Drop of a Hat Ceilidh Band

Music & Dancing for Weddings, Birthdays and Anniversaries




What is a Ceilidh?

Traditionally a Ceilidh is a celebratory gathering with music and dancing and as such is similar to an American Barn Dance. Drop of a Hat play traditional Irish, Scottish and American Old Time tunes for a wide variety of traditional dances. Most of the dance steps are simple and easily learnt, but since most people don't know them, Drop of a Hat uses a caller to give instructions. Before the dance starts, the caller will talk you through it whilst you walk the steps, then prompt you throughout the dance to keep you in the right place. The mix is excellent for weddings, parties, birthdays, anniversaries, fund raising and similar occasions since it ensures a wide range of ages and abilities will have fun together.


I don't know if I'll like it........

Everyone who has been to a Ceilidh will tell you they had a great time as I hope this short clip indicates!

Ceilidh in action!


Other things to consider

We are fully equipped with a sound system requiring only a 240V supply. All our equipment is regularly tested and has a current PAT certificate and we are fully covered by our public liability insurance as well.

We can work in village or church halls, marquees,  pub function rooms and the like, with or without a stage. We need about an hour to set up our stuff and do a sound check before the dancing starts.


We are based in Derbyshire and accept bookings within that area, South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.


Phone Don or Jane on 01433-620304 or email



Just a sample of the many letters we receive following performances . . . . . .

  • Please pass on to the rest of the band members the best wishes of St Peter's, Hope for 2003, and the hope that you will all have a very prosperous and peaceful year.

  • We remember the evening you played for us with great pleasure and hope you will continue to bring happiness to many people.

  • Just a quick note - post honeymoon - to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding in October. We've had so many compliments about the day, and I think you guys really played a major role in that - everybody thought your were terrific. If you need any references in the future then please let us know.

  • Many thanks for the excellent performance at our wedding earlier this month.We couldn't have enjoyed the ceilidh more and having been asked for your details by other members of our party, I think we can assume everyone else had a very good night too!

  • Just a quick note to thank you very much for entertaining us at our wedding reception on 26th July. You have received many subsequent compliments following the reception and we would both like to say 'Thanks to you all' We will be keeping an eye on your web site for further functions - so we'll see you again soon.

  • Thank you for a wonderful night of music and dancing. Everyone present had a great time and said how much they enjoyed your style of music and dancing. Please pass on my thanks to all your band for a superb evening.

  • Please pass on our thanks to the group for making the wedding ceilidh such a success. Many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the event. The music was exactly what we wanted and we loved the way the band continued to play in the background between dances. The caller was also superb. We will certainly recommend you to our friends.