Established in 2000, we have the experience to know what makes a great ceilidh!
Licence to Ceilidh put a fresh twist on traditional tunes and dances by combining them with a modern, contemporary rhythm that no one can resist dancing to.
As possibly the busiest ceilidh band around, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our musicians and equipment - which is why word of mouth accounts for the majority of our work and we get so many repeat bookings. Click here to see some of our past clients and testimonials
All of our musicians are full-time, professional players and the members of LTC come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds from Funk to Jazz and Big-Band, Classical to Gospel and Traditional Scottish/Irish music… we make great use of having such an eclectic group of musicians by including all these influences in the music we play and offering a wide variety of musical extras.
Why not glance at our musician's biogs and see some of their personal achievements (you may have heard one of our Bassists on the recent Stella Artois 'Cidre' advert, or seen one of our Drummers on a recent X Factor episode!)
We understand that whatever your event, you need a professional, experienced band of the highest quality that take pride in what they do... that's why we constantly update and regularly PAT test our equipment so the quality of sound is the best it can be. We also regularly update the music we play, to keep it fresh and exciting for the dancers, audience and band!
Please check out our media page, which is full of audio, videos and photos. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have. Best of all - come to one of our public gigs and have a dance!
Our standard band is a 5-piece line-up of: Caller, Fiddle, Guitar/Piano, Bass Guitar and Drum Kit.
But we regularly perform as a 6 or 7-piece and can do sizes up to a 12-piece band with full horn section - giving you the versatility to create the line-up you’re after!
Why not see our Larger Line-ups page for ideas on additional instruments you can add to your band!
The choices range from adding extra fiddle, or keys as well as guitar to your line-up... to adding a whole horn section or a range of traditional instruments including Accordion, Uilleann (Irish) Pipes, Flute, Whistle, and more...
Caller, Singer, Dancer
Francesca is a West End actress and teacher as well as a dance caller with Licence to Ceilidh.
Originally hailing from Lerwick in the Shetland Islands Francesca was brought up with Scottish folk music. She trained for years in traditional piano accompaniment with Violet Tulloch (Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham’s piano accompanist) playing at a number of folk festivals across Shetland. She has been Ceilidh dancing since she could walk and she was also a competitive Highland Dancer for many years competing at various competitions across Scotland!
At 16 she gained a place at the prestigious Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow where she gained an A.T.C.L diploma from the Trinity College London. She later won a scholarship to study at the Arts Educational School in London gaining a BA Hons Degree in Musical Theatre. Recently Francesca was part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Les Miserables, as well as being part of the 25th anniversary West End cast in London performing alongside Alfie Boe, Samantha Barks and Nick Jonas. She was also asked to record vocals for the Les Mis movie released last year. As a performing arts teacher Francesca teaches all over the South of England. She works with all ages and abilities and has a great passion for it.
Francesca is an experienced Caller with the band, she's clear, confident and fun and very popluar at the Ceilidh Club in Camden. She demonstrates her impressive dancing skills on corporate bookings with Licence to Ceilidh and vocal skills performing covers with the band!
Caller, Singer, Dancer
A Scottish lass from Dundee, Lisa started performing at a very young age getting entrenched in her local theatre scene. She started out at Rhythm, the theatre group in Monifieth at just six years old before moving on to Tread the Boards and the Thomson Leng Musical Society.
From there Lisa also studied on the Musical Theatre Course at the Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow alongside Francesca and Alyssa, before heading to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London where she graduated in 2010 with a BA 1st Class Hons degree. Whilst at Mountview Lisa was a finalist in the Sondheim performer of the year awards and took starring roles in many college performances including Maria in 'West Side Story' and Maggie in ‘A Chorus Line’.
Since graduating Lisa has performed in a number of West End shows and UK Tours including 'Bugle Boy' Uk Tour (the story of Glenn Miller’s life), playing Marjorie in ‘The Day Before Spring’ in Sadler’s Wells and most notably Lisa returned to her home town of Dundee in 2013 to appear as young Jackie in ‘Jackie the Musical’.
