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You can assume that all bands will have a caller to talk you through the
dances, though not all will mention this in their entry.
Aire Crossing Ceilidh Band
Enthusiasts of traditional acoustic music and dance, the Aire Crossing
Ceilidh Band performs music from the British Isles, Europe and America. The band comprises 6 musicians, 2 of whom
are experienced callers, playing a variety of accordion, melodeon,
guitar, banjo, bass guitar and whistle.
Contac: Roy Johnson Mobile: 07580007284
Website: http://www.airecrossingceilidhband.co.uk 02/14
All The Right Notes !
House Band at Leeds Contra Dance - Second and Fourth Tuesdays in
Headingley Parish Hall.
(Except July and August). A Lively English Folk / Ceilidh Dance Band,
with tunes mainly from Britain and North America.
Contact: Carole Sherwell
Website: http://alltherightnotes.weebly.com/ 04/19
Alterego Ceilidh Band
Three/four piece Ceilidh Band available for dancing/concerts/festivals
etc., playing traditional and self-written music and songs. Available to
play East/North/West Yorks. Various callers used depending on
location/type of event
Contact: Olga Jackson
Telephone: 01759 372020
Website: http://www.alteregocb.net 04/19
Aluinn Ceilidh Band
Top class Leeds, Yorkshire
based Ceilidh/Barndance Band. Great mix of Scottish, Irish, American and
English dances. Ideal for weddings, parties, corporate functions. All
dances clearly explained. Leeds, West Yorkshire
Contact: Aly Pryde
Mobile: 07812 411 521
Website: http://www.aluinn.co.uk 04/19
Bad Bargain Band York, North Yorkshire.
English traditional ceilidh band specialising in music and dances from
the north for all.
Contact: Jonathan Brockbank
Telephone: 01904 659600 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: http://www.badbargainband.co.uk/ 12/15
Big Stuffed Fish
No nonsense. Foot stomping good time Barn dance band. With a mix of traditional
folk tunes and fun ceilidh dances, young or old, you'll dance yourself
dizzy with us! Available for all types of events big and small.
Beginners dances, family events. parties. weddings,
Contact: Kevin Marshall
Telephone: 01909 519088
Black Sheep Ceilidh Band
Accordion, guitar, flute/piccolo/whistles. Own caller. Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Contact: Richard Watkinson Mobile: 07913 652582
Email: email@example.com 04/19
Blind Panic Ceilidh Band
Exciting ceilidh music in a driving contemporary style. Fiddle, accordion,
bass & guitar.
Contact: Dan Millward
Telephone: 07840 561056
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 04/19
The band was formed when a group of experienced ceilidh musicians
decided to form something a little different, with more emphasis on the
heavy driving beat, and the introduction of traditional and contemporary
song and music, to provide an overall entertainment package and create
the right party atmosphere. The band plays for weddings, birthday
parties, anniversaries, Irish nights, and of course village hops and
Contact: Martyn Cresswell
Address: 2 Hillside, Thornton Le Moor, Northallerton DL7 9DU Mobile: 07929479975
Email: email@example.com 04/19
Bracken Rigg Band South Yorkshire based, traditional Scottish accordion and
fiddle band, specialising in Scottish Ceilidh and English Barn Dances
for nearly 50 years. Extensive experience of organising weddings,
ceilidhs, parties, Burns' night/ St Andrew's night/ Hogmanay and St
Patrick's night events. Contact: Geoff Wright
10 Woodside Road, Scawthorpe, Doncaster,
South Yorkshire DN5 9LE Telephone: 01302 784561 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://brackenrigg.co.uk/ 04/19
Brassy Sharman's Fancy
Playing in N Lincs, N Notts and Yorkshire. Long established, well liked Ceilidh band
playing for barn dances, weddings, parties and fundraising events.
Playing electric folk music from England, Scotland and Ireland. Instruments include, harmonica, concertina,
melodeon, keyboards, bass guitar, six and twelve string guitar.
Contact: Peter Carney, Telephone: 01427 752582 Email: email@example.com
Roberta Fulford, Telephone: 01652 653217 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Rowbottom, Telephone: 01724 853239 Email: email@example.com 11/14
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Lively 3 piece English ceilidh band (flutr melodion and guitar)based in Sheffield. Available for weddings, parties, social
events etc for anyone from complete beginners to experienced dancers.
