We believe starting your ceilidh / barndance with a bang is vital. If guests enjoy the first dance then they’re more likely to keep coming back for more so the first choice is key. As a ceilidh opener, we love Virginia Reel. It’s quick to teach and set up so there’s not much waiting around
Planning an event can be daunting but our ceilidh guide will hopefully provide extra info and you can always contact us anytime before or after booking. Below are some common questions – click for the answer.
We usually perform as a trio or a quartet. The quartet is three instruments (fiddle, guitar, accordion) and caller and the trio is one less instrument but also with caller. Our caller doesn’t usually play an instrument so they can fully host the ceilidh but depending on the group, it’s sometimes possible. We regularly provide a ceilidh and disco package and bagpiper and jazz / classical duo or soloist for earlier. We also offer a budget friendly ceilidh duo of guitarist caller and fiddle or accordion or just a solo caller with backing. We can also, on request, perform with a bodhrán player, percussionist, flute, whistle or bass player.
The quartet is fiddle, guitar, accordion and caller and the trio is either fiddle, guitar and caller or fiddle, accordion and caller. The quartet has a fuller sound with the extra musician though it’s a fairly subtle difference between the two and we perform with both lineups for events of all sizes.
Yes! The majority of events we perform at have a significant number of guests that are completely new to ceilidh dancing. However there’s often a mix of abilities present & we tailor each ceilidh to suit the dancing level of the guests, starting with very easy dances and progressing through as required.
How much we charge varies depending on the date, location and timings but as a guide, from £750 for a trio including PA system and caller and £950 for a quartet, £350 for a solo caller with backing tracks. Contact us for a full quote.
Yes! We are experienced in leading kids’ ceilidhs and have a special set of simple fun dances, ceilidh games with prizes & actions songs just for the little ones. More info here.
Yes – you’re welcome to come to one of our public events – contact us for details / discounted tickets.
We’re based in London and Bristol but perform all over the UK at weddings, ceilidhs & barndances. Mainly in London, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Hertfordshire Somerset, Gloucester, Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire. We also perform regularly in Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and have taken the Ceilidh Tree magic to Poland and even Panama!
Yes we do! All our equipment is PAT tested and we have full Public Liability Insurance. All documentation available on request.
We are very used to performing with limiters. Generally we’ll do all we can to work with your venue in advance and on the night to keep them happy!
Our standard price is based on 2 x 45 minute sets or 2 x 1 hour sets of dancing with a 30 min break in between, up to 11pm for evening events, though later on request. Send us your event details & we’ll suggest the best timings. Our tried and tested formula for longer events is ceilidh between 8pm – 10pm and disco from 10pm – midnight.
- More House
Ceilidh Tree are such a great band. Really accommodating, friendly and make such a fantastic sound. - 11 Jul 2019
- Miranda Hurst
Ceilidh Tree were energetic, imaginative and flexible... a lovely acoustic sound, we're delighted we booked you! - 03 Sep 2019
'Ceilidh Tree are such a great band. Really accommodating, friendly and make such a fantastic sound.' - More House, Jul 2019
'Superb! The band were amazing and had such great energy. Never a moment when the dancefloor was empty!' - Elspeth Renfrew, Jul 2019
'Ceilidh Tree were energetic, imaginative and flexible... a lovely acoustic sound, we're delighted we booked you!' - Miranda Hurst, Sep 2019
'So many people told us afterwards how much they enjoyed it! Honestly couldn't recommend this band enough!' - Elizabeth Johns, Jun 2019
'The band themselves were great - good humour throughout - foot tapping music... recommend them highly' - Alison Derham, Sep 2019
'The band were great, caller did a fantastic job making sure the tempo didn't drop. Would thoroughly recommend!' - Emma Burrows, Jun 2019
'The band were excellent - great musicians, professional, clear yet fun with the calls, all-in-all brilliant!' - michael spearman, Jun 2019
'So brilliant! The band were on time, energetic and really brilliant at calling. Would highly recommend!' - Jessica Morris, May 2019