3 reasons to hire a ceilidh & covers band for your wedding (Updated March 2020)

13 OCTOBER 2018
Blog post by Edward Southall
Estimated read time: 2 minutes

This year, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of bookings for bands that perform a mixture of ceilidh and covers at weddings in England. In this blog post, we explore some of the top reasons to hire a ceilidh covers band for your own wedding.

A ceilidh and covers band is one that does exactly that: performs a mixture of ceilidh dances as well as regular pop and rock covers. There are numerous bands like this in Scotland, where a lot of the local ceilidh bands have a decent repertoire of upbeat pop, rock, indie and soul covers that they play alongside the ceilidh music. But it’s becoming increasingly popular for ceilidh bands south of the border in England to offer this service.

So, why hire a ceilidh covers band for your wedding or event?

1. They are guaranteed to get your guests dancing!

By its very nature, a ceilidh is designed to get guests dancing. With a caller at the front of the room instructing guests on the steps to follow, it’s easy for guests of all ages to join in.

Having spoken to our wedding bands that play a mix of ceilidh and covers, they’ve found that once your guests are up on the dance floor for the ceilidh part of the evening, they are much more likely to stick around for the cover songs too. So it’s a perfect way to keep your dance floor full all night and bring all of your guests together.

2. They’re popular with guests both young and old

Many of our couples looking to book their wedding band tell us they want a group that will play music that will appeal to guests of all ages. They worry that bands that play only modern pop music (Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber covers etc.) will alienate the older guests, who would prefer to hear more 60s and 70s classic hits.

One of the great things about a ceilidh & covers band is that the ceilidh tunes they perform are timeless – popular with kids, millennials, middle-aged folk and the older generation alike. What’s more, the cover songs they perform will usually be a selection of only the very best hits from the sixties to current chart toppers. The wide variety of music they perform never fails to impress.

3. They’re more interesting than the usual function band

Although ceilidh covers bands are becoming more popular at English weddings, they are still booked far less often than standard function bands. So you can pretty much guarantee that almost none of your guests will have been to a party before that had a band performing classic covers as well as a ceilidh set.

That will keep your friends and family talking for months and years after your wedding.

One of our most popular and experienced ceilidh and covers bands is Paragon Ceilidh Band. They consistently receive rave reviews from our clients and we're always delighted to recommend them.

View some of our most popular ceilidh & covers bands performing live...

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And if you're organising something different, what are your plans for the live music part of the evening? Let us know in the comments section below!

— Ed is a recovering lawyer, having worked at international firm Hogan Lovells in London and Hong Kong before moving to a specialist practice in Mayfair. He left law to return to one of his earliest passions — music.