Lisa is an ethusiastic Caller that wont fail to get your guests on the dancefloor! She is also a dancer on corporate bookings with Licence to Ceilidh and a fantastic vocalist - watch a video of Lisa singing with Licence to Ceilidh on our covers page: Click here
Photo: Ali Barnes
Caller, Violin and Viola
Some may say Alexis is a tad overqualified to play for a ceilidh band, after training at the University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Goldsmiths, University of London… He's actually a founding member of Licence to Ceilidh, so has well over 10 years experience performing with the band.
Alexis spend part of his childhood in Edinburgh, to which he later returned to study Music, English & Scottish literature and British History at the University of Edinburgh, before studying screen composition with Dario Marianelli and Joseph Horovitz at the Royal College of Music...
...In 2012, he completed his Viola studies with Jane Rogers at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has since performed widely with early music ensembles including The Dufay Collective, Florilegium, Horses Brawl, Rinaldo Consort and Musicians of London Wall.
As a composer Alexis works with many filmmakers/animators and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, TCM and at major film festivals throughout the world, including Cannes, London and Edinburgh. Currently he is developing a research interest in the intersection of film and early music as a doctoral student at Goldsmiths, University of London. Alexis is also the founder of the Early Music Experiment.
Photo: Toby Amies
Caller, Singer, Dancer
Being from Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Alyssa grew up surrounded by ceilidhs and Scottish music.
She studied dance and theatre arts from a young age and like Francesca, Alyssa also trained at the prestigious Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow from the age of 16, gaining an A.T.C.L diploma in Musical Theatre from the Trinity College London. Both Alyssa and Francesca were invited to audition for the first ever Andrew Lloyd Webber scholarship back in 2007 winning a place at the famous Arts Educational School, which she graduated from in 2010 with a BA Hons in Musical Theatre.
Since graduating Alyssa has performed in a range of musical theatre shows both on and off West End, including: Rosemary in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" London 2014, Liesl in "The Sound of Music" UK Tour & Amman, Jordan 2010 - 2011 & 2013, "Betwixt!" Trafalgar Studios 2011.
Alyssa brings great fun & energy to the ceilidhs she calls, as well as clear instruction, she also performs as a dancer with Licence to Ceilidh on corporate and party bookings and a singer performing Covers with the band!
Photo: Ali Barnes
Ali spent her childhood touring Festivals and Folk clubs watching her parents perform – both folk singers and dancers. This is where she developed her love for traditional music and was encouraged to perform from a young age herself.
Music was always a strong part of the household and Ali had the opportunity to see acts from all over the British Isles and beyond at the festivals where she spent her summers. Taking up Fiddle in her teens, Ali’s Step father, a Dundee man, encouraged a particular love for Scottish Traditional music...
...Now in her mid 20’s Ali has years of experience playing in numerous Ceilidh and Irish bands.
As a fiddler and singer she has performed at many folk festivals including Sidmouth Folkweek, Bromyard Folk Festival, Banbury Folk Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival, Wimborne Folk Festival, Crediton Folk Weekend & BeachBreak Live.
...and has performed for names including David Mitchell, Jeremy Clarkson and Trinny Woodall among others. She has also performed on BBC 1's "This Week", BBC2's "Great British Menu" & E4's "Made in Chelsea" with Licence to Ceilidh.
Photo: Philippe Barnes
Caller, Fiddle, Violin, Dancer
Jennifer grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland and began playing the violin at 8 years old. In her teens she played for the county orchestra and chamber group as well as playing for several years in both The National Children's Orchestra of Scotland and The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
She then moved down to London to study Acting and Music at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, which she graduated from in 2010 with a BA (Hons) degree. Jennifer now works as an Actress and Violinist in a variety of genres, including playing for classical ensembles, folk/country bands & pop sessions for up and coming artists.
Her theatre credits include: 1st Violinist/Ensemble in "Love Story" (Bolton Octagon) 2014, The Fiddler in "Fiddler On The Roof" (UK Tour) 2013-2014, Violinist/Ensemble in "Chess The Musical" (UK Tour/Toronto) 2010-2011, Lead Violinist in "The Boyfriend" (Her Majesty's Theatre) & Lead Violinist in "The Last Five Years" (London College of Music).
Her TV/Radio credits include: BBC1, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales & XFM.
Although music is her main passion Jen is a fantastic performer and an experienced dance caller with Licence to Ceilidh.
