Jiggerty Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band

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Jiggerty is a well-established ceilidh / barn dance band based in the Bristol / Bath area and covering Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.  We come complete with ceilidh / barn dance caller and PA and specialise in providing entertainment for weddings and other special occasions such as birthday parties and anniversaries. We typically pick and mix dances with appropriate levels of difficulty from the related traditions of Scottish Ceilidh, Irish ceili, Welsh Tympath, English Barn Dance and American Hoedown(please note, this doesn't include line dancing).

Our lively music and experienced ceilidh dance caller guarantees an enjoyable evening - see our testimonials if you don't want to just take our word for it!   We have experience in providing ceilidhs for a wide range of audiences (both novice & experienced adult dancers, children and a few celebrities!) and in various different dance spaces, having played in village halls, mansions, marquees and boats, in addition to a few barns!

The ceilidh dancing is fully explained with clear instructions by the caller - firstly a 'walk-through' without the music then calling continues whilst the band plays, until the dancers have no further need for guidance (usually after 3 or 4 times through).  We intersperse the ceilidh dances with tune sets, so dancers can enjoy a drink and catch their breath!  The caller chooses ceilidh / barn dances to suit the audience and occasion, as well as accommodating any special requests.  For a typical booking we would do a selection of relatively simple, fun dances, which works well for people who are unfamiliar with ceilidh / barn dancing but is still enjoyable for those who have a bit more experience.   Alternatively we can provide a whole evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh, include more Irish ceili dances, or have more of a cowboy/barn dance theme, as you desire.  Our FAQs page gives further information on dances. 

We play a range of traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American tunes (jigs, reels, polkas etc) with our standard band line-up of caller/whistle, tenor banjo/mandolin, fiddle (violin) and guitar - hear our sound and see us in action with our videos and music clips.  If there is another traditional instrument you would like in the band, such as bodhran, do ask - this is usually possible via our contacts with other local musicians.

We use modern, well-maintained PA equipment which is checked for electrical safety and we hold Public Liability Insurance with a 5 million limit.  It is often a requirement when booking a venue to confirm that the band you engage has PAT-tested equipment and insurance.

Tenor Banjo and Mandolin lessons

Teacher available for Irish-style tenor (4 string) banjo or mandolin lessons, for all levels from beginner up.  Please contact Mike on 0117 9372614 or email by clicking here.  It is not essential to read music as I teach using tablature which is easy to understand.  You are never too old to learn - both the tenor banjo and the mandolin are accessible instruments to play once you understand the basics.  I am happy to provide advice on purchase of an appropriate instrument.

If you wish to learn 5 string banjo, we can recommend local musician Joff Lowson

Contact Us

Please see Book the Band for more details about booking Jiggerty Barn Dance & Ceilidh band.  For information on our availability, to get a quote for your event or for any other questions, please email us or telephone Mike/Eleanor on 0117 9372614 (evenings and weekends, or leave a message on the answerphone and we'll get back to you).

If you cannot access our email address via hyperlinks, please email     jiggertyATlive.co.uk    (antispam format - type @ instead of AT)

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