Ceilidh of the North
Ceilidh of the North provides ceilidhs of a traditional method but with a modern sheen. The music comes from a long tradition of ceilidh dancing passed down from generation to generation and was specifically written for the dances. We have programmes to suit every occasion and we also provide a caller who is the most integral member of the band for people new to ceilidhs.
Ceilidh of the North are made up of a pool of musicians because professional musicians are very difficult to nail down – it is common for them to be playing at musical festivals throughout the year. However, the music remains the same and the standard is always exceptionally high.
Ceilidh of the North provide all the equipment required for the ceilidh and even come with a photographer if required. Please contact me for more information.
Ceilidh of the North also work closely with Matthew Rusk and his wedding band project http://weddingband.co.uk/Newcastle/
- Carly Blain
- Andy Watt
- Grace Smith
- Chris Meredith
- Rachel Cross
- Martin Robertson
- Sam Partridge
- Paul Knox
The caller must have a thorough understanding of the dances and be able to communicate them to enthusiastic but perhaps experienced dancers, who may also be inebriated. Callers often make decisions on the running order and tailors the programme to suit the abilities of the dancers.
Fiddle is the folk term for violin, the fiddler is often in charge or the musical side of the ceilidh dancing. keeping the music coordinated with the dances and moving through the pieces at the right speed. It is usually the fiddle player who will give you your introduction to the dance.
The accordion player is there to give the band volume in terms of texture and sound. Usually there are two players because it is most efficient for the band to provide their own equipment and engineer their own sound. Should there be a sound crisis you can be sure the accordion player won’t know what to do so its good to have them holding the tune while the fiddler go sorts it out.
The guitarist is an important part of the rhythm section and helps to keep everyone in the band in time, putting the bounce in every dancers step.
Someone has to drive the van.