"Jennifer Douglas' Fiddler is the real show stealer" - The Public Review, 5*
Caller, Fiddle and Violin
A music graduate of Cambridge University, Alison was president of the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band and is now an established Teacher and Performer in the South of England.
Although trained classically in violin, piano and voice, Alison quickly followed in her parents footsteps doing barn dances and ceilidhs with the family band from a young age. So already has years of ceilidh experience under her belt!
Alison teaches Violin, Fiddle and Piano both one-on-one and to whole classes, as well as regularly leading folk workshops at some of the UK’s biggest festivals and in her local community.
She is also an Amateur composer. Her orchestral work 'Journey’s End' was most recently performed by ‘The Orchestra on the Hill’ in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge as well as being performed in the past by the Essex Concert Orchestra and the South Essex Youth Orchestra.
Alison is both a regular dance caller and fiddle/violin player for Licence to Ceilidh.
Freddie, our chief improviser, was classically trained from a young age but very quickly developed a love for celtic and traditional music... By his teens Freddie already had vast experience playing and won awards including the London Irish Centre's 'Musician of the Year' and the National Music for Youth competition with guitarist Phil O'Farrell.
Freddie developed his playing style further at the Brit School, namely with rock/pop guitarist Ben Thomas (Adele's guitarist), with whom he won the Accenture's 'Outstanding Talent' award presented by Michael Parkinson and in 2007 played with at the Portcullis House Jazz club and Glastonbury Festival.
Freddie is a unique player who over the years has explored and studied numerous genres of music, from Gypsy and Jazz to Hip-Hop and traditional Irish music… and his fiddle style today is the excellent combination of these varied influences, classical discipline and his cheeky personality!
He's also a fantastic photographer, you can see some of his shots throughout the site!
In 2008 Philippe graduated from the University of Limerick with an MA - First Class Honours in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Since then he has toured all over Europe & America playing guitar & flute with the David Munnelly Band, toured Ireland & the UK with London Irish group Crossharbour and headlined the National Celtic Festival in Australia with his Celtic Jazz Funk group All Jigged Out.
Philippe's recent TV appearances include: ITV "National TV Awards 2015" (with Pixie Lott & The Proclaimers), BBC1 "This Week", ITV "The Royal Variety Performance" (with Bryn Turfel & Only Men Aloud), "Classical Brit Awards" (with Amy Dickson, classic brit winner & London Chamber Orchestera), TG4 "Feilte" (with Crossharbour), E4 "Made in Chelsea", BBC2 "Great British Menu Final", ITV "Britain's Got Talent" (with Paul Potts Orchestra), MTV "5-star" (with Shakira), ITV "Celebrity Stars in their Eyes (with Mark Radcliff), BBC Scotland "Regional News", Channel 4 "Gok Wan's Fashion Fix" & "Des & Mel" (with Roger Wittaker).
His recent recording credits include: Flutes & whistles on the feature films "The Imposter", "Dark Horse", "Fraternity", "The Funeral" & "Body in the Park : Documentaries for BBC Natural World, The Discovery Chanel & ITV : BBC Radio's 2, 3, 4, 5 & Classic FM : Amy Dickson, Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Syd Arthur, 1916 The Musical, Lee Westwood, Attab Haddad, Crossharbour, Franc O'Shea, Philippe Barnes & Tom Phelan, Kirsty Bromley.
Three-time runner up in the BBC Young Folk Awards, Philippe has performed with Pixie Lott, The Proclaimers, Amy Dixon, The London Chamber Orchestra, Bryn Turfel, Only Men Aloud, Flook!, The Irish Folk Ballet Co. (Tribute to Riverdance) Mike McGoldrick, Alkimia, Moose, McDermotts Two Hours, Legacy, Richard Durrant, Emma Sweeney, Lulo Reinhardt, Geoff Smith & more...
"breathtaking" - Mojo
"phenomenal technique…" - London Folk
"I've heard nobody else who can make the Boehm flute sound like the true traditional thing, who can mould tone to fit the tune so nicely... the sheer musicality is exceptionally impressive…" - John Brophy, Irish Music Magazine
"sublime" - Rock n Reelwww.philippebarnes.com
Photo: Lieve Boussauw
Mike started learning the piano and trumpet at the age of 6 and spent most of his early professional music life as an orchestral trumpeter and, when needed, a percussionist, studying at the Royal College of Music.
