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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.

Pastiche Ceilidh, or kaylee, band available for weddings, parties, fundraisers...

Ceilidh, or kaylee, or céilí?

Ceilidh or kaylee?

A ceilidh, or kaylee, is social event with traditional dancing, Gaelic folk music, singing and storytelling. It is prevalent in Scottish and Irish communities.

Although pronounced ‘kaylee’ the word is correctly spelled céilidh or céilí.

“On long dark winter nights it is still the custom in small villages for friends to collect in a house and hold what they call a “ceilidh” (pronounced kaylee). Young and old are entertained by the reciters of old poems and legendary stories which deal with the ancient beliefs… Some sing old and new songs set to old music or new music composed in the manner of the old.” Wonder Tales from Scottish Myths & Legend, MacKenzie D.A p.14. (1917)

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Pastiche Band play for a combined English/Irish wedding at Epsom Downs racecourse

Live music at a combined English/Irish wedding

A combined English /Irish wedding

Pastiche Band were booked to play live music for a combined English/Irish wedding at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, England. Just eighteen miles from central London, the racecourse is the home of the Epsom Derby. The venue is an ideal location for a wedding with its stunning views over the racecourse and the Downs.

As the couple and their guests were a mix of English and Irish (and a few Scots too) they requested a wide variety of live music. They also wanted more than the standard five-piece line up. The five-piece line up comprises female lead vocal, male vocal/electric guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. To this we added a fiddle player for the Irish set, and sax and trumpet for the party music sets.
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A Ceilidh Dance with Pastiche Band at a Central London Hotel

A live ceilidh/party music mix for a big London wedding.

A live ceilidh/party music mix for a big London wedding.

Autumn saw Pastiche Band play a live ceilidh/party music mix at the very fine Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London SW1 – just around the corner from Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. The band had played there not too long ago for a New Years Eve party. This time Pastiche had been hired for the ceilidh/party mix that is proving popular, particulaly for weddings. Ceilidh is a great way to start off the wedding dancing, break the ice, and quickly get people whirling around the dance floor and having fun.

A live ceilidh/party music mix - Pastiche Band in Central London

Ceilidh Dancing to Pastiche Band in Central London

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A live party band – the Hurlingham, London

A live party band – the Hurlingham Club, London

January 2014.

Pastiche Band, a live party band, have tonight played a gig at The Hurlingham Club, London.

2:40am. I sit down in the kitchen, take a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, and a fruit scone. Just home from an engagement, aka a “gig”:

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a live performance by or engagement for a musician or group playing popular or jazz music.

The gig was at the prestigious Hurlingham Club, London.
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A Function Band – London – New Years Eve

December 31st; one of those familiar, unbroken, grey days in London. Fine drizzle “the kind of rain that gets you wet”, as your mother used to say.
Pastiche function band have been booked to play New Years Eve at the Corinthia Hotel, Central London. The loading bay of the prestigious Corinthia Hotel is blocked by a white delivery van.
Pastiche Band finally make it to the ballroom – there is another band already set up. Sadly for them they are in the wrong room and they have to de-rig and move.

Pastiche function band set up at the Corinthia Hotel

Pastiche function band set up at the Corinthia Hotel

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