Ceilidhs & Band

We love ceilidhs! You love ceilidhs! Let’s all ceilidh together.

We have our very own ceilidh band called Broken Biscuits. If you would like to join the band, practices happen on Fridays 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Multifaith Chaplaincy. Anyone and any instruments are welcome to attend. All tunes are taught and you can join at literally any point in the year! Feel free get in touch (folkclub@bristolfolksoc.comfor more details. Each week we run through some tunes, mess around with them a bit to get them sounding cool and also eat some biscuits, (a highly important part of the band).

Ceilidhs are big social dances, with live music and a caller to take you through the steps. We run ‘English ceilidhs’, which are somewhat informal, but you can expect dances from Scotland, America, France and even Turkey. They are lot of fun and a great way to make new friends! Anyone can come along and ask anyone to dance, whether you’ve been folk dancing your whole life or never considered it before today. The important thing is just to have a fantastic time!

We run our own gender free scratch ceilidhs about twice a term – everyone’s welcome to turn up and play, or dance, or try their hand calling, we can even provide instructions. We have also been known to team up with other societies and put on a bit of a party. Find the latest event announcements on our Facebook page here.

Book Us

If you’d like to run a ceilidh and you want us to be involved, Folk Soc would love to hear from you! We can offer a range of options from a scratch ceilidh experience to a select performance from our student band. We’re also happy to put you in touch with some professional groups we recommend. Get in touch with our Folk Club Secretary at ceilidhs@bristolfolksoc.com who can tell you more.

If you’re looking for some dance entertainment, perhaps in your ceilidh interval, then Rag Morris are here for you; contact bag@ragmorris.com.

No dancing please! – If you just want music and no dancing, we can also provide a band for your event playing a mix of folk tunes.