Costs

It isn’t possible to provide an absolute price list here as the final booking fee will be determined by several factors including your location, the type of music you choose and any special requirements or equipment (lighting, marquees etc.) you need.

Recorded Music

As a guide, a dance with recorded music starts at £300 based on a typical format. This price includes the PA sound system (the amplification) and all the dance music regardless of how long the dance lasts for. There may be a modest charge to cover travel expenses, road tolls or parking charges.

I don’t charge a booking fee but I will usually require a £50 non-refundable* deposit at the time of booking to secure the date. Please also have the payment balance ready on the day of the event.

Live Music

The cost of hiring a band varies greatly but is usually calculated on the number of musicians rather than the length of the event (bands charge per event not per hour). Each musician will cost approximately £130-£200 each plus a fee for the caller. Some bands may charge a booking fee and again, I will require a £50 non-refundable* deposit at the time of booking to secure the date.

Payment Options

The deposit and balance can be paid in a number of ways. Please see the page ‘How to Book‘ to find out more.

Optional Extras

I am also able to organise additional items to complete your ceilidh package including:-

  • Disco Package
  • Marquees
  • Lighting rigs
  • Portable bar
  • Catering/hog roast
  • Portable toilets

I hold the relevant Public Performance Licence to play recorded music at dances and I am a member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and hold third party liability insurance through them. All my equipment is PAT tested.

* I usually charge a non-refundable holding deposit of £50 for each booking. This is deducted from the final fee when the balance is paid on the day of the event. You have the right to cancel your booking at anytime but I would retain the £50 deposit as a ‘cancellation fee’. This is because I frequently have more than 1 customer wishing to book me for the same date and this cancellation fee partly compensates me for lost earnings. I retain the right to cancel an event at anytime in unforeseen unavoidable circumstances only (such as incapacitating illness/injury, acts of nature/accidents preventing me attending the event etc.). In this event I will return the £50 deposit to you and offer to reschedule your event at a future time at a discounted rate. (In the last 25 years I have only ever cancelled 1 booking when I was admitted into hospital urgently).

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