Willow Ceilidh Band
Ceilidh Band

About Willow Ceilidh Band – professional ceilidh band based in London
17 reviews

Booked 42 times on FixTheMusic

Willow Ceilidh Band perform lively Scottish, Irish, English & Welsh folk music at weddings and events in London and beyond.

With fiddles, accordion, guitar & expert caller to teach the dances, we're a young, energetic and modern ceilidh band – guaranteed to get you dancing!

The band is particularly in demand at destination weddings in Europe. They have recently performed in Tuscany, Italy and have upcoming weddings in Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.

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Looking to have some fun ceilidh dancing, folk music or even an American barn dance at your wedding or event? From 2- to 5-piece, we offer something for most venues and budgets.

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Weddings

Willow Ceilidh Band specialise in weddings & know that each one is unique. We carefully consider the following details in order to create the perfect ceilidh for you:

  • Number of guests, age range & dancing experience e.g. beginners / more experienced
  • Music: perhaps you prefer mainly Scottish tunes or have a favourite tune or song
  • Timings: we would normally perform for 3 x 45-minute sets but can adjust to suit
  • Sound, Band & DJ options: we bring a full PA system and offer Ceilidh & Disco / DJ packages
  • First dance - options include a circle dance or romantic waltz

So if you're looking to hire the finest ceilidh band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Willow Ceilidh Band.

The ceilidh band performs primarily in the UK, but is available for destination weddings anywhere in the world. In 2019, the band performed in Tuscany (Italy), Panama, Spain and Ireland.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Château de Bonnemare, Radepont, France
  • Piacenza, Italy
  • Château de La Côte, Biras, France
  • Malaga, Spain
  • Chateau La Durantie, Lanouaille, Dordogne, France
  • Launcells Barton, Bude, Cornwall
  • Curradine Barns, Shrawley
  • London
  • Seer Green, Buckinghamshire

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FAQs

What type of music do you play?

Mainly upbeat Scottish & Irish folk tunes but also English, Welsh & some continental / American music too. You can choose to focus on one tradition or a combination if preferred.

Are your ceilidhs suitable for beginners?

Yes, many of the events we perform at are for those 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.

How much do you charge?

From £550 upwards, depending on the size of band required.

Do you do ceilidhs for children?

Yes we have a show for kids including simple fun dances, ceilidh games with prizes & actions songs for the little ones.

Where do you perform?

We're based in London & perform at weddings, ceilidhs & barn dances across London, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Kent & the UK, as well as throughout Europe, in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Croatia etc.

Do you have public liability insurance and PAT tested equipment?

Yes we do - documentation available on request.

How long do you perform for and how do we structure our event to make the most of the dancing?

We normally do 2 x 45-minute sets of dancing with breaks in between. Send us your event details & we'll suggest the best options.

How much space is required for the dancing & band?

We will adjust to whatever space is available and are used to performing in a wide variety of venues. Ideally 2sqft per dancer. For a quartet, the band require 4m x 2m. A raised stage is a welcome bonus if available.

What is the line up for the band?

We normally perform as a quartet (3 musicians & caller) which would usually include fiddle, guitar, whistle, banjo & melodeon (with doubling). We do also work with an accordion, percussionist and flute player. We can also offer DJ / Disco sets alongside the ceilidh.

What dances do you do?

We do all the well-known ones like Gay Gordons, Strip The Willow, Dashing White Sergeant, Cumberland Square Eight etc. alongside less well-known ones. We plan the dances based upon the space available & ability.

Do you provide a PA system?

Yes, this is included in the price for UK events. You are welcome to play your music via iPod in between our sets & use our mics for speeches. We are happy to provide a DJ set for you after the ceilidh, on request.

How long does it take you to set up / de-rig?

Around 30 minutes and this can also be done relatively quietly.


