What to expect from a Madcap evening
What's a Ceilidh?
It could be lot's of things but what you get from Madcap is a
dance evening for everyone to join in. We provide a
caller who will explain each dance and then help you through
it. We usually start with very easy dances and then they get a
bit more complex as the evening goes on - or perhaps even more
simple if the flow of booze has been excessive. Getting it a
bit wrong adds to the fun - we aim to put on a relaxed, lively and
enjoyable event. It won't matter if you haven't done this sort of thing
before - just turn up willing to get up and have a go.
Barn Dance, Ceilidh, Hoe-down - what's the difference?
Well you could call it a barn dance - except I can't remember the
last time we did it in a real barn complete with farmyard
is the American version - verging on line dancing - not our
thing but we do a couple of square set dances and one or two
American tunes have crept in to our repertoire. If you want a
Scottish or Irish feel to the evening we can manage that but we're
not a 'pure' Scottish or Irish ceilidh band even though between us
we have a fair sprinkling of celtic blood in our veins.
Do we have to dance non-stop all evening?
Not unless the caller decides you deserve a really hard time and
he's trying to wear you out. There should be enough dancers to allow
you to sit out one or two dances. There's usually a break half way
through the evening for some food or just to rest a bit. We
might be persuaded to sing a folk song or two. For the hard of
hearing Mike might do a blast on his highland pipes or we can just
put on some background music.
What do Madcap actually sound like?
Best way to judge us is to pop into one of our
bookings to have a chat and get a real idea of what we do. Contact us to
see if there are any convenient dates/ venues. For a rough idea of the sound try the
low-fi sound samples here. (WAV files- Right click; 'save target as' then
open with Windows Media etc..):
Will Granny need ear plugs?
We put on a lively show with the music loud enough to create an
atmosphere, but the normal amount of ear wax harboured by granny
should be plenty to protect her. We can turn the volume up or
down but it's always going to be a lot more tolerable to the
majority than a disco. Iain, as well as being our guitarist,
is into PA systems in a big way and we'll turn up with a high
quality sound system - so no pain of an inadequate PA system
straining to cope
We've done a ceilidh with a German and French translation and we reckon we
could probably manage Spanish as well.
We have contacts with other ceilidh and folk bands and callers
and are quite happy to put you in contact with them if we aren't
available or don't quite fit what you are planning.
If you'd like a string quartet to entertain
you eg during a meal we can recommend Caldara
Mike, our wind player also appears in an excellent early music
group, the Ordsall
Mike and Bill have recently formed a duo and perform in folk
clubs and have just released a CD. Visit the
And finally ...