Mouse's Nest Ceilidh Band logo

ceilidh dancing is easy, sociable and fun,
and can be enjoyed by everyone

The caller walks each dance through before the music starts, and keeps calling to make sure everyone knows what to do!

We play for weddings, parties, fund-raisers, functions and at festivals, and also run dance workshops.

Our dances are mainly English (barn dancing), but an evening can also include Scottish, American and even French or Breton dancing.

We are able to play more Scottish or Irish tunes and dances if that's what your evening needs. We played for 200 dancers in Glasgow at Hogmany 2010!

our standard ceilidh package includes:

  • Mouse's Nest Ceilidh Band!
  • a caller to walk everyone through the dances
  • a sound system to fill a room for around 100 guests
  • three hours of ceilidh dancing with appropriate breaks
  • recorded music played in breaks
  • venues within an hour of Manchester
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we also have a smaller package...
great for background music at functions, wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions. Add a caller and have a ceilidh!

Package includes:

  • two musicians - fiddle and guitar
  • acoustic or amplified as appropriate to the venue
  • two hours of traditional music with appropriate breaks
  • venues within an hour of Manchester
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...or tailor your own
there's a lot more that we can offer if you want something a bit different. This can include:

  • songs and special musical requests
  • flexibility to suit your occasion
  • DJ - or plug in your own laptop
  • first dances
  • dance workshops - brush up ahead of your event!
  • classical music for your ceremony
  • cupcakes (yes, we really can!)

contact us to discuss requirements and cost estimates.

nice things people have said about Mouse's Nest ceilidhs...

"Thank you to Kate and her fantastic band for making our wedding so much fun...
The music was fantastic, the musicians were eager to play and even came back for an encore. Thank you again!"

Kate & Ric

wedding, Merseyside, July 2011

"I just wanted to say a very overdue 'thank you' for the fantastic job you did at our wedding in October. We LOVED our first dance - unique to us! - and our friends can't stop telling us how much they loved the ceilidh. The ceilidh really was one of the most special parts of what was a brilliant day, and you were great to deal with all the way through. I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending you and the band to others."


wedding, Liverpool, October 2014

"Can't begin to tell you how much we enjoyed last night, you were all absolutely brilliant and made the night so much fun. The music and dancing was superb - we couldn't have asked for anything better! We'd be happy to thoroughly recommend you to everyone!!"

Melissa & Claire

wedding, Peak District, April 2014

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself and the rest of the band for playing at our wedding day. Everyone loved it and had a wonderful time."

Jon & Katie

wedding, Manchester, May 2015

"Thank you to Kate and the rest of the band for making an amazing party last night, the musicians and caller were fantastic. The whole set up was extremely professional and well run and everyone had a wonderful time. I would definitely recommend Mouse's Nest for any occasion."


40th birthday party, Hyde, September 2015

"Thank you, Mouse's Nest for a fantastic night of ceilidhing. Your music (and your patience) made the evening hugely enjoyable."


birthday party, Glossop, September 2014