London Ceilidh Band

The group met at the KCL University folk society (which one of the band members actual established), and instantly something clicked. They were in tune musically and creatively, and loved playing with each other. As they were leaving university, the group began to play for private events, initially for charities and friends, but soon started receiving private enquiries, and the band was born! All the band are keen Ceilidh attendees, so they know what makes a good event, and what makes a great one!

About London Ceilidh

Lineups: 4/5 piece for performance - Fiddle, Guitar, Double Bass, Cajon (Melodeon/Keys as an extra) 4 piece for dances - Fiddle, Guitar, Cajon, Caller Background music between sets: Between dance sets we can provide instrumental music, alternating which band members play to give people breaks, but can also put on iPod of requested music if asked beforehand.



We have a repertoire of over 200 folk songs and tunes, and are always happy to learn more.
Mairi’s Wedding
Parting Glass
Irish Rover
Wild Rover
Auld Lang Syne
Wild Mountain Thyme
Fields of Athenry
Irish Pub Song
Waxie’s Dargle
Whisky in the Jar
Galway Girl
Foggy Dew
Rocky Road to Dublin
Finnegan’s Wake
Rattlin’ Bog
Star of the County Down
South Australia
Drunken Sailor
Jig of Slurs
Simon Thoumire’s
Turkey in the Straw
Staten Island
Dashing White Sergeant
My Love, she’s but a Lassie yet
Jump at the Sun
Jam up the Nuts
Mairi’s Wedding
Scotland the Brave
Ireland the Brave
Wales the Brave
England the (not so) Brave
Phil the Fluter’s Ball
Swedish Masquerade
Highland Masquerade
Drowsy Maggie
Ashokan Farewell
Circassian Circle
Swedish Masquerade
Strip the Willow (a big favourite!)
The Sausage Machine
Horses Brawl
Dashing White Sergeant
Cumberland Square Eight
Canadian Barn Dance
Gay Gordons
Military Two-Step
Eightsome Reel
Ashokan Waltz
Lucky Seven
Bridge of Athlone
The Flying Scotsman
The Virginia Reel
Three Around Three
Orcadian Strip the Willow
Highland Schottische
Seige of Ennis
The Packhorse Rant
Hamilton House
Reel of the 51st Division
St. Bernard’s Waltz
Hooligan’s Jig

Why you Should Hire a Ceilidh Band for a Wedding or Event

Are you looking for a unique way to liven up your wedding or event? Hiring a ceilidh band can provide an unforgettable experience for your guests. Ceilidhs, or traditional Scottish folk dances, are often accompanied by lively folk music that gets people up and dancing. Whether you’re looking to add some flair to a corporate event or want something truly special for a wedding reception, hiring a ceilidh band can add an element of fun and energy to any occasion. 

What is a ceilidh band?

A ceilidh band is a traditional Scottish or Irish band that plays folk music for dancing. The word “ceilidh” comes from the Gaelic word for party or gathering. Ceilidh bands typically consist of fiddle, accordion, flute, drums, and sometimes a piano or guitar.

Ceilidh bands are often hired to play at weddings and other events. They are a popular choice for weddings because they add a touch of tradition and culture to the event. Ceilidhs are also a lot of fun – they get everyone up and dancing! If you’re looking for an unforgettable wedding or event, why not hire a ceilidh band?

The benefits of hiring a ceilidh band

When it comes to wedding or event entertainment, there are many different options around. But if you’re looking for something to get your guests up and dancing, then a ceilidh band is a perfect choice! Here are just a few of the benefits of hiring a ceilidh band:

  1. They will get everyone up and dancing – even those who say they don’t like to dance!
  2. Ceilidh bands always create a fun and festive atmosphere.
  3. They are highly experienced in playing at weddings and events, so you can be confident that everything will run smoothly.
  4. You can request any specific songs you would like them to play.
  5. Most importantly, they guarantee you and your guests will have an unforgettable time!

Things to consider when hiring a ceilidh band

The size of the band: You will want to make sure that the band you hire is the right size for your event. If you are having a large wedding, you will want to be sure the band can accommodate that number of people.

The type of music: There are many types of ceilidh music, so you will want to make sure that the band you hire can play the type of music you want.

The price:  Prices can vary depending on the size of the band you would like and the type of music they play. 

What music do they play?

Most ceilidh bands will play a mix of traditional Scottish and Irish tunes, as well as some modern chart toppers are thrown in for good measure. There should be something for everyone to enjoy, and the band will usually take requests too.

In conclusion, hiring a ceilidh band for your wedding or event can be an excellent decision. Ceilidhs are fun, enjoyable and inclusive for all ages and abilities making them the ideal choice for any gathering. The traditional music style ensures your guests have a memorable evening filled with laughter as they dance along to their favourite tunes. With so many amazing benefits of booking a ceilidh band, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider incorporating this unique musical experience into your special occasion.

Hire Today with Music8

It’s no secret that hiring a Ceilidh band can be a great way to add a unique and traditional touch to your special event. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, or private celebration, Music8 Agency can provide you with the perfect Ceilidh band to make your event memorable.


What an awesome night of fun! The band, they kept us on our toes all evening, and even when people were tired, nobody wanted to stop dancing! Their caller was very good at explaining the steps clearly and it meant even those of us with two left feet could have a really enjoyable time! Don’t know which band to book? Don’t panic, book this band!


The band were brilliant – both fun and engaging all evening! They were easy to work with and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough!
Ben 10/10

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