Jiggerty Barn Dance and Ceilidh Band

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About Us

Jiggerty is a well-established barn dance/ceilidh band based in the Bristol / Bath area and covering Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.  We come complete with caller and PA and specialise in providing dancing 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 (but not including line dancing).

Our lively music and seasoned 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 dances 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 dances are 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 dances with tune sets, so dancers can enjoy a drink and catch their breath!  The caller chooses 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 both people who are unfamiliar with this form of dancing and those who have had a bit more experience.   Alternatively we can provide a whole evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh.  Our FAQs page gives further information on dances. 

We play a range of traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American dance tunes (jigs, reels, polkas etc) with our standard line-up of caller/whistle, tenor banjo/mandolin, fiddle (violin) and guitar - hear our sound by clicking on the music clips below.  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.

Music clips

If you would like to play a track, click on the button corresponding with the individual track.  To download, right-click.  Please note that each file is approx 5MB.

Kesh / Lilting Banshee / Frost is all over

Ships are sailing / Morning Star / Banshee

Speed the Plough / Arkansas Traveller / Turkey in the straw

Cliffs of Moher / Donnybrook Fair / Tenpenny bit

We find videos do not really convey the atmosphere of being at one of our ceilidhs, which is better judged by the testimonials we have received, however on request we can email you a link to a private You Tube video if this would help you to make a decision to book us.

Where we travel to

Jiggerty's standard quote provides for travel of up to 1 hour in any direction from the mid-point between Bristol & Bath (with a small additional charge to cover toll fees if crossing into Wales on the Severn Bridge).  Trips further than this are sometimes possible by special arrangement - please contact us to discuss.


Please contact us to check our availability and cost for your event.  Our standard quote provides a 4 piece band inclusive of dance caller to perform 8-11pm with a half-hour break in the middle (which can accommodate food, speeches etc).  However we are happy to tailor an evening to your requirements.  If your budget or space are limited, we can quote for a 3 piece band (as per our standard line-up minus the fiddle player).  We can also provide a 'disco' end to the evening by playing recorded music provided by you through our PA for an extra cost per hour (see FAQs). We usually arrive 45 minutes before our start time to set up - if an earlier arrival time is required an additional charge may be made.

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

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 using this hyperlink, please email     jiggertyATlive.co.uk    (antispam format - type @ instead of AT)

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