Ceilidh Allstars, The

The Ceilidh Allstars specialise in Irish, Scottish and English Ceilidh dances where a ‘caller’ explains simple, group folk dances.

...Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Ceilidh and quite a few who had previously been very sceptical about dancing, were up there having a great time...

...Thanks very much for the great music last night- lots of people were introduced to ceilidh dancing for the first time and they loved it!...

...We certainly enjoyed ourselves and I think most of our guests did too, even the non-dancers!...

...The music exceeded my expectations, young and old loved it to. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending you...

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The Ceilidh Allstars specialise in Irish, Scottish and English Ceilidh dances where a ‘caller’ explains simple, group folk dances.

The Ceilidh Allstars is a long established collective of Cambridge and London based internationally renowned musicians. Dedicated to high quality traditional dance music with a party attitude, they place the emphasis on audience enjoyment and participation.

Ceilidhs are an ideal way to break the ice at weddings, conferences or functions where people may be meeting for the first time; no previous experience is necessary and all ages can join in the easy dance steps!

Equally at home in a barn or a ballroom, from a solo Irish fiddle to full Ceilidh or Cajun band, The Ceilidh Allstars will provide punctual, polite and professional musicians to suit all occasions and budgets.

With a Phd in Irish music, fiddler Hazel Fairbairn and seasoned guitarist John Lawson are regularly joined by caller Mary Panton, who has led dances for Princess Ann and the Houses of Parliament amongst others.

The Ceilidh Allstars also include an accordion player who tours with Joan Baez and Eliza Carthy, former ‘All Ireland’ accordion and fiddle champions and a bodhran player who has recorded with Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger.

The Ceilidh Allstars are happy to offer free scheduling advice based on decades of experience to help make your event extra special!

REPERTOIRE OF DANCES

These are a selection of the easier dances that most people can manage at a social function such as a wedding. Please enquire if you have a favourite not listed here.

Scottish
Gay Gordons
Strip the Willow
Canadian Barn Dance
Eightsome Reel
Dashing White Sergeant
The Military Twostep
The St Bernard’s Waltz
The Swedish Masquerade
The Foula Reel
Orcadian Strip the Willow

Irish
The Pride of Erin Waltz
The Siege of Ennis
Waves of Tory
Walls of Limerick
Pride of Dingle
Bridge of Athlone

English
Dorset Ring Dance
Goathland Square
Galopede
Cumberland Square 8
Clopton Bridge
Quorndon Hill
Circassian Circle
Boston Tea Party
12 Meet
Morpeth Rant
Stoke Golding Country Dance

REPERTOIRE OF TUNES

The band has a repertoire of hundreds of tunes from the British Isles: reels, jigs, hornpipes, slip jigs, polkas, waltzes, marches, ayres and strathspeys. They can also play some North American and European folk tunes for variety. Listed below are a few of the best-known celtic tunes they play, but please get in touch if the tune(s) you are looking for aren’t on this list as they do consider all client requests.

Irish
Boys of Malin
Sí Beag, Sí Mór
Maid at the Spinning Wheel
The Handsome Young Maids
The Smiling Bride
Mist Covered Mountain
Loch Erin’s Shore
Connaughtman’s Rambles
The Irish Washerwoman
The Silver SpearThe Mason’s Apron
The Earl’s Chair

Scottish
Atholl Highlanders
Dark Island
My Love is like a Red Red Rose
Scotland The Brave
100 pipers
Cock of the North
Flowers of Edinburgh
The Fairy Dance
Marie’s Wedding
St Anne’s Reel
The New Rigged Ship
Ship in Full Sail

Testimonials

“I wanted to write and thank you and the other Ceilidh Allstars for helping to make our wedding reception such a success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Ceilidh and quite a few who had previously been very sceptical about dancing, were up there having a great time. It was also wonderful that so many of the kids got involved. Thank you too for coping with the adjustments to the timings on the day due to the lovely weather and everyone being outside for so long. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you and please feel free to use this email as a reference.” Fiona and Neil, June 2010

“Thanks very much for the great music last night- lots of people were introduced to ceilidh dancing for the first time and they loved it! Music was excellent and the caller was very patient with us all!” Jude Russell, July 2010

“A quick note to thank the Ceilidh Allstars for making our Ruby wedding party on the 10th July go with a swing. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and I think most of our guests did too, even the non-dancers! I heard many compliments about the quality of the music and praise for your caller. May I also compliment you on the quiet way you set up, and then packed up at the end of the evening. Many thanks to the band for helping to make it such a success. We will certainly recommend you to anyone holding a similar event.” Julie Harrison, July 2010

“Just had to drop you a line to say a MASSIVE thank you. The band were great, hazel, Henry……..everyone was just lovely. We all had a fabulous evening – it was such fun. Emma was thrilled with how it all went and she and I have since received so many messages from both young and old saying how brill the party was. So thank you, thank you, thank you for all the organising thereof. Please will you pass on my sincerest thanks to all the band members. I will most certainly recommend you and the band and if I ever go down this route again I shall know with whom to get in touch. All good wishes and sincerest thanks.” Jane Cadel, 2010

“Thanks to you, Mark and Stuart for a fabulous evening of music on Saturday. We’ve had nothing but wonderfully positive comments on it all week. People loved it and rightly identified how brilliant you are. Please pass on our thanks to the others. We’d love to have you back again. Thanks again for being the star of our festival.” Mike & Jeanne, 2010

“I really want to thank … all of the Ceilidh Allstars for being so fantastic at our wedding. The Ceilidh Allstars were better than we could of imagined, everyone was up and dancing and we are still getting comments about how great they were. Please pass on our thanks to the band!” Daisy & Johnny, 2010

“Just to let you know that our wedding went off without a hitch yesterday and we had a wonderful evening with the band. Their music provided the kind of ambience that we had hoped for and many of our guests said how much they enjoyed the music. Please send our thanks to them and take this as a glowing recommendation of their services, should anyone be looking for a similar type of band in the future.” Sally & Rob Tattersfield, 2010

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for Sunday, you and the guys were superb. I had a ceilidh band for my son Edwards christening (he was the little one doing the jig) a few years ago and it wasn’t a touch on Allstars. The music exceeded my expectations, young and old loved it to. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you. Thank you. Happy St Patrick’s Day.” Natalie & Family, Hall Place, London 2010

“just a quick message to thank you and the band for the ceilidh you did for us, it was fantastic and we enjoyed it so much. I know everyone else did too. If I can ever find another excuse for one in the future we will let you know! Alex Farrer, 2010

“I’d just like to say congratulations and thanks to the band and caller at Saturday’s “Conservation Ceilidh” at Selwyn College – I was there with several friends and we all enjoyed it greatly.” Nick, 2010

“I was at the Harvey Goodwin Avenue Ceilidh at St Lukes School on Saturday. The email traffic has been buzzing since and all agree it was huge success, a large part of which was the music so many thanks to you and your band! You were a huge hit with all ages.” Ben Greig, 2010

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