Stomping Boondocks - Folk & Ceilidh Band

Dorchester, Dorset
Verified bookings: 37
Reviews: 15
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Stomping Boondocks - Folk & Ceilidh Band

'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: £950 per event

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A lively Ceilidh & Folk Cover band with songs from Britain & beyond. Repertoire on request, catering to both modern & traditional themes

We are available for weddings, corporate events, parties, functions & everything in between, from stately home to back garden!

Booking for a wedding?

We have a few different wedding services that we can offer - so if you want to combine parts, mix & match or have a different idea, do talk to us! From accompaniment in the ceremony & afternoon receptions, to up-tempo foot-stomping evening attractions we can tailor our approach. We offer DJ services for in between sets & to finish off the evening if you're looking for some big-time hits to send you off into the night!

Looking for a Ceilidh?

A Ceilidh (Kay-Lee), is a traditional Scottish or Irish social event, with traditional music & dancing. Think of it like a Barn Dance!

Our Caller's job is to teach you the moves & ensure you roughly know what to do! Our Caller will also ensure there's always people on the dance floor - probably while cracking a joke & making sure everyone is having a great time! Always a fun evening – you’ll be surprised at how many guests really enjoy themselves – especially when they see all their friends making a fool of themselves too!

But don’t worry, we wont make fun of you – we might even join you for a dance!

Is Ceilidh dancing hard?

Never! There are experts out there, however we have performed ceilidhs for children, retirement communities & all manner of ages & abilities. Our Caller is specifically there to assist you throughout. Plus, its always more fun if it goes a little bit wrong!!

What about when you’re not playing?

We will normally have a short break halfway through to give everyone a rest. During this, we'll have a genre specific playlist ready. Unless you ask for anything specific, it will suit the theme of the night & be similar to our own style. If you'd rather your own choices, this can be arranged prior to the event date.

15 Reviews
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Isaac Murphy

April 5, 2024

Karl and the rest of the band absolutely made our night! They managed to wrangle a 100+ crowd and get them on their feet for a ceilidh. Karl was an excellent caller and adapted instructions and routines as he went, ensuring everyone felt welcome and included. The music was full of energy and exactly what we were after; as a family of Murphys, we were very happy with the song/dance choices and loved every second.

Karl was communicative throughout the booking and planning process, ensuring everything was prepped well in advance of our wedding day. We honestly could not be happier, and neither could our guests: it was the highlight of the night for many, and we couldn't have picked a better band.

A massive diolch yn fawr from Mr and Mrs Murphy!

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Lydia Morton

July 8, 2023

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 sorting out all of our sound needs throughout the reception. Before the day, Karl had been really helpful and clearly communicated everything to us, and on the day everything ran so smoothly. Many of our guests said how talented the band was and how it was the best Ceilidh they’d been to. I highly recommend that you book them for your event!!

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Maria Arthurs-Hartnett

Feb. 29, 2020

Stomping Boondocks were perfect at our wedding - they were talented, engaging and lots of fun! We were very impressed and would absolutely recommend the band :)

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Kirsten Clunies-Ross

Aug. 31, 2019

We hired the Stomping Boondocks for our wedding reception and they were absolutely fantastic! Most of the guests had never done a ceilidh before but all of them were raving about it after the event. Very responsive with communication before the event also.

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Amy Edwards

Aug. 3, 2019

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 trying to find another event we can get them at! Highly highly recommend!

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Richard Jackson

June 14, 2019

What an amazing time we had dancing to the Stomping Boondocks. They guys were great from start to finish and made sure the party will be one everyone remembers. Communication from start to finish was excellent and I highly recommend these guys should you want to get your guests up on the floor.



  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:

    A Ceilidh / Barn Dance / Folk band, providing lively entertainment for your function or wedding. We have vast experience performing as a Ceilidh band (with caller), alongside playing festivals and pubs as a more common function band.

  • What are the highlights of your career?

    Performing at weddings across the UK and Europe. Performing at festivals in the South of England.

  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

    We have accumulated over 60 years of folk / ceilidh experience, with a dedicated caller and an extensive repertoire of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English tunes. We also bring a lively affair, rather than being a drab band, we bring a LOT of energy and enthusiasm to our performances.

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Weddings / Corporate Functions / Festivals / Special Days (St Patricks Day, Burns Night etc) / Birthday Parties

  • How can event planners pay for your services?

    BACS transfer, Cash, Cheque, Paypal

  • How long do you play for?

    This is entirely dependent on the event and the requirements, although we do ask for a break every one hour fifteen minutes, to give everyone a quick rest! We will provide music while we break.

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    Yes - full high end PA System, Lighting and all other required equipment. All PAT tested.

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

    Fully PAT tested and Public Liability Insurance up to £10m - certificate is available on request

  • How much space do you require?

    We are a five piece band, with drummer, guitarist, bass player, fiddle player and caller. As such, we need a bit of space, but just ask, as we can slim down quite easily!

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    Please ask! Our list is in no way extensive, it is there just to give you a flavour of what we do. We may already know it! If not, given enough notice, we can learn it!

  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    Normally one every hour and a half or so, however, this entirely depends on your requirements. These can be 5 minutes, or, we can break while evening meals are served or whatever it might be. We will NEVER leave you with silence unless requested, and will ensure some appropriate music is played while we break.

  • What style of music do you offer?

    Irish, Scottish, Folk, Covers.

  • Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?

    It is definitely possible, and we will always try our best to meet all requests.

  • Do you do open-air acts?

    Of course.

Set List/Services

Tunes, Jigs & Reels

We put together our set lists with an ever evolving selection of traditional tunes to accompany our dances, here are just a few:

Rochdale Coconut Dance
The Sloe
Jump At The Sun
Lannigan’s Ball
Auld Lang Syne
John Ryan’s Polka
Indian Point
King of The Faeries
Ten Penny Bit

The Hits!

Whilst everyone loves a good ol’ dance, nothing beats singing along to your favourites! Get your voices warmed up ready for these:

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tell Me Ma - Traditional
Galway Girl - Ed Sheeran
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Come On Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Beautiful Day - The Levellers
Drunken Sailor - Traditional
London Town - Bellowhead
Irish Rover - Traditional
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
In The Morning - Razorlight

The Request Show!

Are you looking for a specific tune or song that isn’t listed above? There’s a good chance we know it, or can provide it for your booking.