17 verified reviews

"We were absolutely delighted with The Willow Ceilidh Band. The music was lively and fun and tailored to suit our mixed audience. Louise as caller made sure that everyone had a great time and we all went home smiling. There was a good mixture of dances and guests from 2 to 82 were helped to join in and have fun. They were very adaptable and relaxed and we enjoyed meeting them all. I think we were so lucky to find them and would heartily recommend them for anyone thinking of hosting a Ceilidh. Best wishes, Barbara."
– Barbara McCardle, 5 March 2020, party in Seer Green, Buckinghamshire
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"Hi Ed, The band was great. Will and the guys were fantastic. Thank you very much for sorting everything out. Regards, Fran."
– Francisco Aisa García, 15 February 2020, wedding in Malaga, Spain
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"Hi Will, I hope that you are well! We just wanted to send a quick note, now that everything has calmed down slightly, to say thank you so so much for all of your help in everything that you did to make Saturday such a special day for us. The ceilidh was absolutely fantastic - we had so many compliments for your players, and so many guests saying how much they enjoyed it, so thank you for everything that you did to make it happen! The disco was great too, and a really good way to end the evening. Thank you too for the jazz duo - I was off having photos so didn’t manage to hear much, but again, many guests have said how lovely it was to have the live music there! We will send you a proper thank you card and will write a full review if you like in due course, but we just wanted to let you know immediately how grateful we are for your help! Many thanks again and best wishes, Emma and Tom."
– Emma Jones, 2 February 2020, wedding at Launcells Barton, Bude, Cornwall
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"Dear FixTheMusic, Willow were literally amazing! I can’t thank you enough for finding them for us. Thank you so much, Kaylie"
– Kaylie Baker, 12 January 2020, wedding at Chateau La Durantie, Lanouaille, France
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"Willow Ceilidh Band played at our wedding. They were fantastic. We had people who had different ceilidh experience, but the dances chosen and the quality of the calling meant everyone could join in and have fun. They helped created a relaxed atmosphere and we would highly recommend them."
– Ruth Hilton, 15 December 2019, wedding at Guildhall, High Street, Bath
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"We booked Willow Ceilidh Band (as a three piece band and then disco with all the lights and gizmos) for our wedding in Buckinghamshire in October 2019 and they were fantastic. They were great at communicating in advance, and were really amenable when we made quite specific requests for our first dance, even down to adapting tempo and length for us. On the day, they arrived in plenty of time to set up...and then waited patiently as our wedding breakfast ran over by nearly an hour. They were really relaxed about adapting the planned sets to the time that was left and as soon as they started to play we were delighted with our choice of band - their sound was wonderful, and if you like Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham, etc., you will love their style. The caller was clear and our dance floor was full of dancers from all age groups for the entire ceilidh. After the ceilidh, Aidan took over as DJ and the disco lights went on, and he not only agreed to put his ears through our 1.5 hour list of ultimate cheesy hits of the 80s and 90s, but also kept the dance floor filled right up until midnight and didn't do any annoying talk-over as we've heard at some other parties! :) In short, we highly recommend them! All best, Hannah and Simon."
– Hannah Picot, 15 October 2019, wedding in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
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"Will and the original line up of Willow Ceilidh Band played at our daughter's wedding in Worcestershire in July 2019. We also had the DJ option as an extra for the evening. They all did an excellent job of keeping the guests entertained during what seemed to be an exceptionally long evening. Initially due to the hot weather our guests seemed a bit reluctant to start dancing but soon joined in the fun. The music was spot on and enjoyed by all. We had several guests down from Scotland who were very impressed with the Ceilidh band and thoroughly enjoyed the dancing. The caller was both very patient and entertaining. We can't thank them all enough for spending a long and hot evening keeping everyone going. We would certainly recommend such a professional group of musicians."
– Jacqui Francis, 29 July 2019, wedding in Worcestershire
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"Great band and disco for our wedding. Our guests loved the Scottish dancing followed by disco. Will was a real pleasure to work with. Ensured the band played songs and dances that suited us. And he took our playlist for the disco."
– Michael Simpson, 16 July 2019, wedding in London
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"Will and the band played at our wedding in May and I could not praise them enough. We had the band & DJ option and they were so well organised. They played a lot of the classics and despite some reluctance from guests to get up initially....had almost everyone on the dancefloor by the end. They were so much fun and really did contribute to our amazing day. Even now people are still commenting on how much fun they had, and we both loved every second. Thank you so much for helping to make our day so memorable."
– Gemma Walsh, 15 July 2019, wedding in Essex
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"Willow Ceilidh Band played our wedding in June 2019 and they were fantastic! It as the perfect way to start our evening party, Louise did a brilliant job as caller and got all the guests on to the dance floor. Everyone afterwards has told us the Ceilidh was a highlight of the day. Louise then DJ'ed for us until the finish too. Thanks to the band for a memorable evening!"
– Tom Macleod, 28 June 2019, wedding in London
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"The guys were amazing; they played really well and also gave very clear instructions that were very useful to most of our guests who haven't been ceilidhing before. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed it so much. Many have messaged us afterwards saying how much they loved ceilidhing and what a great idea to do something different for our wedding. We're very grateful to Willow Ceilidh Band for their fabulous contribution to make our wedding memorable and fun!"
– Cristiana Savu, 23 June 2019, wedding in Surrey
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"Willow Ceilidh Band were absolutely brilliant at our wedding, they had everyone up dancing! Even my Dutch family who were skeptical about a Ceilidh absolutely loved it and American colleagues said every wedding should have a ceilidh. I can't recommend Willow Ceilidh Band highly enough we had the best night!! If you're looking for a great ceilidh band look no further. Thanks, Claire & Jonathan"
– Claire Richardson, 15 April 2019, wedding at The Lensbury in Teddington, Middlesex
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“We really loved every minute of the ceilidh...everyone commented on how much fun they had."
– Andrew and Sarah-Jane Moore, 19 September 2018, wedding in London
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"Thanks for making our wedding day so special, everyone loved the dancing!"
– Maryam Galton, 19 August 2018, wedding at The Landmark Hotel, London
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"They did a great job, everyone enjoyed the evening."
– Judy Mattock, 2 August 2018, Dulwich Rotary Club
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"Huge thanks to you & the band for playing at our party. It went down an absolute storm."
– Tris & Lucy Golding, 12 May 2018, wedding in Essex
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"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for last night, you were beyond brilliant."
– Heather Arnold, 3 May 2018, birthday party in London
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