How long do you normally play for? 

For most ceilidhs, we will play in total for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, not including breaks.

How many breaks do you take? 

We tend to play things by ear, according to the energy of the dancers. Typically we will take one break of about half an hour, somewhere in the middle of the ceilidh.

We do find that guests prefer a break after eating - between the meal and the start of the ceilidh!

Is it possible to play music though the PA while the band are taking a break?

Yes, we usually bring music which can be played through our PA system, or if you have your own music, it can be connected to our headphone minijack connector on the PA system. 

Can you call as well as play the music?

Yes, we can call all the standard ceilidh dances. If you have any special requests, please get in touch to check we know them.

Does the cost depend on the number of hours you play?

We charge a standard fee per booking, rather than an hourly rate. If the event is planned to run beyond midnight, we may charge a higher fee. We offer discounts for student, charity, and community events.

Do you bring amplification?

We quote prices to include PA. Occasionally we play ceilidhs for a smaller number of people, where PA may not be required. We discuss this beforehand and try to establish what is the best plan for the particular event. Playing acoustic in the right setting is very enjoyable for both the musicians and dancers, and the cost of the band is reduced if we do not have to bring PA.

How long does it take to setup the PA?

Ideally we allow an hour and a half to setup and soundcheck the PA system before we start playing, though it can be setup in faster time.

What are the band's requirements?

- chairs without arms for all the band members

- a nearby double plug socket for PA (if required).

- the minimum stage space required for the 3 piece band including PA equipment, is around 15 square metres, and a little more for the four piece

Do I need to sign a contract or pay a deposit?

At present we do not ask for a deposit, but we send out a Musician's Union contract to be signed by the hirer and a member of the band, confirming the date, time, venue, and number of musicians booked.

Is it possible to use the PA for a separate DJ set as well?

No, we take the PA down after we finish our ceilidh set.

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