Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long does the band play for?
The normal set is 4 hours (elapsed time from the agreed start time,
inclusive of a 30 minute break). For example if you wished us to be set up
and ready to play the first dance at 8:00pm, then we would normally finish
at 12:00. Longer or shorter set times can be discussed.
2. Can we arrange to see you performing live?
The vast majority of the functions we play at are private and any
viewings will be by permission of the party / wedding organiser. Please
contact us if you would like to see us live. We also have sound clips on our
website and a demo CD can be requested.
3. How many musicians are in the band and what is the instrumentation?
Please see our sections on band
members and venue
4. How does the Ceilidh / Disco package work?
Please see our section
Disco packages can be arranged
5. How much do you charge?
Prices for Ceilidh bands in general vary depending on the number of musicians and
the location of the venue. £150
to £200 per musician plus expenses is normal. The band might consider a
discount for a bit of free fishing - see
To get a better idea of budgeting for your function and the size of band
you might like, please see the information on our
Contact Us page.
6. How long do you take to set up?
We normally set up just before the agreed start time. It takes about 45
minutes and is normally about the same time a venue takes to turn around the
room. We are discreet when we are setting up and there are no bangs and
thumps or loud noises! If an early set up time is required, there will be an
7. Does the Ceilidh Band cover other songs or is it
The instrumentation used in a good traditional ceilidh
band does not lend itself to 'heavy rock' or 'popular covers'. Some bands
try to be all things to all people and either achieve this through the use
of 'Karaoke' or 'Band In A Box' type electronics or they have a large
number of group members (seven or eight) or quite simply they're not very
good at some stuff they attempt to play! Our philosophy has been to
specialise in what we do well (traditional ceilidh music) and provide the
option of a disco if other kinds of music is a requirement.
8. Do you
require a deposit / Do you take provisional bookings?
A deposit of
£200 is normally required to reserve a date. We do not take bookings / provisional
bookings without first receiving a deposit.