What is a Barn Dance / Ceilidh?
A barn dance or ceilidh is a fun, energetic social folk dance comprising English, Irish, Scottish and Celtic music, that is perfect for weddings, parties, fundraising and other special occasions. With a team of top musicians, you’ll have an event to really remember. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about celidh dancing and booking below.
You can also find a curated list of frequently asked questions about Ceilidh bands and ceilidh events on the Ceilidh Network website
What is a barn dance / ceilidh?
A barn dance / ceilidh is an incredibly fun and active form of social dancing that people of all ages can take part in! You will always find someone to dance with and get the chance to meet a roomful of people. In the dances there’s often a recognisable structure, e.g. formations in squares, circles or lines, and a fairly regular pattern where the various couples do things in turn.
Do I need to know how to dance?
Not at all! We start simply, with our expert caller running you through the moves before the dance starts. The caller will continue to remind you what to do once the dance has started so that you won’t be confused.
What sort of music will the band play?
Lively and fun traditional music from the British Isles and beyond. We can even customise the music to your own requirements, should you or your guests have a favourite tune or dance in mind.
What is the format?
Dancing time is typically between 2 and 3 hours, usually with a break for refreshments halfway through. The band will play tunes at the start of the evening to get your guests in the mood for dancing and their feet tapping!
How much does it cost?
We can tailor something for your budget. Contact us for a full quote.
Can you also offer a DJ/disco & ceremony music?
We are pleased to offer packages with ceilidh band and a DJ, plus other options including background bar music and even ceremony music (e.g. string quartet, pianist, harpist). We employ award-winning DJs and renowned musicians; set-up time and disruption is minimised since the same sound system can be used throughout. Please see the booking page or contact us to talk about securing your ideal musical line-up!
What sort of events do you play?
We play for parties, weddings, charity events and other functions. Barn dances / ceilidhs work equally well in the afternoon or the evening.
How about corporate events & schools workshops?
Why not consider a barn dance /ceilidh for your next team-building event? We are also able to offer attractively-priced school workshops with musicians and a caller. A number of our personnel are trained teachers and all those visiting schools hold a current enhanced DBS check.