Ceilidh Bands - Fantasia Music

We have the best Ceilidh Bands to hire in your area for weddings, parties, corporate events & dances

Ceilidh Bands are a popular alternative to the more traditional wedding bands and offer an inclusive entertainment playing lively Celtic dance music. The whole idea of a Ceilidh is for as many people to get up and dance as possible, and a good band will get you and your guests onto the floor and keep you there!

Ceilidh Bands usually play Scottish or Irish folk dance music and can be as small as 2 pieces where a popular combination is fiddle guitar and singer. Instruments such as mandolin, flute, accordion & percussion can be added as budget and playing space allow, however most Ceilidh Bands are between 4 and 7 pieces and include a ‘Caller’.

The caller instructs the dancers what to do for each dance by guiding everyone though the steps and is an essential addition to ensure a successful Ceilidh particularly for novices.

There are lots of Ceilidh Bands listed below so either click to read about them or simply pick up the phone to speak directly with an advisor who will be able to help you.

Black Sheep

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


Black Sheep is a 4-piece band led by Titch Roberts renowned as one of the finest fiddle players in the South. He leads the band which plays instrumental folk/rock mainly in the Hampshire and Dorset areas. Black Sheep have been performing since 1983 and during this time have developed a unique contemporary style. Their music… Read more »

Ceilidh Generation

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


Ceilidh Generation are an exciting new addition to the professional ceilidh scene nationwide. They are a different breed to the usual Ceilidh or Irish band- young, dynamic, cutting edge professional musicians that really know how to entertain. Their contemporary formula of traditional instruments combined with drums, percussion and double bass – coupled with an expert… Read more »

Cottage Industry

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


Cottage Industry is a first class Ceilidh Band based in Dorset that play for weddings, parties and festivals. Cottage industry were formed during 1977 and, in various formats have performed since then in every conceivable type of venue throughout England and Wales including;- theatres, hotels, clubs and pubs, barns (some leaking!), town halls, village halls… Read more »

Licence To Ceilidh

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.

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Licence to Ceilidh are a young and energetic, five-piece, ceilidh band – based in London and Sussex but available for hire throughout the UK. Their unique combination of traditional tunes and dances with the modern, funky rhythm section of a function band, provides a level of quality that you wont get with other bands! The… Read more »

Murphy’s Lore

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


Murphy’s Lore are a first class Ceilidh band from Dorset. The original band (Highly Strung) was formed in 1992 and developed over several years playing Celtic music – Irish and Scottish, for Ceilidh’s and Barn Dances, parties and weddings. The strength of the band lies in its ability to be flexible, playing jigs, reels, polkas,… Read more »

Reel Note Ceili

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


Reel Note Ceili Band is based around Birmingham in the Midlands and features English musicians of Irish heritage. The band was formed in 2000 and in 2003 band members appearing with the Birmingham branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann brought back gold medals from the prestigious All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil at Clonmel. Reel Note has built an… Read more »

The Bon Temps Playboys

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


The Bon Temps Playboys specialise in their own brand of Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop based dance music with some R&B thrown in for good measure. Formed over ten years ago from a number of musicians ‘playing for beer’, this Hertfordshire based seven piece band has become a popular outfit on the U.K. Cajun/Zydeco scene and… Read more »

The Dancing Ledge

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


If you are looking for a band to give that special occasion a touch of magic and an injection of culture, then look no further than the Dancing Ledge. Celtic music, like most forms of traditional roots music, is not easy to play well; but when it is performed by the best exponents it has… Read more »

The Woodsiders

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


The Woodsiders are an experienced band based in the South of England and play for barn dances and ceilidhs. They can entertain for all types of function – club/works socials, wedding receptions, fund raisers etc….. Barn Dances are great entertainment, and the Woodsiders lively music will make it a night to remember. Their caller will… Read more »

Wraggle Taggle

Ceilidh / Barn Dance, Celtic / Folk.


Wraggle Taggle can tailor a band to suit your event from a duo to 6-piece, amplified or acoustic, with or without caller. They play Irish, Scottish, American and English songs and tunes and are both sensitive to the occasion and responsive to the mood of the audience. go to main pic Wraggle Taggle are the… Read more »