Burdock Ceilidh Band

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It really doesn’t matter whether you call it a ceili, a ceilidh or a barndance, this vibrant mix of traditional social dances and tunes, drawn mainly from British sources and presented by a lively and dedicated specialist group of musicians, is a splendid way to celebrate almost any occasion.

“Magical traditional Celtic rhythms send dancers into a whirl as crisply-performed jigs and reels make the ceilidh really swing…”

The four to six-piece Burdock Band brings along a friendly, enthusiastic specialist dance-caller, Dan, whose legendary powers of persuasion will ensure that all your guests, even those who have never encountered a ceilidh before, will feel like joining in and having a superb evening of fun.

Gerry’s catchy accordion sits at the rhythmic and harmonic foundation of the trademark Burdock Band sound, supported by multi-instrumentalist Mick on guitar, banjo, mandolin or hurdy-gurdy. Lilting melodies are democratically shared between instruments, and decorated by Ann on fiddle, with Belinda alternating between flute and whistle, while Vicki’s bodhran and assorted percussion drives it all along and sets the toes a-tapping.

It’s a rich, vigorous musical texture with plenty of bounce to encourage dancers to pick up their feet. And from time to time, when dancers are in need of a well-earned rest, Dan will simply suggest they relax with a pint to hear a song from the band.  It’s an excellent recipe for a great party.

The band is equipped with a high-quality PA system producing excellent sound in venues of all sizes. Friendly and approachable, the musicians will be very happy to discuss your event with you beforehand, in order to tailor the music and dancing repertoires exactly to your requirements.

Get your dancing shoes ready and stand by for frenetic fun and frolics, traditional Celtic style, when The Burdock Ceilidh Band takes the stage.

  • Toe-tapping, rip-roaring traditional ceilidh music, tailored to your event
  • Flexible four to six-piece line-up, including a dance-caller if required
  • Fully-equipped with a top-quality PA system for a crystal-clear sound

Ceilidh Dances

  • Blaydon Races
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Bridge Of Athlone
  • Canadian Barn Dance
  • Ceilidh Contra
  • Chelsea Reach
  • Circassian Circle
  • Circle Waltz
  • Clopton Bridge
  • Cochinchine
  • Coming Round The Mountain
  • Cornish Six-Hand Reel
  • Country Bumpkin
  • Cumberland Reel
  • Cumberland Square Eight
  • Cut A Shine
  • Dashing White Sergeant
  • De Vlegard
  • Djatchko Kolo
  • Drops Of Brandy
  • Eightsome Reel
  • Enchanted Place
  • Farandole
  • Flying Scotsman
  • Four Around Four
  • French Bourrée
  • Galopede
  • Gathering Peascods
  • Gay Gordons
  • Grand March
  • Hebridean Weaving Lilt
  • Horned Ram
  • Horse Bransles
  • I Want To Be Near You
  • KGC Square Set
  • Lucky Seven
  • Military Two-Step
  • Nigun Atik
  • Ninepins
  • Nottingham Swing
  • Pat-A-Cake Polka
  • Patsh Tants
  • Postie’s Jig
  • Pride Of Dingle
  • Rosza Waltz
  • Sacristan
  • Siege Of Ennis
  • Sicilian Circle
  • Silly Threesome
  • St Bernard’s Waltz
  • Stack Of Barley
  • Star Chain
  • Stoke Golding Country
  • Strip The Willow
  • Three Meet
  • Virginia Reel
  • Walenki
  • Walls Of Limerick
  • Waves Of Tory
  • Willow Tree
  • Winster Gallop
  • Witch Reel
  • Wring Out The Dishrag
  •  ….and plenty more….

Reviews (8)

  • 5 out of 5

    David & Lauren's Wedding

    April 28, 2015 - 2:32 pm

    Sorry for not doing this sooner, but we just wanted to say thank you so much to the band who played at our wedding. It was really great and provided the perfect end to the day. The caller did a great job of trying to get people up to dance and was great fun in leading it.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Dave & Nic's Wedding

    October 17, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    Thank you for making our wedding evening extra special with a brilliant night of brilliant music. Will definitely book again!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Mr & Mrs Nel's Family Ceilidh

    October 1, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    The Burdock Ceilidh Band were a huge hit with the guests! Just what we had in mind.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Janet's Wedding

    September 23, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Thank-you very much for organising the barn dance for the wedding last Saturday. It was a huge success, much enjoyed by all. Please pass on my thanks to the band.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Leanne's Party

    April 19, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    Just a quick email to say a quick thanks again for Sunday… Lots have people have said how much they enjoyed it! Hope to see you next year!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Margo's Birthday

    February 26, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    I just wanted to say that the Burdock Band, who played at my birthday party in Rugby last Saturday, were fantastic! I loved the music and my guests did too.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Catherine's Wedding

    October 9, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    Sorry its taken so long to thank you guys for the wonderful job you did at our party to celebrate our wedding. Thank you so very much for making the evening so much fun and very special, we received glowing reviews from our guests and the only complaint was that they wanted more of you! I would recommend your band and should I ever have a party in the future I would definitely book you again. It was a brilliant night and you helped make it so. Thanks again and good luck, you have a great band!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Duncan & Maciak's Wedding

    August 10, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for helping to make our day so special, and for indulging in our eccentric requests! All out guests enjoyed the ceilidh and have commented that the music, and patient guidance, were just fantastic – helping to make our day so very special. Those familiar with ceilidhs truly felt that it was the best they had ever been to.

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