Welcome to the website of Ceilidh Band Cornwall 'Splann'. With driving reels and high energy jigs they are guaranteed to get you up and dancing. For clips of the band please visit our listen page. Alternatively, scroll down to see how we can make your wedding, festival or event go with a swing.

  • “A big thank to the band for playing on our wedding day, the ceilidh was perfect for our evening reception”

    - Sally, Newquay
  • “The Splann Big Band certainly lived up to its reputation, superb musicianship”

    - Emma and Tim, Launceston
  • “The perfect way to spend a 40th birthday, you are definitely Splann!”

    - Michelle, Wadebridge
  • “Each dance was skillfully explained meaning even ceilidh first timers were experts by the end of the evening”

    - Jules, Looe

Splann – Cornwall Ceilidh Band and Cornwall Barndance Band

Cornwall based ‘Splann’ is a ceilidh barn dance band that delves into some of the best Scottish, Irish and Cornish tunes to get your wedding, festival, corporate function or party swinging with style. Splann Ceilidh Band Cornwall play for ceilidhs and barn dances across Cornwall and Devon and beyond.

The core of the band is a three piece (consisting of fiddle, accordion and guitar) which is guaranteed to get your event or celebration up and dancing with driving reels and swirling jigs.

We can also add drums and bass to the line up to create the Splann ‘Big Band’. As the name suggests, this creates a bigger rockier sound. The choice is yours, just pick the line up that suits your event or size of venue – from small village halls to stages at festivals. Lastly, our caller, Ellie, will be there to talk you through each of the dances before they start, ensuring that whether you are seasoned ceilidh dancing expert or this is your first time at a barn dance you’ll feel confident on the night. Whether your event is in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset or Dorset, Splann will give it a real Celtic flavour.

We’re a group of experienced musicians who have been actively involved in the Cornish and south west folk scene for longer than we care to remember.

Visit our listen page to hear Splann as both a three and five piece band. Alternatively you can contact us to discuss your individual event requirements and to book Splann.

Splann adjective.

Cornish word meaning shining, bright or splendid. Also used as an expression of satisfaction.

Example: The Splann barn dance last night was Splann!

What is the name of the tune you just played, it sounded Splann!

Ceilidh (or barn dance) noun.

A ceilidh (pronounced ‘kay-lee’), also known as a ceili or barndance, is a traditional Celtic social gathering involving musicians playing traditional Celtic tunes for dancers.

Example: I danced all night at Splann’s awesome ceilidh.

Ceilidh Band Cornwall and Devon

Why book a ceilidh band?

Because ceilidhs are great fun! A barndance is a great way to get your friends and guests to get up, dance together and enjoy themselves – even if they have never met before.

Cornish Music Splann

Need a band to provide music for your event?

We regularly play straight gigs with the core three piece of fiddle, accordion and guitar and the Splann ‘Big’ Band, focussing on foot-tapping Scottish reels, spinning Irish jigs and driving Cornish tunes. We can also tailor our line up to suit the size of your venue or event.

Ellie Allen Caller Splann

What if you don’t know how to dance at a ceilidh?

Don’t worry, our caller Ellie will be there to get you up and dancing. Ellie is an experienced caller who is highly respected within the ceildh dance scene throughout Cornwall and Devon. Ellie will expertly lead you through each dance by demonstrating and talking you through each dance before the band start playing. It could not be easier.