Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band

London
From: £450
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Reviews: 11
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Price from: £450
We are flexible enough as regards personnel, instrumentation and musical style to be able to tailor a band to your specific requirements, and go out as anything from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller. All bands are punctual, smart and sober, but still good fun! Price shown is for a trio performing within 50 miles of North London. Additional musicians and caller also available. Contact us for a quote tailored to your event.

Want an award winning band of fun traditional musicians to perform at your wedding or any other event? Wraggle Taggle Ceilidh Band have performed for Mick Jagger, Robert Smith of the Cure, Princess Be...

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Joanna Bradley and Emily Lee

22 Jul 2018

All our guests thoroughly enjoyed it

"Hi Mick, Thank you so much for playing at our wedding at The Dreys last Sunday (15th July 2018 Sunday The Dreys, Rumstead Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7QL). We had a fantastic time, and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed it. Your caller (I've forgotten her name) was super patient and clear...

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Mary Birken

27 Oct 2018

Hi Mick

Jonathan and I wanted to thank you and the band for playing at our wedding reception (27th October 2018 Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD)

Everyone loved the music and the set dancing!

you did a great job at getting everyone up dancing and involving all the children too- they loved it! ...

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Michaela Croker

4 Oct 2018

"A fantastic evening!

"Hi Mick, Thank you so much to all of Wraggle Taggle for making my birthday a fantastic evening! (15th September 2018 Saturday The Plough Inn, 10 Tentelow Lane Norwood Green Middlesex UB2 4LG) I’ve had a few people ask for your details for various weddings/birthdays etc coming up! Best wishes" Michaela Cro...

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The Baroness McDonagh

22 Oct 2013

"We all loved the band"

"Dear Mick, many thanks for Sunday (20th October 2013 (trio) The Provenance, 62 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2BY) and being so flexible. We all loved the band and apologies for such cramped conditions. Best Wishes" The Baroness McDonagh (life peer in the House of Lords) 22nd October 2013

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Caitlin Douglas & Richard Mundy 9th Sept 2018

8 Sep 2018

Professional and polished ceildh band

Wraggle Taggle performed at a party to celebrate our wedding in South London. (8th September 2018 Saturday Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, London, SE25 6AB) In the lead-up to the party they were very organised and professional to deal with. On the day, they arrived in good time and pu...

