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The following are some frequently asked questions about the Macaroon Ceilidh Band. Click on a question to view the answer:

red star How do I book the band?
red star How long does the band usually play for?
red star How long do you need to set up?
red star Is a ceilidh suitable for all ages and abilities?
red star Do you cater for complete beginners?
red star Can we ask you for a specific dance?
red star What do you play for a 'first dance' at a wedding?
red star Do you only play for weddings or do you play for other kinds of events?
red star Could I commission an especially written tune from you?


red star How do I book the band?
It's very easy to book us for your celebration. First just let us know the date and venue and type of event, and we'll check our availablity and give you a price. If you're happy you then tell us by email or phone that you'd like to book the band. We then hire a caller for the event, and email you our booking form for you to complete and email back to us. We check and accept the form at which stage the booking will be confirmed on both sides. The completed booking form acts as an agreement between us so we don't ask for a deposit; you can pay us on in full on the night or before if you prefer. Nearer to the date itself we can correspond about the details of the event, eg start and end time, setting-up time, requests for dances and any other requirements you may have. If you don't use email, we can do all the above by phone and post. NB The booking form has to be completed before we can confirm acceptance of a booking.

red star How long does the band usually play for?
For our fee we play for up to three hours of dancing and/or listening music. We find that a format which works well is is two sets of an hour to an hour and a half separated by a break, which might coincide with a buffet or cake-cutting etc, but this is by no means set in stone, and we're very happy to fit in with whatever else you have planned for your event. As a guide, for a ceilidh you can reckon on about six to eight dances per hour; this varies according to the length of the dances and also how much instruction the caller has to give for each one. Please do contact us to discuss how a ceilidh would complement your event.

red star How long do you take to set up?
Ideally we need about an hour to set up and to check our sound thoroughly, however we can do it in less time if necessary - we appreciate that schedules can be tight and we'll do our best to fit in with your timescale.

red star Are your ceilidhs suitable for all ages and abilities?
Yes, in fact a ceilidh is a great mixer and ice-breaker - people of all ages and abilities can dance together.

red star Do you cater for complete beginners?
Certainly. Our callers are all very experienced at guiding beginners and more experienced dancers alike, so that even if you have never danced at a ceilidh before you will feel totally included and welcome. In fact, part of the fun of ceilidh dancing is doing something you haven't tried before with other people who're in the same boat - and it's not difficult!

red star Can we ask you for a specific dance?
Yes, if you ask us in plenty of time before the event, we can ask our caller to add a specific dance to their list for the ceilidh. Or by all means request a dance on the night - if we know it we'd be happy to play for it.

red star What do you play for a 'first dance' at a wedding?
We can play for any kind of first dance you'd like eg a waltz, Gay Gordons, circle dance etc. You can also commission us to write a first dance for you if you like. Please feel free to discuss your ideas with us. If you'd prefer to use music on cd/mp3 for your first dance, you are welcome to use our p.a. to play it through.

red star Do you only play for weddings or do you play for other kinds of events?
We play for all kinds of events and celebrations, including weddings, civil partnerships, birthdays, family gatherings, community ceilidhs, concerts, festivals, fairs, galas and processions. If dancing isn't appropriate for your event, we can play a listening concert featuring a variety of tunes from around the world as well as arrangements of our dance sets and our own compositions. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like more information.

red star Could I commission an especially written tune from you?
Yes, we can write a tune, or set of tunes, especially for the occasion or for you to give as a gift. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to know more about this service and how much we would charge.

 

To book and/or find out more, please contact us.