A change of direction saw him studying classical singing and opera at Trinity College of Music from where he graduated in 2005 and completed a Postgrad Diploma in 2006.
Mike now performs mainly as a Baritone soloist in the South of England as well as various theatre pit-band appearances on the piano.
He is a member of the prestigious choir at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s finest conductors and performing in most of the main concert venues in the country and across Europe.
Ian's percussive and rhythmic style of playing fuses the rhythm section of the band with the melody instruments to create a dynamic sound.
Ian began to play the piano at the age of five. Throughout his youth he studied the drums and became proficient on the guitar and bass guitar.
Enjoying the versatility of being a multi-instrumentalist, Ian has adopted techniques from playing with musicians of a high standard and has had the privilege to perform at some of the countries most prestigious venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Halls, and The Fairfield Halls among other recognised theatres and music venues in the UK.
He has produced albums for such artists as the acclaimed Swedish singer “Annika” and classical guitarist Paul Gregory.
Ian is available as a solo pianist as the perfect complement to your meal.
Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Dan graduated in 2008 with a BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship, since then he has been constantly in demand for his versatility and dashing good looks.
Some of the artists he has worked with include: Pixie Lott, The Proclaimers, Buddy Greco, Craig Revel-Horwood, Kim Mezel (Maceo Parker), 911, Liane Carroll, Ray Lewis (The Drifters), Jaki Graham, John Cameron, Chico, Sonia, Bucks Fizz, Magic of Motown, Motown USA, Angie Brown, Joe Stilgo, FreshSteps UK, Dam Koek, Tom Fitzpatrick and many more...
Dan can also be heard playing double bass on the "Stella Artois" adverts and throughout Sky 1's hit comedy "Spy"!
His theatre credits include: Happy Days UK Tour (2014), Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (2012 - 2013, Jordan Productions), Blues in the Night (2013), Summer Ice Spectacular (2011, Jordan Productions), Millenium and Arts Ed Showcase Performances (2010 - Present) & Various UK Pantomime (2008 - Present).
His recording credits include: BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Sky 1, Radio 4, Jazz FM, Hackney Empire, Soundtree Productions, The Pink Floyd Show UK, Dan Koek, Crossharbour, Tom Fitzpatrick, 2point9 Records & Bourne Leisure.
Photo: Touch Photography
Bass Guitar, Double Bass Since moving to Brighton in 2003 and immersing himself in the music scene, Dan has played many styles of music from Salsa to Metal. He has performed at all of Brighton's music venues with a variety of different artists and has also worked and toured the UK extensively with world music ceilidh band Boka Halat. Along with gaining a BA (Hons) in Jazz (2009) Dan is currently a tutor at the Academy of Music and Sound where he teaches contemporary bass guitar and music theory. Highlights of his career to date include performing with: Sandi Thom, Alvin Stardust, Laura Vane (The Vipertones, Gnarls Barkley and The streets), Viola Wills (Joe Cocker, Barry White and Smokey Robinson), Jodie Kidd, UK premiere of Fame Forever, Port Arlington Celtic Festival (Australia) and a Tour of the French Alps. ...and also performing at Sidmouth Festival, Towersey Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and headlining the National Celtic Festival in Australia with Philippe Barnes (LTC Flute/Guitar) and Ollie Boorman (LTC Drums) in Celtic Jazz-Funk group All Jigged Out. Photo: Freddie Smith Bass Guitar Bass / Guitar / other things! Simon was playing music from a very young age, starting with the piano at 2 and later moving on to brass instruments at 8 years old, playing trumpet and trombone in his local Scout band. He started playing guitar at 16, studying classically for a year and then taking private lessons with composer and session musician Steve Dodds (Mica Paris), before completing the Rock Metal and Intermediate guitar courses at the Guitar Institute in London. In his early 20's Simon moved to Boston for 2 years to study at the famous Berklee College of Music, on the Performance Studies course. Graduating with the Berklee Certificate, having made the Dean's list for Excellence every semester. On moving back to the UK Simon quickly became a popular musician working in and around London & Brighton with rock bands, the jazz-funk improvisational group the 'Kings Cross Project', forming the jazz-funk band 'Mobius' with Otto Williams (ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse) and the jazz duo 'Indigo' which quickly grew into one of the most popular duos on the south coast, performing regularly, making numerous appearances on BBC Southern Counties Radio and recording the album "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue". In recent years Simon has been performing more regularly on the Bass, finding a particularly love for the groove and the sound of the instrument. Simon can regularly be heard with 'The John Lake Trio', 'Big Als Jamboree' & 'Treatment of Choice' as well as 'Licence to Ceilidh'! Photo:Ali Barnes
Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Since moving to Brighton in 2003 and immersing himself in the music scene, Dan has played many styles of music from Salsa to Metal. He has performed at all of Brighton's music venues with a variety of different artists and has also worked and toured the UK extensively with world music ceilidh band Boka Halat.
