Scallywag Ceilidh Band have over 25 years experience in running highly successful ceilidhs and barn dances for weddings, parties, social dances and charity fundraising events. For more info about our ‘Scallywag wedding Barn Dance and Disco package‘ click here

Traditional Irish, English and French folk music mixed with Reggae, Rock and Jazz are at the heart of our music making. This makes for creating infectious dance styles.

The usual line up of the band is four musicians. We normally use 2 fiddles, guitar and bass guitar. We carry our own caller which will be included in the price you are quoted.

Booking Scallywag Ceilidh Band

To see if we are free to play at your Wedding Barn Dance or party email Gordon at scallywag.ceilidh.band.uk@gmail.com or message me from our Facebook account here

Scallywag wedding barn dance and disco

Barn Dances at weddings are great fun. Scallywag have had years of experience in making barn dances work for all ages and levels of experience.

Timings are really important, so if you are just thinking of having a barn dance at your wedding then have a look at our barn dance page as the information regarding start/finish times and breaks there will generally fit evening wedding receptions.

Weddings and discos

If you are thinking about finishing the evening with a disco we can provide that as well. We provide an inexpensive option where you can use your phone or laptop to provide your own dedicated choice of music or I can do the DJ bit. For information about how that package works please go to our Disco page.

Barn dance first, disco last

We would always recommend you have the barn dance first and the disco late and not mix them in the evening. Here are some of the reasons why:-.

Ceilidh early – Disco later in the evening

First you have to decide the running order, usually Barn Dance first through to food at 9:00 and then Disco to the end.

This would always be our preferred option. However, there is always the issue of rigging two sets of gear in one room, which, if it is a hotel dining room, will be a challenge.

The band will then finish playing at 9:00 and, having finished for the evening, will dismantle their equipment and make many trips through the guests over the period of 30 mins to remove their gear. This does not always go down very well with organisers or guests. So, avoid this problem by booking Scallywag to do the disco as well. To find out how this works follow this link to our Disco page.

or, the band and the disco can take it in turns through the evening

That works up until the point that the band tries to come on for it’s second set. The guests think that the Barn Dance has already finished for good after their first set and don’t understand why they have had the disco taken from them whilst they were just getting into it. Remember, they think they have come for a wedding not an evening of country dance.

The band then labours to get anyone to dance, if they can even get them out of the bar and back into the room, and you eventually come over and politely tell us that you are going to ask the DJ to do the rest of the evening at which point we will pack up our gear and make numerous trips across the dance floor with our equipment. See above.

The Jerry Springer moment!

This where you unintentionally divide your audience into two groups and they take it upon themselves to decide who should stay and who should go. It has to be said that I have only witnessed one fight at this point but it often results in one group of guests being disappointed.

Group 1

These are the people who have been dancing merrily since the beginning of the evening and don’t understand why you have stopped the barn dance. It is at this point they lobby you and anyone who will listen to keep the barn dance going. Beware as this group may contain both sets of parents and grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

Group 2

As they hear the siren call of Barry White, Lady Gaga or Calvin Harris these shy and retiring creatures will reappear from their respective hiding places, such as ‘in the next bar’ and ‘behind a firmly gripped pint’, and take up arms against the Country Dancers at which point you wish you wonder why you didn’t go for a Wedding on the beach in the Seychelles.


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