Own caller and PA. Contact: Charley Roberts Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.cadellin.co.uk/ 10/17
Capstick Ceilidh Band
We are an experienced 5 piece band covering a wide repertoire of
traditional folk music from across the British Isles and America. We provide the PA system, band and caller
and aim to provide a relaxed and fun time. Suitable for absolutely
everybody including first timers. All the dances are carefully
Contact: Hilary Pattison
Mobile: 07985 083950
Website: http://www.capstickceilidhband.co.uk 01/17
de Mowbray's Musicke
Peter Barnard, Kate Billmore, Kathleen Watson, Sammi Tooze and Ray Wiseman
play Medieval and Renaissance music on a wide range of
period instruments, sing and teach and display dances of that time. They
are available to play for period dances and workshops, concerts, fairs and
Telehone: 01427 873937
Website: http://www.demowbray.info 04/19
Dr ReelGood Ceilidh Band Dr.
ReelGood, the North's Acclaimed Ceilidh Clan, an authentic blend of
acoustic instruments and ceilidh calling for all occasions. No other
folk band transports the celtic tradition to today's celebration quite
like this bunch. Our versatile and seasoned caller Garry Grindall's
appealing approach is the perfect dancefloor invitation. Backed by a
noteworthy four-piece ensemble, together we'll make dancers of you yet!
Contact: Josh Blinkhorn
Phone: 01484 846008
Website: http://www.doctorreelgood.co.uk/ 08/11
Drop of a Hat Ceilidh Band
Four-piece ceilidh band with a caller performing for weddings,
anniversaries, birthdays etc. South Yorkshire / North Derbyshire
Contact: Don Edwards
Website: http://www.drop-of-a-hat.co.uk 11/14
Enoch's Hammer (Country Dance Band)
Mainly English and French tunes – very simple to mind-bogglingly
difficult dances depending on skill and sobriety of dancers always lots
of fun for all and no previous dance experience is required. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Contact: Gary Slater Telephone: 0161 282 8507 Email: email@example.com 11/14
Fiddlers Wreck Ceilidh Band
FiddlersWreck is a three- or four- piece Ceilidh band based in York featuring Nicky Ward on the fiddle, Marie
Jary, Accordion and Michael Jary who is the caller & concertina
player. We also have various guest musicians making us a four piece
The band formed in 2005 and has now built up a well respected name in
the ceilidh band circuit.
Michael will explain everything you need to know to dance with plenty of
easy and fun dances for complete novices upwards plus a few more complex
dances for more experienced dancers.
We cater for any type of function, Birthdays; Weddings, Parties etc and
for any number of dancers from 40 to 400. Should your function have any
particular requirements then please do not hesitate to contact us. In
particular we are able to provide a smaller band for certain shorter or
smaller events on a budget. York Contact: Michael Jary Phone: 07866 514759 or
Four Hand Band
Mary Humphreys (keyboard) and Anahata (melodeon) playing ceilidhs as a
duo. New to Yorkshire in 2018 but long prior experience of playing
ceilidhs in East Anglia. Small band with a big sound, playing mostly
Telephone: 01535 501017
Website: https://www.fourhandband.co.uk 08/18
The Gina Le Faux Band
Available for dances and / or concerts. Fiddle, Guitar, Double Bass and Caller.
Also available with 2 fiddles. Any combination of the above.
Also available as The Compact Ceilidh Band with Fiddle and Guitar/Caller
Sowerby Bridge, West
Yorkshire Contact: Gina Le Faux Telephone: 01422 316961 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:http://www.ginalefaux.com 03/10
The Great Northern Ceilidh Band
One of Yorkshire's finest ceilidh bands, available for barn dances,
weddings, birthdays, corporate events, parties and celebrations of all
kinds. Made up of experienced, high calibre traditional musicians we
create a lively, energetic, inherently danceable sound guaranteed to
have your guests on the floor.
Dance music from a variety of traditions, including English, Irish,
Scottish and American tunes. Wide variety of songs ranging from
heartfelt Scottish ballads to all out Rock 'n' Roll. Contact: Roy Atkinson
Moor Road, HalifaxHX3 0HA Telephone: 01422 350980 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.northernceilidhs.com/ 11/14
Cause to celebrate? Lively music for barn dances and ceilidhs for birthdays,
weddings, other events, fund-raisers and dance clubs. Programmes devised
with care for both inexperienced and experienced dancers. Resident band
and caller at York Ceilidh Club. Available across Yorkshire and beyond Contact: Ros Batchelor Telephone: 01904 624216 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.yorkceilidhclub.org.uk/ 01/17
Acclaimed Yorkshire-based dance band focused on the modern incarnation
of English traditional dance music. They have performed at many large
festivals in the UK including Sidmouth and Warwick. Melodeon,
fiddle, cittern, bass and clarinet. Contact address: 43 Melrose Road, Pitsmoor, Sheffield S3 9DN Telephone: 0114 249 2708 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.hekety.co.uk/ 04/19
Herd on the Hill
Fresh and unique three-piece, with caller, offers a ceilidh/barn dance
with a difference.