Along with gaining a BA (Hons) in Jazz (2009) Dan is currently a tutor at the Academy of Music and Sound where he teaches contemporary bass guitar and music theory.
Highlights of his career to date include performing with: Sandi Thom, Alvin Stardust, Laura Vane (The Vipertones, Gnarls Barkley and The streets), Viola Wills (Joe Cocker, Barry White and Smokey Robinson), Jodie Kidd, UK premiere of Fame Forever, Port Arlington Celtic Festival (Australia) and a Tour of the French Alps.
...and also performing at Sidmouth Festival, Towersey Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and headlining the National Celtic Festival in Australia with Philippe Barnes (LTC Flute/Guitar) and Ollie Boorman (LTC Drums) in Celtic Jazz-Funk group All Jigged Out.
Photo: Freddie Smith
Bass / Guitar / other things!
Simon was playing music from a very young age, starting with the piano at 2 and later moving on to brass instruments at 8 years old, playing trumpet and trombone in his local Scout band. He started playing guitar at 16, studying classically for a year and then taking private lessons with composer and session musician Steve Dodds (Mica Paris), before completing the Rock Metal and Intermediate guitar courses at the Guitar Institute in London.
In his early 20's Simon moved to Boston for 2 years to study at the famous Berklee College of Music, on the Performance Studies course. Graduating with the Berklee Certificate, having made the Dean's list for Excellence every semester.
On moving back to the UK Simon quickly became a popular musician working in and around London & Brighton with rock bands, the jazz-funk improvisational group the 'Kings Cross Project', forming the jazz-funk band 'Mobius' with Otto Williams (ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse) and the jazz duo 'Indigo' which quickly grew into one of the most popular duos on the south coast, performing regularly, making numerous appearances on BBC Southern Counties Radio and recording the album "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue".
In recent years Simon has been performing more regularly on the Bass, finding a particularly love for the groove and the sound of the instrument. Simon can regularly be heard with 'The John Lake Trio', 'Big Als Jamboree' & 'Treatment of Choice' as well as 'Licence to Ceilidh'!
Ollie is constantly in demand for live and session work in a vast array of musical genres. Equally at home in an Orchestra pit for a theatre show, in a Jazz club, or on stage with a Pop act, Ollie has gained a reputation for equal measures of sensitive accompaniment and blistering powerhouse grooves!
As a drummer Ollie has toured on some of the UK's top musicals including: Happy Days UK Tour (2014), Joan Rivers Tour (2013), Chess The Musical (touring UK & Canada (2010/11), Grease UK tour (2011), The Producers UK tour (2008), By Jeeves UK tour (2005) Nunsense UK tour (2006), Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (2008/2009/2010/2013), Magic of Motown Reach Out tour (2008/2009/2010) & The Songs of Sister Act tour with the London Community Gospel Choir (2008).
He's worked with artists including: 80s soul diva Viola Wills, Bass virtuoso Franc O’Shea, 70's Glam Rocker Alvin Stardust, Mike McKoy, Joe Stilgoe, Leanne Carroll, Keith Emerson, Acid Jazz act Urubu, H from Steps, David Jordan, Paul Davis, Shane Hampsheir & BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards finalists All Jigged Out.
As Musical Director: Ollie has also worked as a Musical Director on CITV's Stephen Mulhern's One Man Variety Show tour.
