What is a ceilidh?

A ceilidh (sometimes called a Barn Dance) is a fun and lively evening of dancing and traditional music. It’s easy and inclusive – we have an expert caller who will carefully explain all the dances. Even then, it doesn’t matter about ‘getting it right’ – the emphasis is on having a good time, enjoying the music and dancing and perhaps a bit of silliness along the way.

The word, pronounced “kaylee”, originates in Gaelic, simply meaning a ‘gathering’ or ‘party’. Today it has spread across Britain and Ireland (where it’s spelt ‘ceili’) and come to mean an evening of music and dance with great company.

Is it for me?

Yes. Ceilidhs are inclusive, require no previous experience or ‘dancing ability’. We will encourage everyone up onto the dance floor and carefully guide people through the moves in each dance. This means we are all in the same boat so can have a go, get it wrong, have a laugh and enjoy the music and the dancing together.

A ceilidh is a far more effective way to bring everyone together and get people mixing and talking than a noisy, dark disco or covers band. More and more people are coming to realise that a ceilidh is not only tremendous fun, but also the perfect ice-breaker – and so the popularity of ceilidhs at weddings and other parties has increased dramatically in the last few years.

How long do you play for?

We recommend a couple of hour-long sets, with a break of at least half an hour in the middle. However, we’re happy to be flexible to suit your needs. In our experience, it’s worth leaving a decent amount of wiggle room so that the schedule can be adjusted on the day according to how everyone’s feeling. For example, if the dancing is really popular it might be worth going on a little later than planned. Our prices are always for the event rather than for a specific playing time (within reason, obviously!).