An award-winning author, young fiddle virtuoso/composer, and
pork-pie-hat-wearing bassist, present an exciting and memorable fusion
of Shetland, Scottish, Yorkshire, North-East, and World music.
Herd on the Hill creates tunes to tap the toes and move the heart.
Contact: Aidan Tulloch
Website: http://www.aidantulloch.wordpress.com 03/15
Hessle Ceilidh Band
a four piece band with a dance caller. We play whistle, fiddles,
recorders, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy and various
percussion. Our gigs are vibrant and fun ideal for people who like a
good old knees up! Sparkling musicianship and a dazzling array of
instruments make us the natural choice for celebrations and gatherings
of all kinds. Please note we only work in East Yorkshire.
Contact: Quentin Budworth
Address: Flat 2, 17 Trafalgar CrescentBridlington, YO15 3NR Mobile: 07877434739
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.hessleceilidhband.com/ 04/18
Last Chance Saloon Band
A barndance band with attitude. An accessible " cowboy
ceilidh" with called dances to tunes from Johnny Cash to Hillbilly
Abba! "Great sounding band with a lovely sense of fun"
Fiddle, accordion, bass, guitar, drums and vocals. Festivals, weddings,
other events. Own caller and PA. Based W Yorks but travel.. Contact: Mike Hancock Telephone: 07801352983
Website: http://www.lastchancesaloonband.co.uk 11/14
The Little Band
Ceilidh / barn dance band with caller and PA. Fiddle, flute, melodeon and
guitars. We encourage
all your guests to partake in the dancing, keeping the dances as simple or as
complex as your guests will enjoy. For birthdays, weddings and wedding
aniversaries. Also club and association social occasions. .
Lincolnshire Contact: Max Bradley Telephone: 01472 694735 Mobile:
07850-838088 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.thelittleband.co.uk/ 04/19 Little Bigfoot Bar dance Band.
Fiddle, Guitar, Double Bass and caller
Contact Richard Watkinson
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org 04/19
Lys St Georges Folk Dance Band
We play for ceilidhs, barn dances, folk dances, parties, weddings, fund
raisers, corporate events, concerts and festivals. We can play for
English, Scottish, French, Playford, Medieval and Renaissance dances -
all with expert guidance. Peter Barnard - Dance Caller, melodeons,
bagpipes, recorders, Anglo concertina. Kate Billmore - bagpipes,
clarinet, bass clarinet, recorders. Dave Prebble - Anglo concertinas.
Katy Robinson - fiddle and cello .Own caller.
Contact: Peter Barnard
Telephone: 01427 873937
Email: email@example.com 04/19
Morgan Rattler Ceilidh Band
Ceilidh/Barn Dance band consisting of Gordon Tyrrall (guitar,flute and
electric ‘cello), Brian Peters (melodeon, concertina and fiddle)
and Caroline Whitehead (flute, whistle). Lively band playing a wide
range of English, Scottish and Irish music, with a particular interest
in Northern English tunes. PA included and experienced dance caller
arranged. Sheffield Contact: Caroline
Whitehead (Ms) Address:31 Delph House Road, Crosspool, Sheffield. S10 5NR Telephone: 07752935219 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://morganrattler.co.uk 02/13
'Morning Dew? are a five piece band who are available for folk clubs,
charity fund-raisers and barn dances. We do not charge and only ask for
a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support and some travel expenses.
Contact: Gordon Beastall
Address: 26 Carrs Meadow, WITHERNSEA, East Yorkshire HU19 2ER Mobile: 07977 685878 11/15
The New Fox Band Experienced professional
ceilidh trio (also available as a duo) with melodeon, fiddle and percussion.
The band includes a caller with a large repertoire to suit all crowds,
including complete beginners. Yorkshire-based but happy to travel
anywhere. PLI. Own PA, PAT tested. Live videos and recordings on our
Contact: Paul Young Mobile: 07776122746
Website: www.newfoxband.co.uk 04/19
The New Hooley Band
The New Hooley Dance Band produce a lively fusion of folk and roots music
which has surging melodies guaranteed to get feet tapping and people
dancing. The band are available for any social event throughout the
North of England where entertaining guests is a priority.
Contact: Dick Walker
Website: http://thenewhooleyband.com 01/16
Country dance / ceilidh band. Mainly traditional English tunes plus some
self penned. A lively band compared favourably to Peeping Tom.
