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Dancing at a ceilidh wedding

Another Saturday night – another ceilidh wedding.

The end of the summer – a fine time for a ceilidh wedding!

At a wedding a couple may like to have a ceilidh dance to break the ice when there may be some guests who may not know each other so well. This past Saturday was just such an occasion.

The venue was the atmospheric barn setting of The Priory, Little Wymondley

Pastiche ceilidh caller teaches the steps to Strip the Willow

Pastiche ceilidh caller teaches the steps to Strip the Willow

After the first dance (the appropriate Happy Together by the Turtles) Pastiche opened the ceilidh dancing with the Circassian Circle – a country dance traditionally the first dance of the evening. After a brief teaching session from our caller the dancers were whirling around the dance floor. We followed this up with Strip the Willow, another popular country dance, where the couple link arms and spin each other around.

We gave the dancers a break while we played a few traditional folk songs – Step it Out Mary, Star of the County Down, The Wild Rover.

Ceilidh wedding - fiddle and flute

Ceilidh wedding – fiddle and flute

We then went into another ceilidh set, the classic Gay Gordons, (where couples dance in a circle around the room) then the Dashing White Sergeant (with the dancers in groups of six). After another short break, while the dancers recuperated, we play one final ceilidh dance – The Heel and Toe Polka.

Ceilidh wedding - fiddle and flute

Ceilidh wedding – fiddle and flute

On Saturday Pastiche had a seven-piece line up comprising female vocal; guitar/vocal; keyboards; bass; drums; saxophone/flute; fiddle/vocals. This gave us the flexibility to play a couple of party music sets after the ceilidh.

Pastiche played a variety of well-known party songs such as –


American Boy

Crazy (Gnarls Barclay)

Nine to Five

Michael Jackson medley Blame it on the Boogie, I Want You Back and Billie Jean,

Ain’t Nobody (originally by Chaka Khan currently in the charts by Felix Jaehn),

Get Lucky

Price Tag

Moves Like Jagger

You Got the Love

At midnight we fished off getting everyone to sing along to The Proclaimers 500 Miles and Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On a Prayer. The lights went up and the evening was over. The happy couple drove off in to the moonlit evening.

Pastiche playing for a ceilidh dance at a wedding

4 occasions when a ceilidh dance would be amazing

4 occasions when a ceilidh dance would be amazing

  • Ceilidh dance at a wedding,
  • Ceilidh dance at a school party
  • Ceilidh dance at a fundraiser
  • Ceilidh dance at a corporate event

Ceilidh dance is a great way to break the ice, and get conversation going when people meet for the first time at a get together of any kind. Ceilidh is always fun to do too – especially when some people have not danced at a ceilidh before. Complete beginners can quickly be guided in their first steps. At first people tend to bumble around bumping into each other, at least until the get the hang of the steps. Our caller expertly and quickly guides people through the ceilidh dance steps. We find that sometimes those who have already done a ceilidh before (or maybe are very experienced at ceilidh) get a little grumpy with the novices, but soon all are swirling around the dance floor.

Ceilidh and covers.

Pastiche are a flexible band – we can play one or two sets of ceilidh, and one or two sets of covers of well known, party songs from the ‘50s to today’s hits to really mix things up. Playing a ceilidh is good fun for the band too – it’s obvious that we are enjoying ourselves.

Ceilidh dance at a Wedding

Ceilidhs are often associated with weddings. Pastiche Band have played a ceilidh and cover song mix at many weddings. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other.

Here are some comments that we’ve had from recent weddings.

Adam and I wanted to thank you for such a stunning performance at our wedding at the Corinthia Hotel back in September. Your energy, skill and enthusiasm was absolutely perfect and really got the party going straight from the off. It was great to have the combination of ceilidh and covers and we had so many compliments from our guests. Everyone could tell that you were all really enjoying it and that just seemed to transfer to all of our guests. Thank you again. Justin.

Many thanks for your wonderful performance at our wedding yesterday. Everyone loved your music, the excellent singing and the ceilidh dancing (even though our guests’ dancing leaves much room for improvement!) Thanks, Rowan.

We just wanted to send you a note to say how much we loved having you at our wedding and how much fun we had. Many of our friends and family had never been to a ceilidh before but have said how much they enjoyed it. Thank you! Mike and Rebecca

Ceilidh dance at a Fundraiser

Pastiche caller instructs the dancers at a ceilidh dance

Pastiche caller instructs the dancers at a ceilidh dance

Pastiche band have been hired to play the ceilidh, covers mix at fundraisers too. After the guests have been fed and watered, sometimes listened to some speeches, they are ready to get up, let their hair down, and have a good dance. It’s a fun way to have a good laugh. One of the clients at a fundraiser said that their ceilidh dancing was “at the very least enthusiastic!”

Here are a couple of recent testimonials from fundraisers that we have played.

I just wanted to write and say such a big thank you from us all for providing us with such fantastic entertainment and music on Saturday night! You were fantastic. We have had an endless string of compliments from everyone there and it made the night perfect so a very big thank you!! Sarah – Much Hadham Playgroup Ball

I wanted to thank you very much for making the Feltonfleet Burns night a great success.  We were all absolutely thrilled with the way the event went. We have been inundated with positive feedback from our guests. Here are some of the comments we have received: ‘… Stunning setting, excellent dancing or at the very least enthusiastic… thanks to the very patient lady directing us’ ‘We loved every minute, the singing, and of course, the Scottish dancing was brilliant.’ What a shame, we didn’t have more time, as I know many of the guests would have loved to dance for longer! Thank you once again. Charlotte – Feltonfleet School

Ceilidh dance at a School Party

Because ceilidh dance is good for all ages we have played for school parties. Adults can dance with their children and all have a good time.

We would just like to say a HUGE ‘Thank You’ to each one of you for the brilliant music on Saturday night – Danica, you have an amazing voice.  So many people have been saying how wonderful it was to have a live band and how much fun you made it. It was amazing that you were so flexible to be able to play Scottish dancing music. So many of the young are saying that they were thrilled to learn how to do the reeling and definitely want to repeat the experience. Love Susie xxx

Ceilidh dance at a Corporate party

Some corporate conferences like to put on a party in the evening. The guests may have had a hard day of work and study. Sometimes they are from different parts of the company and may not know each other very well. Ceilidh is the best way to guarantee a good time.

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to you and your band for last night. We all had the most brilliant time and the dancing was a great success. Many thanks and I hope to work with you again in the future. Best wishes Henny – ANYA HINDMARCH.