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Tel 01202 434280 Alex or Noeleen

Murphy's Lore is a Bournemouth/Dorset based 'Celtic' band, performing a mix of traditional Irish, English and Scots music plus a few tunes of our own, composed by our 'box' player Richard and arranged as we went along! For ceilidhs, barn dances, pub gigs and general good craic. Perfect in many ways for weddings, parties, an anniversary or any excuse to have a Hooley. Have a look around and get a feel for what we do.

We perform tunes to dance to and songs as well. Noeleen our caller will guide you through the dances.

We will cover Dorset, Hampshire and South Wiltshire in general.

We're currently a 4 piece outfit inc caller.

For most Ceilidhs / Barn Dance we keep the dances mixed to allow dancers of all experience levels to enjoy themselves but can cater for more flavoured evenings such as Burns Night or St.Paddy's night.

Our aim is to 'entertain, not educate', it should be fun after all!

To hear the ceilidh band, use the player to the right on this and other pages. Most clips are live, so what you hear is what you'll get! For other information about the band use the links at the top of this page,and check out the videos for what we see you enjoying.

We also have an offshoot called Murphys Lore Trio ideal for pub gigs, festivals or any reason to have some lively folk music for an event where dancing may not be your thing! 2023 was a great year for this version of the band, supporting Mad Dog McRae in Bridport and opening the Main Stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

To read about our most recent gigs and for a more interactive experience with us, see our pages Murphy's Lore Ceilidh and Murphy's Lore Trio

News and upcoming events

Murphy's Lore Trio are back at The King Charle's, Friday 12th April. Poole Quay,9pm start

RNLI fundraiser ceilidh April 13th. Edith Lyall Hall,West Quay Road,BH15 1JF---Tickets £15 include admission and food- BYO Drinks.

Sunday 19th May, Murphy's Lore Trio, will be performing as part of a 4 act line up at The Red House Museum, Christchurch in their gardens. The event as from 12.30-3.30 pm. Tickets £6, kids free

We can now also be found at Murphy's Lore YouTube

Some live videos

Wedding Ceilidhs

Birthday Barn Dance

Birthday Ceilidh Video

Ceol agus craic!

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20 Apr 2024

Private- Fordingbridge- Joint Birthday Ceilidh

21 Apr 2024

Murphy's Lore Trio back at The Cricketer's, Springbourne for their Sausage and Cider Festival weekend. From 2.30 - 5pm

26 Apr 2024

Private - Lytchett- Staff Social

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" I wanted to have a Ceilidh for my 60th birthday and amongst my search for the right band I discovered Murphy's Lore. I can honestly say that it has been a fantastic all round experience from start to finish. Not only has Alex been very efficient, accommodating and helpful arranging it but the performance on the night was simply brilliant. The caller, Noeleen, was just the right mix of funny, patient and clear as she explained and led us through the dances....The whole evening was filled with so much fun and laughter.I have had such great feedback from the guests too. Thank you for making this birthday landmark special!
Renate after her Birthday ceilidh March 2024

"Thank you for a fun night of great music & dancing!
Rob after the Pavillion Dance South West Ceilidh. February 2024

"Thank you, you were brilliant and everyone loved it.
Lisa after a surprise birthday ceilidh for husband Andrew. February 2024

"A very Merry Christmas to the best Ceilidh band ever, with singer who blew us away. You are are incredible. What talents. A very well loved band, with compliments throughout the night. I will definitely be booking you again.
Alanna after her Dancin'Fit groups Christmas ceilidh.December 2024

"Thank you so much for coming - everyone had a fabulous night! Happy 🎄 Christmas to you all x.
ReDiscover Life Church ,Salisbury. December 2024

""The first Fordingbridge Ceilidh last night was a great success! Murphy's Lore gave us a feast of dance tunes, and their caller was brilliant, walking us though all the dances and then calling as we danced them. Even those who had never been to a Ceilidh before found they could dance, and everyone left smiling!" And.. "Totally agree!!! We went as a group of 8 friends and had a really good time, the caller was amazing we couldn’t have done it without her help as we had never been to a ceilidh before"
Fordingbridge Ceilidh Club.November 2024

"A and L were telling me how it was one of the best nights ever, as they fell asleep! ... Thank you ! What a wonderful evening, MUCH appreciated by everyone !
Helen and Paula after Paula's retiremnt ceiidh.September,2023

"A big thank you for an excellent evening. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Sandra, after a barn dance for Ferndown RBL.September,2023

"We had a fabulous evening, thank you!...Thank you - it was brilliant....Thank you so much, we absolutely loved it x
Kay, Lizzie and Laura after Laura and Tom's wedding. September,2023

"Thank you so much! We had such a good time! Everyone said what fun it was! x
Jody and Simon, after their 'rewedding' barn dance. August,2023

"Thank you for another great night, great music from brilliant musicians and a great crowd..... It was a great night thank you all xxx....A brilliant evening, thank you! x
Jimmy,Leslie and Nicole after Jimmy and Christina's second family and friemd barn dance. July,2023

" Thank you so much for making our evening such a success, last Saturday! Many people commented on how good you were. Hopefully, I'll see you again, somewhere, in the not too distant future. x
Lesley, after a birthday barn dance. July 2023

" A huge thank you for playing at our wedding and helping make it such an incredible evening - You were all brilliant! x
Jonathan, after his and Mikki's wedding. July 2023

" Thank you so much for last night. I had a wonderful evening and have received lots of lovely comments from my guests. Noeleen did an amazing job, as did you all. Please pass on my thanks and I will look out for you at the Folk Festival.
Carole, after her birthday Barn Dance,May 2023

" just wanted to properly say a huge thank you for a wonderful evening on 5 May. Everyone there thoroughly enjoyed it and so many good comments on the band. Noeleen was brilliant in her calling and got everyone on their feet. Thank you again, your communication and contact prior to the date made it all stress free (apart from weather worries ! which of course all turned out ok) and if we hold another Ceilidh in the future you will be first on the list.
Susan, Tolpuddle Events Committee, after their Coronation Ceilidh. May 2023

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