The Band

The Licence To Ceilidh Band

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.

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!

“Hi Ali, This is just a quick e-mail to thank you, Francesca and the rest of the band for the wonderful Ceilidh last Saturday night. I and my guests had a wonderful time although I think we may have been challenging to instruct – the term ‘like herding cats’ springs to mind. I hope it was an enjoyable gig for the band.”

Annette Foley : 50th Birthday Party : February 2016 : Bromley

Feel free to ask us any questions you may have.
Best of all – come to one of our public gigs and have a dance!

Line Up

CEILIDH
Our standard ceilidh line-up is a 5-piece: Caller, Fiddle, Chords, Bass and Drums.

COVERS
When you book our Ceilidh and Covers band option we do the whole evening as a 6-piece, with our caller that also sings and a 2nd fiddle player!

But you can add extra instruments to both options to get a more unique sound! – We regularly perform the ceilidh a 6 or 7-piece with accordion, flute or extra fiddle and our 9-piece band with Horn Section is really popular!

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…

“Ali – you and the band did a terrific job on Friday night! Thanks very much. I will definitely highly recommend you to others.”

Kevin : 40th Birthday Party : November 2016 : Welsh Centre, London