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a Sussex based, three-piece ceilidh band bringing flair and energy to Irish and Scots traditional music.
We work with professional callers for ceilidhs / barn dances. Our dances are especially good for beginners as everyone is included - children too - with clear, friendly instructions to make sure nobody gets left behind!

We take bookings for birthdays, weddings and general celebrations and can travel throughout East and West Sussex for ceilidhs.
We have a large, 750 watt PA and can cover a large venue with ease - (up to 100 people is maximum for our system).

The band are:
Oli Alex - whistle/flute:

Melanie Davies - violin/mandola:

Jim Richards - guitar (DADGAD tuning)

Oli has been playing flute since he was 8 yrs old originally learning classical music. Later he moved into folk music specialising in Trad Irish as well as some English and Scottish. He plays Low whistle, penny whistles, wooden Irish flute and the Boehm concert flute. He`s played with various bands in the area including the Irish party band Shenanigan.

Melanie has played violin since she was 8. She has learned Irish fiddle from Martin Hayes, Keven Burke and Dermot McLaughlin. She also plays mandola. She has played in ceilidh bands for 15 years and has taught violin for over 10 years

Jim has considerable experience of playing Irish music across Sussex and beyond in ceilidhs, sessions and folk festivals. Jim enjoys a good reputation in Sussex for his sensitive and characterful guitar playing. His harmonic approach is unique and adds a rare, rich quality to the music he accompanies. Jim also plays bodhran (Irish drum) to competition level.
Called ceilidhs for all - no experience necessary High energy dance playing Irish tunes and great caller
Rates From £ 563
Includes 3 players one caller plus PA
Entertainment Types: Ceilidh Band, Folk Band, Irish Band
Genres: Acoustic, Dance, Folk, Irish, Scottish
Options: Three piece band plus caller

Two piece band plus caller

Costumes / Dress:
Experience: 15 years playing ceilidhs in east sussex
Previous Clients: Weddings, partys, fund-raisers.
Located in: lewes, East Sussex

Playlists / Performance Info:

Circassian Circle - 32 jigs
Kesh / Out On The Ocean / Morrisson’s

Farmer’s Jig - 32 jig
Skymans jig

Holmfirth Square 8 - 32 reel
Tinker’s Daughter / Cliffs of Moher

Heel, Toe Polka - 16 polka
Bill Sullivan’s / Bally Desmonds / John Ryan’s

Old Swan Gallop - 32 jig
Paddy’s Return Set

Boston Tea Party - 32 reel
Cooley’s / George White’s

Dashing White Sergeant - own tune

Riverside Jig - 32 reel
Maid Behind The Bar / Banshee

Canadian Barn Dance - 16 pipe march/schottisches

Horses Brawl - own tune

Witch’s Reel - 32 jig/reel

Circle Hornpipe - 32 hornpipe

Harvest Home / King of the Fairies

Tunes for listening:
Paddy Burns / Hardiman The Fiddler

Blackthorn Stick / Sean Ryan's

Calliope House / Cararoe jig

Mountain Dew


We thoroughly enjoyed the music and the band was terrific! We thanked them very much. Everyone commented on their performance. Lovely band. We will definitely recommend them and your company again. It was a pleasure dealing with you all.

Tech Details:

Line Up :
Guitar , whistle, violin
8 input 750 watt mixer
2 x 15in driver speaker cabs
PA System:
750 watts
Light System:
Setup Times:
1 hour
Area Required:
3 square metres minimum
Sets and
Times :
2 sets of 50 minutes
Tech Requirements:
1 socket.
UK Areas Covered: