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Madcap for your wedding ceilidh 

A ceilidh is an ideal evening event for your wedding.  It appeals to all ages from kiddies to grannies and it quickly gets everyone introduced to each other.  One of the first dances is likely to be progressive so the groom's mates will get to meet, even grab hold of, those rather delicious bridesmaids - without even asking. Of course they could end up with the maiden aunt instead.

Get up and have a go

You will need guests who are ready and willing to join in and have fun - at least a core who are up for it.  The bubbly which flows at weddings helps the undecided to put away any inhibitions they might have.  If everyone you know is a miserable old fart, or will only get off their backsides to a thumping drum and bass we'll do our best to convert them but we can't work miracles.

Format for the evening

We'll be happy to run a ceilidh lasting the whole evening so you don't need to book a disco as well.  Some people however do like to finish up with a disco into the small hours.  That's fine with us but don't try to alternate the disco and ceilidh - in our experience that destroys the atmosphere.

If you have a special song you'd like as a first dance we can put that on our CD player - but most people just launch into the first ceilidh dance - with the bride and groom up there from the beginning setting an example (good or bad) for others to follow.

Remember that it will take us some time, allow an hour, for us to set up the PA and do a sound check. If the evening dance is in the same room as the daytime events your guests may need to escape to a bar somewhere while the floor is cleared and we get ready.

If you want a Scottish or Irish feel we can include the standard dances that you'll remember alongside lots of dances you probably won't have done before.  

Something different

If you'd like some listening music to cover the drinks reception or meal we have contacts.  We know an excellent string quartet (we're totally unbiased or swayed by the fact their violin player sometimes plays with us).  Alternatively Mike, our blow man, also plays in a ancient music band so you could keep the 'rustic' approach for the whole event. Let us know if you want to contact them.

Madcap have performed at many successful wedding ceilidhs over the years. Click on 'What people say' left to read some feedback.  Contact us to discuss whether we could be right for your big day.




"Hi.  I heard about your band from a colleague who was very pleased with your performance at her wedding recently.  I wondered if you would be available to play at our reception...."


"I have to admit I was rather apprehensive about booking you for my wedding, not having heard you and only having e-mails  - but I must say you're a top notch band.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone.  Many thanks!"




Cathy & Mark