendy• Nov. 1, 2021
We would certainly give Pipley Band 5 stars! They played for my 70th birthday party and barn dance, and all had a fantastic time! - great music and all of the musicians were professional and yet very friendly and easy- going. The caller, Patrick, was enthusiastic and able to judge well the abilities (and maybe also the stamina ! ) of the group and certainly managed to get nearly everyone dancing, some of whom had hardly danced at all and certainly not for years! Communication and arrangements were also very good. We all had great fun and we would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Pipley to others planning a similar event.
Katie• Aug. 8, 2021
We were lucky enough to have Pipley play at our engagement party last night – they were fantastic and could not recommend them enough. Their lively, upbeat dances got everyone involved from 3yrs – 68yrs old, and the room was filled with a lot of laughter the whole evening! If your looking for a barn dance in the Bath area look no further, total professionals and a great event.
Helen• Sept. 4, 2019
Wow, what an incredible evening! Thank you to the entire Pipley band, you were amazing. Our guests loved that we had a live band who played so beautifully. It made the evening so special. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Pipley. The band is so professional and easy going. Massive thank you!
Polly• June 6, 2019
Many thanks indeed for such a great party atmosphere on Friday. You have certainly made some ceilidh converts in the young brigade who had never done it before! We all had a great time and there were numerous comments from friends about how great you were. Please do pass on our grateful thanks to all the band
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
Pipley Barn Dance and Ceilidh band plays traditional music from the British Isles and beyond, with a caller to lead people of all ages through traditional formation dances.
What are the highlights of your career?
Pipley Barn dance and Ceilidh Band musicians come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and have come together fairly recently to share their love of folk tunes. They enjoy seeing people having a great time on the dance floor under the expert guidance of their caller.
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
We have an interesting musical line up and it is important to us to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable evening.
What kind of events do you usually serve?
We often play for occasion birthdays, charity events, PTA events and weddings where the focus is on having fun and encouraging people to mix on the dance floor.
Who are your previous clients?
Recently we have played for a range of birthday and anniversary parties as well as charity events.
How can event planners pay for your services?
We ask for a £50 deposit at the time of booking, payable by bank transfer, cheque or cash and then the remainder of the fee can be paid in cash at the beginning of the event.
How long do you play for?
This is agreed with the event organisers in advance, depending on their requirements, but there is usually time for about 2 hours of dancing.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
We can bring our own PA, but do not usually use extra lighting.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
We have PLI and band equipment has been PAT tested.
How much space do you require?
We need enough room for 6 people and their instruments. Normally church halls, school halls, community halls etc can accommodate us easily.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
Our tunes are suited to the dances which the caller chooses to suit the event. We are happy for you to request a particular folk tune and we will see if it can be included.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
The format of the evening is flexible, depending on the event planner's requirements. It usually depends on how fit and active the dancers are!
Traditional music for ceilidh dancing. No need to be an expert danced as our caller will be there to lead you through each dance and remind you what to do.