Concertina, flute, whistles, bass and drums. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Contact: Chris Nelson
Telephone: 01943 863715
Website: http://www.northerncomfort.org.uk 11/14
Norton Green Ceilidh Band
Duo Ceilidh Band Dance Caller and one accordianist
Contact : Keith Burnett
Address : 75 Lingfield Ash, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, Cleveland. TS8 0SU
Telephone : 01642 274764 Mobile : 07913823241
Email : email@example.com
Website : http://nortongreenceilidhband.co.uk 10/17
Our Northern Branch
String dance band specialising in North English music.
Yorkshire Contact: John Adams Telephone: 01422 822413 Email: 04/10
Phoenix Ceilidh Band
Lively 4/5 piece traditional ceilidh band,
play variety of music from Celtic and English tradition for any social
Bradford and Calderdale Contact Address: 7 Low
Bank Cottages, Oakworth, Keighley BD227SD Telephone: 07929375533 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: http://www.phoenixceilidhband.co.uk/ 11/14
Pied Piper Folk Dance Band
4-6 piece barn dance band with caller. Traditional and Playford styles.
Weddings, birthdays etc. Book early. Scarborough, North Yorkshire Contact: Cyril Swales Telephone: 01723 582681 11/14
Players of Note
Our ceilidh band have long experience of getting parties, wedding
receptions and other special events into full swing with their
repertoire of dance tunes, jigs and reels. They have their own caller,
who will take dancers through their steps, making the band perfect for
both novices and experienced ceilidh-goers.
Contact: Anthony Hayward
Website: http://www.playersofnote.co.uk 02/11
The Pure Drop
We are a lively Ceilidh band who have been performing together for many
years. We play a wide range of Irish, Scottish, American and English
dance sets and guarantee to get everyone at your event up dancing! Leeds
Contact: Richard Doherty
Email: email@example.com 08/14
Quadrille Ceilidh Band
4 piece band (three musicians plus caller). Socials, parties, weddings,
festivals and private functions. Also available as a trio or duo. Contact: Chris Lingard Address: Pinfold Barn, Southfield Lane, Burnley, Lancashire BB10 3RQ Telephone: 01282 696263 Mobile: 07747054615 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 11/14
ReelDeel Ceilidh & Concert Band
Ceilidh band for weddings, functions and special occasions.
Redcar & Cleveland Contact: Len Wilson Telephone: 01642 486434 Email: email@example.com Website: http://ceili.co.uk/ 12/11
Reelin' And A Rockin'
We're a versatile, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire-based electro and
acoustic ceilidh band and we're available for all kinds of functions.
Whether it's a wedding, a birthday party or any other kind of event,
we'll be sure to make everything go with a swing! So, if you want a
quality band for your big event, just head over to our contact page and
book us now!
Contact : Pam Quickfall
Telephone: 01246 206102
Website: http://www.reelinandarockin.com 11/14
3 or 4 piece ceilidh band including fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin
& keyboard. Long established, entertaining, versatile and very
experienced musicians and caller.
Yorkshire Contact: Chris McShane Telephone: 01226 765792 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.rhythmchaps.co.uk/ 11/14
Roger the Badger Sheffield based 4-piece ceilidh/barn dance band playing
foot-tapping Irish, Scottish, English material. Suitable for all
celebrations, functions, conferences etc. Fiddle, mandolin, guitar,
bass, with top quality caller, guaranteed to liven up any social evening Contact: Cath James Telephone: 0114 232 0421 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.rogerthebadger.com/ 1/20
Róisín Bán Pronounced [Rowsheen Bawn] available as
a celtic folk trio & a ceili band. Folk trio is Gordon Tyrral on
flute, guitar, vocals+Chris Dyson on fiddle, mandolin, mandola,vocals +
Paddy Heffron on melodeon, vocals, sean nos dance, for folk clubs,
concerts, acoustic pub gigs/sessions. Also available for ceilis &
Irish set dancing with a line up of fiddle, flute, melodeon & guitar
(Richard Moss) + caller Barry Evans. Probably one of the best acoustic
celtic flavoured ceili bands around..
Four-piece band and caller. Banjo, accordion, flute, saxophone, whistle,
12-string guitar. Affiliated to The English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Up-tempo music with the emphasis on FUN. Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire Contact: Chris Marshall Telephone: 01724 763464 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.freewebs.com/rosiannacb 11/14
Shake-a-Leg Dance Band
Lancashire & Saddleworth based for 21 years, the band presents a
unique blend of English Country with brass and jazz fusion. The Shakers
have played festivals nationally and are renowned for their stompy high
energy sound, delivered with fun and improvisation. Available for social
getherings and dance events of all kinds.
