What’s the difference between a ceilidh, ceili and a barn dance?

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 | No Comments



The answer is nowadays not that much – all involve social dances set to traditional tunes, sometimes using a caller to explain the dances to the uninitiated. 

So why the different names? Traditionally the term ‘ceilidh’ was used in Scotland whilst the term ‘ceili’ was used in Ireland. The term ‘barn dance’ can be used […]

Four top tips for holding a Ceilidh or Barn Dance

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 | No Comments

1. The Band Ceilidh bands come in all shapes and sizes. The most important thing is that you use experienced musicians who can guarantee that they will make your evening go with a swing. If you haven’t heard a particular band that you are interested in play before – check their website for sound samples […]

Going to your first ceilidh? What to expect.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 | No Comments

Ceilidhs go back centuries and continue to provide a popular party option. A good ceilidh band will make your wedding or event extremely memorable. Things can take a while to get going at parties, particularly wedding receptions. Often you have a room full of people but they don’t all know each other very well. For […]