Madcap ceilidh band, barn dance
band Cheshire, Manchester, Macclesfield wedding party corporate
Advice on planning your Ceilidh
What do I need to provide?
Obviously, willing participants! Give everyone an idea of
what's planned - and that they are expected to get up and have a
go. Drumming up some enthusiasm beforehand and then, on the
night, the hosts
leading the way onto the dance floor helps get the evening off to
a running start. Having a few people who have some idea of
barn dances always helps but isn't essential.
We've done it in all sorts of places! Church halls, village
halls, hotels, school halls, marquees, fields - even barns. You'll
need quite a large dance area that's reasonably flat. The
temporary dance floors that go down on top of carpets often aren't
really big enough and you run the risk of dancers tripping on the
edge in their enthusiasm. Also
it's good to have a stage big enough to fit all six in the band plus
a caller plus all our paraphernalia but, if needs be, we'll fit in a
big corner. We'll need an electric socket and around an hour
or so to set
up the PA - that's about it.
What about children?
Let us know if there'll be several children and we'll pick a
caller who enjoys working with the little ones. Ceilidhs are
popular for PTA events, either for the kiddies as an experience of
how much better live music is than their teacher's scratchy
gramophone or as a fund raising event for parents to let their hair
down. Probably best to choose one or the other though if you
want to avoid frequent reminders from Little Willy of when Daddy went swinging with
Food and drink?
Dancing is thirsty work so you'll need a bar or ask people to
bring their own drink. Playing tunes gives you a very dry
throat so the band always appreciate a drink or two. A food
break half way through the evening is a good idea - it gives people
chance to sit down for a few minutes, catch their breath and have a
Shall I combine the ceilidh with a disco?
If you really must! However don't split the evening up too
much. It's much better to have the ceilidh then move on to a
disco rather than alternating between the two.