Dave has a degree in Jazz Studies from Leeds College of Music and is an experience and highly versatile drummer. From 2004 - 2009 Dave was part of Europe's most successful Pink Floyd show, he played drums on five world tours to over 60 countries, recorded two live CD's and two live DVD's, including the acclaimed 'Live in Berlin' DVD described by the BBC as 'Possibly the best concert experience you'll ever have'.
He has recently played/recorded drums for: High Society (UK Tour 2012), Hobbie Stuart (Epic records, UK Tours 2012-2013), Amy Dickson (Sony, Bri-Award winner), Mitch Winehouse (Universal), Buddy Greco & FreshSteps.
Dave's recent TV appearances include 'X Factor' (ITV) & 'Pop star to Operastar' (ITV).
Photo: Top Right Toby Amies
Nik is an accomplished drummer & musical supervisor based in Brighton. He developed a passion for music at a very young age and has worked as a drummer and musician on a diverse range of musical projects. After being fortunate enough to have received tuition from a number of Britain's top Jazz musicians Nik became a deep rooted member of many of the South Coast’s leading Big Band & Jazz Bands.
Nik has worked with modern house music producers touring the UK & Europe, and recorded with some of the UK’s top up and coming acts. Nik has also worked as a Musical Supervisor for feature films & has a keen interest in Photography (you can see a number of his photos in our Gallery & on our Facebook page).
Dan started taking drum lessons in his teens and moved on to study Music, Music Technology & Pre-Professional Music at Sussex Downs College before gaining a Higher National Diploma in Professional Musicianship at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Dan continued his education at the Leeds College of Music where he had the opportunity to train with some of the UK's leading drummers and jazz musicians. He graduated in 2008 with a 2.1 BA (Hons) Jazz Studies degree.
Since graduating Dan has made a name for himself as a drummer and drum teacher both in Leeds, and on the South Coast since moving back to Sussex. Though he's an accomplished drummer in many styles, Dan has a special passion for Jazz Music. Some of the current projects he's involved in include: The Skatoons, Kings Mews, The Studio 9 Orchestra, & The Wayne McConnell Trio.
All Photos:Ali Barnes
Although our standard 5-piece band is great for any size event, it's always fun to have a bigger band!
We regularly play as a 6 or 7-piece, with Flute & additional Fiddle being the most popular options to add to the sound - but we can offer any size band up to a 12-piece including a full horn section!
Have a browse of our suggested options, if you've not seen the instrument you were thinking of why not make a request and we'll do our best to try to find it (we know a great harmonica player and a fabulous banjo player...)'
When you're looking for that traditional Scottish sound, it's an Accordion player that you're looking for! Adding extra tune & chords to the sound, it's a great addition to the line-up.
There's nothing quite like the sound of lots of fiddles playing together! When playing in unison it can be very powerful and when they start harmonising, vibing off each other and playing in different octaves it can be very exciting!
Having extra fiddles really adds to the sound and can be lots of fun!'
A Flute & Whistle player is a great addition to the band for any event, but works particularly well for an Irish ceilidh for that extra Irish sound!
Our usual flute/whistle player is our very own, multi-instrumentalist Philippe Barnes who studied flute at the University of Limerick gaining a 1st Class MA in Irish Traditional Music. He has played flute on MTV for Shakira, films including 'The Imposter', 'Dark Horse' & 'Brothers of War', ITV, Discovery Channel, TG4, BBC Radio's 1, 2, 3 4 & 6 and has toured all over the UK, Europe, America & Australia with the David Munnelly Band & Celtic Jazz Funk group All Jigged Out.
The most popular option at the moment is to add a Horn Section to the band! This really adds to the modern, funky sound of Licence to Ceilidh - think Tower of Power meets Riverdance!
We can offer a 3-piece horn section: Saxophone, Trumpet & Trombone or a 4-piece including a Baritone Sax. Both options work best with some extra tune players added as well (like fiddle & flute) but this isn't essential.
Why not add a Bodhran player to the band for an even fuller rhythm section! This is also a great option for giving the band an extra Irish touch!
If you've not heard of a Bodhran before, it's an incredible instrument - a traditional Irish frame drum that gives an impressive range of tones. When used along side a drum kit it really fills out the sound, both players can drop in and out at different times so you get chance to hear everything separately too!
"...The bodhran was a great idea and worked very well. I hope we can host another Ceilidh soon..." - Pauline & Sam, Party, Wimbledon