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What is a ‘Ceilidh’ and How Does it Work?

Ceilidh band for weddings, parties and corporate events

Ceilidh music and dancing (pronounced “kay-lee” and meaning “visit”) is becoming more and more popular! We are getting a number of enquiries from brides and grooms to be as well as others planning a celebration, requesting a Ceilidh band for their special event. As so many people are asking all about it we thought it would be useful to tell you what it is, where it came from and why it makes an electric party atmosphere with plenty of fizzing excitement!

Where does Ceilidh come from?

Dating back to 1875, Ceilidh originates from Scotland and Ireland although its name comes from Gaelic; it’s a combination of Scottish, Irish and English folk music.

What Line-Up?

A Ceilidh band normally consists of two or three people, a fiddler, an accordionist and a ‘caller’ to help everyone get into the swing of things and learn the dances. But, line-ups may also include guitarists, drums, keyboards and whistles amongst other instruments. Nowadays, the music isn’t always traditional either, it can be very contemporary as there are a number of new-style Ceilidh bands bringing a fresh slant on the old folk songs and even putting a twist on current music. This makes it funky, modern and gives you a brand new sound. There’s plenty of rock and roll influence now as well, so if you really want your guests to get down and groove check out some of Warble Entertainment’s Ceilidh bands – they are absolutely guaranteed to get even the most reluctant dancer strutting their stuff!

St Patrick's Ceilidh Band for North West Ceilidh Events

Why Book a Ceilidh Band?

It’s fair to say that Ceilidh is all about having fun. Its traditional style of being all night dance entertainment is still used today and it’s the best way of getting everyone onto the dance floor and enjoying the music. Ceilidh helps even the shyest people to meet new faces and let their hair down. The main point of difference from any other band you might choose for a wedding party or event is the band themselves teach everyone how to do the different dances. This is done by the ‘caller’ who will call out instructions to the music so everyone knows exactly what to do next. The following video provides a brief example of a ‘caller’ directing the moves…


Who is a Ceilidh Suitable for?

It doesn’t matter what age, ability or personality type a person is – everyone loves to get involved and no experience is necessary! It is very easy to pick up – just imagine a hoe-down – the Ceilidh caller has similarities to a barn dance caller (although the music is entirely different!).

The dances are all varied and there are plenty of paces available, fast, slow and even mid-tempo – so if some of the dances are hard to keep up with that’s your cue to take a break and perhaps enjoy a glass of champagne or wine before you get involved again. Party-goers love the flexibility of a Ceilidh because you may get moving when you want and take a break when your feet can’t keep up any more.

Traditional Ceilidh Dance

Picture kindly provided by Will Fuller photographer.

Type of Event…

A Ceilidh band is ideal for your wedding or party entertainment in its entirety or some prefer to book this type of band to get the party going for the first hour and move onto a DJ / disco or another style of musical entertainment if preferred. Whichever you choose, your guests will be enthralled.

Wedding Ceilidh Dancing

Picture kindly provided by Will Fuller photographer.

Warble’s Ceilidh Bands

There’s no doubt the demand for Ceilidh is growing and at Warble we have lots of Ceilidh bands available for weddings or other functions. No matter what size your party, we can provide the right type of Ceilidh entertainment. As a few examples, traditionalists will adore the Apex Ceilidh Band which features a fiddler, electric & acoustic guitarist, accordion, whistles and caller… They can perform modern and classic Ceilidh tunes. For true Ceilidh folk choose the Nightingale Band who are renowned and respected for their talent and will get your guests mingling on the dance floor to their folk tunes. We also have a number of other Ceilidh bands to choose from, all of which are guaranteed to give you and your guests a night to remember.

For more information on Ceilidh bands for your wedding or special event please contact the friendly team at Warble Entertainment on 0845 643 9384.

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