The Kent Ceilidh Band - Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band

Highly professional, multi-talented and experienced, The Kent Ceilidh Band guarantee a fun-filled, friendly evening of music and dance to remember.

The band, formed in 2007, combine the most skilled and experienced callers and musicians and in their field. Dance tunes driven by fiddle, whistles, melodeon, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, harmonica… they can perform as a duo, trio, 4 or 5 piece band with a line-up tailored to suit your event and budget. With an extensive repertoire including Irish (St.Patrick’s), Scottish (Burns Night/St. Andrew’s), English (St. George’s) and Americana they offer a full evening’s entertainment of music for dancing. The experienced caller is skilled at coaxing your guests onto the dance floor and guiding them through a range of interesting dances suitable for complete beginners and more experienced dancers alike. If your guests need to catch their breath between the energetic dances, they also perform a wide variety of traditional and more contemporary songs and tunes to entertain them.

Collectively The Kent Ceilidh Band are the ideal choice for your event be it a corporate function, wedding, christening, barn dance, ceilidh, concert or festival. Individually, the band members have worked all over the world, singing and playing concerts and ceilidhs, Radio, TV and Films etc.

The fiddle player and band leader can also be hired as a solo harpist to play during the meal, reception or for your wedding ceremony.

View her other profile here: The Kent Celtic Harpist

Together with her twin sister, they also perform as a multi-talented, dynamic, Celtic duo. They play up-tempo jigs and reels on fiddle, whistles and guitar, plus traditional and contemporary songs with exquisite vocal harmonies

View their other profile here: The Camino Sisters

Create your own Celtic themed package by combining elements of The Kent Ceilidh Band/The Kent Harpist/The Camino Sisters for different key points of your special day/event. 

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The Kent Ceilidh Band - Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band Repertoire

Ceilidhs / Barn Dances for all occasions – Weddings / Anniversaries / Birthday Parties / Harvest Festival / St Patrick's / Burn's Night / Hogmanay...Whether you're looking for Irish / Scottish / English Ceilidh, American Hoedown / Barn Dance or an eclectic mixture of music and dances.

Bowstring Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band will lead you through fun dances and entertain you with their varied repertoire of songs and tunes to make your special event especially memorable.

Popular dances, suitable for complete beginners through to the more adventurous, include: The Virginia Reel, Gay Gordon's, Dashing White Sergeant, Cumberland Square Eight, Seige of Ennis, Waves of Tory, Bridge of Athlone, Strip the Willow and The Eightsome Reel.

Bowstring's selection of tunes drives the dances. From Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, America and beyond, they include:

  • The Walls of Liscarroll / Banish Misfortune
  • Jig of Slurs / Atholl Highlanders
  • Calliope House / Kesh Jig / Rakes of Kildare
  • Balquidder Lasses / Mairi's Wedding / The Highland Laddie
  • Spootaskerry / The Silver Spear / The Sally Gardens / Miss McLeod's Reel 
  • The Dashing White Sergeant / Far From Home / The Hut On Staffin Island 
  • The White Cockade / The Rose Tree / Salmon Tails
  • Merrily Kissed The Quaker's Wife / The Dingle Regatta
  • The Connaughtman's Rambles / Pay The Reckoning / My Darling Asleep 
  • Redwing /June Apple / Waiting For The Federals
  • Mountain Road / Joe Cooley's
  • Hardiman The Fiddler / Fig For A Kiss / The Foxhunter's Jig
  • Da Greenland Man / Schaals O' Foula / Christmas Day In The Morning 
  • Haste to The Wedding / Sixpenny Money / Morrison's Jig
  • Flatbush Waltz
  • Midnight On The Water
  • The Dark Island / Ye Banks And Braes
  • La Bastringue
  • Cock Of The North / Hundred Pipers
  • Harvest Home / Boys Of Bluehill / Soldiers Joy
  • Sir Roger De Coverley
  • John Ryan's Polka / Dennis Murphy's
  • Newmarket Polka's / Ballydesmond Polka
  • Rocky Road to Dublin / Kid On The Mountain
  • The Bear Dance
  • The Horses' Brawl
  • Horizonto

Plus a varied range of songs to entertain the dancers when they need to catch their breath:

  • Galway Girl
  • Caledonia
  • Country Roads
  • Black Is The Colour
  • Fields Of Athenry
  • Ride On
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Runaway
  • Both Sides Of The Tweed
  • Molly Mallone
  • When You Were Sweet Sixteen 
  • I'll Tell Me Ma
  • Star Of The County Down
  • Wild Rover
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Fisherman's Blues
  • Loch Lomond
  • Wild Mountain Thyme

The Kent Ceilidh Band - Ceilidh & Barn Dance Band Feedback

We had a party planned with over 90 guest expecting a barn dance. Less than three weeks before the event our booked band had to cancel. The Kent Ceilidh Band made themselves available and saved the day for us. They were friendly, flexible and great ceilidh musicians.

Hugh M., December 2023, (Kent)

We all had a wonderful time dancing to the music of Bowstring! Martin was super helpful and the band were very happy to learn and rehearse some special song requests. We appreciated that so much. Thank you!

Kate S., Kent, (January 2023)

We had a fantastic 50th birthday celebration. Thank you so much for making it extra special. Everyone had so much fun and enjoyment and we have received many videos from friends following the party and all you can hear is laughter and pure enjoyment! It was a fantastic celebration and your experience of calling and connecting with everyone made all the difference. Friends and family all had a fantastic evening - we've had so many messages to say how great the evening was and how much they enjoyed themselves. Fantastic calling and encouraging when we really didn't know what we were doing (especially the birthday boy!), amazing instrumentals and vocals and great communication throughout. Thank you so much.

Dean C., Kent, 50th birthday celebration (July 2023)

The Kent Ceilidh Band are an excellent band, great humour in the calling and fantastic music. Made our party celebrations very special.

M.C., Kent, (August 2023)

Brilliant band, can’t recommend them enough. Complete professionals and everyone thought they were amazing.

D.P., Kent, (October 2023)

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