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FAQ
How much space do you require?
How many of your guests are likely to want to dance at any one time? Inevitably some will sit out to drink, chat or have a rest. Others may be very keen to dance all night! Each set of eight couples facing each other need at least a square meter each plus a meter all round the set to dance in and out or behind. So for each 16 people 10 X 4 meters = 40 square meters. In an ideal world, please clear as much space as possible with chairs around the perimeter of the room for exhausted dancers to collapse into and a few tables. The band needs approximately 4 meters by 2 meters space though we can and often do squeeze into less space.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Full PA system and band lighting included as standard. It is not essential to bring the amplification. Wraggle Taggle will be delighted to perform acoustic too. Wraggle Taggle are really an acoustic band and (with your agreement) only use the amplification so they can be heard. They are sensitive musicians and will gladly turn down if you direct them to. Wraggle Taggle do bring colour changing floodlights to light the band.
What kind of events do you usually serve?
Weddings Civil Ceremonies Receptions Parties Festivals Pubs Clubs Schools Colleges Corporate functions Special events Wakes
What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
Wraggle Taggle provide a truly traditional music band tailored to your specific requirements. We are flexible enough as regards personnel, instrumentation and musical style to be able to tailor a band to your specific requirements, and go out as anything from a duo to a six-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without a caller. All bands are punctual, smart and sober, but still good fun! Satisfaction Guaranteed. Special Events. Friendly Atmosphere
What are the highlights of your career?
Founded by Mick Bailey (Guitar/vocals) in 1998, the band has many years of success including performances for Mick Jagger and Robert Smith of The Cure. Celebrities they've performed for include: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zoe Ball, Frank Skinner, Clive Anderson, Ian Hislop Stephen Fry, Alan Davis, Dara O'Briain, Sanjeev Bhaskhar, Meera Syal, Aimi MacDonald, Bert Weedon, Jon Snow, and Imelda Staunton.
Do you provide recorded music as well?
Wraggle Taggle do bring an iPod to provide similar background music in the breaks. A wide selection of tracks are available. The iPod can play from a few minutes after arrival and during set up as well as during the breaks. Wraggle Taggle's equipment can also be made available to play iPod before or after the performance for additional fees. Sometimes there is a disco after the ceilidh to provide music of other genres. As an alternative, Wraggle Taggle could play your iPod, tablet, or laptop selection using the band's equipment.
What about our first dance?
There is a tradition that the happy couple start the dancing with a slow romantic dance. It is a photo opportunity that could result in a treasured memento and the band has some beautiful suitable pieces to play. Wraggle Taggle will call other couples up to join you reasonably soon. Some couples ask for a favorite romantic track to be played via iPod or other device for their first dance. Other newlyweds do without the first dance and go straight in to the ceilidh. The band can start with a ceilidh dance featuring the two of you or one that doesn't do so. Nothing is so complicated that the band can't teach you on the night.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Wraggle Taggle use a Dynacord Powermate 600 Mixer Amp, two EV speakers and Shure SM58 microphones. This is sufficient for most venues. If your venue is very large or you have a lot of guests the band may need to hire something more powerful. It is not always essential to bring the amplification. However it may be too quiet without, though Wraggle Taggle are delighted to perform acoustic too. The equipment helps the band balance the instruments better. Your guests will have to be very attentive for the caller to be heard without a microphone. Wraggle Taggle are really an acoustic band and (with your agreement) only use the amplification so they can be heard. They are sensitive musicians and will gladly turn down if you direct them to. Wraggle Taggle don't use drums or electric instruments which are inherently louder.
How can event planners pay for your services?
Contact Pop Top initially to pay your deposit. The balance may be paid in advance directly to the bandleader Mick Bailey by bank transfer or in cash on arrival.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
Really the intention is to fit in with your arrangements. Sometimes it can be desirable for the band to take breaks e.g. for the cutting of the cake, speeches or buffet. Sometimes we play one long set as this suits the evening better.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
It may be possible to learn new material if you can allow sufficient time
How much space do you require?
The band needs approximately 4 meters by 2 meters space though we can and often do squeeze into less space. If possible Wraggle Taggle prefer to work from a proper stage. For ceilidh dancing, how many of your guests are likely to want to dance at any one time? Inevitably some will sit out to drink, chat or have a rest. Others may be very keen to dance all night! Each set of eight couples facing each other need at least a square meter each plus a meter all round the set to dance in and out or behind. So for each 16 people 10 X 4 meters = 40 square meters. In an ideal world, please clear as much space as possible with chairs around the perimeter of the room for exhausted dancers to collapse into and a few tables.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment included as standard
How long do you play for?
As a guide, two one hour sets or three 45min sets but really the intention is to fit in with your arrangements. Wraggle Taggle can play longer or for less time and are used to being flexible about timings on the night no party ever runs exactly to plan!
How long do you play for?
The aim is to fit in with clients' arrangements. I suggest two one hour sets or three 45 min sets as a guide. I am used to being flexible about timings on the night no party ever runs exactly to plan!
Who are your previous clients?
The band has many years of success including performances for Mick Jagger and Robert Smith of The Cure. Celebrities they've performed for include: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zoe Ball, Frank Skinner, Clive Anderson, Ian Hislop Stephen Fry, Alan Davis, Dara O'Briain, Sanjeev Bhaskhar, Meera Syal, Aimi MacDonald, Bert Weedon, Jon Snow, and Imelda Staunton.
Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
Wraggle Taggle are a professional award winning and talented band with many years' experience specialising in traditional music in pubs and clubs, and at schools and colleges, festivals, weddings, parties wakes and corporate functions.

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