Contact: Phil Brown. Whistledown Barn, Backridge Farm, Twitter Lane, Waddington, Lancs. BB7 3LQ
Telephone: 01200 422085
email: email@example.com 07/10
Traditional acoustic style, Fiddle/melodeon, tenor horn/whistles,
Tunes from Yorkshire, Britain and abroad. Ceilidh and old time dances.
Great for weddings, parties. A flexible and friendly caller. Contact: Robin Shepherd Telephone: 01535 958069 email:firstname.lastname@example.org website:http://www.robin-shepherd.co.uk/index.php?page=2 11/14
Highly experienced Celtic influenced electric folk-rock ceilidh band
featuring fiddle, octave mandolin, saxophone/woodwind, guitar, bass and
drums. Also available as Shinjig Acoustic for more intimate venues. See
our Facebook page for video of us in action.
Contact: Huw Evans
Website: http://.shinjig.com 11/14
Stair Heid Band
Premier 5 piece Scottish ceilidh and concert band with caller. Scottish,
Irish, English, American and German material. Instrumentation includes
accordion, fiddle, keyboards, tenor and 5 string banjos, mandola and
mandolin, guitar and bass guitar. Weddings, festivals, concerts, clubs
etc. Strong vocals, traditional and contemporary material. Leeds, West Yorkshire Contact: John Gray Telephone: 0113 268 7414 Email: Stairheidband5@aol.com 04/16
Strings and Reeds Folk Dance Band
Caller and 3 musicans - piano accordian, button accordian and electronic
bass and fiddle. Formed in 1986. Available for barn dances and ceilidhs;
all types of occasions from group socials to weddings. Contact: Phil Croft
Sheffield South Yorkshire S7 2LZ Telephone: 0114 2363758 Email: Philipcroft@hotmail.com Website: http://www.stringsandreeds.co.uk/ 11/12
Lively and very experienced barn dance/ceilidh band with caller, for all
occasions. Fiddle, accordion, bass, guitars, cittern. Music and dances
from England, Ireland, Scotland and America. Contact: Tony Westran
Balby, Doncaster DN4 0RD Telephone: 01302 562875 Email: email@example.com Website: http://sites.google.com/site/tablesturneddance/ 04/10
Tenterhooks String Band
Traditional North Country dance music, mostly researched from 18th and
early 19th century sources, and played with the classic period line up
of twin fiddles and cello (and some half-long/border pipes)
Calderdale Contact: Chris
Partington Telephone: 07999 859037 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.cpartington.plus.com/tntflr.html 01/16
Community-based band featuring saxophone; accordion; violin; guitar;
mandolin. Available for ceilidhs, barn dances and other functions.
Weekly rehearsals at Terrington Hall School Music Room, Mondays . New members welcome.
Terrington, Ryedale, North
Yorkshire Contact: Marco Baben Telephone: 01439 770175 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.tiefrunggleemen.co.uk/ 11/14
Thom Hardaker Ceilidh Band
Studied music in Russia and around Europe. Winner of many international competitions.
Been playing around Britain for the last two years. The band consists of
2 accordions and a drummer. North Yorkshire
Contact:: Thorn Hardaker Ceilidh Band
Kings Arms, High Street Sutton-in-Craven. BD20 7LP
Telephone: 07736228951 Mobile: 07736228951
Website: http://www.thomhardaker.com 08/16
Trevor's Fetish Ceilidh Band
Lively Huddersfield/Holmfirth based band with a strong reputation
throughout the region, offering a spicy blend of music and dance.
Performing Sheffield to Skipton and Settle, Bradford, Ilkley, Harrogate, York and beyond. Complete with expert caller and
available for weddings, parties, festivals etc. Contact: Anne Spence
203 Moor Lane, Netherthong, Holmfirth HD9 3UP Telephone: 01484 686610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ceilidh-band.org.uk/ 04/10
Vibrant English ceilidh band with fiddle, sax, melodeon, guitar and bass
guitar. Sheffield, South Yorkshire Contact: Nigel Holmes Telephone: 0114 221 8308 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.trinculo.co.uk/ 03/10
Village Hop Band
An experienced ceilidh band based around lively traditional English
dance music played on melodeon and anglo concertina. This band has a
flexible line-up to cater for all occasions and includes musicians who
play regularly together in various bands and music sessions. In addition
to melodeon and concertina, the line-up may include keyboards, french
horn, fiddle, percussion, trombone and recorder. This band can be
engaged either with, or without, the services of a dance caller for
birthdays, celebrations, weddings, barn dances, fund raising events etc.
Contact: Heather Hazell
Telephone: 01423 527892 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.crimple.demon.co.uk/hbj.htm 11/14