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Ceilidh

Dancing Feet picture courtesy of Ben Stoney Photography

The Band

A barn dance or ceilidh is an event at which musicians perform live, mostly traditional music, with a caller giving clear, simple instructions just before and during the actual dance.

The idea is partly to mix people up a bit (dancing with 'strangers'?), to get the blood circulating and for those present to enjoy themselves a lot!

If organisers, bride/groom join in from the very start (even if they themselves have never danced before), they will encourage many other extra dancers on to the floor. Also, encourage well-known 'ring-leaders' and 'characters' (the best man, maid of honour, the mad Irish uncle, etc) to join in as early as possible.

The earliest dances are the easiest while the caller is sussing everyone out. However this is also the time when people are at their most inhibited and those watching need to see others enjoying it. These early dances can set the atmosphere for the rest of the event.

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Even with the best callers, not everyone gets it right first time. However, don't worry about making mistakes during dances!! Just laugh it off and keep going, it's all part of the fun and your laughter will rub off on others. Any others watching will be keener to join in, if those already dancing look like they are having a good time. Above all else, enjoy yourselves and don't be afraid to let your hair down.

We aim to entertain not educate! Our motto is "Ceol agus Craic" which is Gaelic for "Music and Fun", which is exactly what a ceilidh is all about!

Video clip from our 'Help for Heroes' Ceilidh in Netherhampton. 2010

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20 Jul 2019

Private. Bournemouth - Wedding Ceilidh

26 Jul 2019

Bridport Folk festival Opening Ceilidh with Jane Thomas calling. Venue is St.Mary's Church Hall. 8-10.30 pm.Tickets £8

27 Jul 2019

Bridport Folk Festival weekend. A Half of Murphy's will be performing on the Gale stage at Millenium Green. Music starts 11am and runs till 7pm. We're on 4.55 pm

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"Just want to say a massive thank you to you all for your amazing set at our wedding! It really made the night perfect and everyone loved it! We will definitely be using you again for other family events!!! πŸ‘°πŸ€΅πŸΎπŸ’• ; Love from the new Mr & Mrs Trent
Leanne and Chris after their wedding ceilidh.June,2019

"We have had lots of compliments about the fun evening and how good "the band" was so thank you all for helping to make it a success. Until next time!
Lesley, after another twinning do with Lyminton Twinning and Vitre, France. June,2019

"Fabulous evening, as always. Murphy's Lore you are a joy. Thank you. xx
Jan after the annual St.Anthonys Social.May,2019

"just wanted to say a big thank you for Saturday night, everyone really enjoyed, you were excellent!
Julie, Landlady - The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham after their re-opening night.April, 2019

"Another great evening at Milford with Murphy's Lore - thank you!!
Sue, Milford Community Centre St.Patricks Ceilidh.March, 2019

"Great evening!! haha! was lots of fun!
Thanks so much for a brilliant night guys, you were fantastic!

Helena and Emma, after Emma's birthday do.Feb, 2019

"I can highly recommend this band. Beautiful singing from Noeleen, great music from the band and Julian calling the dances was absolutely brilliant. We all had a fantastic time. Thank you Murphy's Lore!
Jenny, after her birthday do.Jan, 2019

"Brilliant night, Thank You. Could take me a while to recover !
Gail, after Leannes's birthday ceilidh. Dec 2018

" It was a fantastic night, enjoyed by all. Thank you so much!!
John, after his wife, Sarah's birthday ceilidh. Dec 2018

" We had the greatest time! Thanks for making our evening so much fun! I already want to ceilidh again Γ°ΕΈΛœβ‚¬ xxx!
Ren, after her and David's wedding ceilidh. November 2018

"Dear Alex, Noeleen and the Band Thank you so much for a great show on Saturday. The music and dancing crossed the generations and brought everyone together. We have had great positive feedback about how much they enjoyed your playing. Many thanks for making it a special evening.
Nick after his birthday ceilidh. October 2018

"Hi all at Murphy's Lore, We are still catching our breath from last night's dancing, but I just wanted to send you an email to thank you once again for such a wonderful night's entertainment at our wedding. You guys created something so special for us and our guests - the memories you gave us all will last forever. Having you there meant that guests who did not know each other at the start of the day left having danced the night away with new friends. Thank you also very much for Jess' personal tune from Richard - that meant so much. You are all wonderful and talented musicians and we wish you all the very best and hope to see you again at another 'do'! We will certainly recommend you to anyone that will listen! Keep Music Live! Much Love Jo and Jess. x
Jo and Jess after their wedding ceilidh. Sept 2018

"I can't believe it is one week since the Ceilidh evening 1st Sep at Milford for our German guests and their LITA hosts. I just want to say, many thanks for a fantastic evening. The music was superb, and Noeleen you got practically EVERYONE up dancing like pro's! (and well done for using German!) Lots of people have contacted me to say how much they enjoyed themselves...
Shirley after Lymington Twinning ceilidh. Sept 2018

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