Licence to Ceilidh are a young and energetic, five-piece Ceilidh band – based in London 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 bands’ speciality is Scottish Ceilidh (Gay Gordon’s, Dashing White Sargeant, Eightsome Reels etc) but they also offer the standard English/Irish Ceilidh dances as well, and provide an evenings entertainment that is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to seasoned ceilidh dancers! From Weddings, to Student events and Private Parties – as the only professional ceilidh band in this region, their full-time, accomplished musicians provide a level of sophistication to your event that you won’t get with other bands!

The five piece line up of Caller & Fiddle, Fiddle, Guitar/Keys, Bass and Drums combines the dynamic fiddle styles of a traditional ceilidh band with the modern, funky rhythm section of a function band. Licence To Ceilidh use the highest quality P.A.(QSC/HK/Allen&Heath/Neumann) with current PAT test certificates and public liability insurance and bring their own LED lighting for the band.


The band can also provide a number of optional extras. The most popular is their after ceilidh DISCO – cheaper than booking a separate DJ! Or they can transform into another format for live background music before your ceilidh – for this they can provide a solo musician including piper, flautist, pianist and more, classical quartet or jazz trio, celtic duo’s includng fiddle & guitar / flute & piano / fiddle & fiddle etc.

Include Sting (twice!), BBC 2 – Great British Menu, BBC Three, Channel 4 – Gok Wan’s Fashion Fix, Orange, Vodafone, RAF, Gareth Malone (BBC 2’s “The Choir”), National Geographic Society, Hermes, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, MOD, NHS, CBI, ICI, Pearson Education, Herbert Smith LLP, Royal Canin, Serco, South Bank Centre, Al Ain Hilton – United Arab Emirates, Hammersmith Irish Centre and many more…

Typical Dances- Dashing White Sargeant, Gay Gordons, Eightsome Reels, Flying Scotsman, Canadian Barndance, Strip the Willow, Cumberland Square Eight

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Performance options


Add Flute OR additional Fiddle


Add Flute AND additional Fiddle

Large bands up to 12pc

Additional players inc. Bodhran, Flute/Whistles, Accordion

Add horn section

For the ultimate Ceilidh band!