Ceilidhs – also known as barn dances, country dances, community folk dances and “hoedowns” – are great for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, other special occasions, charity events, reunions, corporate events, Thursdays, exorcisms or just for the heck of it. Essentially you have no excuse not to start organising a ceilidh RIGHT NOW!


The band at a wedding ceilidh in Liverpool
© Assassynation photography


No previous experience is needed – our affable caller will talk everybody through the dances beforehand, assist and encourage you during, and congratulate you all afterwards.

Hiring Blackbeard’s Tea Party as a ceilidh band

We would love to come and play at your event, and we can be flexible to your specific ceilidh band needs:

  • Ceilidh caller included
  • Volume to suit your venue, from semi-acoustic to very (very) loud
  • Will dress smartly, formally or in silly costumes if required
  • Have our own PA system if required
  • Based in York but will travel as necessary

Below is a video of us in action at a ceilidh for a wedding in York.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party – Ceilidh Band at York Wedding



“I just wanted to let you know how happy [we] were at how brilliant you guys were! Everyone commented how fantastic the band were and how much fun the ceilidh was…Thank you again for making our day even more special! We really couldn’t have asked for a better band to play!”
– Rachael and Paul, Liverpool

“We just wanted to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding…You were great and lots of people have said how much they enjoyed the ceilidh, including us! It was brilliant to see the dance floor full all night, and it looked like everyone was having lots of fun, which is just what we had hoped for! We will certainly recommend Blackbeard’s Tea Party to anybody looking for a ceilidh band, and hope to see you again!”
– Sarah and Simon, Burton

“Thanks for the amazing ceilidh on Friday night. Our guests can’t stop talking about it! They absolutely loved it. Friendly, professional and with a modern twist! Perfect!”
– Elizabeth and Jim, York

“Thanks to the band for a great time on Saturday night, everyone enjoyed the dancing, music and general mayhem!”
– Vanessa, Sheffield

“We’ve so enjoyed having Blackbeard’s Tea Party along at our events that they’re now our “go to” band every time we have a ceilidh. They bring energy, musical talent and a sense of fun every time they play. Our ceilidh events are always a success, and that’s mainly down to this great group of musicians. If you want a lively “proper” ceilidh band, then look no further than Blackbeard’s Tea Party.”
– Caleb Ellwood, Gateway Church, Acomb